Posted 24 August 2016
Fierce FWD is a development programme for artists working in Live Art and performance conceived and produced by Fierce and supported by Arts Council England and Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Fierce FWD offers the opportunity for artists to develop an idea for a live performance/experience in the public realm alongside a period of research and field trips.
The programme is for emerging artists living or working in the West Midlands (outside of full-time education) or those with strong ties to the region, perhaps through studying or growing up locally. In keeping with Fierce being a Live Art festival this scheme is aimed at those developing projects for live performance and experiences. We define Live Art broadly and expect to receive a broad range of proposals encompassing performance art, body art, experimental theatre and dance, contemporary performance, socially engaged projects, art activism, progressive cabaret and club performance, one-on-one performance, durational work, site-specific projects, immersive parties, performative events and other experimental live practices.
We take a similarly broad approach to the term ‘emerging’, this scheme isn’t intended just for young people and recent graduates, but anyone that defines as emerging. Perhaps you’ve recently started experimenting with performance in your practice, perhaps you’re re-emerging after a hiatus, or shifting focus to make your practice more of a professional commitment.
For this round of Fierce FWD we’re particularly interested in supporting artists to develop new work for the public realm and non-arts spaces. Have you got an idea for a carpark, city square, railway station, park, garden, bingo hall, swimming pool, rooftop, shop front, arcade, supermarket, public toilet, river, church, football ground or restaurant? Or perhaps you’ve got an idea for a project that would exist digitally, online or as an audio piece, or abstractly as a competition, stunt, tour or game?
The programme has two stages:
In September Fierce will select between eight and ten Fierce FWD artists. Each artist will receive a micro-bursary of £500 to try an artistic experiment, develop a piece of work or conduct some research towards a project. Alongside this, the Fierce FWD artists will participate in an intensive workshop delivered by one of the UKs foremost practitioners in making work in the public realm. Furthermore a number of research trips will be undertaken by the group and facilitated by Fierce to see high quality work around the country – with a bursary for each participant to do so. Research trips may include SPILL Festival of Performance (Ipswich), Arika (Glasgow), IBT: Bristol International Festival, Juncture Festival (Leeds), Sacred Festival (London) and more. Each Fierce FWD artist will also have their practice profiled to an international audience via a page on the Fierce website. Over this period that will start in October and run until March 2017, the cohort of Fierce FWD artists will support each other through facilitated discussion sessions.
From the eight Fierce FWD artists two or three will receive additional funding, mentorship and producing /curatorial support to develop a finished site-specific work for Fierce Festival, running the 16 – 22nd October 2017.
How To Apply
Please send proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Monday 26 September with the subject line ‘Fierce FWD 2016′. Proposals should be up to two pages (max 1000 words) that include:
- An introduction to who you are.
- Your reason for applying for Fierce FWD and your connection to the West Midlands.
- A description of your proposed project, research or enquiry.
- A broad outline timeline and how you propose to spend the initial £500.
We will assess the proposals on the quality of the ideas and would like you to be realistic about what can be achieved within the given budget.
In addition you may also include:
- An up-to-date CV.
- No more than 2 video clips of your previous work.
- No more than 8 images of your previous work.
- No more than 3 links to your website, blog or other online work.
If you would like to apply via a video message, please do so, and ensure it contains the same information as requested above, within a 5 minute maximum duration.
We particularly encourage applications from black, queer and disabled artists.
We may not be able to provide detailed feedback on all proposals. We also advise that due to other schemes in the region Fierce FWD is not best suited for playwrights and traditional theatre makers who are better supported via other scheme’s in the region such as Rep Foundry.
If you have enquiries about the scheme email your question to email@example.com and we will reply as quickly as possible.
Monday 26th September at noon.
Posted 14 December 2015
Posted 11 November 2015
#Sergina’s Stimulatingly Sexy Simultaneous Simulation of Herself a 15 minute rehearsed live performance of Sergina’s songs performed simultaneously by 5 different bodies performing from their own localities, observed by live audiences, linked up by technology, through which it is also broadcast. In every location, #Sergina will be half obliterated by her mirage images projected onto her from different corners of the world. It will be a huge IRL Google Hangout, where every body is a simulation of an original whose authenticity it is itself dubious.
