Serena Korda is an artist who likes to explore the invented traditions and rituals of different cultures. Her previous works include large installations such as Decosa Traditions, which was a giant sculpture of wooden blocks that was constructed to form something similar to a game of dominos or Jenga. Many of her installations have an element of performance, such as There's A Strange Wind Blowing, which uses puppetry to create an imaginary meeting between Walt Disney and Annie Smith Peck.
Her latest project is probably the most theatrically ambitious of all. Aping The Beast, which is showing at the Camden Arts Centre until the 5th May, stars a giant latex dinosaur, a psychic cat, and a bristling tarantula, which parade through a village hall alongside dancers and musicians.
The performance explores Korda's interest in animal symbolism and folklore, and will be accompanied by other special shows throughout its run. These include a presentation by Dr Ann Featherstone about the history of Penny Gaff theatres and a three-piece Café Curio performance, in which the puppet beast awakens, explores its fertility, and takes part in a procession through the streets of Hampstead.
This exciting exhibition is free and looks well worth the trip.