The Arches presents
Fri 19 - Sun 28 Aug 2011 | 2pm, 2.40pm, 3.20pm, 4pm, 4.40pm (30 mins) | £12.50
The Pleasure of Being: Washing, Feeding, Holding runs on 19th then 21st-28th August at the Point Hotel, Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2011. Please book tickets at the Arches Box Office by visiting in person (253 Argyle Street) or calling 0141 565 1000. Customers will be sent an e-ticket.
An intensely intimate and deeply sensorial one-on-one experience, over half an hour Adrian will bathe your entire body (either naked, or in a bathing costume) in a luxurious bath of moisturising milk, rose petals and essential oils before wrapping you in a large, fluffy towel, cradling you in his arms, feeding you white Belgian chocolate and holding you.
Influenced by Amma, the ‘hugging woman of Kerala’, this predominantly non-verbal experience will be tailored to suit your own needs and tastes – whether you wish to use it as a chance to connect with Adrian, to connect with yourself, or simply as a relaxing escape from the stresses of the Fringe and everyday life.
“Someone’s 100% attention is a precious commodity nowadays… his giving and enriching energy made me feel perfect and powerful.” Rubyyy Jones, blogger
Originally commissioned by BAC and Harbourfront Arts Centre, Toronto. Presented at the Fringe with help from Made In Scotland
The world premiere of Adrian’s new work May I Have The Pleasure…? – in which he recreates a wedding disco – runs at the same venue on 17th-19th, 21st-24th and 27th-28th August, with previews on 15th and 16th.
Watch out for Adrian’s Desert Island Discs series on the Arches Arts Facebook page, where he reminisces over some of the classic love songs featured in May I Have The Pleasure…? whilst getting gradually more and more worse for wear on watered down cranberry juice.
ABOUT ADRIAN HOWELLS //
Adrian Howells is a theatre maker and performer based in Glasgow. His work, which is often site-specific and interactive, centres around ideas of intimacy and vulnerability, with a range of successful productions including An Audience With Adrienne, Held and Foot Washing for the Sole, which won a Total Theatre Award in 2009.
In May 2011 the Arches announced that Adrian would be their latest Artist In Residence. The two year post, in association with Sense Scotland at TouchBASE, will enable him to develop his practice by working with key adult learning disability and art therapy experts, engaging adults with complex learning needs, and providing mentoring for emergent artists. It follows a full-time Creative Fellowship in the School of Culture and Creative Arts at the University of Glasgow, where he is still an honorary research fellow.
***** “an act of kindly kinship and beauty in a world often lacking in both”
The Herald on The Garden of Adrian (2009)
***** “a tour-de-force of shared humanity”
The Herald on An Audience With Adrienne (2008)
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.”
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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.