The Arches presents a major new Vital Spark commission
Tue 26 Jun 2012
Some of Scotland’s most distinctive writing voices and songwriting talents, and you: a nation of people, awake in the dark, waiting for the light to come.
An ambitious new project led by Cora Bissett with Swimmer One, Biphonic Records and David Greig, Whatever Gets You Through The Night is a compilation of stories happening across Scotland between the hours of midnight and 4am. From a heartfelt goodbye on the shore of Loch Lomond to an encounter in a late night taxi queue in Aberdeen, we meet lost souls, party animals and dreamers in a snapshot of an entire nation at its most vulnerable and revealing.
It exists as a multimedia live show, an album, a collection of writing, and a film which will tour. This is where you come in: we are inviting people from anywhere in the country to submit your nighttime photos, which will be incorporated into the live performance.
They can be of anything at all, but the aim is to capture a moment in time. Be inventive, be inspired. What happens in those late night hours which makes them so distinct from the daylight hours?
If you’d like to submit your picture simply upload them directly to the Whatever Gets You Through The Night Facebook page, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We don’t need any description or explanation, just a simple caption: the time and place the photo was taken (e.g. 3.30am, Falkirk High St)
Featuring exclusive new words and music by Errors, Alan Bissett, Rachel Sermanni, Withered Hand, Annie Griffin, Meursault, David Greig, Wounded Knee, Alan Spence, Conquering Animal Sound, Ricky Ross, Emma Pollock, Isabel Wright, Kirstin Innes, RM Hubbert, Swimmer One, Bigg Taj, Stef Smith, Eugene Kelly, Kieran Hurley, Talkingmakesnosense and David Ireland , Kieran Hurley and Skye Loneragan.
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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.”