Welcome to the August edition of the Articulation Newsletter!
Although the Edinburgh Fringe is over for another year, there are still lots of great festivals and performances happening all over Scotland, particularly the Aerial Edge Circus Convention that begins tomorrow. Also, have a look at some of the latest funding opportunities available to artists and makers.
Best wishes, SJ Couzens, Articulation Co-ordinator.
Each year, 50 peers from across the UK and International performance community come together in Edinburgh for 3 weeks to participate in a peer led, peer-to-peer process of critical dialogue and debate in contemporary performance. The process is the total theatre awards.
Exploring work by professional artists and companies at various stages in their professional development, the Total Theatre Awards process identifies emerging artistic talent and forms whilst noticing shifts and changes in contemporary performance.
This year, a number of Scottish artists and companies have been short-listed for the awards!
Egg is at once a beautiful aerial theatre show and an autobiographical tale about a young woman who gave her eggs. With live music and mesmerising aerial choreography, Egg explores the physical distortion and discomfort of the effects of hormones on the body, and Highlighting themes of choice, chance, science and mortality.
Welcoming some radical changes, the theme this time is TRANSFORMATION.
Celebrating the biggest changes in life, in nature, body appearance or spirit, evolving towards a better self more true to our own, metamorphosis, the dynamic of destruction and creation within and without.
The event is to inspire the creation of new acts by established and emerging circus artists across Scotland and to make contemporary circus available for communities in Edinburgh's disadvantaged areas.
DIG presents the Scottish premiere of this production as Sadler returns to Tramway for the first time since GEIST.
Temporary Store searches for the choreographic interface between virtual and physical reality. In a futuristic place of transit that could be anywhere between a pop-up store and a museum, post-human
bodies act as vessels for an infinite loop of movement that seems familiar and alien at the same time. The bodies frequently speed up and slow down, robotically replaying life’s ‘best bits’ back and forth through the space.
There is nothing to buy in the Temporary Store (the trick is in the name) but there is a coin, ´the Obol’ - once laid on ancient Greek tongues to pay the ferryman on the river Styx. We once dreamt of finding the perfect lover, but now why embrace Eros when you can trump Thanatos?
8pm on the 13th October
Gilded Balloon Basement, Edinburgh
Join Elf as she embodies her inner Katherine Hepburn on an absurd narrative of heartbreak and love with live Music, terrible Mime, silly characters, enthusiastic accents and entirely true stories. This is Brief Encounter, but with rodents.
The Aerial Edge Circus Convention is an annual event that brings together the circus community from far and wide. With a huge variety of workshops ranging run by world-class circus performers and instructors, this convention is the largest event of its kind in the UK: a non-stop weekend of circus workshops for everyone from absolute beginner to professional level.
Daniel Padden: Whirlygig
Co-produced by Red Bridge Arts & Catherine Wheels
Whirlygig is a high-energy musical performance puzzle, where 4 musicians boldly attempt to play too many instruments and too many pieces. Helped and hindered by their fellow musicians, their job is to perform the music on the score without it falling apart, creating a uniquely absurd and dramatic live gig experience!
When I wake up, you are there. Ready? Let’s run, play, hide. Follow me. Don’t get lost. I will stick by you. If you will stick by me.
A ‘joyful and funny show’ (The Guardian), about friendship and play, and the importance of treasuring little things. This ‘charming, delightful, inventive show’ (The Wee Review), is created by Andy Manley and Iain Cameron, co creators of international hit show, White.
The Brunton, Musselburgh
10am on the 25th September
Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline
2pm on the 14th September
4th September - 2nd October
Anahat Theatre, Glasgow
Think ellipses, flashbacks, flashforwards, cuts and edits! These are some of the fun storytelling techniques used for the stage.
The workshop includes:
During these 5 weekly sessions, participants will be encouraged to play and work together as an ensemble, whilst exploring their own artistic potential and creativity. The workshop is largely physical, so be prepared to move.
