Here are a list of Masterclasses currently available at Sustained Up North. Click the title of the Masterclass you would like to attend and you will be taken to the its page, where you will be able to book tickets.
28 Oct | 7.30pm
It is said that clay is the matter that we are made of. Buried in that matter are the memories that mould our experiences, our understandings and gestures. Memories that seem to belong to a time long before our very thoughts were shaped. Ancient yet familiar, they accompany us from places that only our cells have been.
In CLAY Asha Thomas, American contemporary dancer and Yinka Esi Graves, British flamenco dancer, draw from their collective memory and experiences to create a unique language between them. It is their very dancing that goes in search of the past whilst being informed by it. One dancer of half Jamaican and Ghanian descent and the other from a long line of southern baptist preachers, explore the connections between who they believe themselves to be, and the unconscious parts that make up who they are.
It is the place where this duo’s dance influences cross that evokes memories of imagined lands, all to the unique soundscape of flamenco and electric guitarist Guillermo Guillén.
CLAY is a powerful game between solo pieces and explosive pas de deux, of their rhythms and unique expression. It asks us to locate the parts of ourselves that have formed over long periods of time, surviving the wear of migration to still be found today.
Choreographed and performed by Yinka Esi Graves and Asha Thomas.
A STUN (Sustained Theatre Up North) and Châteauvallon- Scenes nationale co-commission
For more information about the artists and the making of CLAY, visit: http://clayperformance.blogspot.co.uk/
CLAY open rehearsal
28 Oct | 1pm – 2:30pm
The artists of CLAY are proposing an open rehearsal where the public will be able to get a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of the production. The artists find it important to share with the community all of the aspects that are involved in putting together a dance performance, whether it be collaborating with the lighting designer, refining and perfecting the dance movements, or the interactions between the dancers and the musician/composer. Afterwards, the audience will be given an opportunity to ask questions about the piece, to gain insight into the artist’s individual backgrounds, and to learn about the peculiarities of working and living internationally.
26 Oct | 5:30pm
The dancers in CLAY will offer a dance workshop that will expose the students to the different genres shown in the piece: flamenco, contemporary dance, and other social dances from the African diaspora. The students will experience how the artists of CLAY have chosen to interconnect the different styles and will also have the opportunity to explore themes that include sensibility to music and rhythm, bodily coordination and strength, and self expression through different dynamics.
If you are an artist living or working in the North West, there are two spaces available on a masterclass with Benji Reid, taking place at STUN Studio (at Z-arts, Manchester M15 5ZA) Monday 23 – Friday 27 November, 10am – 5pm each day.
This is a unique opportunity to work in a small group with leading physical theatre practitioner Benji Reid, offering you a chance to:
– share specific challenges in your artistic journey
– benefit from coaching from your peers
– work on and explore issues that are directly relevant to you.
The week will culminate in a small public sharing at 2pm on Friday 27 November, with feedback and discussion.
To apply please send us (*you can apply as an individual or as part of a group):
– A short summary of what you’d like to explore (max 200 words)
– an up-to-date CV
– any images or weblinks that feature your work.
Applications should be sent to Benji Reid, c/o firstname.lastname@example.org, by 12 noon on Thursday 19 November.
Friday 27 November 2pm
STUN Studio at Z-arts
Artists and audiences are invited to join us for a small public sharing and feedback of the week-long Benji Reid masterclass.
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More Information: A Question of Black Physical Theatre
Over the past 30 years Black Physical Theatre has been delivered through the vision and politics of some of the world’s most interesting theatre makers, such as Denise Wong, Amani Napthali, and Benji Reid. Whilst many of these archives have been chronicled there has been very little documented about what one might call the engineering behind the art form, namely the energies and ideas motivating works in the Black Theatre canon such as ‘Ragamuffin’ and ‘Super Heroes’.
– Is there a distinctive art form that is sufficiently unique and nuanced to be called Black Physical Theatre?
– What are its processes and products?
– Who are its champions and challengers?
A Question of Black Physical Theatre brings together a creative team led by Benji Reid and Sustained Theatre Up North (STUN) to offer a selection of opportunities.
