The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, G2 8DL
Mon 12 - Thu 15 Jan 2015 | 6pm - 10pm | Festival Pass: £16 Day pass: £5 (call 0141 565 1000 to book)
Welcome to Into The New 2015
Whilst preparing for this year’s edition of our festival of new work, we reconsidered the role of the artist in the world. Guillermo Gómez Peña offered us inspiration in the following,
We do not look for answers; we merely raise impertinent questions. In this sense, to use an old metaphor, our job maybe to open the Pandora’s box of our times – smack in the middle of the gallery, the theatre, the street, or in front of the video camera – and let the demons loose. Others who are better trained – the activists and academics – will have to deal with them, fight them, domesticate them, or attempt to explain them.
(Live Art and Performance, 2004, Tate publishing)
As we open the Pandora’s box of Into The New this year, we can be sure that the work of this group of graduating students will raise some ‘impertinent questions’. Their performances seek to offer intellect and challenge, hope and humour, bravery and commitment.
Your role, as audience is to ‘domesticate’ their ideas, to deal with them and perhaps to explain them, to yourselves, and to each other. With that we wish you luck, as the class of 2015 may refuse to be tamed!
Symposium: I know what you think but how do you feel?
This year our performance symposium seeks to explore the potential of the performer’s body as a site for the resolution of dualism through performance.
When we consider dualism, the dividing of one’s self into two, we usually mean the Cartesian split, which argues that the cognitive does not have extension in space, and that the material cannot think; the classic mind and body dualism.
This performance symposium seeks to consider this ontology and the many other forms of dualism we encounter as part of our lived human experience:
head and heart
intellect and emotion
personal and professional
active and reflective
intuitive and logical
If the performer’s body is the site for unity of the self, then what might this performance look and feel like?
Would it be a performance that stimulates the mind and quickens the heart, a performance with enquiry and integrity, a performance where mind and body dissolve into new meaning, in front of an audience of similar bodies, resonating in their human-ness.
Come to I know what you think but how do you feel? our Into The New 2015 Performance Symposium on Monday 12th January, to share in a unique performative exploration of these ideas by international and local artists and academics.
Then join us for the live In To The New platform of 4th year Contemporary Performance Practice Students as they present 11 new works over 3 days within the lines and curves of The Arches Theatre- 13-15th January 2015.