10am - 5:30pm on the 20th - 22nd September
Surge’s Tech Box office, Glasgow
Ever fancied tagging Glasgow City Chambers or St Luke’s Cathedral?
This workshop is an experiment in virtual tagging of the urban environment.
The city has no shortage of wall space and building facades. So we invite you to take part in this workshop to learn
how to use smartphone technologies to leave your artwork to be enjoyed by the masses, but secretly.
A covert campaign using graffiti, digital art gallery and oblique messages. Lasting three days, the aim is to carve out a narrative/ thematic trail by the end of the workshop in a specific part of the city streets for others to discover.
The 3 day free workshop will be led by Neill Ritchie from Aerial Digital and Alan
Richardson, Director of Surge.
We welcome applications from graffiti artists, visual artists and graphic artists or anyone with experience in outdoor arts. Applicants must have an interest in combining their work with digital technologies and have their own smartphone, or tablet device with 4G. Please note you must be available for all of the dates to take part and be over 18 years old.
To apply please send a biography and letter of interest (max 500 words) by 5pm on Friday August 30th to firstname.lastname@example.org
Any queries please call the Surge office on 0141 248 6910
Holly Stoppit: Introduction to Clowning
Deadline: 13th September
19th - 20th October
St Margaret's House, Edinburgh
Explore what it feels like to put judgement to one side and develop the confidence to follow your impulses, turn up your curiosity, play more and connect deeply and authentically with yourself and others.
Holly Stoppit has been delivering clowning workshops for more than a
decade. She is incredibly excited to be bringing her Introduction to Clowning weekend to Scotland for the first time ever.
Aaron Koz and Aerial Edge: Straps Masterclass & Intensive Workshops
24th - 28th September
Aerial Edge, Glasgow
Straps Master Class
6pm - 8pm on the 24th
This workshop will focus on the fundamental techniques for safe and effective training of aerial straps, though most exercises will greatly increase your power and control on other apparatus.
Straps 2-Day Intensive
7:30pm - 10pm on the 27th
1pm - 4pm on the 28th
This in-depth journey into straps will explore spinning/swinging/support position technique, and provide progressions for training straps at an intermediate/advanced level
Aerial Edge: Performance at Height Rigging Workshops
19th and 21st October
Aerial Edge, Glasgow
Aerial Edge, in partnership with the Federation of Scottish Theatre (FST), is offering two in-depth health and safety training days with one of the leading and most experienced industry experts in the country. FST Members can make the most of their memberships with discounts off of the workshops full price!
October 19th - Rigging Workshop (aimed at Performers)
Go See Share is a small fund for individuals, organisations and creative businesses to undertake trips allowing them to explore new ways to expand their business activity and make them more financially sustainable.
The aim of this support is to help recipients gain knowledge and build
relationships at events or other types of visits and then to share this knowledge back in Scotland.
Creative Scotland: Touring Fund for Theatre and Dance
Deadline: 14th October
This fund aims to change the way we tour publicly funded theatre and dance productions, and support greater access to a variety of theatre and dance for a diverse audience. It also aims to provide broader opportunities for a more diverse range of artists and producers.
All applicants must be based in Scotland and involved in the production, programming and/or touring of theatre and dance. Creative Scotland accept applications from:
Individual dance and theatre artists, companies and organisations.
Fife Cultural Trust Job Opportunity
Deadline: 11:55pm on the 31st August
This is a fantastic opportunity for a suitably experienced and highly motivated Theatre Manager to lead the flagship theatre. You’ll be a people person who relishes challenges, excelling at nurturing great relationships with a keen eye for detail.
Fife Cultural Trust are seeking a leader with exceptional customer service experience and an understanding of Health and Safety along with a proven track record of developing initiatives, motivating teams, engaging with the community and working in a creative environment.