Posted 10 November 2015
9AM – 2AM
Some might say it’s found in the music, others, especially in the LGBTQ community, explore the alternative through drag and performance. If we’re looking for a definition of alternative in relation to night time entertainment, perhaps it might be accurate to say that it’s about breaking with consensus; the opportunity to experience sights and sounds that you might not normally encounter and if anywhere needs to break with consensus – to challenge the status quo and mix things up a bit – it would be Birmingham’s gay scene.
Situated on the edge of the Gay Village, the opening night will feature top Brummie DJ talent in the form of Leftfoot regular, Spinx, and Cache resident, Christie. Artist and A3 Project Space Director, Trevor Pitt, will be donning his ‘TREVA’ alter ego and warming things up with a very special engagement party set.
The music will include stuff you won’t have heard before, some stuff you might have heard before, there will be old stuff and new stuff, and it’s completely free.
Posted 2 October 2015
To find out more about Bek Berger or to get in contact visit www.bekberger.com
Spitting Art has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council of the Arts, The Ian Potter Cultural Foundation, The Copyright Agency Career Fund and The City of Moreland.
Posted 28 September 2015
2 – 4 Oct 2015
The ICA, in association with Selfridges, presents ICA Off-Site: Digbeth, Birmingham. The off-site project coincides with Selfridges’ Live + Loud and is the ICA’s first project in the city. ICA Off-Site: Digbeth, Birmingham aims to reference recent trends in contemporary urban sub-cultures and features a temporary exhibition and music programme that draws on Birmingham’s mix of industrial and post-war brutalist architecture, celebrating the city as a centre for creativity and a source of inspiration.
To accompany the exhibition and events programme, Voodoo Rays provides New York-style pizzas and drinks inspired by local Birmingham flavours.
Fri 2 Oct, 8pm-12am
Sat 3 Oct, 8pm-12am
119 Floodgate Street,
Birmingham B5 5TL
Whether you’re a Birmingham local, or visiting from further afield, it’s easy to get to the event location.
The project is organised in partnership with Selfridges & Co and supported by the Arts Council
Posted 23 September 2015
Man Made & co. present
Made in Brum
An intimate mixed-bill performance curated by Man Made featuring original live dance, film and spoken words pieces.
Inspired by Birmingham’s industrial landscape and by the bonds and conflicts of the city’s night children, the work explores physical movement and mental constraints associated with friendships and affiliations.
When: Thursday 8 October, 7.30pm (Running time: 60 minutes)
Where: Centrala Gallery
Produced by Man Made Youth Company (Johnny Autin & Jerrel Jackson)
Man Made & co (Man Made Youth Company/Autin Dance Theatre/ Jerrel Jackson Company/Vanhulle Dance Theatre)
Supported by Arts Council England, mac birmingham and DanceXchange
More info at their website and make sure you follow them on twitter! @manmadeyc
Posted 18 September 2015
Red Bastard (2 – 3 Oct) & Sirens (5 -6 Oct)
Special ticket offers for Fierce fam use promo code FIERCE2015 for half-price!
Fri 2 & Sat 3 Oct | 8pm | Tickets £15 | Age 18+
Something funny must happen every 10 seconds… and it will.
After 5-star reviews and sold out shows across North America Europe and Australia, this seductive comedy monster delivers on his promise in this critically-acclaimed show. Experience this exquisite show as Red Bastard delicately leads you through a no holds barred theatrical masterclass – demanding to know nothing less than the existential query, “Who the hell do you think you are?”
Audiences should be prepared for anything to happen in this interactive show, in which Red Bastard engages you in masterclass of raw conversation, provocations, traps, rewards, and catch 22’s— encouraging risk and personal discovery. Playful, mischievous and downright outrageous – don’t miss this ‘once-in-a-lifetime experience’!
