Sanatorium with Abi Palmer

Sanatorium with Abi Palmer

Poet Abi Palmer, appearing at the Kendal Poetry Festival

Tuesday 23rd February 2.00pm-3.30pm


Join Abi Palmer for a live performance of Sanatorium, scored with haunting, dreamlike film.
A young woman spends a month taking the waters at a thermal water-based rehabilitation facility in Budapest. On her return to London, she attempts to continue her recovery using an £80 inflatable blue bathtub. The tub becomes a metaphor for the intrusion of disability; a trip hazard in the middle of an unsuitable room, slowly deflating and in constant danger of falling apart. Sanatorium (Penned in the Margins, 2020) moves through contrasting space--bathtub to thermal pool, land to water, day to night--interlacing memoir, poetry and meditations on the body to create a mesmerising, mercurial debut.

Palmer's accompanying film blends haunted dresses and immersive mycological meditations with analogue footage of Palmer in the bathtub (directed and shot by Anna Ulrikke Andersen) and diaristic fragments from the Sanatorium itself. Themes of chronic pain, queerness and mysticism emerge. Lose yourself in the blurred lines between pain and healing, land and water, sinking — and what it means to float.

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Tickets can be purchased through the Brewery Arts Centre


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