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How artist hetain patel went from spiderman fan to spandexclad star growing up asian in bolton, patel wanted to be white. The royal opera house 2012 ukproductionsbe likewater by hetain patel. He looks like hes from india or pakistan, brown skin, slim probably about 30. Tender moments of geeky stubbornness the guardian uk tour dates spring 20 2 february rich mix, london, uk 5 february lakeside arts centre, nottingham, uk. Be like water is a deconstruction of identity, where hetain and yuyu become each other, and use each other, to showcase an exploration of the self.

Hetain works originally began with photography but he has gone on to include video and live performances. Taking an endearingly unorthodox and humorous approach to cultural identity, this multimedia solo performance sits somewhere between live art. Patel walks onstage and crouches in a chair next to the dancer yuyu rau. Hetain patels surprising performance plays with identity, language and accent and challenges you to think deeper than surface appearances. Hetain patels surprising performance plays with identity, language and accent and. Most recently, yau has toured with conceptual artist hetain patel, performing in his stage work be like water.

When he was older, he aspired to become his dad, another kind of freedom fighter who battled to take care of his family. Think again, based on his 2012 performance be like water with dancer yuyu rau. In the piece, rau acts as patel s translator, and often. In his compelling stage works, hetain patel uses powerful imagery and. How hetain patel shapeshifted from spiderman to bad. Hetain patel, author at sadlers wells new wave associates. But after ten, hetain knew he didnt want to speak on stage in his own voice. Be like water, 2012 royal opera house, london judith mackrell, the guardian.

Last week, i went to see a performance by artist hetain patel. How hetain patel shapeshifted from spiderman to bad obama he has aped superheroes, written over himself in henna and based a performance around his moustache. Hetain patel doesnt necessarily go for the obvious route. Following the success of his performance works ten and be like water, hetain patel takes to the stage as a solo performer, with a personal and humorous take on identity shapeshifting. An excerpt from his latest stage work, be like water, this talk introduces us to patel s art. Having emigrated from india to the uk in the 60s, patel is interested in the ways modes of culture and language intersect in. So no one knows what to expect, and thats as may be, because this is some crazy right here. From these ambitions, patels new show be like water examines shifting identities.

Hetain patel s be like water is a curious mix of the selfregarding and the selfeffacing. Be like water by hetain patel rachel marsdens words. Press it is patel s skilled precision in realising an almost seamless harmony of his culturally and historically divergent source material that gives his installations a distinctive resonance. An excerpt from his latest stage work, be like water. Taking an endearingly unorthodox and humorous approach to cultural identity, this multimedia solo performance sits somewhere between live. How artist hetain patel went from spiderman fan to. He knew it would be performative but without knowing whether it would become a video or live piece. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. Then in december, he took an old ford fiesta and rebuilt it as a giant transformer, squatting on. He makes videos, photographs, sculptures and live performances.

Hetains recent performance, be like water 2012, was in its final tour. Ten edinburgh fringe, 2011 thea warren, three weeks. This piece began with hetain wanting to recreate a scene from a kung fu movie that he loves. When artist hetain patel was little, he wanted to be a superhero, like bruce lee. Hetain patel and yuyu raus double act skillfully explores fluid identity, with kung fu sequences embracing gestures from east and west, writes. Hetain patel and yuyu rau in be like water at linbury studio, royal opera house, london. Artist hetain patel went a bit viral over the last year, with two very different. Superhero strengths hetain patel and yuyu rau in be like water at linbury studio, royal opera house, london. Artist hetain patel toys with race, identity, language and accent and challenges us to think beyond surface appearances. In be like water he deals with issues like identity and language, who you are, how people expect you to be or your accent to sound, and who you would like to be in your imagination. Hetain undertook a week of research in sadlers wells in 2012 with eight dancers, and is due to premiere a new theatre piece, be like water, at the royal opera house, london in november 2012.

Patel s latest show, be like water, is a selfmeditating piece that utilizes dance and live performance art to examine how imitation can be a path towards selfdiscovery. Hetain patel is a visual artist and performance maker whose practise crosses a number of art forms. Hetain patel is a performance artist from bolton whose new work, american man, looks at the violence and hate implicit in archetypal male behaviour. Video and projection is continually used alongside the performance on stage. Think again, based on his 2012 performance be like water with dancer yuyu rau, became something of an online hit, racking up more than 2 million views. Todays talk isnt so much a talk as a hilarious topsyturvy performance by hetain patel that reflects on an identity forged as much from spiderman comics and bruce lee movies as by a father who emigrated from india to the united kingdom in the 1960s. Inspired by american movie culture and homegrown tv programmes, patel looks at the multiple personas that we all inhabit in our daytoday lives. Following the success of my ted talk and a few of my other videos online taking a viral turn over 48 million hits in total, i was commissioned by the space to set up my own youtube channel. Hetain patel indian contemporary artist performance. Taking an endearingly unorthodox and humorous approach to cultural identity, this multimedia solo performance sits somewhere between live art and physical theatre. Be like water became a meeting place for hetain s live and video practice which features in the show, and like ten, has been developed for the theatre. And his method is to start out by speaking in chinese. Robert clark, the guardian oh man, 2018 manchester sanjoy roy, the guardian the jump, 2015 wood street galleries, pittsburgh, usa lissa brennan, pittsburgh city paper lets talk about.

As a child, patel wanted to be like spiderman or bruce lee. Young performers deliver snapshots capturing the challenges and impacts of male behaviour in a fresh and brashly comic devised show. Taking an endearingly unorthodox and humorous approach to cultural identity, this multimedia solo performance sits somewhere between live art and physical theatre, and is the followup to visual. These works, both fiercely dramatic, emphasise the artists obsessive fascination with hollywood superheroes and. Hetain patel is a uk based indian contemporary artist and indian modern artist presents performance photography, performance videography, traditional miniature paintings, digital photography. From these ambitions, patel s new show be like water examines shifting identities of all kinds, using dance and bold imagery to power a story of selfexamination and self. Artist hetain patel toys with race, identity, language and accent and challenges us to. He has a slideshow of his 21yearold self sporting a side parting and a moustache in an experiment to make himself look more indian. Sadlers wells theatre new wave associates hetain patel. An excerpt from his latest stage work, be like water, this talk introduces us to patel s.

Hetain patel and yuyu raus double act skillfully explores fluid identity, with kung fu sequences embracing gestures from east and west. Hetain patel february, nuffield theatre, lancaster hetain patel was born in bolton the son of a car worker who came to the britain from india in the 1970s we dont hear anything about his mum but maybe thats for another show. Tristram kenton for the guardian w hen artist hetain patel was little, he wanted to be a. It is patel s skilled precision in realising an almost seamless harmony of his culturally and historically divergent source material that gives his. From these ambitions, patels new show be like water examines shifting identities of all kinds, using dance and bold imagery to power a story of selfexamination and selfcreation. A delightful meditation on self, with performer yuyu rau, and inspired by bruce lee. Posted by hetain on feb 22, 2018 in news 2018 in 2018 i relaunched my youtube channel. It is patel s skilled precision in realising an almost seamless harmony of his culturally and historically divergent source material that gives his installations a distinctive resonance.

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