Posted 14 December 2015
Posted 11 November 2015
#Sergina is a gender-ambiguous, multi-locationable drag queen performed by Elly Clarke (mostly) and others, who sings and performs songs both online and off about trying to love, exist and get laid in a world that is increasingly experienced through screens. In a society that is increasingly narcissistic, #Sergina is everybody’s #selfie, and no one’s. She is up for grabs and she is untouchable. She is an image and she is flawed (and confined) by her flesh/s. She is a self-sculpted c-celeb. Her self is worn (out) on different bodies. She competes with her own image, and usually loses.
#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.
Local Times and Venue Information:
Raul de Nieves at Secret Project Robot Art Experiment
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Vladimir Kriscanski Takac at G12 HUB)
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Liz Rosenfeld at Monster Ronson’s Ichiban Karaoke
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Daisy Johnson at The Island
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Elly Clarke at The Lowry
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If none of these places are nearby you can watch online Via This Is Tomorrow and Sergina’s Youtube Channel! Elly Clark will be launching Shout Festival from 8pm at BOM this Thursday 12 Nov.
Posted 10 November 2015
FRIDAY 13 NOVEMBER///THE WELLINGTON HOTEL, 72 BRISTOL STREET, B5 7AH///BIRMINGHAM///
9AM – 2AM
While it would be snooty to slag Birmingham’s LGBT scene off for being too ‘mainstream’, there’s no denying the fact that it’s nowhere near as diverse as it should, or could be. As much fun as a night out on Hurst Street can be after a litre of gin, for a major city with over a million inhabitants, a growing economy and the youngest population in the UK, the lack of alternative spaces has always seemed rather odd. But then again, what the hell does alternative even mean? And how relevant would an alternative gay scene be to the inhabitants of a city that places its Michelin starred restaurants above all other forms of cultural expression? Do the city’s gays even give a shit about alternative gay stuff? Or should we just accept Hurst Street for what it is, and get on with the serious business of being ethically minded consumers during our non-working hours, expressing our individuality through the things we buy and eat, as opposed to the music we listen to and the environments we choose to get pissed in?
It’s difficult to identify the ‘real’ alternative from that which has just been marketed as such. The whole concept now revolves around consumption, with club promoters borrowing language from the world of advertising in order to sell their nights. Parties are repackaged and sold on as ‘brands’. Purpose built venues are described in terms of how ‘intimate’ they are, and seemingly everywhere that doesn’t play pop music is referred to as the ‘underground’. Amidst all the talk of bespoke alternative clubbing experiences, it’s easy to forget what it all actually means.
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.
Tapping into the rich musical heritage of the LGBT community, PRAWN will be launching on Friday 13 November at the Wellington Hotel; an iconic venue famed for hosting same sex marriages before they were legal.
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.
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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!
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Posted 10 September 2015
With less than a month to go now until Fierce 2015 (EEEK!) we thought it only right to let you see what you’re in for with our shiny new Trailer put together by the lovely Joe Bell of HungryJoe TV.
This track by SABRINA entitled Clique Track is the result of a collaborative project of French producer duo She’s Drunk and LE FEU and comes from the Through My Speakers Summer Compilation, home of Club Fierce billed Sarah Farina! Props!
Are you ready to get Fierce? We clicking hope so!
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