Acting Out Drama School: Directing & Devising Diploma Applications
Deadline: 3pm on the 31st August
Looking to become a Professional Director or Theatre Maker? Want to Work with the Traverse Theatre Directors, Award Winning Theatre Companies and Leading Expert Coaches?
The next round of application decisions take place at the end of this month. Apply now to start the process.
Acting Out Drama School's Part-Time Directing & Devising Diploma HND Unit Equivalent with Trinity College London trains students in directing, creating and devising theatre while preparing them for the professional world.
In Tandem is a 4 week residency for two artists. EMBASSY, in conjunction with Basic Mountain, have created a residency for artists who are in the early years of their careers and who would benefit from a period of time to test and develop ideas, have collaborative encounters, reflective conversations and time to research.
This residency will tailor itself to the residents and facilitate mentors. Particular attention will be given to artists who endeavour to support others through their practice - Embassy are open to hearing how artists would identify this within their processes.
Deadline: 1pm on the 14th September
Platform, Easterhouse, Glasgow
Open theatre workshops for 16-25yr olds.
The Platform Young Company is a performance collective based at Platform in Easterhouse, who formed out of a shared interest in contemporary performance and experimental ways of working.
The Platform Young Company are looking for performers who are able to devise, collaborate, and experiment with different forms of performing and are inviting interested people along on Sat 7 Sept (1pm-3.30pm) and Sat 14 Sept (1pm-3.30pm) for an open workshop to get a taste of how they work, what they do, and their approach to performance. From these workshops, Platform Young Company are inviting new performers to join the ensemble for the development of new work.
These workshops are open to anyone aged 16 – 25 years regardless of experience. If you are interested in attending or would like to find out more please contact Programme Lead Matt Addicott – email@example.com
An Lanntair Job Opportunity: Full Circle Arts Worker
Deadline: 9am on the 14th September
Part-time temporary Arts Worker post. Leading participatory cross art-form projects with children and families throughout Lewis and Harris.
An Lanntair wish to appoint an Arts Worker to deliver creative sessions including music, song, movement and making with children and families in community venues in Lewis and Harris.
Full Circle is an exciting project which includes new initiatives to support families to access the arts and to have opportunities to be creative together. It supports An Lanntair’s aims to tackle major barriers to community participation for the most vulnerable and hard-to-reach groups in our islands. The project is funded through the Aspiring Communities Fund with support from the European Social Fund.
The open call of the Unlimited Traineeship based at Artsadmin is now open. This is an opportunity for someone that identifies as disabled looking to develop their arts and cultural management skills.
This is a traineeship, and while it involves learning on the job and taking on a range of responsibilities,
it is aimed at someone that might be new or have little professional experience of the arts and cultural sector. The traineeship is a part time role of 3 days a week for a minimum of 10 months, based in East London, at Artsadmin’s Toynbee Studios. It is an opportunity to get stuck in to the delivery of Unlimited, running up to the culmination of a range of our commissions and the Southbank Centre’s Unlimited Festival 2020.
Youth Theatre Arts Scotland: Child Protection Forum
2pm - 5pm on the 4th September
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow
A sector-led forum will consider specific child protection priorities in the youth theatre sector, share good practice with peers and bust a few myths about child protection in practice. Following on from, and in response to, Creative Scotland’s series of training session on their updated Creating Safety handbook,
this sector-led forum will consider specific child protection priorities in the youth theatre sector, share good practice with peers and bust a few myths about child protection in practice.
10am- 5pm on the 25th September
Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
The Touring Network will explore what happened when they propelled 3 devising artists, 3 promoters and 1 first-time animateur into an open-ended experiment into rural touring – examining what happened when trialling some new approaches (with some spectacularly good and not-so-good results!)
It will be a day of sharing, learning and doing, where we will explore the stories, experiences and outcomes from those involved, your thoughts about what happened and how the BRAW format could contribute to the innovation of rural touring in the future.
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