GRAND ATTACK (COMING SOON)

2022

The forthcoming Grand Attack explores a coincidence across time: 19th century hysterics and 20th century yoga practitioners have striken nearly identical poses. The iconic hysterical backbend, for example, which culminated the convulsive grande attaque documented by neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, is indistinguishable from ashtanga ‘drop backs’. Why were these institutionalised women of the 19th century assuming yoga poses? And what might we make of the claims that Charcot asked his patients to perform this way? A series of four advanced yoga practitioners (Huma Jalil, Agata Gazda, Chris Miller and Kathryn McCusker) summon, on film, new somatic states from centuries-old images.