The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and The Arches present
Mon 12 - Thu 15 Jan 2015 | 6pm - 10pm | Festival Pass: £16 Day pass: £5 (call 0141 565 1000 to book)
Welcome to Into The New 2015
Whilst preparing for this year’s edition of our festival of new work, we reconsidered the role of the artist in the world. Guillermo Gómez Peña offered us inspiration in the following,
We do not look for answers; we merely raise impertinent questions. In this sense, to use an old metaphor, our job maybe to open the Pandora’s box of our times – smack in the middle of the gallery, the theatre, the street, or in front of the video camera – and let the demons loose. Others who are better trained – the activists and academics – will have to deal with them, fight them, domesticate them, or attempt to explain them.
(Live Art and Performance, 2004, Tate publishing)
As we open the Pandora’s box of Into The New this year, we can be sure that the work of this group of graduating students will raise some ‘impertinent questions’. Their performances seek to offer intellect and challenge, hope and humour, bravery and commitment.
Your role, as audience is to ‘domesticate’ their ideas, to deal with them and perhaps to explain them, to yourselves, and to each other. With that we wish you luck, as the class of 2015 may refuse to be tamed!
Symposium: I know what you think but how do you feel?
This year our performance symposium seeks to explore the potential of the performer’s body as a site for the resolution of dualism through performance.
When we consider dualism, the dividing of one’s self into two, we usually mean the Cartesian split, which argues that the cognitive does not have extension in space, and that the material cannot think; the classic mind and body dualism.
This performance symposium seeks to consider this ontology and the many other forms of dualism we encounter as part of our lived human experience:
head and heart
intellect and emotion
personal and professional
active and reflective
intuitive and logical
If the performer’s body is the site for unity of the self, then what might this performance look and feel like?
Would it be a performance that stimulates the mind and quickens the heart, a performance with enquiry and integrity, a performance where mind and body dissolve into new meaning, in front of an audience of similar bodies, resonating in their human-ness.
Come to I know what you think but how do you feel? our Into The New 2015 Performance Symposium on Monday 12th January, to share in a unique performative exploration of these ideas by international and local artists and academics.
Then join us for the live In To The New platform of 4th year Contemporary Performance Practice Students as they present 11 new works over 3 days within the lines and curves of The Arches Theatre- 13-15th January 2015.
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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.”