Breakfast and Discussion Event

May 06, 2018

Artist Breakfast and Discussion Event

Thought Foundation, Birtley

www.thoughtfoundation.co.uk 

 

10am - 11.30am

 

FREE EVENT

Come along to Thought Foundation for breakfast in Birtley with the team behind GIFT 2018 as well as many of the artists involved, where you will hear more about the processes behind the performances.

Age Guidance: All Welcome

And She Open Rehearsal with Bonnie and The Bonnettes

May 06, 2018

And She: Bonnie and the Bonnettes 

Thought Foundation, Birtley

www.thoughtfoundation.co.uk

 

10am - 3pm

 

FREE EVENT
 

Newcastle trio Bonnie and the Bonnettes will be based at Thought Foundation for the day, sited within the current exhibition breastfeed and Boom,' where they will be working on their new show And She, exploring motherhood, femininity and reinvention. They will open up their rehearsal room between 10am-3pm inviting GIFT participants to drop in and share their stories and thoughts on motherhood.

Bonnie and The Bonnettes are a theatre company based in Newcastle. Their work combines multiple genres and mediums. They like it when audiences laugh. They like it when they think. They like it when they do both at the same time. They want to share stories, challenge perceptions, and have a good time whilst doing it. ​​  They are inspired by queer/drag/alternative performance, gender, sexuality, auto/biography, relationships, and music that makes your hips wiggle. Their work is loud, fun, and unapologetic!  

"The trio present a colourful united front against the world". (A Younger Theatre)

Age Guidance: All Welcome

Draw to Look by Hannah Sullivan

May 06, 2018

Draw to Look by Hannah Sullivan

Thought Foundation, Birtley

www.thoughtfoundation.co.uk

11am -1pm

Included in Festival Pass or Pay What You Decide (on the door)

Individual Time Slots available to book via link below

‘We only see what we look at. To look is an act of choice.’ - John Berger, Ways of seeing.

Hannah invites you, one at a time, to join her at a desk specially made for two people to draw each other.

A simple occasion to notice the looking that drawing allows and the difference it makes.

Drawing does many things, it records but it also asks us to pay attention. Hannah is interested in the liveness of observational drawing, the affect this occasion has on our relationship to what we choose to draw, and the resulting marks as maps of our looking. Using a simple drawing exercise Hannah hopes to create an accessible drawing experience, dispelling pressures of skill or technique, refocusing on allowing time to notice what we cultivate when we draw.

‘Sullivan’s piece is infinitely delicate. It is a snatched moment, a secret shared between you for fifteen minutes. It offers an opportunity to examine, and to focus on nothing but this little bubble of calm.’ - Exeunt. 

Hannah Sullivan is a performance maker currently making solo works that reframe and democratise creative practices by prioritising the emotional experience. Previous works include ‘Echo Beach’ and ‘With Force and Noise’. Hannah is a graduate of Dartington College of Arts and University of Bristol, and a former member of Bristol based collective; Interval. 

Age Guidance: 14+

Public Address System by Helen Collard and the Brahmari Ensemble

May 06, 2018

Public Address System by Helen Collard and the Brahmari Ensemble

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

1pm

 

FREE EVENT

Public Address System is a sound installation performed by an ensemble of residents from the Newcastle/Gateshead area. The performance is located within Baltic's six storey stairwell in which the ensemble perform a sound mediation called 'brahmari'; a yogic breath practice that imitates the sound of a humming bee.

 

The audience are invited to descend the stairs to experience the heightened drone sound provided by the deeply

resonant architecture of the enclosed stairwell/hive space.

 

Helen Collard is an artist whose work employs sound, digital and scientific technology to create performances and installations that explore yogic concepts of breath. Her work interlinks mind-body practices, performance art and bio-art and is often a form of subject-experimentation that tests the concept of being and thinking through human breath. The Brahmari Ensemble comprises of individuals and groups from the Newcastle/Gateshead area.

Age Guidance: All Welcome

Neighbourhood by Jamie Harper

May 06, 2018

Neighbourhood by Jamie Harper

Workshop/Performance

Gateway Studio, Trinity Centre, Gateshead High Street 

http://www.gatewaystudios.co.uk/find-us

 

2pm-5pm

Included in Festival Pass or £5 (plus booking fee) for an individual ticket 

How well do you know your neighbours? Do you pop in to see them from time to time, or do you keep

yourself to yourself? In this live action role-play, the audience will be invited to become players, playing

together through a guided workshop process to imagine and build a miniat

ure community.

Characters will be created, relationships will be forged and hopes and fears for the future of this fictional

community will be dreamed up. The playing of Neighbourhood will chart a year in the life of the

community, exploring the ups and downs of the area and the people who live there.

The outcome of the story is unknown. There will be no performers delivering a prepared narrative. The

pathways of characters and the future of the Neighbourhood will be entirely invented (with a little help) by the players. In other words: YOU!

So, if you’d like to know your neighbours a little better, come and play!

Jamie Harper is a theatre director, acting teacher and play designer. He is a previous winner of the JMK Directors’ Award and the National Theatre Cohen Bursary. He is currently undertaking a practice-based PhD on play in participatory performance at Newcastle University.

Age Guidance: 14+

Someone Loves You Drive With Care by Tom Cassani

May 06, 2018

Someone Loves You Drive With Care by Tom Cassani

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

7pm

Included in Festival Pass or £12/£10 (plus booking fee) or £15/£12 (plus booking fee) for Individual Sunday Evening Ticket (Also includes entry to Situation with Doppelgänger by Oliver Zahn)

The Structure of a trick is imbalanced. Watch everyday action turn into the impossible.

I place myself in vulnerable situations so we can examine the extremities of collectively constructed

truth and lies. We will explore moments in time that have never happened. Will never happen. Moments

that might have happened. Being born at the same time as a tree. Holding a stranger’s hand. Crying.

I will expose deceptive techniques, teach how to spot a deception, empty my hands and disarm myself of

any hidden mechanisms. By stripping back any physical means of trickery we will explore and expose

deception and truth together.

Tom Is a Performance Artist and Liar.

Trained in sleight of hand and prestidigitation, he uses deceit as an artistic platform to explore truth,

authenticity and manipulation. Tom invites you to investigate his relationship with a practice founded on

bending the truth and being honest about doing just that.

Age Guidance: 14+

SITUATION WITH DOPPELGÄNGER by Julian Warner & Oliver Zahn / HAUPTAKTION

May 06, 2018

SITUATION WITH DOPPELGÄNGER by Julian Warner & Oliver Zahn / HAUPTAKTION

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

8.30pm

Included in Festival Pass or £12/£10 (plus booking fee) or £15/£12 (plus booking fee) for Individual Sunday Evening Ticket (also includes entry to Someone Loves You Drive With Care at 7pm)

In 2013 white pop starlet Miley Cyrus performed a so called twerk choreography at the Video Music Awards

together with her Afro-American dancers. The rhythmic shaking and the pornographic exhibition of the butt to bassy music caused indignation. At the same time, the performance made twerking accessible to a mass audience.

 

The appropriation and commercialisation of black dances and dances of other minority groups has a long tradition in pop culture and goes far back until the Minstrel Shows of the 19th century. The questions these cultural

appropriations are raising are the same since then: What meaning are the dances carrying? Are the dances belonging to someone and who is allowed to dance them?

Based on Minstrel, Pop and Folk Dances, Oliver Zahn and Julian Warner examine cultural appropriation in its

different forms. SITUATION WITH DOPPELGÄNGER is a performative essay with and about dancing, the

potential of popularisation and construction of authenticity.

Age Guidance: 14+

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