Word of Warning... Finally we seemed to have reached the point where we can't pretend it's xmas any more and it's time to get back to (show)business as usual... Of course, the event of next week is the beginning of our own, Word of Warning season with Lowri Evans's The Secret Life of You and Me at the Lowry Studio on Thu 31 Jan and Fri 1 Feb. But for those hungry for something to do on a Friday afternoon you could also try Abas Eljanabi's Game Over - a free work in progress at Contact. This Sunday, 27th, Jordan Mackenzie will be bringing his Perfect Gift to Liverpool City Centre, then
Live at LICA kicks off its season on Mon 28th with Burrows & Fargion's Counting to One Hundred and One Flute Note and, on Wed 30 + Thu 31 Imitating the Dog's The Zero Hour . Axis Arts Centre, Crewe gets going on Thu 31 with Michael Pinchbeck's The Beginning (also coming to WoW/the Lowry in March) and over at Edgehill University, on Tue 29 the Rose Theatre has Clout Theatre's How A Man Crumbled. Looking ahead to the following week, Queer Contact takes over all week, and Live at LICA, LBT Huddersfield and Unity, Liverpool are all worth checking out. From a partisan point of view, of course, the big event is our own (free) Haphazard at Z-arts on Sat 9 Feb - we'll be revealing more programme details later today but it promises to be a no-holds-barred live art takeover of the building! best Tamsin Next up on Word of Warning:Thu 31 Jan + Fri 1 Feb, 8pm. The Lowry
THE SECRET LIFE OF YOU AND ME Lowri Evans Sat 9 Feb, 12noon-4pm. Z-arts
HAPHAZARD For the curious of all ages. Thu 14 + Fri 15 Feb, 7.30pm. Contact
BE LIKE WATER Hetain Patel
Word of Warning... Very chilly but amused at the level of hysteria snow invokes largely in the media - I expect the warm wet bowl of Manchester will insulate us from anything too dramatic... but you never know..! Not a terribly busy week next week, but things start to pick up apace the following one, so I thought I'd preview that too: In the coming week: the Library Theatre's re:play festival conitnues at The Lowry til Sat 26 Jan and our pick would be Kumaluva's Pandamonium (but it's now sold out!) following Pitch Party on Fri 25th.
That same night there's also the launch of The Swedish Dance History at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation Earlier in the week, on Weds 23rd, over in Bradford, is Northern School of Contemporary Dance double bill: The Undertakers | Instant Dissidence. This is the calm before the storm, however, as the following week (w/c 28 Jan) Live at LICA kicks off its season with Burrows & Fargion's Counting to One Hundred and One Flute Note and Imitating the Dog's The Zero Hour and Axis Arts Centre, Crewe gets going with Michael Pinchbeck's The Beginning (also coming to WoW/the Lowry in March) and over at Edgehill University, the Rose Theatre has Clout Theatre's How A Man Crumbled. Then of course, the week climaxes with the beginning of our own, Word of Warning season with Lowri Evans's The Secret Life of You and Me at the Lowry Studio on Thu 31 Jan and Fri 1 Feb (book soon, tickets are selling fast, especially for Thu 31). That's it for now - except to say that we've just revealed the full artist list for Haphazard at Z-arts on Sat 9 Feb - keep checking back as we'll fill in the details shortly! best Tamsin Next up on Word of Warning:Thu 31 Jan + Fri 1 Feb, 8pm. The Lowry
THE SECRET LIFE OF YOU AND ME Lowri Evans Sat 9 Feb, 12noon-4pm. Z-arts
HAPHAZARD For the curious of all ages. Thu 14 + Fri 15 Feb, 7.30pm. Contact
BE LIKE WATER Hetain Patel Standing reminders:
Information for artists: www.habarts.org
