New Stages 2013
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Welcome! New Stages 2013
From Garry Lyons, Festival Director
Welcome to this year’s New Stages, our annual festival of new work conceived and mounted by postgraduates at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries.
Every 12 months at the end of the spring term, stage@leeds is handed over to our postgraduate students to mount their own festival. The event has been running successfully since 2007-8, the year stage@leeds opened, and one way or another I have been involved every year.
New Stages is always fresh and energetic, a celebration of new ideas and original creative expression bursting out of our studio spaces – sometimes literally – and challenging the way we view theatre and allied arts today. But what keeps me passionate about the festival is that it never fails to be different. Each new group of students offers its own response to the challenge, and uses stage@leeds to surprise, edify and entertain us, often in a manner we could never have imagined before.
In the past we’ve had new plays, devised performances, dance, musicals and opera, installations, art exhibitions, sound sculptures, film screenings, comedy revues, radio dramas, workshops, talks, lectures, research papers, music events. We’ve had debut shows from student companies who have gone onto professional success, and premieres of plays that have later picked up prestigious awards. We’ve had a tea ceremony, a confessional performance taking place in a cupboard, a man in a living room contained within a plastic tank in the foyer, and a Mini Cooper parked in a city centre precinct as part of an interactive art piece about what it means to be British.
This year’s New Stages promises to be just as wonderfully bold and eclectic. The first day of the festival includes two very different but exciting new plays from Zodwa Nyoni and Sam Hudson, a colourful double bill of Korean drama and dance from Hansol Kim and Dahee Lee, and an ambitious and inventive installation from Holly Beswick and Christina Snowden, which reinvents the virtual spaces of social media by putting them into physical form.
The packed second day is another cornucopia of creativity, with events alternating non-stop between Stage One and the Alec Clegg Studio. In Stage One, we kick off with Second Step, an experimental collaboration between performers and musicians from Natasha Glew’s Conjoined. This is followed by a scratch work-in-progress session exploring the ideas behind Navigators, a collaboration between West Yorkshire Playhouse and the School of Performance and Cultural Industries, which will come to full fruition during the Playhouse’s Transform festival in April. We’re delighted by this opportunity to link the New Stages and Transform festivals, which has been made possible by funding from the University’s Creative and Cultural Industries Exchange.
The Stage One programme concludes with professional items directed by two of our postgraduate research students – I Am the Ferryman, a film with live music by Adam Strickson, and The Animal Was Upon Him, a new performance by Oliver Bray. The Alec Clegg Studio, meanwhile, will offer two newly created devised performances – one from Samantha Milligan, and the other by Andy Roberts and Luke Fairbotham. Slotted between these will be a stylish realization of Sean Corrigan’s script, The Life Lottery.
I’m absolute certain there will be something in this extraordinary mix of presentations that will excite or intrigue you, whether you want to experience the whole festival atmosphere or simply come along to catch a particular show. And why not join us at the festival reception on the Friday, with free buffet for all ticket holders?
I look forward to seeing you at New Stages 2013.
New Stages 2013 statement by Committee Chair, Zodwa Nyoni
As a writer and performer I am always looking for platforms to showcase my work. This year New Stages has provided me the opportunity to do so. What is rewarding about New Stages is that it is a post-graduate festival, which means there is a stage specifically provided for me to bring to life the work that I have created. In my case, I chose to produce the work that I have written whilst studying the MA Writing for Performance and Publication. With New Stages you take control of your work. I put together a team of people that believed in the work and are motivated to make it. I also learnt new skills. I was playwright, project manager and co-director.
As well as contributing to the festival programme, I have been Committee Chair. This role has allowed me to see what is entailed when building a festival. I have had the chance to bring together a wide variety of work. Being on the committee you experience two sides, the creative and the practical. You see the ideas in their early stages and watch them grow. I have been a part of creating a diverse and thought-provoking festival. I am looking forward to seeing all the work come to fruition in March.
Committee Chair, Zodwa Nyoni
Zodwa is a Zimbabwean-born poet and playwright. She studying the MA in Writing for Performance and Publication. She has been awarded writing residencies at BBC Radio Leeds (2006-2007), I Love West Leeds Arts Festival (2010) and Leeds Kirkgate Market (2012). Zodwa has written three short plays which have showcased at the West Yorkshire Playhouse (Leeds), Theatre in the Mill (Bradford), Square Chapel (Halifax), Bush Theatre (London) and Leeds Metropolitan University. She is currently commissioned at the West Yorkshire Playhouse for Transform 13 Festival.
