Performance

Performance Art

From the early 70s – early 80s Jill was known as Jill Bruce, one half of the Performance Art duo – “Bruce Lacey and Jill Bruce” or “Galactic Theatre”. For five years they were funded by the then Arts Council of Great Britain.

They performed large-scale spectacular, ritual, ceremonial, elemental celebrations at outdoor venues such as the last Barsham Faire, the Albion Faires and Faerie Faires in East Anglia; and at City Farms, Art Centres, Art Colleges, etc, all over Britain; and exhibited documentation with installation and Performance as part of many exhibitions, including two major two-person shows at the Acme Gallery, London and one at the Serpentine Gallery. A picture archive of some of these performances will gradually be added to this site.

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Moon Cycle Performance

Moon Cycle Performance
– Moon Fair, East Anglia

Fire Performance

Fire Performance
Photo by Tiffany Lacey

Virgo in "Journey round the Glastonbury Zodiac"

Virgo in “Journey round the Glastonbury Zodiac”

Ritual for Tree Wedding - Rougham Tree Fair

Ritual for Tree Wedding – Rougham Tree Fair
Photo by Peter Smith

 

Jill Smith (formerly Jill Bruce) at Hood Fair, circa 1979

Jill Smith (formerly Jill Bruce) at Hood Fair, circa 1979. Photo: Roy Perring
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Jill Smith (formerly Jill Bruce) and Bruce Lacey at Hood Fair, circa 1979

Jill Smith (formerly Jill Bruce) and Bruce Lacey at Hood Fair, circa 1979. Photo: Roy Perring
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Jill Smith (formerly Jill Bruce) with Bruce Lacey, getting things started at Hood Fayre. Photo: Roy Perring
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Jill has long wished to carry out similar such occasional performances, given the right situations. She would evolve each as a custom-built event for each individual site, venue or situation. They could either be ongoing performance watched by an audience or an installation for participation, or a combination of both.

While in Glastonbury she created several examples, such as the “Labyrinth of Light” for the 2002 Winter Solstice celebration at the Chalice Well Gardens.

Labyrinth of Light - Chalice Well Gardens, Winter Solstice 2002

Labyrinth of Light – Chalice Well Gardens, Winter Solstice 2002
Photo by Talie Smith

Imbolc Ritual, Hotbath Gallery, Bath, Imbolc 2004, Monica Sjöö Exhibition

Imbolc Ritual, Hotbath Gallery, Bath, Imbolc 2004, Monica Sjöö Exhibition

Samhain Ritual "The Divine Ancestress" - weekend event, Bath, November 2004

Samhain Ritual “The Divine Ancestress” – weekend event, Bath, November 2004

 

A recent performance: Picnic Event with cake to celebrate Lammas and Jill’s 70th birthday at the Achmore Stone Circle, Isle of Lewis.

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The cake

The cake

Harvest offerings to the Corn Dolly

Harvest offerings to the Corn Dolly
photo – Sofi-Ona Hamer

Untitled

Untitled
photo – Karen Taylor

Guests carrying their offerings around the spiral

Guests carrying their offerings around the spiral
photo – Sofi-Ona Haemer

Jill blows the conch

Jill blows the conch
photo – Karen Taylor

Jill begins unveiling the cake

Jill begins unveiling the cake
photo – Sofi-Ona Hamer

The cake unveiled<

The cake unveiled
photo – Sofi-Ona Hamer

A bellyfull of jelly babies

A bellyfull of jelly babies photo – Sofi-Ona Hamer

Happy Picknickers

Happy Picknickers
photo – Karen Taylor

For a general discussion of possibilities, contact Jill initially by email or post, and then telephone conversations can follow.

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