What is The1st4 ?
The1st4 is a new platform for performance and live art for Liverpool.
The1st4 has ambitions to take advantage of the talent and venues of Liverpool.
The1st4 is hunting for emerging and established performers.
The1st4 is new, developing, a place for experimentation and revaluation.
The1st4 is engaging a new audience.

The1st4 presents DiCTATE (Again) a live art event that encourages emerging artists to experiment and collaborate on new performance pieces. It took at 24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool on October 8th and debuted of a new work by Hollie Frances Lewis, along with the Liverpool premier of Manoli Moriaty’s ‘living instrument’ Symbiosis.


DiCTATE is a strand of The1st4 live art platform. Its main aim is to create a space to bring together emerging artists working in two separate mediums to produce new experimental performances, to encourage collaboration. The form this takes is that a ‘non-performing’ artist is selected to create a ‘performance score’ which is interpreted by the performer.

April 2014 saw the first DiCTATE take place at Camp and Furnace. It featured performer Ayaka Furuwaka interpret a performance score from video artist Dan Mahony. Entitled The Slow Death of the Jazz Singer, documentation of that event can be seen here.

DiCTATE (Again) will continue with this exploration of collaboration; it will see the performer Hollie Frances Lewis interpret a performance score from artists and actress Selina Hope Borji. The starting point is the recollection of a dream; half remembered and dragged from the twilight of sleep. From this reverie will come a performance that explores the relationship between language and movement.



Hollie Frances Lewis


Hollie is a performer currently based in Chester. Her practice is centred on the use of language and our physical relationship to it. She has shown work at the Dear Serge performance platform as well as Matchpoint, Munich.

Selina Hope Borji


Liverpool based Artist and Actress Selina Hope Borji answered the callout for an artist. Her score was selected because her score, written while awaking. This description of a fading dream opened up the possibility of language as a medium for movement.

Manoli Moriaty


Manoli is a Greek born, Manchester-based sound artist. For DiCTATE he will presenting ‘Symbiosis’. This was recently performed at The Late Night Anatomy Fish Fry, The Arches Glasgow.