Marketing, Xueji Chen (Sybil)
Xueji is a postgraduate student in the Culture, Creativity and Entrepreneurship programme, the school of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds. She graduated from Jianghan University in Hubei, China, majoring in Chinese Language and Literature and Culture of Film and Television.She has been a member of the Institute of Chinese Young Writers. Xueji worked in the Xinhua News Agency and the Economic Daily in China as a journalist and an editor.
Administrator, Sophie Jueterbock
Sophie is a student at the University of Leeds. After graduating in summer 2012 from a BA in English and Japanese she is now studying an MA in Writing for Performance and Publication. From her early teenage years on Sophie has been involved in many theatre performances and the MA allows her to develop her skill as a writer, in both prose and drama. Sophie’s performances include children’s theatre “Theatre in the Woods” 2011 and 2012, New Stages 2012 project “Plots” (by Michael Heap), “Improvathon- Gruesome Tales from the Queen’s Legs” (a 24-hour improvised play) and devised piece “King Arthur”.
Finance, Hansol Kim
Hansol is studying MA Writing for Performance and Publication, University of Leeds. She graduated from Sogang University in Seoul, Korea, majoring in Mass Communication. She has been a member of Sogang TV as a director and a writer.
Technical, John Joseph Holmes
John Joseph Holmes is a postgraduate student on the MA Writing for Performance and Publication programme. He graduated in Creative Writing at the University of Bradford in 2012. He mostly writes fiction and has had short stories published in local and online magazines. He is currently working on his first novel and experimenting with scriptwriting.
Finance and Technical, Dahee Lee
Dahee Lee is a postgraduate student in the Culture, Creativity and Entrepreneurship programme, the school of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds. She graduated from Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea, majoring in Korean Traditional Dance. She has won Grand prize in the National University Students Dance competition in South Korea and worked as an instructor in Young Dance Academy for 2 years.
Thursday 14th March
13:00-19:30 The ReAlity of Facebook
(Durational installation with audience interaction and participation)
Alec Clegg Studio
(10 minute radio play and 20 minute Korean Contemporary Dance)
19:30-20:30 Di Daakes’ Part A Di Night
Friday 15th March
12:00-12:30 Second Step
(Devised performance with physical theatre, sound and music)
15:45 -17:00 I am the Ferryman
( A film accompanied with live music and words. In addition there will be a short discussion with the film-maker afterwards)
18:00-19:00The Animal Was Upon Him
Alec Clegg Studio
13:00 -14:00 After Party Performance
15:00-15:30 The Life Lottery
17:30 -18:00 Watch me Vanish
16.30 – 17.30 Reception (food & drink free to ticket holders)
£2.50 (per show)
£10.00 (Friday’s day ticket)
£5.00 for 2 days (Discounts for participants only)
Box Office Tel: 0113 343 8730 (Mon-Fri 11am- 3pm)
ReAlity of Facebook
Holly Beswick, Christina Snowden and Michael Cunningham
ReAlity explores the social implications of virtual networking sites and the impact they have on contemporary communication and experience. By re-creating the virtual Facebook page in the physical space we highlight the ways in which virtual and physical reality influence and shape each other. The performance is a celebration of some of the different ways human beings record and share their experiences. We specifically examine the multi-medial tools that Facebook uses within the communication process and how they are used to document the lived experience. The performance is a durational installation and relies on audience interaction and participation.
Audiences are also invited to participate in the performance virtually by befriending Re Ality on Facebook. Pictures and videos of the performance are uploaded onto the page and spectators can share any comments about their experiences of ReAlity on the Facebook Wall.
Life You Don’t Know
Director: Sophie Jueterbock.
The word ‘discrimination’ is very strong so many people think that only racists discriminate, but discrimination can happen without you even realizing it.
This radio drama: life you don’t know is a 15 minutes monologue drama by a Korean girl. She will tell you her experience in Leeds, which shows you another side of Leeds and your neighbours.
We live in the same place, Leeds, but life is quite different. This life… you as British may never expect or experience.
Choreographed and performed by Dahee Lee
This piece is motivated by a Korean poem ‘A Song in the small kitchen’, written by a promising Korean modern poet, Moon Jung Hee. From old times, the concept of the place, the Kitchen, has been another shelter of ‘Korean wives’. Korean women cry and laugh in there. Some old people, usually do not allow their sons even to set foot on the kitchen. Moon writes by likening this marginalised status of Korean women’s lives to a place, ‘Kitchen’, where they make rice and prepare a meal for their families in every morning. The situation in modern society is not significantly different from the time. In Korea, still no small number of housewives is under a lot of stress and a new type of mental illness of housewives, called ‘Housewives Depression’ has been one of serious social problems.
