The Arches presents
Wed 8 Apr - Sun 17 May 2015 | Various times and dates | Festival Pass: £60/£53
Welcome to BEHAVIOUR 2015: The Arches’ festival of essential live performance, providing a snapshot of today’s cutting-edge international and UK artists.
Last year was a monumental one for Scotland. As ever though, we’re looking forward, marching onward and because it’s BEHAVIOUR, getting wayward. In this, the sixth year of the festival, we invite artists and audiences to respond to a changing world, exploring their visions of- and for- The Future.
We’re delighted to be hosting the UK premiere of Chris Kondek & Christiane Kühl’s Anonymous P.- a theatrical experiment in which your smartphone sets the stage- as well as Dead Centre’s 2014 Edinburgh Fringe smash, Lippy.
With another general election on the horizon, we consider political futures (and presents and pasts) with BEHAVIOUR first-timers Coney, returning artists Chris Thorpe & Rachel Chavkin and Arches Auteur Nic Green.
We’re also going environmental with off-site work such as Amy Sharrocks’ Museum of Water- part of Glasgow’s Year of Green- and Andy Field’s work with Blackfriars Primary School inviting us to question our relationship with the world we live in.
And what of the future of society? As culture becomes increasingly homogenised, are we doomed to fall into a beige abyss? Platform 18 Award winner Ishbel McFarlane, BEHAVIOUR favourites Gob Squad and Japanese contemporary artist Sako Kojima dig into cultural futures. Meanwhile, at the other end of the colour spectrum, Peter McMaster and Arches Brick Award winner Christopher Brett Bailey present extreme, energetic work that centres on our nihilistic tendencies.
Elsewhere in the programme you can catch a thought-provoking exhibition/installation by Tim Etchells and the return of Dancer by Ian Johnston, Gary Gardiner & Adrian Howells, last seen at The Arches in its early stages of development.
As in previous years, we’ll be misbehaving all over the city with off-site work at Citizens Theatre, CCA and the Botanic Gardens, as well as taking work to the streets and tall buildings of Glasgow.
Dark Behaviour is back for its second year with a new guest curator and a new theme: Queer Futures. Join us for a night of exhilarating live performance and forward-thinking clubbing, featuring Arches Brick Award winner The Christeene Machine alongside a host of only the fiercest performers. More than the perfect climax to the festival, the cross-artform late night event ushers in our exciting SEXOLOGY mini-season, which takes place the following weekend.
With so much to talk about, we have five unique servings of The Arches Commons and, for all the chat in between, the festival bar provides the ideal space to chew over the matters at hand.
We’d like to extend big thanks to our partners this year: Creative Scotland, Glasgow City Council, CCA, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow Botanic Gardens, In Between Time, The Wellcome Collection, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Pro Helvetia, Jury’s Inn, Glasgow Year of Green, Glasgow Women’s Library, Tramway & The Goethe Institut- THANK YOU.
And to you, thank YOU for joining us. Enjoy the season and we’ll see you at the festival bar between shows to talk all about it.
We promise we’ll be on our best behaviour…
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Download the large print version here.
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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.”