Performance: Elizabeth I: Construction of an Icon

12 April 2019, 15:30-17:30

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  • Performance

Construction, Greenwich Park
© National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

The Armada portrait of Elizabeth I commemorates the most famous conflict of her reign – the failed invasion of England by the Spanish Armada in the summer of 1588. The painting is on permanent, public display, in the Queen’s House at Royal Museums Greenwich.

Construction of an Icon is a performance, a creative design and a communities’ project, which offers new ways to share histories of Elizabeth I, and disseminate the Armada Portrait with new audiences, in different locations.  Multi award winning performer and writer Christopher Green brings his unique approach to a new interpretation of this most iconic and powerful 16th century influencer.

Christopher has appeared all over the world, works for the biggest cultural institutions in the UK, and has nice hair. He was described by the Guardian as “Part politician, part shaman, part sociologist, part healer, but you’ll happily only focus on the fact that he’s an entertainer.”

Designers Bronya Arciszewska and Oliver Cronk, collaborated with students from the London College of Fashion, The Courtauld Institute, and a wide range of designers and makers at different stages of their careers to create layer by layer a 21st century costume based on meticulous research of the portrait. On Friday 12th April, following in the footsteps of 16th century public entertainments, which allowed the Queen to see and be seen, Elizabeth promises a dignified, confident and gracious procession from the Queen’s House at Royal Museums Greenwich, up the river to Westminster and on to the National Portrait Gallery. The Queen will be joined and accompanied by members of the Amies Freedom Choir who together will help create a soulful 21st century masque.

Join us en route or at the National Portrait Gallery.

Part of the programme of events complementing Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver

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