Marathon Lexicon

Created 2003

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A twelve-hour lecture performance in the form of an A to Z, moving from accounts of Accidents and Anti-Climaxes through Breath and Blood to the consideration of Charisma, Crying, Fighting, Ghosts, Laughter, Loss, Rules, Silence, Trembling, Voyeurism and Waiting before arrival at Zero.

Comprising original texts, videos, images and other contributions from a wide range of contemporary writers, thinkers and artists connected to performance, Marathon Lexicon is a live event somewhere between an endurance panel presentation and a lecture running out of control.

First version with contributions from Sara Jane Bailes, Simon Bayly, Steven Connor, Franko B, Hugo Glendinning, Matthew Goulish, Rinne Groff, Ant Hampton, Lin Hixson, Vlatka Horvat, Joe Kelleher, Jeremy Killick, Thomas Lehman, Andre Lepecki, Deborah Levy, Kate McIntosh, Peggy Phelan, Andrew Quick, Alan Read, Nick Ridout, Oscar Sahlieh, Elyce Semenec, Grant Smith, Willy Thomas, Allen Weiss, Lisa Wesley and David Williams.

Curated by Tim Etchells and Adrian Heathfield. 12 hour performance/lecture.


Conceived and devised by the company.

Performers Robin Arthur, Jerry Killick, Claire Marshall, Terry O’Connor
Direction Tim Etchells
Design Richard Lowdon
Lighting Design Nigel Edwards

Marathon Lexicon is a Forced Entertainment production.

Originally created for A Portrait of Forced Entertainment at Mousonturm (Frankfurt) in November 2003.