This piece is Korean Contemporary Dance, and a SOLO performance. Despite fusing with contemporary dance movement, I focus more on techniques of Korean Traditional Dance. A representative description of Korean Dance is ‘Moving in Silence’ which call ‘Jung, Joong, Dong’ (정중동) in Korean. Korean Dance Movement is natural, and has a spirit of Korean who restrains themselves but passionate than any others.
Di Daakes’ Part A Di Night
Written by Zodwa Nyoni
Directed by Joe Williams and Zodwa Nyoni
Choreographed by David Hamilton
A family is forced to deal with the care of a disabled sibling when the matriarch suddenly dies. On the day of the funeral, the protagonist Dwight, who has learning disabilities is given a voice. His sister, Shirley feels burdened and responsible; whilst her husband, Donnelley feels ignored and overshadowed by the conflicting siblings.
Paul Zulu as “Dwight”
Paulette Morris as ” Shirley”
Slick (Our Man Flint) as “Donnelley”
Written and Directed by Sam Hudson
Tonight at Skaitcliffe Manor, a wedding reception for two people very much in love is taking place. However, when Simon and his colleagues Finn and Jimmy believe they have accidentally killed the groom, the atmosphere somewhat changes. With added pressure from hotel manager Marcus and Simon’s colleague-crush Jess, the three porters must work very hard to prevent the whole ordeal coming to light.
Ever wondered about the connection between a trumpet, a ukulele, cheap lager, a stalker and an invisible dog? Conjoined invites you to accompany our journey to re-imagine the performance of sound in our daily lives. This new ensemble explore the impact of place and site on our everyday lives and the relations we create in response to our progressing world asking how do our relationships become affected by the environment around us and in what ways do we communicate with each other in response to those effects.
Using a combination of devised and physical theatre with influences from musicians within our ensemble, we have re-imagined the sensations of our daily lives through a close exploration of sound and music. This performance is a piece in development from NEWK in 2012, looking to continue its development for summer festivals and shows.
I am the ferryman
Adam Strickson (poet and librettist), Lucy Bergman (artist and film maker) and music duo Our Liberated Winter have collaborated to make I AM THE FERRYMAN, a beautiful meditative film which explores the marriage between words and music in Benjamin Britten’s work. This half hour film is both a response to the evocative landscape of Suffolk that inspired Britten and a reflection on the composition of Curlew River, his haunting 1964 opera based on a play from the ancient Japanese Noh theatre, with words by William Plomer.
The film premiered at Wakefield Literature Festival in September 2012
The Animal Was Upon Him
A new performance by Oliver Bray
A man wakes up, he is an ape&hellip
This performance is a ridiculous conversation – nonsensical, pseudo philosophical badinage and silliness. But it’s also really complicated, with more moves than the average game of chess (45-50) …and a lot more swearing.
Since 1960, the Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle, the Workshop of Potential Literature, has used constraints and restrictions to generate new writing. This work sees the results of the re-appropriation of OuLiPo constraints to a live theatrical context.
Every moment you witness in this performance is the result of an imposed constraint, without exception
After Party Performance
Devised and performed by Andrew Roberts and Luke Fairbotham
After Party Performance brings together two pieces of work that have been created and performed within the last year. The original shows were called Happy Birthday Party Performance and they premiered on two very specific dates; the actual birthdays of the Rough Triangle performers.
The making and showing of the original events will now unravel in line with the images, rituals and stories that played out within them, drawing parallels between partying and performing. In this deconstructive birthday bonanza we question the point of it all and ask ‘what happens after the after party?’
The Life Lottery
The Life Lottery – Rich is a man who has six important numbers in his life, significant times, dates he shared with the love of his life, Erin – Six happy memories – Six Lottery numbers that he plays every weekend.
However Erin left Rich nearly two years ago. Today he decides he has to let the numbers go forever and leave his past memories behind.
Watch Me Vanish
Samantha Milligan and Megan Naylor
Take a voyeuristic look down the corridor into the mind of VerityTaylor. The desires of the depressed mind, exposing two personalities in one person’s mind. Veering between sullen silences, tentative calm, intimidating energy and enraged outbursts. A level of inner distress that others cannot understand or access. Exhibiting the effects of medication, antisocial, disruptive and at times violent behaviour. Inspired by Olwen Wymark’s Find Me and Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis