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This Woman is Not for Burning
This Woman is not for Burning is a 45-minute performance written and developed by Nadia Davids about the life of Zainunnessa ‘Cissie’ Gool, an influential political figure in Cape Town whose life has remained relatively hidden. This Woman is not for Burning was developed between June and September 2011. It was first staged at the Magnet Theatre in Cape Town on the 19th of September 2011.
Untitled Projects's 'Salon Project'
Jen Harvie contributed as an invited speaker to Untitled Projects's The Salon Project, a performance at the Barbican which recreated the exclusive meetings at the heart of what was French society‘s golden age – an era of change, excess and inquiry (5th April 2013).
The Loss of Shadows/Vom Verschwinden der Schatten
Martin Weltonand Theater Feuerblau
This international collaboration with the Austrian theatre company Theater Feuerblau draws on Martin Welton’s long term research interests concerning darkness and vision in the theatre. As lights shine brilliantly from our buildings and the things we fill them with, should we be worried that shadows are ever harder to find? One of the few remaining places we can be in the dark together, without leaving for caves or the countryside, is the theatre, a building where light and dark intertwine, and where actors and the characters they play are often not really what they seem to be. From out of the past Galileo, Freud, Caravaggio and Plato are summoned to tell the stories of their shadows, and to help us, somehow, to hold on to ours (2015).
‘…a delicate and emotional poetry of images’ - Kleine Zeitung
This is the THREADS project: collaborative practice-based research with Artivists in London and Dhaka.
The first iteration of THREADS is a Performance Installation (2015), framed as a mock fashion show that deconstructs to draw the audience into an enquiry about the true human cost of what we wear.
The second iteration will be to recreate the installation in Dhaka in 2016.
With Applied Performance students and artists from the Season of Bangla Drama Festival.
A Season of Bangla Drama
Ali Campbell has been Lead Dramaturg for 3 years (2012-15) on A Season of Bangla Drama, one of Europe's most important small Arts festivals, spanning six venues in the heart of one of the largest Bangladeshi communities in the world. Ali's work has involved students in CPD in all aspects of performance, tech and event management.
At Her Feet
At Her Feet, by Nadia Davids, is an internationally acclaimed award-winning play imagining Muslim women’s identities post 9/11. It was first performed in Cape Town in 2002 and has since been performed throughout Southern Africa, Europe, and America.
First performed: Arena Theatre, Cape Town in 2002. Subsequent performances include: The Warehouse Theatre, Cape Town Festival (2003); The Baxter Theatre, Cape Town (2003); The Box Theatre, Grahamstown Festival (Main, 2003); The Market Theatre (2003); The St Anne’s Theatre Festival (2003); Pacoff’s Hugenot Theatre (2004); The Maitisong Festival, Bostwana (2004); The State Theatre, Pretoria , (2004); Frascati Theatre, Amsterdam (2004); Ganzenhoef Theatre, Amsterdam (2004); Zcala in den Haag, Amsterdam (2004); New York University, Centre for Political and Social Change through the Arts (2004); Pinter Studio, London (2010); University of Warwick (2012); Southbank Centre, London (2012).
Unknown Origin (Unbekannten Ursprungs) was a piece of physical theatre exploring the movements, memories and dreams of arrivals and departures. The show, which co-starred and was co-directed (with Theatre ASOU's Klaus Seewald) by Martin Welton, has been performed in the UK, Russia, Albania, Romania, and Austria (2007-2008).
The two-person version of Unknown Origin premiered at the Body National Festival, St Petersburg, Russia (15/07/2007). It has since been performed at the National Theatre, Tirana, Albania (12/04/2008); Teatrul del Nord Festival, Satu Mare, Romania (17/05/2008); the Pinter Studio, QMUL (22/11/2008); Phoenix, Exeter (25/11/2008). The five-person version has been performed at the WerkStatt 2.8 Festival, Oberzeiring, Austria (03/10/2008); Skampafestival, Elbasan, Albania (06/10/2008); TTZ, Graz (6-9/10/2008, 13-16/10/2008).
Martin Welton and Clare Whistler
Take off your shoes and socks. Still warm from walking, the tickling of twigs and leaves on your skin is mingled with a moist coolness
Footage was developed out of a series of workshops held by Clare Whistler and Martin Welton at Bunce’s Barn, a seventeenth century barn and its surrounds in the countryside around Ashburnham, near Battle in East Sussex. It is part of Martin Welton's on-going exploration of touch and the senses (December 2013).
