The Arches presents
Thu 12 - Sat 14 Feb 2015 | 7.30pm | £12/£10 (+ £1.50 online-only transaction fee) | 14+
This captivating piece of dance theatre, narrated by Alexei Sayle, features renowned dancers Kerieva McCormick and Raúl Prieto (formerly Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras), choreography by flamenco ‘Gran Maestro’ Javier Latorre, video design by Tim Reid (1984/Quiz Show) and lighting design by Colin Grenfell (Black Watch).
The stunning flamenco dance is accompanied by breathtaking special effects and a specially commissioned score, performed by a live band that includes legendary jazz pianist Pablo Suàrez, Scottish virtuoso flamenco guitarist Andrew Robinson and esteemed flamenco singer Olayo Jiménez.
In 1937, during the Spanish Civil War, 4,000 children – known as ‘Los Niños de la Guerra’ – were evacuated to the UK. This story follows one of them, Esperanza, a typist, twenty years later in post-war Britain, who decides to make the dangerous journey back to her past, and Franco’s Spain.
Inspired by interviews with several of the ‘Niños’, now in their nineties, and co-directed by McCormick and Ben Harrison (Grid Iron), The Typist is an exhilarating story of courage, passion and identity.
By Kerieva McCormick
Co-Directors: Kerieva McCormick & Ben Harrison
Narrator: Alexei Sayle
Choreographer: Javier Latorre>
Video Design: Tim Reid
Lighting Design: Colin Grenfell
Set Design: Ali Maclaurin
Flamenco Dancers: Kerieva McCormick & Raúl Prieto
Flamenco Singer: Olayo Jiménez
Virtuoso Pianist: Pablo Suárez
Virtuoso Guitarist: Andrew RobinsonDouble Bass: Mario Caribe
Percussion: Dalbir Singh Rattan
“Kerieva McCormick is a talent to be reckoned with. Her new dance theatre work ‘The Typist’ soars.” ★★★★
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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.”