“A masterclass in physical comedy… his power to inspire and enthuse is undeniable.” ***** The List
“Jaw dropping… irresistible… (the audience) was taken on the ride of their lives… like great sex, I will be going back for more.” ***** Kate Copstick, The Scotsman
Find out more http://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/red-bastard/
Mon 5 & Tue 6 Oct | 8pm | Tickets £14 (£11) | Age 18+
Belgian collective Ontroerend Goed puts six young women on stage, to talk about how it is to be a female in the Western world at the start of the 21st century. After decades of feminism, six performers make the balance of how to be a woman – dealing with role models, patterns of expectation, persisting inequalities, acquired rights, inner censorship and everyday abuse as well as the new-found liberties and joys of being a female in the free world.
They’ve taken control of their appearance and use their range of expression to great effect. They’ve moved on, past militant anti–‐male rage to the belief that men can be just as feminist as women. The performance uses images from the fashion industry, advertisement and porn, language bites exemplifying everyday verbal sexism, drawing on personal experiences as well as social media and song lyrics, showing sublime mastery of the female voice in every sense of the word.
“…It’s the unexpected juxtapositions that make this beautifully put-together show so startling and so thought-provoking. Big, bold, brazen, and not a hussy in sight. Only real women asking what it means to be a feminist.” **** The Guardian – Lyn Gardner
Find out more http://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/ontroerend-goed-sirens/
Posted 17 September 2015
Friday 25th & Saturday 26th September at 6:30pm. Fierce Festival and mac birmingham present, as a part of the Birmingham Weekender:
Of Riders and Running Horses
J:My name is Jóhann and I’m an Icelandic theatre & performance student on a placement with Fierce. I’m not familiar with Still House’s work, could you tell me a bit about the company and how it operates?
D: Still House is a company making a range of work across different performance platforms. It is made up of myself as artistic director, Laura Dannequin as associate director, MAYK as producers and a wide range of performers and creatives that join us for different projects. To date we have made 3 shows, touring throughout the globe: 30 Cecil Street, Ours Was the Fen Country and Of Riders & Running Horses. More information can be found on our website.
J: What inspired you to make this work?
D: I’ve been wanting to make a work like this for a number of years now. The inspiration originally came from a number of amazing customs, traditions and folk events I had discovered – the tar barrels of Ottery St. Mary in Devon, Old Glory and Pig Dyke Molly dancers and the Whittlesea straw bear festival in East Anglia among them. For me, the immediacy and the humanity of these events and the way in which they brought people together – in a joyful way – really appealed to me as a refreshing alternative to how dance is so often presented to an audience. I loved the close up nature of the performance, that there were no codes to decipher in order to ‘get’ it, the fact that the dancers brought their whole being to the performance. With Of Riders and Running Horses we’ve tried to tap into that spirit whilst using the expertise of everyone involved to make the kind of work that I don’t see so often.
J: What inspired the venue and the scene?
D: In thinking about where to stage this work, I wanted somewhere a little removed from the street, somewhere both public and private where an audience can make the space their own for a night, a place where dance and live music feel a little improbable. Car park rooftops tick all these boxes really nicely for me.
J: How was the creative process?
D: An absolute pleasure. I’ve been honoured to be able to work with an incredible group of performers, musicians and creatives. We had a lot of fun workshopping ideas in the studio – with everyone chipping in to add to the mix. We’d work backwards and forwards between music-led ideas and movement-led stuff – some of which was pre-prepared and some of which we made in the moment in the room from nothing.
J: Where does the name Of Riders and Running Horses come from?
D: It’s an original title – not from a quote or anything. To me it speaks of the relationship between movement and music in the piece and the connection between the two.
J: What made you decide on using live music?
D: The show is all about how we dance to music and the subtle exchange and dialogues between those two elements. To have recorded music would be way less pleasing for me and like we were only hearing half of a conversation.
Book tickets here!
Posted 15 September 2015
The festival is less than a month away!! (ARRRRRRRRRGH)
Today Fierce are holding an informal gathering for potential and existing volunteers at Birmingham Open Media (BOM) at 6PM. If you are interested in vlogging, installing, party prep and more please come along! If you wish to volunteer and cannot make the meeting, all is not lost! please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Fierce Festival relies upon its many skillful volunteers to help bring the festival to life; being an integral part of a festival that spans across the city means that we can be increasingly ambitious and most important FIERCE! Volunteers get to witness much of the process as well as performances!
We hope to see you there!
To get involved in the conversation use #fierce2015 #fiercefestival