Martin Welton and Clare Whistler
Part of the Freshly Scratched season at Battersea Arts Centre, in collaboration with Clare Whistler, Footage forms part of an ongoing enquiry by Martin Welton with regards to performance and pedestrian tactility, and the significance (or otherwise) of being 'grounded' (8th June 2013).
On the Rim of the World
Ali Campbell co-directed On the Rim of the World, a choral theatre work for young singers performed on the main stage at Glyndebourne by Glyndebourne Youth Opera 1 and 2. The work, composed by Orlando Gough with lyrics by Jehane Markham, explored the transition from childhood to adulthood (March 2009)
E-Motion: The Giant Instrument
E-Motion was a community-focused interactive installation organised by Ali Campbell and performed during Arts Week. The LCACE-funded interactive installation asked students and members of the public to create a living four-dimensional map of East London which reflected not just past and present, but future, aspirational Life-Lines (April 2009).
The Giant Instrument was a collaboration between Ali Campbell, PhD students in the Centre for Digital Music, and local groups including:
- People First and Powerhouse
- Stepney Green Day Centre
- Osmani Primary School
- Morpeth Secondary School
- The Drake Project
Do I Have to Go?
Do I Have to Go? was a child-led, practice-based research project in paediatric dentistry funded by QM's Centre for Public Engagement and led by Ali Campbell. The project, a collaboration between Drama, QM's Institute of Dentistry, and local school children, sought to break down the fear associated with dental health and the profession of dentistry. One of the outcomes of the project was a series of training videos for postgraduates in the Institute of Dentisty, one of which can be viewed below.
Embodied Emotions: X-Ray Eyes
X-Ray Eyes, part of the Embodied Emotions project, is a child-led workshop template designed by Ali Campbell with year 6 students at the Osmani Primary School in East London. The workshops investigate how bodily movements and facial expressions can mediate between inward feelings and the outside world (2011).
Stepping Out in Stepney
Ali Campbell, working with Magic Me, brought together students from Queen Mary's Drama Department, pupils from the Osmani Primary School, and elders from Jewish Care Stepney Day Centre to create a unique piece of intergenerational theatre using music, drama and simple crafts (2008).
Documentary videos recording some of the events can be viewed on the Loud Minority site (2008).
Wisdom of All Ages
Ali Campbell, working with Magic Me, brought together students from Queen Mary's Drama Department, pupils from the Osmani Primary School, and elders from Jewish Care Stepney Green Day Centre to jointly create a unique piece of cross-cultural intergenerational theatre on the theme of wisdom and learning (2007).
Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Nicholas Ridout contributed dramatugy and dialogue to a new version of Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail, directed and designed by Tim Hopkins, and performed at Opera North, Leeds (May 2009)
Since 2007, Dominic Johnson's performance piece Transmission has been performed at festivals throughout the UK and beyond. Transmission explores the relationship between high camp and deep tragedy and works towards a staging of self-obliteration.
Fierce Festival, Birmingham (2007); Torture Garden, Rome (2008); Duckie, London (2008, 2009); 8th Biennial International Queer Parts Festival, Saskatchewan (2009); National Portrait Gallery (2009); The Caves, Edinburgh (2009); SPILL Festival of Performance and Live Art, Shunt, London, 2009; The Arches, Glasgow (2009); Queer Zagreb, Croatia (2009); Great Hall, People’s Palace (2009); Queer City Cinema, Regina, Canada (2010); People's Palace, QMUL (2011); FADO Centre for Performance Art (2011).
Performed as part of Visions of Excess, the International Performance Art Festival, Copenhagen (2008), and as part of a Self-Obliteration double-bill with a piece by Ron Athey at the Donau Festival, Krems (2008).
Departure: An Experiment in Human Salvage
Dominic Johnson's Departure: An Experiment in Human Salvage is a performance piece involving live tattooing.
Performances of Departure include: Royal Vauxhall Tavern (2010); Fierce Festival, TROVE Gallery Birmingham (2011); Chelsea Theatre (2012).
