Miranda July

New Society

Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
23 February 2015

As part of the development of a larger project with Artangel, Miranda July began her exploration of UK audiences with a one-off event in London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre.

The witty and moving performance artfully blended fiction and real life to create a startling chronicle of time, love, and group faith. On this very special night July tested some of the limits of what is possible given two hours and a room full of strangers. The performance, New Society, coincided with the publication in the UK of July’s first novel The First Bad Man, published by Canongate.

Image: Miranda July seen in a performance still from New Society

About Miranda July

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Miranda July

Miranda July is an award-winning filmmaker, artist and writer. Her collection of short stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You, won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and has been published in twenty-three countries. The First Bad Man, July’s first novel, is published by Canongate in the UK.

Previously, her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper’s and The New Yorker. It Chooses You was her first book of non-fiction. She wrote, directed and starred in The Future and Me and You and Everyone We Know – winner of the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and a Special Jury Prize at Sundance. July’s participatory art includes the website Learning to Love You More (with artist Harrell Fletcher), Eleven Heavy Things (a sculpture garden created for the 2009 Venice Biennale), Somebody (a messaging app) as well as New Society and a project in development with Artangel for 2016/17.


Images: Miranda July (left) Photograph: Todd Cole; in a performance still from New Society


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Who made this possible?


Presented by Artangel and Sadler’s Wells Theatre, with special thanks to Mala Gaonkar and Oliver Haarmann.

Artangel is generously supported by Arts Council England and the private patronage of the Artangel International Circle, Special AngelsGuardian Angels and The Company of Angels.