The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and The Arches present
Thu 15 Jan 2015 | 6.30pm | Festival Pass: £16 | Day Pass: £5 (call 0141 565 1000 to book) | 14+
What if anything was possible?
What if I could breathe underwater?
What if I didn’t have to brush my hair in the morning?
What if that sound was a monster?
What if I don’t make any friends at school?
What if I’m just imagining things?
Maria imagines lots of things. She used to imagine she had a pet mouse called Stanley who lived by her bed, and ate cheese and cake crumbs. But, Maria also worries a lot… she just can’t help it! And now she’s tired of feeling frightened, so she’s decided to be brave.
What if you worry about things too?
What if you know how to be brave?
Designed for children aged 3+ and their adults, but, what if… is an interactive performance about the power of imagination and about being brave, even if you don’t feel it.
Maria Giergiel is a performance maker and facilitator based in Glasgow.
She has itchy everything and doesn’t like sitting still. Her practice is moving, changing, learning, talking, playing, reading and laughing.
Maria believes that art should work “at eye-level” (Manscher & Jancovic) with the audience or participants, whatever their age, experience or ability. She encourages active participation with the arts (as an audience member or maker) from an early age, and believes in giving participants a variety of options and valuing their choices.
She is passionate about early years theatre and the potential of placing artists in early years settings.
Recently, Maria has worked with Starcatchers, Platform, Lab Station, Ipdip Theatre, Teatercentrum, Imaginate and is an active participant within the Patter network, Scotland’s peer network of artists making work for early years.
About Into The New 2015 | a festival of new work from final year students of the BA Contemporary Performance Practice course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
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!
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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.”