Trainee Project Manager Internship at hÅb
Trainee Project Manager Internship at hÅb
Thu 6 Oct, 6-10pm tickets tbc
From the earth beneath our feet to the stars in our skies, an evening of emerging works by a group of artists as diverse as their subject matter. Quantum mechanics, homelessness, food and sex brought together in a series of tabletop performances, installations and sit-down shows.
Divergency is an ongoing project - contributing artists include Maya Chowdhry, Jamil Keating, Chanje Kunda, Afreena Islam, Cheryl Martin, Chelsea Morgan, Toni-Dee Paul plus guest Yvonne Shelton.
Please note this is primarily an adult event and may contain content not suitable for the under 18s, details online from 19 Sep.
image: Chanje Kunda
The dust has finally settled following Ria's beautiful and compelling sell-out show 'Matilda and me', closing Word of Warning’s Spring/Summer season on a real high! Before I go on, have a read of some of the comments left by our wonderfully generous audience:
“Ria was mesmerizing. A history lesson - personal, political and beautiful all in one.”
“Brilliant, thought-provoking message, well written and captivating.”
“Really grateful to have had this story shared with me. Elegant performance. Thank you.”
Planning to be up in Edinburgh to scout out who we should be keeping our eyes on next!! Watch space and all of that…
The day after the show Ria took 6 of us on an afternoon amble around Manchester city centre, where we explored our environment with a different lens, considering our bodies' impact on the space we inhabit… Or in my words: all of us standing in the middle of Manchester Arndale and looking up at the ceiling or walking around the Arndale on our own and holding eye contact with random strangers… Unbeknownst to us, we’d garnered a small (and just as stealthy!) audience, who gave us a small knowing clap as we left… it’s the little things…
Thursday 25 June 2015, 7.30pm
STUN Studio at Z-Arts, 335 Stretford Road, Manchester, M15 5ZA
Book here or call 0161 232 6089
More information: www.wordofwarning.org/current/2015-springsummer/hartley/
“Matilda is my Grandma.
She migrated from Jamaica to England in 1962.
Now all of her memories have faded.
I need to remember for her, for me, for us…”
Weaving together storytelling, spoken word, dubpoetry, live art, autobiography, and reggae music, this colourful and challenging performance offers a political viewpoint surrounding the lived experience of migration, colonialism, racism, and the current perception of British cultural identity. Performed solo, the piece is presented as a biographical mythology of Ria’s lived experiences, reflecting poetically on the story of her and her Grandma, and the 2 islands they are from.
An interdisciplinary performance artist, Ria works within the mediums of devised theatre, performance, live art, video installation, photography, spoken word, site-specific + durational performance; often autobiographical, her work is concerned with memory, identity, communication and human relationships. She has been an associate lecturer at Falmouth University since 2010.
Age advisory: 14+, the show lasts approximately 1 hour with no interval. For specific age and access information please email email@example.com or call 0161 232 6086.
Artists' Workshop: THE CITY IS OUR PLAYGROUND
Friday 26 June 2015, 1 - 5pm
Around Manchester city centre - starting point - The Yard
(41 Old Birley Street, Manchester, M15 5RF)
Free to professional artists with show ticket - limited capacity first come first served.
Book here or call 0161 232 6086
"What does freedom mean to you? Walking in your own shoes, are there places you don't go? Have you found yourself in places you’re forced to feel you don't belong? Places you have no reason to go? Do you ever question why? Have you ever stood still in a busy shopping centre, just to experience the movement of others, like a shoal of fish? Have you ever occupied the invisible spaces, cut-offs and leftovers? What is the highest point in the city we can reach? Have you ever broken through the invisible boundaries dividing social class, gender, race, age and ability? Have you ever considered that your body, identity and voice are powerful revolutionary tools? That your body is always performing and making meaning in the world?"
This site-based workshop is an invitation to professional artists to explore the city with our senses; spend time to interrogate its functions and how that impacts upon our bodies, and how our bodies impact on it. Together we will explore the city in new ways, peeling back layers to reveal more about our bodies in relation to site. We will play with structures, break invisible rules and perform for accidental audiences.
This workshop invites artists to creatively and critically explore how their bodies relate to the wider context of the city, and how this knowledge can be applied to creative making processes for both site and studio-based practices.
