Scripted to Within an Inch of Her Life (2002)

Cast Liz Aggiss.

Costume Holly Murray.

This is a solo installation performance that deconstructs the film Motion Control. Both multiple projections of the re-edited film, and performer become literally installed: physically, textually, performatively and emotionally strapped into the work as Aggiss embraces the physical synergy between camera, sound and movement.

Premiered at British Dance Edition, Kettles Yard, Cambridge 30th January 2004

'In inspired collusion with composer/musician Billy Cowie, she makes wonderfully funny, touching capital out of who she is; not physically young but gleefully youthful in the movement either of her own (impressively elastic) limbs, or in the fabric of costume or film.’
Mary Brennan The Glasgow Herald

'This year the roster of well known artists was particularly impressive, as it included the distinguished British performers Liz Aggiss and Billy Cowie ... Ms Aggiss and Mr Cowie have worked together as Divas for rather longer than twenty years, specializing in live performance and dance for camera. They have had a long and fruitful association with the NRLA, and this time around they acted as Artists in Residence to the festival ... Appearing late in the afternoon in the midst of the NRLA's wide-ranging and densely-packed program, it really was a delight to see Ms Aggiss and Mr Cowie working at the peak of their considerable powers, and - at a more personal level - a real fillip to see my contemporaries working with such focus and passion to present pieces that were not only full of intelligence and wit, but with a grasp of current technologies that probably outstripped anything by the younger artists in whose company they found themselves working. As its title hints, Scripted to within an Inch of her Life provides a consideration, remarkably both ironic and virtuosic, of the performing body approaching the outer reaches of its own possibilities while making new allegiances with sound and video technologies. It really is a quite special work, and very much of a technical and intellectual piece with the 3D, four screen video installation,’ The Men in the Wall’ that was Ms Aggiss and Mr Cowie's other offering here. Try to see them when they get here; you will not regret it.’
Robert Ayers / live art magzine

References for Scripted to Within an Inch of Her Life
Aggiss, L, Cowie B Bramley, I (2006) Anarchic Dance. Routledge
Brennan, M. (2004 March 23). Their flesh on the line. Glasgow Herald

Extracts available of the live performance, on DVD, in the book ‘Anarchic Dance’ by Liz Aggiss, Billy Cowie with Ian Bramley (Routledge)