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We are before

Sarah Vanhee

A group of people sitting in an impressive, dark room at a long table whilst the artist speaks to them from the head of the table
Sarah Vanhee, We are before. Photo by Edith Goddeeris

Internationally renowned artist, performer and author Sarah Vanhee has spent seven years walking, unasked and uninvited, into meeting rooms and speaking about how we live together as human beings. This iconic, trans-disciplinary performance Lecture For Every One, surprised more than 10,000 people over twelve different countries, interrupting their daily routines by asking big and small questions about life. She always said the same words, and called it Lecture For Every One.

To mark seven years of Lecture For Every One, Vanhee has developed a performance reflecting on stories and memories from this process. We are before is a story about words, love, violence and connection. About people alone and together.

It’s a story about what it means to speak up, today. About the (im)possibility to address every-one. And about how we are always before. Before the war starts, before you kiss, before you really decide. How today also, we are before.

Part of What Shall We Build Here, Artsadmin’s festival of art, climate and community from 28 June – 2 July 2023.

Sarah Vanhee is an internationally renowned artist, performer and author, whose work has been shown in major performing arts contexts for the past fifteen years, as well as in the visual arts, film and literature. Vanhee is known for her transdisciplinary and crosssectoral work and for inventing ever new, original art forms, mostly in a dilettant manner. Her art is driven by radical imagination, which leads to the creation of radical new fictions, or the realization of radical interventions in reality. In addition, art is an instrument for her to bring underexposed narratives and non-dominant voices to the foreground.

Performance & text: Sarah Vanhee
Set design: Astrid Fieuws
Production: Manyone
Co-production: CAMPO, Vooruit, kunstencentrum BUDA, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, STUK, BIT Teatergarasjen, Skogen
Tour management: Hiros with support of the Flemish Community

The Court Room is in the First Floor of Toynbee Studios, and is wheelchair accessible via a lift from the Ground Floor.

  • All of our toilets are gender neutral. Fully accessible toilets are located on the ground, first and third floors.
  • In the first floor disabled toilet, there is a wheelchair-accessible shower with a fold-down shower seat and an ergonomic sink that is adjustable in height.
  • In the third floor disabled toilet, the accessible toilet has a shower with a hoist, which is an Opemed OT200c and has safe working weight of 200kg, and a powered nursing bench with safety rail.
  • There is a quiet space on the third floor.
  • We welcome guide, hearing, emotional support and assistance dogs. A drinking bowl is located in the café foyer.
  • More about our accessibility policy

Date and time

28 June 2023
Pay What You Can

Please note
This is now a past event.


Court Room, Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street, London
What Shall We Build Here
E1 6AB