Category Archives: Performance

[ MOLECULE ] ‘How The Dead Live’ : Participate this week in a work in progress by Stephen Donnelly

As part of the Tin Shed Molecule artist develop programme which aims to develop and nurture performance art from the region.

Resident artist Stephen Donnelly is doing a set of drop in session at The Project Space in Newport this Thursday (24th), Friday (25th) and Saturday (26th) for his work in progress performance How The Dead Live. If you’re interested in meeting up with Steve and having a chat about life, death, memories and loved ones please email him: stepdonn@gmail.com

Stephen writes “I want to use Molecule to develop a new participatory theatre piece which broadens the discussion from just my own experiences to include others and offer opportunities for myself, other participants in the devising process and the audience to share and evoke memories of their lost ones.”

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Gelynion – Enemies Newport – Poetry in collaboration

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FREE – TUESDAY 19TH MAY – 7pm – 10pm

Pairs of poets and performers from Wales, England, India and Chile present original collaborations. With Joe Dunthorne & Eurig Salisbury, Rhys Trimble & SJ Fowler, Nia Davies & Zoe Skoulding, Kate North & Katrin Selina Lloyd, Andres Anwandter & Suze MC de Lee, Cris Paul & Samantha Walton, Rhian Edwards & Ranjit Hoskote, Josh Robinson & Mr&Mrs Clark, Tishani Doshi & Jonathan Edwards. With music from Patrick Rimes.

Gelynion is a groundbreaking exploration of contemporary poetry from Wales through the potential of collaboration. The project tours Wales 19-29th May with over 50 poets collaborating at events in Newport (19-May), Cardiff (20-May), Swansea (22-May), Aberystwyth (25-May), Bangor (26-May), Hay Festival (29-May) & London (5-June).

For more information, please visit: www.weareenemies.com/gelynion or follow @enemiesproject on Twitter.

Gelynion Newport is an Enemies and Poetry Wales project supported by Arts Council Wales Big Lottery, in partnership with the Project Space Newport.

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Meet The Residents #3: Justin Cliffe & Peter Farago – “Hidden Cities”

Screen Shot 2015-04-03 at 21.36.12Between Monday 11th May and Friday 15th May, Justin Cliffe and Peter Farago will be collecting memories of Newport, as part of their residency project, Hidden Cities at The Project Space.

Hidden Cities is a community inspired digital installation project, where real peoples’ voices enter a seemingly white space. Stepping into a bold white light your shadow reveals a once hidden city that now exists in a silhouette of you. A beautiful, digital Newport begins to come to life.

Based on a series of interviews, the artists will collect memories, stories and recordings of people’s memories in Newport. Whether they’re fond or heart-rending, they will then re-trace people’s steps and route their stories to a location of significance. Capturing that place on film, they will then create short pieces of video – animation to correspond with the stories they’re told.

One of the artists, Justin Cliffe, said of Newport, “Having worked and lived in the city for over five years, Peter and I have become quite attached to it. In love with it’s discombobulated urban landscape, enamoured by it’s roguish personality, and inspired by it’s people, we want to document the city’s stories”.

The artists want to talk to people and hear as many stories as possible. Whether you’d like to talk to them at one of their scheduled drop-ins, tweet, mail or post pictures, accessing the public’s stories is a fundamental part of this process. Drop in sessions run from Monday 11th May to Friday 15th May 2015.

Can’t make these sessions? To get involved with this project, you can get in touch with Justin and Peter by:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/hiddencity.newport

Email: mejustincliffe@hotmail.co.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/search?q=@jusedcliffe

Or you can post your stories and memories to:

Hidden Cities, c/o Community Arts Development, The Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre, Kingsway, Newport, NP20 1HG

The final outcomes will be exhibited at The Project Space between Monday 25th May to Tuesday 2nd June. For more information, please contact the artists via their Facebook page (above).


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MEET THE RESIDENTS #2: Sara Rees – “DEMOCRACY”

Still of DEMOCRACY from Arcade Cardiff courtesy of Sara Rees

Still of DEMOCRACY from Arcade Cardiff courtesy of Sara Rees

On Saturday 18th April and Saturday 2nd May, artist Sara Rees will engage shoppers and passersby in conversations about democracy at The Project Space on Newport’s Commercial Street in her performance of DEMOCRACY.

Sited in one of the now ubiquitous empty shops symptomatic of the Global Financial Crisis, DEMOCRACY explores the ideological basis to the current crisis and the threat to democracy posed by global corporate capitalism. The placing of this installation draws upon the history of democracy, which originated in the agoras of Ancient Greece. Agoras were open public spaces in the centre of the city that were both marketplace and the place of assembly, the site of both commerce and politics.

Based in a vacant retail unit shop in the centre of Newport, and appropriating the visual aesthetic and conventions of consumerism, DEMOCRACY, to all intents and purposes, is a shop. There are bright lights, piped music, and helpful sales staff on hand. There’s even a sale on. But there is nothing for sale. The consumer space has been supplanted with a discursive space, where unsuspecting shoppers are invited to reflect, engage and talk about their experience and understanding of democracy.

