Janice Parker Projects in association with The Arches
Thu 24 - Sun 27 Oct 2013 | 24th-26th: 7pm (+ 3pm on 26th and 27th) | 1 hr 30 mins | £12/£7
An immersive and interactive new performance piece from the award-winning Janice Parker looking at our notions of what a party is.
par·ty : definition(s) usage
An advantageous or pleasurable situation or combination of circumstances of some duration and often of questionable character;
A group with common purposes or opinions;
A gathering for social pleasure, for a specific reason.
Private Party is an immersive, engaging performance event from the award-winning Janice Parker. Full of punchy and poignant surprises, this strange, humorous and personal work treats its audience to a world of convivial delights. Will you, or won’t you, join the party?
This is new devised work by Janice Parker in collaboration with live art performer Richard Layzell and a company of performers. Parker’s Private Dancer was selected for IETM in Glasgow and the Made in Scotland showcase at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2010, where it won a Herald Angel award. It has since gone on to tour, including a performance as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad’s Unlimited : The Revelation Starts Here event at London’s South Bank Centre.
Pre-show talk: Janice Parker in conversation with Adrian Howells
Sun 27 Oct
Free but ticketed: please reserve a space when booking your ticket
Evening performance: 18+
Matinee performance: 14+
Praise for Private Dancer:
“Once in a blue moon a piece of work appears that is so unexpected, original and brilliant that the usual mental apparatus simply isn’t adequate.”
***** The Skinny
“There is compelling artistry in every strand of this project… joy and sensuality and a degree of finesse that is impressive in its own right… it needs to be seen.”
***** The Herald
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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.”