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Urging audiences to step away from social media to embrace foliage over FOMO, international performance poet, artist and playwright Chanje Kunda presents her new show Plant Fetish at ARC in Stockton on Wednesday 20th-Thursday 21st November.

A previous winner of the BBC’s Verb New Voices award, Chanje’s unique outlook sees her combine the visual elements of live art and contemporary dance with epic poetry. Her interest in using art as activism (see her #ICantBreathe videos online) also contributes to a depth of performance and broad subject matter.

Plant Fetish was conceived while Chanje was looking for relief from stress and anxiety. After discovering a book called Plant Style, which advocates plants as a stress reducer and creativity enhancer, she also discovered some interesting and occasionally alarming stories online about some people’s relationship with plant life – with some Mexican women giving up on men entirely and marrying trees instead!

Plant Fetish takes these examples of tiring of everyday pressures and finding release from stress and anxiety, attempting to encourage others to achieve fulfilment outside of societal norms using a mixture of VJ projection, psychedelic lighting, music and the power of words.

A searingly honest, funny and often heartrending show, Chanje’s tropical plant harem will ensure you never look at a yucca the same way again.

Plant Fetish is at ARC, Stockton on Wednesday 20th-Thursday 21st November


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