The Arches presents
Wed 10 Apr 2013 | 8.30pm (1 hour 15 mins) | £12/£10 - or buy a Festival Pass for £45/£35
REVIEWS FOR RUFF AT BEHAVIOUR FESTIVAL 2013 |
“She makes us chuckle, then teases those chuckles into guffaws as she draws us under the skin of her very being, until suddenly you realise that you’re on the verge of unsuspected tears.”
“Shaw represents the triumph of the spirit. It makes you want to hug everyone you love and reminds you that we are all the same underneath: too frail; too strong, too silly, too smart, too human. A brave, bold, beautiful show.”
Across The Arts
RUFF is the latest in a line of Peggy Shaw’s solo performances, this time written with long term collaborator Lois Weaver (Split Britches).
Peggy Shaw had a stroke in January 2011. The stroke was in her ‘pons’, which rhymes with ‘The Fonz’, one of her many early role models, and since the stroke she’s realized she has never really performed solo. She has always had a host of crooners, lounge singers, movie stars, rock and roll bands and eccentric family members living inside her. RUFF is a tribute to those who have kept her company these 68 years, a lament for the absence of those who disappeared into the dark holes left behind by the stroke and a celebration that her brain is able to fill the blank green screens with new insights and an opportunity to share them with her favourite confidants – the audience.
Renowned for her own gender bending autobiographical work, Peggy Shaw’s supremely transgressive art explodes every box which might be used in some vain attempt to contain her: language, societal norms, sex, fashion, romance, art — she breathes life into all of them and there is nothing but surprise and pleasure in store for anyone encountering her.
A free workshop accompanying RUFF will be held at The Creative Space at the Western Infirmary, Glasgow on Thursday 11th April, from 11am-1pm. Call 0141 211 6344 to book or see the Green Screening event page for more details. Supported by Art in Hospital in association with the Medical Humanities Research Centre, University of Glasgow.
“…an impressionistic monologue that’s engaging, admirably unsentimental and often very funny indeed.”
New York Times, 2013
BEHAVIOUR is the Arches’ annual festival of live performance. Now in its 5th year, the 2013 programme sees 15 different shows featuring Scottish talent alongside work from London, Berlin, New York and Canada. As with previous years, the festival extends out of the Arches and across the city, with performances taking place in the iconic Arches building as well as in a range of traditional and unusual spaces across Glasgow including a working landfill site, a Govan community centre and Tramway.
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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.”