Word of Warning... Happy nearly-New Year... and welcome back to my regular scamper-through of the less conventional performance, theatre, live art and general arti-ness. The world is a bit post-xmas sleepy still so there's not a lot coming up in the next week - though the Library Theatre's re:play festival at The Lowry does kick-off on Mon 14 Jan. Intriguing me in the first week is Liz Postlethwaite + Monkeywood Theatre's Stars Are Fire (17-19 Jan). re:play continues til Sat 26 Jan and we'll be high-tailing it over for Kumaluva's Pandamonium (following Pitch Party) on Fri 25th. This hiatus before the full Spring onslaught gives a little opportunity for a touch of self-indulgence - ok a blatant plug - for our own Word of Warning Spring 2013 Performance Collection. I think we got a bit carried away this season - we'll be cropping up at the Lowry, Contact, the Bluecoat and, of course, Z-arts - to the extent that we've had to divide the season in two - so look out for a whole new wave after Easter. Our shiny new season website is already up and running and our even shinier new print will be gracing the leaflet racks shortly. First off is Lowri Evans' The Secret Life of You and Me at the Lowry Studio on Thu 31 Jan and Fri 1 Feb. Following her Works Ahead mini commission in 2012, Lowri invites you to join her on the night of her 30th birthday for a live scrapbook of her jumble-sale life to date. Following that we enter into brand new territory, our first 'all ages' live art event: Haphazard at Z-arts on Sat 9 Feb. A cross between Hazard and Emergency, we are inviting a range of artists to take over the building in a free day out for kids and their adults AND adults and their adults! The programme is still emerging but we suspect it will live up to its name... With seven events in just this first half of the season, I won't go on any more, except to say that we look forward to welcoming: Hetain Patel, Michael Pinchbeck, Plane Performance and Pigeon Theatre - alongside the forty or so artists who will make up 'Poolside Emergency and Turn.
Talking of which - for those looking to make some work - there's just one week to go until the deadline for Turn 2013 AND the call for 'Poolside Emergency has just opened. hÅb (Word of Warning's 'parent' company) also has a new website, with a platform planner and an invitation to join the Emergency artist e-group.
Word of Warning... Today marks St Andrew's day and the Word of Warning's season closer at Z-arts: Made In China's We Hope That You're Happy (Why Would We Lie?), a National Theare Studio and BAC Take Out supported company. Promising quick wit, dark insight, pop music and plenty of mess, they're generating great buzz around the country and we're delighted to be the final gig on their tour. Unbelievably, today also marks the finale of the first year of Word of Warning's programme and we're celebrating that, and patron saint of performers, St Andrew, with (loosely) themed drinks and nibbles after the show, hosted by Angel Club (north)'s MacMirror Twins. We really hope you can join us! Elsewhere, at Contact, the final Mother's Ruin of the year is also tonight (Fri 30 Nov) and there's Larkin' About all over the building, tomorrow Sat 1 Dec. Also tomorrow, Sat 1 Dec, is the Economies of Generosity Symposium at the Bluecoat, Liverpool; and in Lancaster, Live at LICA has the final, very special outing of Rajni Shah's Glorious. Next week, on Tues 4 Dec at the LBT in Huddersfield, you can catch Phoenix Dance Theatre's Crossing Points. Tip for the week, if you didn't catch it in Manchester, is Katherina Radeva's Fallen Fruit at the Capstone Theatre, Liverpool Hope University on Fri 7 Dec, as part of the Cartographies of Justice event. (nb - there seems to be a problem with Captone's website - hopefully it will get resolved soon). Looking further ahead, on Weds 12 Dec in Manchester there's the Michael Mayhew curated 12-12-12 Humanity Night at Antwerp Mansions, and in Lancaster, at Ludus, LEAP's First Time - Last Time
