The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and The Arches present
Tue 14 - Wed 15 Jan 2014 | 14th: 7.15pm | 15th: 9pm | Duration: 1 hour | Day pass: £5 (call 0141 565 1000 to book)
Kerry is looking at her computer screen.
She is putting on her headset.
She is logging into her online world.
She is becoming Hannya.
This performance explores the online personality of one avid gamer and how she has developed a life of her own on World of Warcraft. What makes Hannya so different to Kerry? Why does Kerry feel most comfortable as Hannya? Is Hannya the one who’s really in control?
About Kerry Macfarlane_____________
Kerry Macfarlane is a performer, dancer and movement artist currently based in Glasgow.
Kerry acknowledges that although there are cultural and geographical boundaries, we are all connected as humans. To her, this means the human experience is equal and while we don’t all go through the same experiences, we share what it is to be human. Kerry’s work speaks through her own experience about the everyday questions and social dynamics that others may share and relate to. She aims to question and provoke questions, to comment and critique, to refuse to let our lives pass by without consideration for the ‘what, why and how did we get here?’
About Into The New_____________
Capturing the ethos of the CPP course, which takes as its basis the artist Joseph Beuys’ claim that ‘civilisation is an art work and everybody is an artist’ by encouraging a socially engaged practice, Into The New 2014 offers three days of work designed to intrigue, challenge, entertain, excite and provoke, created by a group of artists trying to make sense of the complexities of our world by making performance to share with others. Tackling subjects such as masculinity, depression and environmentalism, the work at this year’s festival asks us to consider – what makes us human? What connects us? What divides us? Most of all, it asks us to imagine what a better world might look like, and how we can all use our imagination to find creative solutions to the crises our planet faces.
If we are all ‘artists’, we are all part of finding those solutions – please come down, enjoy the work, and join the artists in the bar afterwards to discuss all this and more…
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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.”