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
We would like to invite you to our first Black Gold Arts Festival, celebrating the success of culturally diverse performances developed in partnership with Sustained Theatre Up North [STUN].
Black Gold Arts Festival features recent work by black artists from the North developed through Manchester’s Sustained Theatre Up North’s STUN Studio and produced around the city. All the shows are tour-ready, have been enthusiastically received by audiences and critics alike, and have strong workshop and engagement packages.
|Manchester is rich in culturally diverse performing arts talent, and STUN has been increasingly important in making sure that talent has the space to experiment and thrive. Besides celebrating this, we also want to support and to bring new BAME talent forward. So we want to throw a big arts party festival with just a sample of our awards-nominated and award-winning artists, and a seed commission for a culturally diverse newcomer.
To give folks even more reason to celebrate, we’d like to announce a £2,000 commission for a new work by a BAME Northern performance practitioner.For our first Black Gold Arts Festival, we have shows by four outstanding Mancunians:
|For our first Black Gold Arts Festival, we have shows by four outstanding Mancunians:
Light meets bodies in motion, all using a Kinect: Dance made both beautiful and accessible to everybody.
Tickets – www.z-arts.org/events/body-of-light
Tells the story of a black perimenopausal lesbian’s descent into suicidal depression and her emergence from it.
“It is a devastatingly beautiful show, poetic narrative and heart achingly profound… people should go” Audience Member
Cheryl has won Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards as both writer [ Best Community Production,Heart and Soul, Oldham Coliseum] and director [Best Studio Production, Iron by Rona Munro, Working Girls/Contact], an Edinburgh Fringe First as co-director and producer of Traverse Theatre’s Breakfast Series The World Is Too Much, and this year a Lloyd’s Bank regional award for the immersive play she directed for Community Arts Northwest,Rule 35, and longlisted for the Polari Book Prize for her collection of poems, Alaska[Crocus/Commonword], the inspiration for this play
Tickets – www.z-arts.org/events/alaska
Fusing spoken word, physicality and music, Amsterdam is a high-powered, supermodern 21st-century play of love and lust.
Seduced by the attractions of the city and a charming Surinamese man she met on holiday, Chanje embarks on a voyage into the unknown. What will be her fate?
Tickets – http://www.z-arts.org/events/amsterdam
I Wish I Had A Moustache, by Keisha Thompson
Can you be a modern-day feminist and also feel the immemorial need to shave your legs? How much are we willing to consciously change about ourselves before the soul disowns us?
Young Identity’s Keisha Thompson will go on a comedic, at times disturbing, journey to find out if she has a problem with her gender, her culture, or just herself, in her debut solo show.
‘A Question of Black Physical Theatre’ brings together a creative team led by Benji Reid and Sustained Theatre Up North (STUN) to offer a selection of opportunities. It is an Arts Council England supported project.
Week long master-class with Benji Reid: for emerging artists, up to 5 people
Please note: This opportunity is open to artist’s living/ working in the North West only
This master-class will encourage individual artists to share specific challenges in their artistic journeys and benefit from coaching from their peers. This will be a unique opportunity for a small group of emerging artists to work with Benji Reid, a leading practitioner in physical theatre. Over a week, artists will be given the opportunity to work on issues that are directly relevant to them, exploring these in a small team.
This week runs from Monday the 23rd till Friday the 27th November and takes place at the STUN Studio’s at Z-Arts in Manchester (http://www.z-arts.org).
Following this, artists will connect with a small audience to strike up a two way conversation about the work, what it says and what it means. This critical dialogue will take place on Friday 4th December, and will involve a discussion on the process and the inspiration behind the programme. The final showing of work produced by STUN, with Benji Reid, will take place at Manchester’s the STUN studio’s, Z Arts.
To apply, (*you can apply as an individual or as part of a group) please send us:
- An up to date CV
- Any images/ CD/ website that features your work
‘Appetite’, Small Commission for a mid career artist to work with Benji Reid
A commission for an artist to create a new piece of work that will be presented to an audience as part of a work-in-progress piece. The theme is ‘Appetite’ and artists are asked to respond viscerally, in ways that explore emotional and physical longing for an idea, place or thing.
