Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2012-13

(London, UK)Ann-Marie Lequesne

Fanfare for Crossing the Road

Fanfare for Crossing the Road is an international project that adds ceremony to a common event. It has been performed, to date, in London, Lisbon and Helsinki. In each country LeQuesne asks musicians - dressed in uniforms and positioned beside the traffic lights - to mimic as closely as possible the digital acoustic crossing sounds (different in every country) that signal the time to cross for the blind. The first performance took place in London, in front of the Albert Memorial, on May 21, 2011. On September 10, 2011 the project moved to Helsinki where participants crossed three different tramlines in front of the Central Railway Station. The third performance, was filmed in Lisbon at the waterfront square, Praça do Comércio, on September 24, 2011. In October an operatic Fanfare with 8 acapella singers will be performed in Cardiff as part of the 2012 O:4W festival. Fanfare for Crossing the Road will be performed in New York City at the crossing on 23rd St. and 7th Avenue on a date to be announced. The “performed” element of this work makes us aware of the social fabric of the particular location/country in which it is filmed.


Ann-Marie LeQuesne stages events in public places that explore the social dynamics of groups. Working with members of the public, she asks participants to act out a range of roles, often using elements of tableau-vivant, re-enactment and ritual. Her requests to collaborators allow for interpretation on their part. Performances are documented and the resulting film/photographs may record misunderstanding, and the unexpected. LeQuesne grew up in the States but has lived most of her life in the UK. She has received funding support from Arts Council England, The Arts and Humanities Research Board, London Arts, and the Royal College of Art. She lectures at the Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martin’s and has exhibited widely.