Sat 28 - Sun 29 Apr 2012 | Book a slot between 1pm and 5pm | Free
Adults get their hair cut by children in this audacious site-specific experience.
Would you let a child cut your hair? Most people would be more comfortable allowing children to vote than to trust their creativity with a pair of scissors.
Haircuts By Children does what the name suggests: after a week of training, a group of 10-year-old youths set up shop at hairdressing salon Alice Rocks, testing out their new styling skills on willing participants.
This playful participatory experience explores the intimate and rare moment shared between two unlikely strangers – an adult and a child – in a performance about power, trust, and society’s acceptance of children as creative and competent individuals. With the whole experience led by the children from start to finish – from booking your appointment to offering you a drink while you wait – the challenge for the audience is to set their vanity aside, relinquish control, and show how much trust they really have in a child’s creative ability and sense of responsibility.
Please note that audience members who do not wish to get their hair cut are welcome to come down to the salon and watch.
Toronto-based collective Mammalian Diving Reflex make one-off events, site-specific experiences and community happenings, dismantling the barriers which exist within the social sphere and letting dialogue flourish between performers and audience members.
Join us for Mammalian Diving Reflex: Introducing Social Acupuncture, a rare chance to hear the the company introduce and explain their concept of ‘social acupuncture’, on Wednesday 25th April.
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“Toronto’s messiah of experimental theatre… a catalyst for imaginative absurdity”
torontostage.com on Mammalian Diving Reflex artistic director Darren O’Donnell
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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.”