PS/Y Hysteria at CoolTan Arts

PS/Y’s February programme of performance, workshops and screenings unpacks and redefines the term ‘hysteria’ in relation to the female body, addressing sexuality, marginalisation, power and colonial histories. New work by Florence Peake and Eve Stainton will take place at CoolTan Arts, while at Cafe OTO a screening programme of moving image work by women artists and filmmakers will be presented in collaboration with Cinenova Distribution.


PS/Y’s Hysteria programme and CoolTan Arts present workshops and a new performance by Florence Peake and Eve Stainton.

Although the study of hysteria is multifaceted, historically the term hysteria has been defined by men and associated with women: the male gaze of society observing and analysing women’s bodies and behaviours. Florence Peake and Eve Stainton’s on-going collaborative project Slug Horizons radically reimagines this relationship by exploring the expressive potentialities of women’s bodies through intimacy, touch and collective reclaiming. Their work promotes an emotional landscape of bravery in response to restrictive normative attitudes to the intimate bodies of women.

Through a residency at CoolTan Arts, Peake and Stainton will develop their project, holding workshops that invite CoolTan Arts participants and the public into their development process. The residency will culminate in a new performance on Friday 16 February, 7.00 pm.

During the public workshop on Sunday 11 February (3.00 – 5.00 pm), artists and participants will explore sound-vibrations, intimacy and qualities of touch through movement, discussion, reflective drawing and writing.



Florence Peake is a London-based artist, dancer, choreographer, and teacher, who has been making work since 1995. Her performance practice uses drawing, painting and sculpture combined with found and fabricated objects placed in relation to the moving body. Site and audience, live and recorded text, wit and candour are key to her work, which has been presented internationally and across the UK, in contexts including Wysing Arts Centre (2017), Serpentine Galleries (2016), Whitechapel Gallery (2016), ICA (2015), Harris Museum (2015), Hayward Gallery (2014), BALTIC (2013), Frieze (2013), Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2012). Florence Peake is a certified teacher of Skinner Releasing Technique, and has taught Contemporary dance technique, improvisation, and cross art form practice extensively.

Eve Stainton is an artist occupied with dancing, the process of creating performance, collaboration (notably with Michael Kitchin as The Uncollective) and recently digital collage making. Eve Stainton’s artistic work focuses on developing a space to engage with dialogue around queer identity politics, often revealing intimate parts of her life to imagine futures beyond normative societal pressures. Eve Stainton and The Uncollective have presented works at Tangente Theatre Montreal (2017), Royal Academy of Art (2017), Adelaide Fringe (2017), Guest Projects (2016), Chisenhale (2015) and The Place (2014). She also performs in the fashion and commercial industry including Vivienne Westwood, Dior, London/Paris/Shanghai Fashion Week, Goldfrapp and St Vincent.

PS/Y is a research, curating and public engagement group exploring the interface of arts and health sciences. PS/Y develops interdisciplinary projects and dialogue with artists, scientists, arts organisations, academic institutions and communities. PS/Y aims to create new creative insights to engage diverse audiences for an interdisciplinary arts practice that explores the relationship between mind and body in Western culture. PS/Y has previously been involved in delivering Anxiety, London, 2014 and Acting Out, Nottingham, 2015. For further information visit


Florence Peake and Eve Stainton, Performing intimacies, photo by Anne Tetzlaff, collage by Eve Stainton

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