Watch as an artist is gradually lifted by 20,000 balloons, and contemplate notions of power.

Cherophobia is a live installation, performed over 48 hours, by Noëmi Lakmaier, in which the artist attempts to lift her tied and immobilised body off the ground using 20,000 multi-coloured helium balloons.

Cherophobia is a performance and a gathering, a one-off event that connects people through shared suspense and anticipation. It takes its title from a psychiatric condition defined as 'an exaggerated or irrational fear of gaiety or happiness'.

Originating from her own experience of disabled self, Noëmi Lakmaier's live and site-responsive practice explores notions of the 'other', ranging from the physical to the philosophical, the personal to the political.

Using everyday materials and her own body, she constructs temporary living installations – alternative physical realities through which she explores the psychological implications of power, control and insecurity, the drive to belong and succeed, and feelings of self-doubt and otherness.

Viewers are invited to join for the duration as balloons are inflated and attached one at a time by a team of assistants.

The performance is broadcast live from St Leonard's, Shoreditch Church (High St, London E1 6JN), to Southbank Centre and venues nationally and internationally.

Audio Description
Audio Description is available during the performance on Wednesday 7 September – Friday 9 September.

Wednesday 7 September – Friday 9 September

Wed 7 Sep, 12 noon – 11pm
Thu 8 Sep, 10am – 11pm
Fri 9 Sep, 10am – 12 noon

Level 2 Foyer (Blue Side) at Royal Festival Hall

The performance is screened onto the exterior wall of Royal Festival Hall on Festival Terrace from 11pm on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 September until the building reopens at 10am.

Event Information

For info:

Call: 0844 847 9910

Fax: 020 7921 0607

Email: [email protected]


Level 2 Foyer (Blue Side), Royal Festival Hall

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