Three dancers wearing green jumpsuits huddled together on the floor of a street.

My muses take care of me

Festivals & special events / Performance / 18 Aug 2022 - 20 Aug 2022

Event information

18 Aug 2022 - 20 Aug 2022

(Approximately 60 minutes)
Please note this event only runs on specific days and at different times.

Great Court and galleries


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Enjoy a collection of poetic scenes exploring feminine power by world-renowned Scottish choreographer Fleur Darkin for female/non-binary performers in the spaces of the British Museum.

This is a visually arresting work, expressed through strong design, including bespoke body armour made by French 'plastic artist' Claire-Rose Barbier.

Made in collaboration with the Corina Wilson Company (Argentina) and arising from the global social justice movement to challenge gender inequality, the pieces are inspired by the grassroots campaign La Policía No Me Cuida, Me Cuidan Mis Amigas (The Police Don't Take Care of Me, My Friends Take Care of Me) and are a challenge to public spaces to hold feminine powers, to withstand intimacy, tenderness and rage. The body's power, vulnerability and ancient memory is expressed in public spaces through a private, danced language.

The performers and the dance move freely, protecting performers in their own world of visible and invisible forces, touch and connection. Working free from outside forces including gaze, harassment and classification. Erupting from nowhere, gallery and pedestrian audiences will encounter the provocation of the female or female-passing body. With live music by some of the UK's leading classical singers.

Presented in collaboration with Creative Scotland, Citymoves and South East Dance.

This event is part of the public programme accompanying the Citi exhibition Feminine power: the divine to the demonic at the British Museum (until 25 September 2022).

To attend this event

  • This event runs on the following days:
    • 13.00–14.00 on Thursday 18 August
    • 18.30–19.30 on Friday 19 August
    • 13.00–14.00 on Saturday 20 August
  • This is a standing, promenade performance which is free to visitors of the British Museum, space allowing. Available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The performance will be episodic with short breaks between each scene. It will start in the Great Court and move outside into the forecourt. Both are accessible by stairs or lift.
  • You're advised to book a free timed ticket to guarantee entry to the Museum. The Main entrance is on Great Russell Street. Your timed ticket allows you to explore the permanent collection afterwards. See the Visit page for more information.
  • All ages are welcome. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please note this event will be held at full capacity. Face coverings are recommended for the protection of yourself and others, unless you're exempt.

Meet the creative team

  • Fleur Darkin, artist and choreographer
  • Claire-Rose Barbier, artist and designer
  • Amy Hollinshead, dancer
  • Verity Church, dancer
  • Lauren Jamieson, dancer
  • Laura Booth, dancer
  • Salma Faraji, dancer
  • Stephanie Wake-Edwards, singer
  • Peter Jones, lutenist

Creative leads

About the creative leads

Fleur Darkin, named "one of the most overtly theatrical choreographers of the British new wave" by The Observer, makes original new works and forms of dance. Her international profile ensures her work travels extensively, with recent tours including the UK, US, Asia, South America and Europe. Her awards include Jardin D'Europe, Jerwood Prize, Junges Hundes (Germany). Velvet Petal won the 2017 Lustrum Prize for Dance. Equilux was commissioned for the legendary company Danza Contemporánea de Cuba and is touring worldwide. Miann, was awarded the Linbury Prize and Glasgow 2014 commission and featured as part of the cultural program at Brazil Olympics 2016.

Claire-Rose Barbier

Claire-Rose Barbier is an artist living and working in Brittany. Born in Paris, Barbier graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris where she studied in Richard Deacon and Erik Dietman's studio. Barbier's visual and artistic work is focused on sculpture and installation and she has had exhibitions and residencies in France and internationally, including in the UK, Finland and Sénégal. She is also a singer songwriter, and member of the French-English band Orchestra-Pirouette. She is a member of the collective Tonal, led by music-composer Sarah Llewelyn.