Applicants should pick upon something autobiographical – for example, the wish to appease a need, desire or inclination. We are looking for an artist who is able to explore their physical and emotional selves in ways which stretch their imagination – as well as those around them – to produce new experiences for audiences. The work should seek to transform thinking around an idea, using the experience of physical narrative storytelling. The artist may come from a background of dance, sports, theatre or live art, or a combination of all of these.
The successful artist will be required to contribute to a video diary. Artists will be required to work independently and spend a week working intensively with director Benji Reid. This week has been scheduled and will run from Monday the 30th November to Friday the 4th December. The sessions will take place at the STUN Studios, Z-Arts in Manchester.
The final day, Friday, will be an opportunity to share the work with an invited audience of up to 50 guests, this will take the form of a critical dialogue, performance led session.
There is a budget of £875
How to apply
Please send us the following information:
- An outline of how you would respond (max 500 words)
- A loose budget
- An up to date CV
- Images/ CD/ website featuring your work
The Deadline for both opportunities 9am, Tuesday 6th October
TO: Benji Reid, C/O 27-29 Saint Mary’s Row, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8JT
E: c/o email@example.com
This workshop will enable you to hear from a panel of people experienced in different aspects of this topic, discuss the unique issues around such work, your own experience, how to overcome some of the obstacles and share tips and ideas on all aspects of the making, promotion and presentation of work in/for non-traditional arts spaces.
1.30 – 4.30pm on Friday 31st October
Manchester Central Library (read more…)
Eligible individuals and organisations will be have free access a combination of workshops, training and professional development opportunities, subject to a refundable deposit to register commitment to complete a minimum of 12 hours of support through PANDA. If you don’t qualify or even if you’re not a PANDA member, you can still attend at affordable rates.
Training will focus on the following general areas: (read more…)
The workshops will be held in the beautiful surroundings of the Chief Librarian’s Office, on the 3rd floor.
There are limited numbers for the workshops, so places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If you have a preference for the first or second session please indicate this when booking your place. (read more…)
From: Deirdre Osborne
In the lead up to the MA Black British Writing 2015,
Deirdre Osborne and Joan Anim-Addo would like to invite all interested students and staff to their continuing cultural programme,
‘Black British Writers in Conversation’.
We begin our evening with acclaimed authors
Bernardine Evaristo (Mr Loverman;Blonde Roots) and Andrea Stuart (Sugar in the Blood; The Rose of Martinique).
WHERE – the George Wood Theatre
WHEN – Friday 19th September at 6.30pm.
It is FREE and can be booked through:
Please see attached pdf for more details and any difficulties in booking, please contact Deirdre directly on:firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Deirdre Osborne
Convenor: MA Black British Writingwww.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-black-british-writing
Associate Editor; Women’s Writing
(Taylor and Francis)
Equality and Diversity Officer GUCU;
Chair of Examinations, Drama and Theatre Arts degree and postgraduate programmes;
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross, London, SE14 6NW.
44 207 9197429 or 7414
In writing that spans prose fiction, biography, verse novels and memoir, Bernardine Evaristo and Andrea Stuart highlight and reveal unexpected angles to the complex stories of black people’s cultural heritages in Britain.
In conversation together, and with the Convenors of the new MA Black British Writing, they discuss the roles of women writers in reforming, the subject-matter and perspectives on literature.
Both authors will also read from their work – with audience Q&A an important part of the evening. (read more…)
Benji Reid – Masterclass
STUN is running a two hour masterclass lead by Benji Reid. If you’re interested in developing your practice from conception to competition, utilising different theatre and physical techniques – then this is the masterclass for you.
- Place: STUN Studio, Z-arts 335 Stretford Road, M15 5ZA
- Date: 6th December 2013
- Time: 2pm – 4pm
- Price: Free 16+
- Contact: STUN for booking a space on 07977 122 723 (spaces are limited)
Benji is currently the Artistic Director of Mars. (Manchester Artistic Research Studios).
Mars is a theatre-making program aimed (read more…)