r:evolve & Apples and Snakes present
THINGS THAT CAN’T BE SAID
Thursday 7th Feb 7.30pm £7/£5
Things That Can’t Be Said is where performance poetry meets theatre. Shabina Aslam, a well-reputed director of spoken word, theatre and radio drama, works with five eclectic spoken word artists from the region to create an exciting high-octane production about things that can’t be said.
Artists perform an ensemble of stories using music, movement and sound, creating a visual tapestry of love, life and relationships.
Things That Can’t Be Said is co-produced by r:evolve and Apples & Snakes. r:evolve is a consortium of the Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton, mac in Birmingham and Black Country Touring, who are working together to create more theatre by culturally specific* artists resident in the West Midlands. www.r-evolve-theatre.co.uk
*Asian, Black, Chinese and more recent immigrant communities and refugee status artists
THE WATER BEARERS DREAM
Performed by Lorca Simons and Adrian Brett
22nd Feb 7.30pm £7/£5
‘Wet laundry and sailing boats, wedding gowns and buckets, stretched blue like a sky’s starry kiss hanging on a hillside’ begins the story of a dream, a theatrically staged installation of movements exploring the relationship between water and goodbyes.
Lorca grew up in a theatre created by her parents in Texas, where physical exploration and ensemble were the foundation of its mission. Since graduating from NCSA she has worked in both stage and screen in NYC and throughout the US and Canada. Most recently playing Maggie in DTC's "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof". She is a founding member of 5RT, an experimental theatre company revolutionizing ritual theatre through the Gabrielle Roth's 5 rhythms maps.
Adrian trained in speech and drama in Sydney, Australia before coming to
Europe in 1987. He is a co-founder of TaurusVoice Theatre Company with whom
he has performed since 2000. He has worked with companies including the Rose
Theatre Company, the Mask Studio, Projekt Theatre, Portal Productions, Circle-X Arts and recently with Fairgame Theatre Company.
NOSE to NOSE NIGHT by The Fool Effect
Friday 29 February 7.30pm £7/£5
HAVE YOU GOT NEWS FOR US? The Fool Effect clowns will be taking stories from the daily news and local and personal sources offered by their audiences on the night; re-interpreting them with the clown's playfulness, irreverence and insight. Their shows are an escapist feast, presented with colour and style, revealing another layer to the art of the clown that leaves the circus behind. The Fool Effect have been developing their improvised shows for more than a year and have all been trained in the Nose to Nose style of clowning. They bring with them a wealth of experience; from touring theatre, new circus, storytelling, puppetry, mime and physical theatre, to auctioneering, DIY car mechanics, yoga, meditation, cement rendering and the making of yoghurt.
If you like what you see – then join them on Saturday and Sunday.
Friday 7th March 7.30pm £8/£6
Skin is a synergy of media, dance and emotionally infused movement which is rich in contrast; emotional and strong, reflective and bold. This powerful double bill has an original sound score, percussive soundscapes, digital projection and emotive live effects.
Using captivating physical expression to discover what makes us function as a human being six robust and agile dancers explore the invisible signals that we give out and the force and flow of feelings running through our veins. From the outside we look different, but underneath aren’t we all the same?
ACE dance and music is a multi-cultural company and Skin will draw from particular elements of African, Caribbean and Japanese dance styles, uniting these together with powerful contemporary movement. Artistic Director Gail Parmel will work in collaboration with two internationally renowned choreographers Akiko Kitamura from the Leni-Basso Dance Company of Japan and Vincent Mantsoe from Soweto, South Africa.
Music and dance to elevate the soul
The Birmingham Post
Upfront style… plenty of energy
“…So robust and excitingly physical… Their control is amazing. They dance alone, in pairs and intricately en masse. Lifts, falls, counterbalances and lunges are used to great effect and are mixed with impressive acrobatic leaps and turns, reminiscent of capoeira.”
“With a stylistic mix that stretches from Africa, through the Caribbean and Europe and across to Japan, Skin marks a fresh departure for this bold Birmingham outfit… Skin promises another step forward for a company on the edge of breaking into the big league.” Keith Watson, Metro, Sept 07
For more information visit www.acedanceandmusic.com
THE PHOENIX by THE PHOENIX PLAYERS
Saturday 15th March 3pm £4/£3
An Easter Story written by Barbara Foster.
This story follows the days preceding Easter, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.
It is the story of the phoenix, the bird that dies and is resurrected.
A beautiful and magical story for both children and adults, expressing the grief and joys of Easter.
Children will take part in the performance and all children from the audience will receive a springtime present. Music and eurythmy accompany this colourful performance.