Fri 14 Dec sees Tosh Ryan's Orchestra of Fools at the Black Lion, Salford and on Sat 15 Dec at the Whitworth Art Gallery is Afters Hours: Hockney's New York Loft Party Though I'm sorely tempted to advocate for a mass outing to see "The Hoff" in Peter Pan, I'll refrain, but I will give a quick mention to one seasonal outing, which promises not to be your usual fayre: Breaking Cycles' Pinocchio premiers at Live at LICA (8-10 Dec), then comes to our own Z-arts from 13-22 Dec. And that, to the best of my knowledge, is pretty much, that for the year... Unless something exciting comes to our attention, Word of Warning is going to take a break until early in the New Year, when we'll have news of our own Spring season and what's coming up around the region. Until then, really hope to see lots of you tonight at Z-arts for some great work and a bit of a seasonal tipple, otherwise bah humbug! and see you in the New Year! Best Tamsin
Word of Warning... Returning to the land of plenty, prepare for another week of feast - and make the most of it, as Xmas silly season is looming suspiciously large. Next week's WoW might be the last of the year, unless you know differently - so if anyone has anything exciting happening between now and Xmas, let me know asap or I'll be condemned to doing a panto round-up! A late entry for tonight is Accompany Geddes Loom's Prelude to a Number at Cornerhouse, while Dawn Crandell's Xenophobadelica is ongoing at Contact tonight and tomorrow. Next week, on Thurs 29 Nov. Manchester Dance Consortium presents Platform 0.1 at Z-arts and Paper Cinerma's Odyssey is at Contact, as is the final Mother's Ruin of the year on Fri 30 Nov. Natural bias would of course have me tell you that the place to be on Fri 30 Nov is Z-arts where WoW is presenting Made In China's We Hope That You're Happy (Why Would We Lie?). Whilst they might not be so well known up here, everyone I know down south has got excited when I've mentioned them coming to Manchester... We're also getting a bit frisky with the after show entertainment - with a bonus extra from Angel Club (north)'s errant children the Mirror Twins - and we really hope people will join us for a touch of end of season, Word of Warning style frivolity - Xmas carols and tinsel it won't be! Further afield:
In Liverpool, the Bluecoat sees the second Giving in to Gift Festival (26-30 Nov) with a week of performances and interventions, entitled the Horse's Teeth from the likes of Richard Layzell, Mamoru Iriguchi and Jordan Mackenzie,culminating in the Economies of Generosity Symposium on Sat 1 Dec. And in Lancaster, Live at LICA has Rajni Shah's Glorious is also on Sat 1 Dec. A final random factoid... Friday 30 November is St Andrew's day. As well as being patron saint of Scotland, he spread his patronage around a bit: Ukraine, Russia, Sicily, Greece, Cyprus, Romania (amongst others) and to fishermen, fishmongers, rope-makers, golfers and performers. Don't imagine that next Friday's Word of Warning event won't exploit that bit of trivia! Best Tamsin
Word of Warning... This season really is proving to be a bit feast or famine... this week has been a brimming cornucopia (very cheesey metaphor, sorry) while next week supplies are a bit thin on the ground. Note to all of us programming stuff - we really do need to get our heads together more! A recap of tonight and tomorrow sees Dickie Beau's Blackouts: Twilights of the Idols continue at Contact, Manchester, Volcano's L.O.V.E at the Unity, Liverpool (Thurs 15- Sat 17 Nov) , Invisible Flock's Distant Threads at the LBT, Huddersfield both Fri/Sat and GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN's Big Hits at The Carriageworks, Leeds just Sat 17 Nov. Also, tonight at the Rose Theatre, Edgehill is a collaboration between Eleni Edipidi of Levantes Dance Theatre and third year students to produce Banquet. Next week Dawn Crandell's Xenophobadelica is at Contact from Thursday (22-24 Nov), Ridiculusmus's Total Football is at the Unity, Liverpool and 12˚ Degrees North Dance Company's Triple Bill comes to Live at LICA, Lancaster on Thurs 22 Nov. I guess that leaves me opportunity for a bit of a plug for Word of Warning's next and final outing of the season (yup we're there already): Made In China's We Hope That You're Happy (Why Would We Lie?) at Z-arts on Fri 30 Nov. A BAC and National Theatre Studio supported company on their first visit to Manchester - we really hope you'll come and make them feel welcome. Aside from all that it's a loud, frantic and very messy rollercoaster of a show... which may well encourage us to let the whole evening descend into some form of season-closing messiness! Best Tamsin
