The Arches presents
Sat 4 - Sun 5 May 2013 | 7pm (1 hour 30 mins) | £12/£10 - or buy a Festival Pass for £45/£35
See E V E R Y T H I N G with a BEHAVIOUR Festival Pass – £45/£35.
Call 0141 565 1000 now to book (not available online).
Arches favourite Taylor Mac returns to the festival, performing political songs from the 20th century in his truly incomparable style, spanning an entire century of popular music as he settles Scottish independence debate once and for all.
Accompanied by a full band, there’ll be at least one Robert Burns song in the style of James Brown, his own version of Laura Branigan’s Gloria, and an interesting take on the independence debate, encouraging interesting parallels with 1770s America’s attempts to free itself from the colonial rule of the Brits and all that came with it – all, of course, through the medium of song and “a shitload of fun”.
Immigration, offshore drilling and equal marriage will be covered during the encore.
Eddy Lucas – bass
Lizy Stirrat – brass
Martin Presavage – guitar
Nicola Presavage – drums and percussion
Taylor Mac last appeared at the Arches in 2010 with Comparison Is Violence, or The Ziggy Stardust meets Tiny Tim Songbook – a response to being told that his persona is a clash between the two characters.
“There are drag queens, and then there’s Taylor Mac. A shiny-spangled, radical talent who can drolly drawl “I think – therefore I glam,” and then proceed to illuminate cunningly assorted spooky, problematic and ridiculous aspects of modern life by virtue of his mordantly witty drag personna.”
“With scattershot brilliance Mac uses his many talents to get us to think and feel. The effect is heartening, vital and liberating and close to being a cultural manifesto.”
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.”