Behaviour Festival 2015

The Arches presents

Behaviour Festival 2015

Wed 8 Apr - Sun 17 May 2015 | Various times and dates | Festival Pass: £60/£53

Welcome to BEHAVIOUR 2015: The Arches’ festival of essential live performance, providing a snapshot of today’s cutting-edge international and UK artists.

Last year was a monumental one for Scotland. As ever though, we’re looking forward, marching onward and because it’s BEHAVIOUR, getting wayward. In this, the sixth year of the festival, we invite artists and audiences to respond to a changing world, exploring their visions of- and for- The Future.

We’re delighted to be hosting the UK premiere of Chris Kondek & Christiane Kühl’s Anonymous P.- a theatrical experiment in which your smartphone sets the stage- as well as Dead Centre’s 2014 Edinburgh Fringe smash, Lippy.

With another general election on the horizon, we consider political futures (and presents and pasts) with BEHAVIOUR first-timers Coney, returning artists Chris Thorpe & Rachel Chavkin and Arches Auteur Nic Green.

We’re also going environmental with off-site work such as Amy SharrocksMuseum of Water- part of Glasgow’s Year of Green- and Andy Field’s work with Blackfriars Primary School inviting us to question our relationship with the world we live in.

And what of the future of society? As culture becomes increasingly homogenised, are we doomed to fall into a beige abyss? Platform 18 Award winner Ishbel McFarlane, BEHAVIOUR favourites Gob Squad and Japanese contemporary artist Sako Kojima dig into cultural futures. Meanwhile, at the other end of the colour spectrum, Peter McMaster and Arches Brick Award winner Christopher Brett Bailey present extreme, energetic work that centres on our nihilistic tendencies.

Elsewhere in the programme you can catch a thought-provoking exhibition/installation by Tim Etchells and the return of Dancer by Ian Johnston, Gary Gardiner & Adrian Howells, last seen at The Arches in its early stages of development.

As in previous years, we’ll be misbehaving all over the city with off-site work at Citizens Theatre, CCA and the Botanic Gardens, as well as taking work to the streets and tall buildings of Glasgow.

Dark Behaviour is back for its second year with a new guest curator and a new theme: Queer Futures. Join us for a night of exhilarating live performance and forward-thinking clubbing, featuring Arches Brick Award winner The Christeene Machine alongside a host of only the fiercest performers. More than the perfect climax to the festival, the cross-artform late night event ushers in our exciting SEXOLOGY mini-season, which takes place the following weekend.

With so much to talk about, we have five unique servings of The Arches Commons and, for all the chat in between, the festival bar provides the ideal space to chew over the matters at hand.

We’d like to extend big thanks to our partners this year: Creative Scotland, Glasgow City Council, CCA, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow Botanic Gardens, In Between Time, The Wellcome Collection, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Pro Helvetia, Jury’s Inn, Glasgow Year of Green, Glasgow Women’s Library, Tramway & The Goethe Institut- THANK YOU.

And to you, thank YOU for joining us. Enjoy the season and we’ll see you at the festival bar between shows to talk all about it.

We promise we’ll be on our best behaviour…

Download the BEHAVIOUR 2015 brochure here.

Download the large print version here.


Tim Etchells exhibition

Gob Squad: Western Society

Dead Centre: Lippy

Ishbel McFarlane: O is for Hoolet

Amy Sharrocks: Museum of Water

Chris Thorpe & Rachel Chavkin: Confirmation

The Arches Commons with Bread Matters

The Arches Commons with Catrin Evans

Peter McMaster: 27

Ian Johnston & Gary Gardiner: Dancer

The Arches Commons with Stephanie Katie Hunter

Coney: Early Days (of a Better Nation)


Sako Kojima: The Reason Why I Become A Hamster

Nic Green: Cock and Bull

Chris Kondek & Christiane Kühl: Anonymous P.

The Christeene Machine

Andy Field & Blackfriars Primary School: Lookout

Christopher Brett Bailey: THIS IS HOW WE DIE

Dark Behaviour: Queer Futures

The Arches Commons with Stephanie Katie Hunter

SEXOLOGY SEASON with Lucy Asten Holmes-Elliot, Rosana Cade, Lois Weaver and Sex in the Women’s Library! (twice).


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