Word of Warning... After a brief respite we're already getting ready to go with our next rocktastic offering - not one but two full length shows next Friday 2 Nov at Z-arts with Ollie Smith's 27 and Richard DeDomenici's Popaganda. Ollie is best known in these parts for Method Lab, Instant Win and his work with Michael Pinchbeck; whilst the satirically mischievous Richard DeDomenici was last spotted running through Exchange Square, dressed in a Gregg's white overall carrying a roll of gold sequin punchinella, seconds ahead of the Olympic Torch! This is definitely a doublebill not be missed - pathos, storytelling, satire and activisim rolled into one evening - we might throw in a few fireworks for good measure! Looking at the week ahead, if you're keen to see more than our double bill ;) - it's a truly frenetic week: the latest Mother's Ruin is tonight at Contact; who also present the site-specific Yellow Earth's Dim Sum Nights (Weds 31 + Thurs 1 Nov), Tuheen Huda's MSF2012: What Am I Worth? (Thurs 1 - Sat 3 Nov) and Leonie Higgins's I May Not Be Where I Intended To Go (Sat 3 Nov).
Also Thursday to Saturday is New Art Club's Quiet Act of Destruction at the Royal Exchange Studio and Company Chameleon's Gameshow is at Z-arts on Sat 3 Nov. Further afield a reminder of West Yorkshire Playhouse's Furnace today and tomorrow.
Live at LICA hosts the first of the northern outings for Forced Entertainment's The Coming Storm on Mon 29 + Tues 30 Oct, and Company Chameleon on Thurs 1 Nov.
Over in Liverpool Homotopia kicks off on 30 Oct (til 30 Nov), including Darren Pritchard's 1 (Weds 31 - Fri 2 Nov). The Gary Clarke Company's triple bill is also on Sat 3 Nov at the Capstone Theatre in Liverpool Hope University. I'm a bit gutted to be missing some of that lot - while I do a mad dash to Ipswich for Spill Festival though of course I will be back (with Mr DeDomenici in tow) for Friday's Word of Warning epic with Ollie+Richard. Hope to see you all there! Best Tamsin
Word of Warning... Still reeling a little from last week's goings on - when I said marathon of performance I really did mean it. Huge thanks to EVERYONE - artists, audiences, venues, techs, volunteers who came with us on our Weekender journey - there was some truly extraordinary work and some downright bonkers goings-on. With a moment or two to draw breath, it's time to think about seeing some work. Slightly out of the normal vein, but I have it on good authority that it's well worth a visit: Mark Thomas's Bravo Figaro is on at The Dancehouse on 24+25 Oct (as well as various venues around the North). It's also time for the next Mother's Ruin at Contact on Fri 26 Oct Tonight is a good time to visit Liverpool for the Long Night of the Biennial. And in Lancaster, Live at LICA has Ockham's Razor Not Until We Are Lost on Sat 20 (continuing til 24th.). Axis Arts Centre in Crewe has 12˚North Dance Company's Triple Bill on Thurs 25 Oct. At Bradford's Theatre in the Mill Northern Creative's Museum of Terrifying Example
is on tomorrow, Sat 20 Oct. And in Leeds, Ellie Harrison and Jaye Kearney's The Reservation - an intimate one on one - is back at The Wren's Hotel on 24, 25, 31 Oct + 1, 7, 8 Nov. At the weekend, West Yorkshire Playhouse plays host to Furnace on Fri 26 + Sat 27 featuring sharings from RashDash and Invisible Flock amongst others. The following week is gearing up to be immense - for the truly 'dedicated' (for which read unhinged and prepared to drive overnight diagonally across the country...like me) Spill Festival takes place in Ipswich while, MUCH closer to home, the next Word of Warning event carries on our rock musings at Z-arts of Fri 2 Nov, featuring the very marvellous Ollie Smith and Richard DeDomenici. Hope to see you all on the 2nd Best Tamsin