N.B. Please wear Manchester-weatherproof clothing, and comfortable footwear as we will be outdoors for most of the workshop.
www.riahartley.com | @RiaJadeHartley
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 232 6086.
We were very lucky to have (self-described) ‘Hawaiian transplant’ and performance maker Stacy Makishi kick off our 2015 with a workshop, where we each had a stab at making the worst performance we have ever made… meet the alternative seven dwarfs - Dull, Token, Meaningless, Unhinged, Self-Absorbed, Mainstream, and Unethical! The workshop inspired us to start thinking about making some sort of public performance, the how, the when, and the practicalities are all up in the air(!) but watch this space!
Celebrating our successful Grants for the Arts application (hooray!) we kicked off the project with a workshop from our friend and Divergency 'regular', Selina Thompson. What may have looked like a huge food fight to the untrained eye, was actually a workshop about using food as a stimulus to create work! Following which, we went to see Selina's aptly named show, Chewing The Fat, at The Lowry.
After working with food and watching a show about food, we went and ate some food! We broke (naan) bread and discussed as artists: who we wanted to work with, what we wanted to get out of the project, and how we wanted to do it. Food being a focal point - we decided we would meet and eat one month, and workshop the next... which leads me on to our latest excursion to Artwork in Salford - a huge art space where Jamil hosted us and Chanje set the workshop exercises!
Great minds and all, we all responded to the same brief, which was:
No speech in the performance at all. Narrative and/or concept being explored must be communicated without speaking. The performer(s) are at the heart of the piece.
See below a selection of photos of what came out of the workshop.
Plans are afoot for Divergency in the new year, watch this space!
Over the past couple of years she’s been developing a body of works, Edible Women, exploring the fat body, dieting, and control around food (and just how much of a mess she can get away with creating with an audience!). So far, she's made a theatre show, built a dress out of cake, spent quite a lot of time listening to people confess their food sins and shared many of her own…
The Workshop: That's what you get for being food...
Monday 3 November 2014, 5.30 - 9pm
In her own words, this is what it’s all about:
"I’m a firm believer that a performance with food in it makes the brain and the heart salivate just as much as the mouth. So for this workshop, I want to spend a little time exploring how our physical and sensory responses to food can be used to transform food into a visceral, powerful way of connecting with a peckish audience.
We’ll be working with stolen words, our autobiographies and of course — food! — to create some positively delicious moments of performance.
This workshop is for artists, but more than anything, it’s for people that love food/cooking/eating/making a mess. Come armed with a strong anecdote — a story you love telling — and a food that you would like to use to tell it. Be as abstract or literal as you like, and bring as little or as much of that food as you need. See you soon!"
There are discounted show tickets (£5) available to workshop participants, for details on how to book them and any other workshop enquiries please email email@example.com
The Show: Chewing the Fat
"FAT! That’s what I’m making a show about. My fat. Your fat, maybe. Fat. I’ve been fat for a long time now, and I thought I was fat, even when I wasn’t, and as such, I’ve been thinking about fat for even longer. So I made a show about it. Our bodies and egos are fragile, our ways of talking about them inadequate, so I can understand that you might not be up for talking about fat for an hour."
Glitter, chicken legs and a rice pudding piñata: Selina invites you to her own version of a midnight feast, a cross between the confessions made over coffee at Weight Watchers, and sloppy drunken story-telling over a 3am kebab. Sitting somewhere between story-telling, stand-up, live art and theatre, Chewing The Fat is a powerful portrayal of how we live with our bodies.
Click here for a 5* review of the show in the Yorkshire Post.
Chewing the Fat is presented by The Lowry and Word of Warning.
Due to illness, we had to postpone the Selina Thompson workshop - and are delighted to announce the new date is:
Following dinner was a very rapid overnight work bash - to create a "pecha kucha" style presentation (20 slides in 20 seconds - absolutely terrifying and breathless to do) to bring to the Creative Case NORTH celebration at the Tetley in Leeds, yesterday, Thursday 15 May.
This marked the end of the residency project - a full day of round table evaluation, presentations from all four residency partnerships and a 'long table' public forum to discuss what next.
A really positive and thorough day - and just the breadth of residency projects showed the huge diversity in the subject we are all trying to deal with... plus the huge energy and commitment that exists to make a meaningful contribution now and into the future.
STUN and hÅb would like to thank the Creative Case NORTH consortium for the opportunity this residency has offered us to make a start - just a start - on something that we hope will grow into the future.