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NEXT FIERCE FESTIVAL OCTOBER 2017!

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Spitting Art – a new podcast series by Bek Berger

Spitting Art is a podcast dedicated to chatting to interesting artists around the world. Spitting Art is brought to you by Bek Berger “an explorer, a producer and currently situated on the opposite of her world”. Originating from Melbourne, Australia, she is currently in residence with Fierce Festival in Birmingham. Have a listen to the first podcast featuring Selina Thompson who will be presenting Race Cards at Fierce Festival this year.

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.  

ICA Off-Site: Digbeth, Birmingham

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ICA Off-Site: Digbeth, Birmingham
in association with Selfridges Live + Loud

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.

Participants include Fergadelic, Tim & Barry / Just Jam, Tyrone Lebon, Ben Sansbury and Ashley Williams.

To accompany the exhibition and events programme, Voodoo Rays provides New York-style pizzas and drinks inspired by local Birmingham flavours.

Join in the conversation on social media with
#ICAOffsite
#LiveandLoud

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Tim & Barry present Tom of England

Fri 2 Oct, 8pm-12am

Tom of England will headline the opening live music event with support from Tim & Barry and their signature psychedelic visuals.

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JUST JAM Present Barely Legal, Crack Stevens, Scratcha DVA and Tsunga

Sat 3 Oct, 8pm-12am

Just Jam will present and broadcast a programme of live performances by Midlands and UK based contemporary electronic musicians including Barely Legal, Crack Stevens, Scratcha DVA and Tsunga.

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Getting there

Event location:
119 Floodgate Street,
Digbeth,
Birmingham B5 5TL

—> For full opening hours, please visit the website.

Whether you’re a Birmingham local, or visiting from further afield, it’s easy to get to the event location.

—> Visit our website for more information on planning your journey.

The project is organised in partnership with Selfridges & Co and supported by the Arts Council

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Made in Brum

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.

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When: Thursday 8 October, 7.30pm (Running time: 60 minutes)

Where: Centrala Gallery

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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

Sirens & Red Bastard at mac Birmingham * * * TICKET OFFERS for Fierce Fam!

Red Bastard (2 – 3 Oct) & Sirens (5 -6 Oct)

Special ticket offers for Fierce fam use promo code FIERCE2015 for half-price!

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Red Bastard

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/

Sirens 2 Stine Sampers

Sirens

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/

Of Riders and Running Horses

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!

Are You Fierce? Opportunities for Volunteers!

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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 volunteers@wearefierce.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

@fiercefestival

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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.

 

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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!

www.wearefierce.org/shop for tickets and merchandise

A cold front blows in….

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Jóhann Kristófer Stefánsson aka The Iceman aka Joey Christ is a theatre maker, professional model and rockstar from Iceland. His main interests are rap music, falling asleep in the theatre and shopping. If you would travel to Iceland you might catch him tearing up the club with his band Sturla Atlas, or seeing a Bollywood movie with Bjork at the local independent cinema. Christ gets his inspiration from artists such as Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Kanye West; I just like the energy. I think everybody should aspire to achieve they’re maximum potential and for me these artists are constantly striving for that. And on top of that I just like the rags to riches story, to have to work your way from the bottom to the top. 

Despite being only 23 years old, Christ is a recovering alcoholic, after giving up drinking while still in the womb. That hasn’t affected his career and Christ has a very strong presence in Iceland’s nightlife, where he and his crew are prominent figures.
Christ is starting his last year in Theatre & Performance making in Iceland’s Academy of the Arts and says his main focus in the art is to have fun; I just want to have fun, it should be fun making it as well as performing it, but that being said I don’t think it should just be trivial, I am critical of my surroundings and what’s going on my society plays a big part in what I choose to research. When asked about his music carer Christ he says that Sturla Atlas is a hip hop/r’n’b project that fills a void in Icelandic culture; The younger generation thrives on rap and we were simply answering their call. Our subject is our lives, the love in our lives and the city we grew up in.
Johann aka The Iceman will be working with Fierce Festival on our 2015 program and we couldn’t be more excited… or more entertained.

PERMUTATIONS IN THE CITY Intensive Choreographic Workshop with Neil Callaghan & Simone Kenyon!!!

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Saturday 26th & Sun 27th September   
10am- 4pm each day
Birmingham City Centre (exact location details upon application)
Neil and Simone are developing a new work for this years Fierce Festival which will be a series of performances around the city! The workshop will explore approaches to creating the work and will offer you the chance to devise and explore creating choreographic responses to sites. Participants from the workshop will have the opportunity to perform in the final work ‘Permutations in the city’  two weeks later as part of Fierce Festival!!!
This 2 day intensive workshop will introduce aspects of Neil and Simone’s recent works and approaches to making duet material. The days will include physical warm ups, structured explorations of finding ways to move together collectively and in duets and exploring how site related work is developed and taken out of the studio.
The workshop is open to performers, dancers and artists who have an interest in exploring physical, durational work and who have a sensitivity to performing in a variety of sites and environments. Participants must be interested and prepared to work outdoors, in a variety of conditions including the changing weather of Birmingham in September/October.
The Workshop is Free but places are limited. Please send a short email about your interests at present and any relevant experience to: neilandsimone@yahoo.co.uk
The workshop will take place in the studio and outside in public spaces.
About Neil and Simone
Neil Callaghan & Simone Kenyon have been a partnership for the last nine years. They make work that moves between dance, theatre and visual art. Their work takes place in studios  as well as work for sites and journies through landscapes. Their work takes many forms but at its heart is a deep interest in our physical relationships to each other and the places we live. Recent works include Someone Something Someone which has been presented in various contexts and sites including the Hayward Gallery London and toured in China this summer.

New Addition to Team Fierce!!

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We are pleased to announce we have the wonderful Bek Berger  joining us from Melbourne (AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!!!) for the 2015 Fierce Festival!! Bek is a creative producer currently based in the UK. She is currently undertaking a Skills Development Trip supported by the Australia Council of the Arts and The Copyright Agency, working with Forest Fringe and Fierce Festival to research alternative contemporary performance models. In 2014/2015 Bek undertook a Early Career Residency (Supported by the Australia Council) with Arts House assisting international collaborations (Going Nowhere Festival) and successful curated three Supper Club events which critiqued and explored the Australian Cultural context. 

In May 2015 Bek co-curated and produced ‘Convergence’ – a forum for and about independent practice in Australia (Arts House) – this is an initiative created with Kieran Swann and Dan Koop in reaction to ATF 2015. As an emerging cultural leader she co-organized and curated the 2011 & 2013 National Theatre Forum for Young and Emerging Artists and curated/produced La Discorso at La Mama Theatre – a series of discussions about cultural identity with New Australians (2015). More information on Bek’s conversational practice can be found at www.thenowclub.org

Bek’s previous appointments include Marketing Coordinator of Dance Massive (2014/2015), Associate Producer of Aphids (2011-2015), Marketing Manager & Development Manager at La Mama (2014), Interim Artistic Director of Monash Uni Student Theatre (2012) and Public Spaces Intern at Next Wave Festival (2012).

For more info about Bek visit her interactive CV here!