Cultural Warriors was a three-year youth-leadership collaboration designed to inspire young people to fight for social transformation through art and culture. Collaborating with Paul Heritage and People's Palace Projects were Grupo Cultural AfroReggae; Contact Manchester; Theatre Royal Stratford East; SouthBank Centre; Lawnmowers Theatre Company; The Sage Gateshead; and Playing On (2009-2012).
The State Department Presents
The State Department Presents is an all-new performance experiment in international relations, office politics, and the pleasures of disco by Lindsey Goss and Nicholas Ridout. It was performed at 95 Empire, Providence, Rhode Island (2-4 May 2013).
quite the best news in some considerable time
quite the best news in some considerable time, a performance about Greece, politics, optimism and dance routines, by Lindsay Goss and Nicholas Ridout, performed at NYU Abu Dhabi, February 2015.
As part of the Shakespeare Forum's aim to explore, share, represent, rethink, transform and celebrate Shakespeare’s legacy, Paul Heritage along with members of the Royal Shakespeare Company and People's Palace Projects worked together to facilitate a series of workshops for actors and directors, from and associated with the cultural group Nós do Morro celebrating its 25th anniversary (18-25 November 2011).
AfroReggae Experience was a celebratory performance of music and dance in The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall produced in association with People's Palace Projects and featuring Grupo Cultural AfroReggae, a group committed to transforming the reality of young people in Rio de Janeiro's favelas using education, art and culture as instruments of social inclusion (24 July 2010).
AfroReggae residence in Liverpool
In association with People's Palace Projects, AfroReggae completed a 4-week residency at the Everyman and Playhouse Theatres in Liverpool. The residency included public performances, street art, and workshops. A full programme of events can be seen here (27 July-21 August 2010).
Rio Occupation London
Rio Occupation London was a month-long festival in which 30 performers and artists from Rio took to the streets of London presenting more than 250 works of art and performances for more than 37,000 people between July and August 2012.
Festa! was a community spectacular of dance and theatre that involved 92 residents of Lambeth and Southwark between the ages of 14 and 82. The performance, at the Young Vic, sought to recreate the spirit of the Brazilian quadrilha (August 2008).
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Nos do Morro's Two Gentlemen of Verona was a fresh take on Shakespeare's classic in which the performers used their bodies to create a continually changing tableau that forms a playful backdrop to the drama. The play was staged at the Barbican Centre from the 8-18 October 2008.
Amazônia, staged at the Young Vic, was an unique Christmas experience in which Brazilian and British theatre artists come together to create a spectacular Amazonian adventure. The play, co-written by Paul Heritage, was inspired by the life of Brazilian environmentalist Chico Mendes (2008)
'Green Christmas: Amazonia at the Young Vic', Guardian, 5 December 2008
Hilary Whitney, 'Amazônia: The Hottest Christmas Show in Town', Daily Telegraph, 1 December 2008
Patrick Marmion, 'Amazônia: The Brazilian equivalent of a green man fertility festival', Daily Mail, 1 January 2009
'Young Vic Turns to South America with Amazonia', What's on Stage, 8 April 2008
Favelization at the Barbican featured AfroReggae along with a variety of sounds and images produced by young performers from East London who had been inspired by AfroReggae (25-28 September 2008).
Encounters: Transforming Lives
Encounters, developed by Paul Heritage and Gary Stewart, is an on-going project to reveal, discover, question, and celebrate how young people transform their worlds through art (2010-2012).
Points of Contact
Points of Contact seeks to create new dialogues between the UK and Brazil about social and personal transformation through the arts (2010-ongoing).
The Falsettos, by Stacy Makishi, directed by Lois Weaver, is a performance that splices together influences from The Sopranos, E.T. and On A Clear Day You Can See Tomorrow starring Barbra Streisand. Mobs, midlife, lowlife and taboo get the Makishi treatment - uncompromising, compassionate and joyously absurd. It was presented as part of Sacred at Chelsea Theatre (24 and 25 May 2013).
Split Britches’s Miss America is a performance piece that explores beauty pageants, foreign policy, and the politics of natural disasters.
Miss America debuted at LaMama Experimental Theatre Club, NYC in 2008. It has since been performed in: Boston Centre for the Arts (2008); Open Eye Figure Theatre, Minneapolis (2008); NACL Arts Centre, Highland Lake, NY (2008); QMUL, 2009; PSI Zagreb (2009)
Performing in Agony
Performing in Agony was a solo performance by Lois Weaver that explored aging and stage fright. The play was based on Behind the Mask, a short story by Miroslav Krleza.
