The Arches presents
Tue 17 - Sat 28 Sep 2013 | Festival pass: £32/£26 | See shows for individual prices
“Take no thought of the harvest
But only of proper sowing”
From T.S. Eliot’s The Rock
Welcome to Arches LIVE 2013, our annual festival of new work by Scotland’s most interesting performance makers, who have been brought together by a shared determination to subvert and surprise. It’s this celebration of uninhibited creativity that exemplifies what the Arches does best: enabling courageous artists to push the boundaries of their practice.
As is often the case with Arches LIVE, there is a strong political theme, whether explored through autobiographical storytelling, or by self-consciously blurring the lines between artist and activist. The festival also asks many questions. What is, and who can be, an ‘artist’? In a world preoccupied with social control, what do we have to do in order to let go? Join the discussion on these topics at the Arches Commons event and at a special event in collaboration with Stereo, that looks at art and activism in and beyond Glasgow (Art/Action/Other #1, on Sat 21st Sep).
We are also delighted to announce the inaugural Summerhall Autopsy Award, which sees two Arches LIVE shows selected to be restaged at the Edinburgh venue in 2014.
As ever, we encourage everyone to experience the festival as a whole, taking in a few shows a night as well as joining the lively debate and discussion in the festival bar. Buy one of the excellent value Festival Passes and come down and immerse yourself in this exciting cross section of Glasgow’s live performance community.
Art/Action/Other #1 (discussion event)
Rachel Frances Sharpe: Smoke
Unboxed: Break the Silence
Leo Glaister: Ultraviolet Catastrophe
Calum MacAskill: Every Pound’s A Prisoner!
Greg Sinclair: I Do, Do I
Peter Lannon/Emma Nutland: Punching Woman Coming At You Punchman
Enormous Yes: Bonny Boys Are Few
Ian Johnston/Gary Gardiner/Adrian Howells: He’s The Greatest Dancer
Rosana Cade: Sister
Louise Ahl: NICE Opening Ceremony
Arches Commons breakfast discussion: Am I An Artist?
Visting Company: Panorama
Katy Baird and Jonathan May: At Least We Tried
Unboxed: I’m Still Gay And You’re Still Dying
Shafted!? Theatrical Dissidents: Shafted!?
Tickets and booking information:
The excellent value Arches LIVE Festival Pass (£32/£26) and Day Pass (£18/£12) are available now from the Arches Box Office – call us on 0141 565 1000 or visit in person at 253 Argyle Street to book. Alternatively, you can now book your festival pass online.
To buy tickets for individual shows, please see individual pages above.
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“Where can you see tomorrow’s work today? The answer is The Arches.”
Producing and presenting risk-taking work from local and international artists and companies, the building has boasted performances over the past two years from Derevo, The TEAM and Taylor Mac, hosted the National Review of Live Art and New Territories festivals and seen blistering performances from boundary-pushing artists and companies such as John Moran, Adrian Howells, Ontroerend Goed and Quarantine as part of 2010’s BEHAVIOUR festival, our annual celebration of the live experience.
The Arches is also Scotland’s leading provider of support for emergent artists and performance practitioners, providing a year-long programme of opportunities including Artist in Residence programmes and our two annual awards, Platform 18: New Directions and the Brick Award, as well as showcasing raw work from homegrown talent such as Nic Green and Rob Drummond in Arches LIVE, our annual festival of brave new work.
Our dedicated Creative Learning programme offers even further-reaching opportunities for development across a broad range of social groups, with events ranging from urban music production course Tigerstyle and the newly launched Arches Community Choir, to mentoring schemes, professional development projects and off-site performance work with diverse social groups.
Words from Jackie Wylie, The Arches’ Artistic Director, following the tragic death of Adrian Howells:
“All at The Arches are devastated by the loss of Adrian Howells this week. He was our Artist in Residence and The Arches was his creative home. But more than that, he was a dear friend and companion in life to many of us here.
So many would say that there truly was no one like him, who personified love, generosity and the deepest type of empathy and desire to understand those lucky enough to have met him. With great humour he was able to create an instant connection with anyone he encountered. He was able to translate this desire to nurture and connect into his performance practice and in doing so leaves behind not only an incredible and influential body of work but a multitude of audience members across the world who have in some way been transformed by these encounters.
He supported, encouraged and was at the heart of an entire community of artists in Glasgow who will miss him terribly.”