The Arches presents
Thu 4 - Fri 19 Sep 2014
Why do you make decisions? What motivates you? What would it take to change your ideology? Do principles really even exist if they can be so corrupted? Are principles really just what we would do in an ideal world? Are principles real? How much money would you need to vote for the opposition…?
As Scotland draws closer to answering one of the biggest ‘Yes/No’ questions in the country’s history, The Arches presents a festival of events inspired by- and informing on- the Independence Referendum. More than concerning themselves with the hard facts (or enumerating various best-case/worst-case scenarios), this series of performances, conversations, art and music will encourage audiences to think about how we make decisions, where the human desire for independence comes from, and whether it even really matters.
The highlight of the festival, around which the referendum project has grown, is Wallace, a new theatre event created by Rob Drummond and David Overend (Bullet Catch). Co-commissioned by The Arches and The National Theatre with support from National Theatre Studio, the three-act work-in-development will premiere at The Arches in the week leading up to the referendum.*
The night before the referendum, Trigger presents How To Choose?; a new work developed by Gary McNair and Davey Anderson, in collaboration with the philosophy department at the University of Glasgow and part of the Flip Side series. Combining views gathered from philosophy cafes across Scotland, and podcast interviews with campaigners, neurologists and psychologists, Trigger look at how and why we make choices. Is it peer pressure, propaganda or a deep instinct? Can we ever make an unbiased decision?
After the final Wallace performance on the 18th, audiences and artists are invited to The Arches Political Party: a late night get-together with artistic happenings, live music and the results as they happen. The next morning, once the votes have been counted, we open our doors for the What Now? Brunch, an informal debrief with the Early Days team, complete with champagne where called for, hugs where needed and the ubiquitous rolls and bacon.
Other interactive satellite and momentum-building events include Robert Ormerod’s interactive photography exhibition Political Youth, Marcus Montgomery Roche’s Vote for Me and a Symposium, inspired by the idea of (Scottish) Independence and centering on the themes of history, reflection, discussion and philosophy.
Full EARLY DAYS programme:
Rob Drummond ‘Wallace’ | Sun 14 – Thurs 18 Sept ’14 | £12/£10
Robert Ormerod ‘Political Youth’ |Thurs 4 – Fri 19 Sept ’14 | FREE
Adam Scarborough ‘Please Wait to be Seated’ | Fri 5 – Fri 19 Sept ’14 | Cafe Bar Takeover
Symposium: Imagining Scotland – Pasts, Presents, Futures | Sun 14 Sept ’14 | FREE
Marcus Montgomery Roche: Vote for Me | Tues 16 Sept ’14 | FREE
Trigger: How to Choose? by Davey Anderson and Gary McNair | Wed 17 Sept ’14 | £8/£6
The Arches Political Party | Thurs 18 Sept ’14 | £5 / FREE with Wallace ticket
The What Now? Brunch | Fri 19 Sept ’14 | FREE for the first 30 guests
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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.”