Tom Pritchard: On The Stage Of The Present
Mon 25 Jul 2011 | 7pm | £3/£2
The fourth and final installment in the As Yet Untitled series looks at bringing together a multitude of artists to consider how improvisation can be crafted into a spectacle. As Yet Untitled: Be Still To Be Told involves text, music, movement, with a focus on providing a narrative for us all to construct for ourselves along the way.
ABOUT AS YET UNTITLED //
As Yet Untitled is a series of improvised performances from the Arches’ latest Associate Artist, Tom Pritchard, as part of his performance-based research project On The Stage Of The Present. Developed with the support of the Workroom, Dance House and The Arches (Glasgow) and Dance Base (Edinburgh), its primary focus is cross art-form improvisation. Working with visual artists, musicians, dancers and actors, the research ranges from from durational gallery-based performance and stage work to studio-based practice and site-specific sculpture.
ABOUT TOM PRITCHARD //
Tom Pritchard is a Glasgow-based performer, improviser and dance maker. Working both across the UK and internationally, his experience covers a wide range of disciplines – from choreography work with undergraduates in Newcastle to educational work in Germany to performance roles in award-winning pieces in Edinburgh, London and New York. Recent work ranges from Linder Sterling’s radical 13-hour work The Darktown Cakewalk to S/He and Falling Man by Tommy Small, with the latter making its world premiere in New York earlier this year.
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