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 cannon 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org