DEMOCRACY is made in response to the growing ferment of disillusionment that many people feel with democracy, both nationally and internationally, being increasingly compromised by the insidious influence yielded by powerful corporate elites. To remain democratic, democracy relies on participation of the people. In making this work I want to stimulate discussion about the nature of democracy and engage people with these ideas in the approach to the general election on 7th May.

The two performances of DEMOCRACY at The Project Space will run between 10 am and 5 pm on both days. For further information, please contact the artist at reessara@hotmail.com or visit www.sararees.com


About the artist:

Sara Rees is a practising artist from the Gower Peninsula, currently based in Cardiff. Awarded First Class Honours in Visual Performance at Dartington College of Arts, she later gained Masters in Fine Art at Cardiff School of Art & Design with Distinction. For the past fifteen years Rees has created artworks for residencies, commissions, and exhibitions; her work is exhibited both nationally and internationally, including in The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Latvia, Belgium, Montreal, Amsterdam, St. Petersburg, Barcelona, Glasgow, Athens, Moscow, London, Sao Paolo and Berlin. She has been the recipient of a number of awards and prizes, including First Prize for the Oriel Davies Open, a Creative Wales Award and the prestigious Leverhulme Trust Award. 

Conceptually driven, Rees works across mediums, including video, photography, performance, installation, intervention, writing, and relational art. She works both within the gallery and beyond, creating site-specific installations and interventions for a diverse range of sites, from bucolic woodlands to a derelict ex-Soviet power station. Her practice is an on-going exploration of the interface between nature and civilization, of the conditions of global capitalism in relation to the environment and the human condition. While political and provocative, Rees’ work is also playful. Often blurring the distinction between reality and fiction, her work is both uncanny and enchanting.


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Meet the Residents #1: Clary Saddler – “UPRISING”

UPRISING - Information about events with Clary Saddler at The Project Space

UPRISING – Information about events with Clary Saddler at The Project Space

Between Tuesday 7th April to Saturday 9th May, artist in residence Clary Saddler will be launching her project Newport Rising at The Project Space. Delivering a project using relatable themes (e.g. the gang metaphor running parallel to the workshops), Clary hopes the project will inspire people within Newport to get more politically active. Uprising takes place in a dystopian future that exists after the collapse of our own society in a world governed by gang leaders and crime lords. By 2017, the number of people voting declined so dramatically that governments eventually got overthrown by gangs who promised their followers a brighter future but failed to deliver. Now the world is in a constant state of civil war; with each gang invading – seeking new territory. A large underground movement of rebels and political protesters hold secret meetings – identifying themselves by wearing rainbow bracelets. They strive for a democratic future; their motto “the classes against the masses”. They believe they can empower the masses through creative expression. Through a series of participatory arts workshops these sessions will explore themes of democracy through the creation of songs, raps, rhythms & beat-poetry; graffiti art, short films (holding subliminal messages of democracy) and political theatre. This will culminate in a forum theatre style performance entitled Uprising on Saturday 9th May. Timetable: Tuesday 7th April – 9:30 – 12:30 & 13:00 – 16:00 @ The Project Space, Rhythms & music making Wednesday 8th April – 9:30 – 12:30 & 13:00 – 16:00 @ The Project Space, Movie Making, music videos & adverts Thursday 9th April – 9:30 – 12:30 & 13:00 – 16:00 @ The Project Space, Devising forum theatre Friday 10th April – 9:30 – 12:30 & 13:00 – 16:00 @ The Project Space, Devising forum theatre Saturday 11th April – 9:30 – 12:30 & 13:00 – 16:00 @ The Project Space, Devising forum theatre Saturday 18th April – 9:30 – 12:30 & 13:00 – 16:00 @ The Riverfront, Graffiti art (Riverfront) Saturday 25th April – 9:30 -12:30 & 13:00 – 16:00 @ The Project Space Devising forum theatre Saturday 2nd May – 9:30 – 12:30 & 13:00 – 16:00 @ The Riverfront, Rehearsal and tech run Saturday 9th May – 9:30 – 12:30 Dress rehearsal / 13:00 – 16:00 PERFORMANCE – UPRISING @ The Project Space

For further information, please contact the artist at clary@forget-me-not-productions.co.uk or visit www.forget-me-not-productions.co.uk

About the artist: Clary Saddler is a young practitioner who holds ‘old school’ ideals of changing the world through art. Founder and artistic director of Forget-Me-Not-Productions, she is a qualified drama teacher and producer, director, facilitator and tutor. Her background includes 15 years as a professional actor, musician, and singer/ songwriter, and has toured with such companies as Theatre for Youth and Mullet Productions.

