Maria Giergiel: but, what if...

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and The Arches present

Maria Giergiel: but, what if...

Part of Into The New 2015

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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