Performing in Agony was performed as part of Mis-Performance, part of Performance Studies 15 in Rijeka, Croatia, on 4 September 2010.
FeMUSEum sees Lois Weaver, along with Bird la Bird, Amy Lamé, and Carmelita Tropicana, displaying their individual femme muses to emphasise how femme visibility is a public issue.
All Aglow with Desire
All Aglow with Desire was a series of performance workshops that Lois Weaver organised in collaboration with the Association of Greater London Older Women (AGLOW), a group of over-60 women who work to raise awareness of ageism, homophobia, and sexism.
Tourist Info Wanted
Tourist Info Wanted saw Lois Weaver (as Tammy WhyNot) collaborating with Stacy Makishi to celebrate the jubilee by asking spectators to map their own lives. Tourist Info Wanted was performed in Battersea Park, London, on June 3 2012.
On the Scent
On the Scent, performed by Leslie Hill, Helen Paris and Lois Weaver, is a performance that explores the elusive connections between smell and memory. It premiered at Fierce, Birmingham in 2004 and has since been performed over 400 times, including performances at the Prague Festival (2007), the Anti-Festival, Kuopio, Finland (2008), the Threshold Festival, Folkestone (2008), Art Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2010).
Porch Sitting, created by Lois Weaver, is an experiment with a new format for non hierarchical public discussion using an informal conversation structure to address more formal topics. Porch Sittings for the Future were conducted at La Mama Experimental Club, New York (31 Jan 2012, 22 April 2012).
Image by Lori E. Seid
Commit an Act of Domestic Terrorism, Hang your Laundry in Public
Lois Weaver's Commit an Act of Domestic Terrorism, Hang your Laundry in Public, is an interventionist performance using the hanging of laundry in public places as a means of generating conversation on the meaning of public and private in a culture of fear (New York, 1-10 October 2011).
Lois Weaver's Long Table is a performance installation that uses the private form of a dinner party as a structure for public debate.
What Tammy Needs to Know about Getting Old and Having Sex
What Tammy Needs to Know about Getting Old and Having Sex saw Lois Weaver, as Tammy WhyNot, exploring issues of aging and sexual desire. The project saw performances at the Chelsea Theatre, London and at the Royal London Hospital in 2008.
Library of Performing Rights
The Library of Performing Rights, created by Lois Weaver, is a collection of materials submitted by international artists, writers, academics, and activists that archives performance activism in support of human rights (2006-ongoing).
What Tammy Found Out
What Tammy Found Out is a performance lecture in which Lois Weaver (as Tammy WhyNot) explores, amongst other topics: education and class; high art and popular culture; performance and human rights; feminism and femininity; and sex and aging. What Tammy Found Out was delivered as Lois’s inaugural lecture at Queen Mary in 2012, and was performed again at the Contact Theatre, Manchester, on 22 May 2013.
Ruff, co-written and directed by Lois Weaver, and starring Peggy Shaw, uses performance to investigate Shaw’s experience of having had a stroke, and explores issues of memory, personal response to extreme circumstances and the place of the imagination in the neuroscience of memory loss and structural damage.
Ruff premiered at the COIL Festival, Dixon Place, New York from 10-19 January 2013. It has since been performed at the Sacred Festival, Chelsea Theatre (2013), the Behaviour Festival, Glasgow (2013), and LaMaMa in New York (2014).
Lost Lounge, written, directed, and performed by Lois Weaver, is a performance about a lounge act. The show facilitates audience participation and public conversation on issues of memory, loss and urban redevelopment.
Lost Lounge was first performed in the US at Dixon Place, NYC (5-19 December, 2009). It has since been performed at Vision and Voices, University of Southern California, Los Angeles (9 September, 2011) and was a keynote performance for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education 25th Anniversary Conference, Chicago (11 Aug, 2011). Outside the US, Lost Lounge has appeared at the Outside AiR Festival, People’s Palace, QM, London (11-14 March, 2010); Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto, (3-6 May, 2012); and was the keynote performance for Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies Conference, Brisbane (3-5 July, 2012).
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