Fierce Festival 2019 / Birmingham, UK / 15 – 20 October

Fierce Press Gang: CUPID, subject to_change


Photography by Jaskirt Dhaliwal

It’s not often that you find the solution to ‘love, the universe and yourself’ in one evening. CUPID at the MAC by the performance trio subject to_change (Abigail Conway, Lara Haworth and Lucy Hayhoe) was a soft, dreamlike experience. Painting a ceramic heart, hanging it on a string and then shooting it with a bow and arrow felt like childhood fantasy play, particularly under the warm studio lights.

Having your heart and your deepest secrets (written on a piece of paper and slotted into the ceramic heart) unexpectedly attacked by an unknown archer can be seen to be a metaphor for love at first sight. On the other hand, if you are a more literal individual (or just very competitive), then it was your physical archery skills which were put to the test. Three arrows to hit the heart of your choice: if you succeed, the heart is yours, if you fail, you leave empty- handed. The mystery remains, however, as to whether someone elsein the audience was aiming for your heart…

Being whisked away from reality for a Sunday evening was a wonderfully relaxing experience. I only wish I was a better shot!