The Arches presents
Wed 28 Jan 2015 | 7pm - 8pm | £3.50 (includes a glass of wine or soft drink)
The anarchic, anything goes evening which sees theatre companies, performers, writers and dancers from all fields take ten minutes to try an idea in front of an audience. Afterwards, the action moves to the bar, where the audience talks back.
This month’s line-up:
Clare Marcie Wilson
What would Kanye do?
Marcy is a small white girl from New Zealand.
She makes rap music.
The project ventures into the uncomfortable territory where logical beliefs clash with illogical passions, where humour clashes with horror, where bravado clashes with vulnerability.
Can a white girl exist in a black man’s world?
The Main Yvette
Everyone wants to win, everyone wants to be the best, but what does it take?
We are consumers of life, constantly striving to improve ourselves…
Be happier! Be healthier! Be sexier, richer and more content, be the best possible you!
The Main Yvette is a capitalist game show. The 10 contestants are trapped on stage, unaware of why they are there or what the point of it all is. Through a series of symbolic tests, “Who’s the sexiest?”, “Who can worry the most?”, “Who is the most ‘sorted’ and together?”, the contestants’ femininity and personality are trialled.
The Main Yvette is about conformity and pleasing others, about the fear of failure and the enduring hum of anxiety bolstered by contemporary consumerist culture. Taking inspiration from mainstream media and everyday life, The Main Yvette is recognizably absurd and invites the viewer to laugh at the ridiculousness of human behaviour.
Daphne Oram’s Wonderful World of Sound
A Séance in 1942 inspired an 18-year old woman to found the BBC Radiophonic workshop and in the process invent electronic music as we know it.
Daphne Oram was one of the most distinctive composers of the 20th century – a pioneer of electronic sound who cut a trailblazing path through uncharted musical territory. This is her story.
Using a blend of dynamic movement, text and live sonic composition, Daphne Oram’s Wonderful World of Sound explores the life and ideas of a true innovator who sacrificed everything for her art.
This is the very first draft of a larger piece.
the lamb, the star
A genesis of meat and magic, told through light and song. Sara Zaltash explores the relationship between our internal organs and the celestial bodies in a new devised contemporary theatre piece.
Working poetically with bio-medical and cosmological language, Zaltash draws on the teachings of Rudolph Steiner and Freud’s early psychoanalytic practice to weave a sonic narrative of corrupted astrological ambition and digital-glitch spirituality. Projected visuals demonstrate the hands of creation moving across the mixed-mediums of creative matter. The artist offers herself as both deity and tribute in order to reposition sacrificial practices in contemporary life. Expect glittering blood and loving violence.
Scratch is the Arches’ way of giving companies, performers, writers, dancers and visual artists – basically, artists from any genre – a chance to try out a new idea in front of an audience.
Each quarterly event attracts an audience of theatre makers, performance artists, creatives and industry professionals who are all on hand to give you feedback in the break, and afterwards in the bar. Previous performers have gone on to develop their pieces at Arches LIVE and elsewhere.
Your piece should last 10 minutes, and some rehearsal space may be available for artists subject to availability.
For more details, get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.”