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Port Songs by Operasonic – EASTER ACTIVITIES

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We love Newport – it’s a city worth singing about!
Tell us your Newport stories, and spin them into songs, working with the operasonic team – composer Stacey Blythe and director Rhian Hutchings. operasonic is holding workshops at Project Space in Newport for young people aged 10 to 14 years old on:

11am – 1pm Thursday 9th April
11am – 1pm Friday 10th April

If you would like to find out how to sign up email rhianhutchings@outlook.com
Find us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/operasonic

Book on Eventbrite:

Thursday 9th April https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/port-songs-easter-workshop-1-tickets-16169973827
Friday 10th April https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/port-songs-easter-workshop-2-tickets-16170016956

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BENEATH THE SURFACE: NIA takeover at The Project Space

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FREE – Thursday 19th – Saturday 28th March – 10am – 5pm

Beneath The Surface is a project by Newport International Airspace (NIA) who has commissioned professional artists to explore and express their own interpretation of an unsung hero living within the city of Newport. Whether it be a person, service or landmark, the artists’ unique journeys have taken them to the streets to find a character they connect with.

Through their eyes, it’s been about discovering someone or something they feel gives the city its daily pulse and vibrancy. By looking beneath the surface and behind the scenes, unexpected relationships have formed and a whole new perspective has been found.

The exhibition and performances taking place promise to be a dynamic experience. You can find out what happens to one artist as he is thrown down the challenge by an award-winning toilet attendant, or witness the conversations unravel spontaneously through traveling around on a Newport bus with no end destination in mind.

NIA will be taking over the Project Space in Newport from Thursday 19th to Saturday 28th March for a multi media event spanning two weeks. Through an ambitious exhibition with performances and workshops across the duration, it will show how artists connect to the communities they live in.

The event kicks off with a screening of Massimo Salvato’s film, Jonny. The film is a documentary about Newport artist, Jonathan Sherwood. Through his eyes and the constant suspension between creation and demolition, we follow the diaspora that a group of artists is stuck in since the transformation of the town centre into a big shopping mall.

There is an invite-only private viewing of the film, Jonny on Wednesday 18th March, but tickets will be available to book along with the exhibition opening to the public from Thursday 19th March.

Featuring artists: Art Rat, Jo Haycock, Marion Cheung, Marega Palser, Massimo Salvato, Mr and Mrs Clark, Stephanie Roberts, Steven George Jones, Tin Shed Theatre Productions and Victoria J E Jones.

Beneath The Surface is funded by Newport Community Arts Development, The Project Space and The Arts Council For Wales.

www.niabroadcast.com

www.facebook.com/newportinternationalairpace

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EXCLUSIVE: Live performance of ‘Awakening’ by James Moore

Screenshot from 'Awakening' by James Moore

Screenshot from ‘Awakening’ by James Moore.

FREE – Tuesday 3rd March – 5:30pm – Viewer discretion advised.

As part of our current exhibition, DRIFT by 2nd year BA (Hons) Photographic Art students from the University of South Wales, we will be hosting a performance by artist James Moore of his piece AWAKENING which features in the show.

The exhibition DRIFT showcases artwork produced as a result of a site-specific brief responding to ‘The RIver’, where they have integrated themselves within the local community, each individually responding and creating a diverse range of personal and explorative art whose themes address local heritage, community, and the power of the river.

This performance is a controlled exercise of immersion in water, as a representation of a fear of drowning. The artist will submerge his head into the bowl of water until he is out of air. He will do this until he cannot continue. The performance projects him into the reality of his fear – to overcome it he must attempt to confront it. Viewer discretion is advised as the performance may include scenes some viewers find upsetting.

The exhibition continues until Thursday 5th March 2015, and is open between 10am and 4pm daily.
For more information about the exhibition DRIFT and to contact the artists, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1589111567969857

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Of Mice And Men – Performance by Tin Shed Theatre

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FREE – SATURDAY 28th FEBRUARY
Doors 7:30pm – Performance 8:00pm (Booking essential)

Of Mice and Men tells the story of George Milton and Lenny Small, two very different men bound together by providence. Set against the backdrop of the American Great Depression, our hapless protagonists hatch a plan to leave their life of poverty behind and start anew. It seems so simple, and perhaps that’s what is so beautiful about it, but little do they know, fate still has a hand to play.

Booking essential – for tickets and press enquiries, please contact:  tinshedtheatre@gmx.com

Please follow this link for Tin Shed Theatre’s press release. M&M press release

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Newport International Airspace – more workshops coming up!

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Newport International Airspace are a group of professional artists who work collaboratively with others to showcase the talent, space and diversity within and around Newport. The next in a series of workshops, talks and events in the city, (you may well have seen photos from photographer Jo Haycocks’ workshop from last weekend – fully booked before we could promote it!) we’re proud to be supporting their latest workshops in the next coming weeks at The Project Space.

FREE to attend – booking essential, age restrictions may apply. Please contact via http://niabroadcast.com BEFORE attending.

MAKING PERFORMANCE – Saturday 14th February 2015

Gareth Clark is one half of Mr and Mrs Clark, the Newport based performance duo and is running an introductory workshop based on his performance practice. This workshop is ideal for adults and will involve some movement so loose, comfortable clothing is recommended.

MOVEMENT & MARK MARKING – Saturday 21st February 2015

Led by Marega Palser, also of Newport International Airspace, join us for a session of movement and drawing. The session will involve some movement so loose, comfortable clothing again is recommended.

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