The Arches presents
Tue 24 Jun 2014 | 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
ANTHEM is a new work devised and performed by Victoria Bianchi in collaboration with Pamela Reid and Lucy Wild. Developed in the year of the referendum on Scottish independence, the work explores identity and home against the backdrop of a shifting cultural landscape. Behind the tourist-friendly visions of rich tartans, warring clans and endless shortbread, ANTHEM asks what makes a person Scottish in a country that is swiftly falling prey to faceless capitalist corporations (if it hasn’t already). It investigates questions of national pride and a wistful longing for traditions of days gone by, whilst also pondering what exactly will happen if we do become independent.
Based on concerns and uncertainties of Scottish people, ANTHEM gives voice to anyone, anywhere who is caught between a romantic notion of their own cultural identity and the stark reality of modern life.
Michael John O’Neill
I exist in a sealed moment. I am no longer vomiting in the rubble of a bar I went into just once – once, to see him and leave with him, to head elsewhere with him, but instead to recoil from what was left of him and write of him to you and then to read of him again in paperback a year later with a Pulitzer prize with every edition of him.
On May 29th 1976, ten years before she first wore her hair short, Kate was blown up along with the Club Bar in Queen’s Quarter Belfast.
Paradise is a work in progress for a new piece about an exploded woman and the city that exploded with her.
There’s no point crying over spilt milk
There’s no point crying over spilt milk is a choreography and composition that explores a young woman’s relationship with her ‘clumsy child syndrome’. Using live music, movement and text, this performance questions the societal pressures that we feel the need to achieve and how those can make us feel.
Created by Aby Watson and Alexander Horowitz
In devising NO ONE as a work in progress throughout June, the company used the theme of loneliness as a starting point. We have attempted to explore this theme through placing a magnifying glass on the details of an individual’s behaviour, in order to give us the beginnings of a piece that deals with existential crisis in a hopefully theatrical and challenging way. The work in progress was devised and directed by Samuel Keefe, and created by the company.
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.”