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    Hippie performance artists at The Roundhouse

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    Location: London, England / Great Britain

    Story about a hippie performance piece at the The Roundhouse in Camden, London.

    Various shots hippie performance artists on stage some in the nude during performance, title of play not known. The performance involves screaming and banging fists on the floor.

    MS Police arrive, walking past signs saying 'repression means mystification'. CU of hippie complaining to the police. CU of performance, bald hippie explains police say the performance must stop. VS of audience. VS high angle over stage as cast and audience clear stage.

    B/W PRINT SEP. MANG. CENTRE TRACK IN - 4558 J

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    3091.08
    Media URN:
    87440
    Group:
    Unissued unused
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1971
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:26:29:00 / 01:28:47:00
    Canister:
    UN 4558 I

Comments (1)

  1. tlpanmure says

    This is actually footage of the police breaking up a performance by the New York-based experimental theatre company, The Living Theatre. The group was founded in the late 40s by Judith Malina and Julian Beck, and suffered many busts and closures and evictions in New York in the 50s and across Europe in the 60s. The "bald hippie" referenced in the notes is Julian Beck himself.
    In 1971, the year of this performance, Beck enumerated “The Seven Imperatives of Contemporary Theatre:"
    1. In the Street: outside of the cultural and economic limitations of institutionalized theatre.
    2. Free: Performance for the proletariat, the Lumpenproletariat, the poor, the poorest of the poor, without admission charge.
    3. Open Participation: Break Thru, Unification: Collective Creation.
    4. Spontaneous Creation: Improvisation: Freedom.
    5. Physical life: Body: Sexual Liberation.
    6. Change: Increase of Conscious Awareness: Permanent Revolution: Unfixed (Flexible, Free) Ideology.
    7. Acting as Action.

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