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She’s so f**king awesome on stage - In conversation with Lucy McCormick by Kaleido Shoots

If you haven’t met her yet, you still haven’t felt completely immersed into laughter, amazement, excitement and shock at the same time whilst watching her on stage ripping off her clothes, throwing herself on the floor dancing like the world has come to an end. It’s the one and only artist and performer Lucy McCormick, who offers the best entertainment we have ever witnessed, mesmerising and shocking the public, her performances and content are absolutely taken from another world full of passion, extravaganza, sweet madness, whipped cream, coffee granules, wine and sweets!

AND YES we went backstage and had a long chat with Lucy about her life as an artist, what inspires her to be so unique and courageous when performing, about the content of her work, future plans and a few more cheeky questions. :)

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1. Can you introduce yourself in a few words?

A bit grumpy, snatchy, loves you, over thinker, a bit more famous than you, a bit less ok then you, mostly adorable, mostly hygienic.

2. How did you create the character of Lucy McCormick or is it a character?

On stage Lucy is sort of the best and worst version of myself. I think i play around with stripping back different layers of persona during performances, and whether the audience is ever really with the 'real' me is questionable. I like playing with people's expectations - when the audience sees me walk on stage what do they expect? And how far I am going to achieve those expectations, or undermine/subvert them. 

3. What makes you do what you do?

passion, vulnerability, bordem, arrogance, insecurity, hope, fantasy, outrage

4. Who/ what inspires you? Any artist/ place/ activity etc. that inspires you at the moment?

Some of my favorite artists are Daniel Olivier, Tim Spooner, FK Alexander, Mamoru Iriguchi... theres loads of others... my work isn't particularly like these artists' but i think that's how it works for me a lot of the time. I'm just inspired by people making really bold and surprising decisions.  

I live in London but I'm trying to get away more. Just being away from your every day space can help widen your perspective. 

5. What did you want to be when you were a kid?

I didn't know what I wanted to be, and I didn't get how everyone knew what they wanted to be 

7. What is your favourite part of a performance?

The end! No maybe the moment after a first joke, when people have actually laughed and it's like ohhhh phew now we're having fun. That includes shows/jokes I've been doing for like 3 years! You don't ever know how it's gonna go that night. 

8. During your performances you play with food and drinks quite a lot. Could you explain us more about that concept and its meaning?

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It's not so much a concept... I just like making a mess. It's fun for me and it's fun for the audience to watch. It's nothing boundary breaking, but making a total mess still feels liberating and a bit naughty. Also I'm usually half dressed and covered in messy make up and hair extensions, and there's something about the grotesque/desperate/doomed/hot chick I can't get enough of. 

12. There is a satirical aspect to your work… How do you create the narratives?

It depends on the work. Sometimes I'm piecing together different images and references I want to explore until they have some kind of dramaturgical narrative or are thematically making sense. And yeh they are often about subverting pop culture references. My show Triple Threat was a different project - I took the story of the New Testament and restaged it for myself. It seemed to be a useful story to explore interests in gender discourse, sexuality, greif.... I mean it covers pretty much everything! Im doing a similar project at the moment looking at further narratives to subvert/play with.

13. What is your vision and how do you see yourself in 10 year time?

Just really tired and wrinkly but happy?

14. Any exciting work coming up soon?

I have 2 large scale projects coming up this year that will be annonced soon, so watch this space! 

15. Your best advice for a young performer and artist?

Follow your instincts, work hard, back yourself, have a wide perspective on life. Also answer emails and be on time. (I'm still working on pretty much all of these)