Arabesque | Ariadne's Thread
from inside women's spaces
Janelle Mendham, Jan Dineen, Christl Berg, Llewellyn Negrin
A beautifully unruly and gently subversive improvised play based on the drawing room activities that once displayed a woman's accomplishment and breeding.
Initially an in-situ response to Hadley's Hotel Public Drawing-Room for Ladies (1896) - Arabesque extended, re-invented and now travels.
She’s unravelling literally and existentially and she’s doing it with abandon
disorderly and disruptive and not amenable to discipline or control unruly
mix up something with something else
absurd wildly unreasonable, illogical
Spillage business In industrial production, spillage is the loss of production output due to production of a series of defective or unacceptable products
a sideway not belonging fancy naughtiness
unchartered waters places not yet explored
unfamiliar situations in general
a complex structure in the inner ear containing the organs of hearing and balance labyrinth
extremely beautiful and delicate
He asks what she is doing? ‘a long crocheted line that has no meaning’ she says ' ..ahhh .. just like life ' he replies
Its immediate effects are to cause the blood to circulate more freely, and promote the actions of various organs of the body.
The Dictionary of Daily Wants, London, Houston and Sons, 1880 . p361
Public Drawing Room for Ladies advertised in the
ORIENT LINE GUIDE: Chapters for Travellers by Sea and by Land. Fifth and Cheaper Edition, 1896,
Arabesque | Ariadne's thread conceived for the Unravelling Ornament exhibition
@ Hadley's Orient Hotel curated by Dr Llewellyn Negrin