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‘Paradoxical Gasp’ is the first public programme of ‘Out of Breath’, as a performance and digital project dealing with the traumatic legacy of tear gas exposure. This experimental event is based on archival and community research about the impact and use of tear gas, globally and locally, on society and personal freedom.

Running across the historical underground spaces of the Crypt Gallery, Hidden Keileon presents a caring space for traumatic experiences to be heard, inviting the audience to consider how society can stand together in the pursuit of freedom regardless of background, race, and nationality.

Through an experiment that engages with the audience’s senses, ‘Paradoxical Gasp’ explores the links between tear gas as a tangible form of oppression and trauma as an intangible social issue. It makes both physical and emotional wounds visible and shows how pervasively, systematically, and deeply our society injures its own people.


On one hand, tear gas can readily lead us to withdraw, shut down, feel silenced, and perceive that decisions have been imposed upon us without our consent. On the other hand, it can lead us to participate in efforts to make ourselves heard or defend positions which we feel are under attack.

Experimental Events
Thurs 17 Nov 7pm (preview)
Fri 18 Nov 7pm (press night)
Sat 19 Nov 2pm & 7pm
Sun 20 Nov 2pm w/ a post-show talk*

The Crypt Gallery, Euston Road, London NW1 2BA
£15 (£12)

Accessibility: The Crypt Gallery is a grade I listed building. Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair access into the space. There are steep uneven stone steps with handrail, leading down into the gallery. The floor of the gallery is uneven stone.

As the venue is an underground space, this immersive event may not be suitable for people who fear dark, claustrophobia, and visual/auditory delusions.

An art psychotherapist is present at all performances. The space will stay open for quiet reflection for 20 minutes after the event. Visitors are welcome to attend the open studio hosted by Lily Hsu, Art Psychotherapist.

*The show on Sun 20 Nov is accompanied by a British Sign Language tour led by Martin Glover with an interpreter support for sound description, and followed by a BSL interpreted post-show talk at St Pancras Church
(165 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BA).

We want to make sure that our events are welcoming and accessible. Please contact us via email at info@hiddenkeileon.art if you would like to discuss how we can support you to attend and enjoy this event.

The production of the event has been supported by the Bloomsbury Festival and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. The research for this project has been supported by Wellcome Collection in connection with the exhibition In the Air (2022).

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