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hERE’S a bunch of SHOWS YOU CANNAE MISS this august. SEE YOU THERE!
fOR NOW WE SEE THROUGH A MIRROR, DARKLY
This mystical dance performance is about the connection between what we see and what we believe. It includes an evocative voice-over, which describes and interprets that which is present but cannot be seen. The description is an accessibility function for visually impaired audiences but also functions to give access to understanding the abstract content for those who are sighted. A visually striking and funny world, which can be placed under the slogan of its favourite motif – a smiling snake, a dying sun and the gentle droppings of unclean slime.
Following her genre-defying smash-hit, Triple Threat, Lucy McCormick is back to crawl through the annals of history in this enthusiastically humiliating exploration of power and purpose. Joined by friends with benefits, Samir Kennedy and Rhys Hollis, Lucy is back with her trademark concoction of dance, song, absurdist art and minor breakdowns.
Indigenous Contemporary Scene
A woman twirls endlessly, casting trails of pleasure, while another rebuilds beauty among the fall and collapse of her storm. A man and a woman sit together in their spontaneity. Rocks hit ice, water gushes, voices muffled, plastic manipulated. Witness four bodies navigating colonial values of land ownership, bodies connecting to the essence of nature and relationship to materials and decay. Miijin Ki shares the vibrancy of our bodies, our spirit. It shifts and reworks, is digested and transformed. Presented by Indigenous Contemporary Scene.
OH YES! OH NO!
This is about having sexual fantasies that don't align with your politics. About understanding what you want and wondering how to ask for it. Award-winning performance artist Louise Orwin asks the difficult questions, taking you on a surreal joyride through female sexuality and violence. Using recorded interviews and Barbie'n'Ken role play, Oh Yes Oh No is a provocative look at sexuality and who gets to have a say in it. Steady yourself to rethink desire and then watch her smash it all to pieces.
Performed with marikiscrycrycry, originally created/performed with Dwayne Antony, Out is about shapeshifting in a bid to fit in; to be black enough, straight enough, Jamaican enough... Challenging homophobia and transphobia within our communities, Out is a conversation between two bodies; a live art/dance performance, reclaiming dancehall and celebrating queerness amongst the bittersweet scent of oranges. Embracing personal, political and cultural dissonance, this defiant act of self-expression smashes through the silence, summoning voices and re-enacting movements in a chaotic mash-up of remembrance and reinvention.
Scottee grew up around mould, mice and clothes off the market. After a chance meeting with some posh kids, his mum teaching him to talk proper and him successfully persuading her to take him off free school meals Scottee knew he didn't want to be common. Class is a show about what it is to be embarrassed, pretending to be posher than you are and explores why we all get a thrill playing god with green tokens from Waitrose. This is a show for the middle classes.
Life Is No Laughing Matter
'Sometimes I think I have felt everything I'm ever gonna feel and from here on out, I'm not gonna feel anything new. Just lesser versions of what I've already felt'. Life is No Laughing Matter's a performance about mental illness, suicide and radical cure attempts. Part personal narrative, part social rant, part mess; Life is No Laughing Matter tells the exhausting and hilarious account of living with depression, from the urgency of finding a cure, dissecting the cultural disease, to eating a f*ck ton of bananas. Expect shit metaphors, codependency, holy water and Yoko Ono.
A messy live art musical probing into the bloody realms of the womb. What's it like to have your fallopian tube hacked off or to birth a 10lb cyst baby? This new work is about the personal experience of having an ovary removed and the discoveries of others' womb difficulties. It uncovers lost knowledge about women's bodies and how these hidden things occur through punk, death metal and some gospel thrown in. Catherine is joined by her two poly-cysters. Expect slime, songs and speculums.
Seke Chimutengwende and Alexandrina Hemsley
An Afrofuturist history of the universe from the Big Bang to dreamshout death. Propelling lived experiences onto a cosmic scale, Chimutengwende and Hemsley shapeshift through poetic text and movement. Step into an alternative speculation on how to orbit bodies which carry histories of marginalisation and anti-blackness.
CADE & MACASKILL
Doppelganger DJs Barry and Barry desperately seek connection with the world beyond... Two of Scotland's finest live artists, Rosana Cade (Walking:Holding, Sister) and Ivor MacAskill (STUD, Alma Mater), spew out their dark and riotous take on modern communication, as the identical hosts in a surreal phone-in talk show. Finding humour, warmth and despair in the absurd, they spin a thick web of cliches and catchphrases in their outer space echo-chamber, accompanied by a weird, wild soundscape by Yas Clarke.
DANIEL HELLMAN & Anne Welenc
TRAUMBOY / TRAUMGIRL
Daniel is an artist. He’s also a sex worker. Through accounts of clients and their desires, Traumboy explores why he chose this profession, and why having sex for money is still considered taboo. Told with humour and honesty, this interactive performance challenges audiences to scrutinize their own sexual ideals and appetites, as Daniel performs different roles for his customers – and the audience. Where do your boundaries lie?
Kim is an actress. She is also a sex worker, a bartender, German, Polish and more. Which identity is most important? Traumgirl is a brand-new solo show about female sex work in all its forms – and who pays the price. Welenc takes an auto-fictional approach to explore what a woman is allowed to reveal about herself. Where do your boundaries lie?