For the past 10 years, Brian Lobel has been performing his work about cancer, illness and survivorship to medical students, universities, galleries, cabarets and museums internationally. The three central works: BALL (2003), Other Funny Stories About Cancer (2006) and An Appreciation (2009) – each chart different parts of the cancer experience (from diagnosis, patient perspectives, sexuality, propriety, the pressures of post-treatment survivorship) and attempt to challenge the traditional cancer narratives of survivorship or death.
As an Associate Artist of Performing Medicine, Brian has performed BALL in multiple contexts: for general audiences at the Royal London Hospital; for audiences of medical students at Barts & The London and King’s College School of Medicine; and for professionals working across medical disciplines. An Appreciation has also been performed at Sadler’s Wells as part of The Anatomy Season (2011).
The trilogy of works were performed as a singular piece from 2011-2013 and toured to London, Chicago, Manchester, Edinburgh, Leicester, Brighton and beyond.