Posted 15 October 2017
We’re very excited that HOTLINE is coming to Fierce! Curated by Jamila Johnson-Small and Sara Sassanelli HOTLINE is a format for public discussion, using an extended duration to bring out more complex and fruitful conversations. It is not an artist talk or panel discussion.
We’re delighted to announce the line-ups for the two HOTLINE’s at Fierce 2017.
Friday 20th October, 1pm until 4pm at the festival hub.
Malik Nashad Sharpe
Saturday 21st October, 11am until 2pm at the festival hub.
HOTLINE is free to attend!
Posted 12 October 2017
At Fierce access for all is important to us, we are committed to making Fierce Festival accessible and below are the services we are able to office for Fierce 2017. We know these are limited and can be improved, so we would like to hear your comments and feedback to help us as we continue to improve this. We also realise that sometimes people need things not on this list – if that’s you – please contact us and we’ll do everything we can to meet your requirements.
You can contact Fierce to discuss any access requirements by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 07933 596010.
All festival venues have provision for disabled audiences and are accessible for wheelchair users, with provision of disabled toilets, with the exception of Moseley Road Baths. We will present Eca Eps – From Chibok to Calais at Moseley Road Baths which does not have step free access or disabled toilets.
Assistance animals are welcome throughout the festival. So we can ensure we provide the best facilities for you and your assistance animal, please let us know at the point of booking.
Hearing impaired audiences
BSL interpreters will be working on:
Aaron Williamson – Demonstrating the World, Saturday 21st October, Victoria Square, 12pm -6pm
Demi Nandra – I’m Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired, Sunday 22nd October, Birmingham Conservatoire, 3pm – 7pm
Everything Fits in the Room is a non-verbal piece, presented at the Hub on Saturday 21st (4pm) and Sunday 22nd October (4pm). There will be a BSL signer at the venue on Sunday 22nd October to meet and greet signers and answer any questions they might have.
In addition, there are a number of performance which are non-verbal including:
Fierce have worked hard to keep ticket prices as low as we can, and have included concessionary rates for the majority of events. Where individuals travel with a companion, companion tickets are offered free of charge.
In addition, there is a number of events which are free to access including:
and durational works (so you can drop-in at any time throughout the performance):
If you have invisible disabilities and your needs are not met within the provision laid out here, and you would like to discuss any specific access requirements relating to this, please do get in touch directly.
Meet-Ups / Discussions
Fierce FWD artist Suriya Aisha is working with Fierce to hold two sessions considering access as part of her wider project, Horizontal. Sessions will be in a closed space at Centrala (a short 2-minute walk from the hub) and will have some light refreshments available and some music. They are an informal space for groups to meet up, share and reflect on their experiences of the festival.
10.30am – 12pm – Disability / Access Discussion
12.30pm – 2.30pm – People of Colour meet-up
We have programmed a number of pieces within a 5-minute walk from our festival Hub, Quantum Exhibition Centre, including
The Listening Choir at Stryx (please note this is a walking tour piece)
Black cabs are managed by TOA who can be contacted by calling 0121 4278888 or visiting www.toataxis.co.uk
Uber assist and Uber access are both available in the city through the Uber app. More information about these services can be found here: www.accessibility.uber.com
Please see details of available disabled parking at our partner venues by following the links on the relevant venue website detailed below.
At our hub venue there is free on street parking available directly outside the venue, this can get busy, so in addition we have spaces at our offices (approximately 3 minutes from the venue). If you would like to use this parking please contact us on the details provided.
Information about accessibility from our venue partners:
See details from Birmingham Repertory Theatre
See details from Patrick Centre, DanceXchange, Birmingham Hippodrome
See details from mac Birmingham
See details from Birmingham Conservatoire
Posted 11 October 2017
Bonjour from Studio 303 in Montreal!
Next week, you will have the chance to experience outstanding performance by 3 Quebecois artists – most of whom are showing work for the FIRST TIME in the UK. These presentations are in collaboration with ELAN and supported by Canada Council for the Arts.
Co-curated by myself and Aaron Wright, this triad of work provides a snapshot of contemporary performance in Montreal, by an innovative young generation of makers.
I experienced a self-produced informal showing of Andrea de Keijzer and Erin Robinsong‘s this ritual is not an accident in 2015, and was very moved. The work is sincere, intelligent and generous, continuously revealing layers of meaning around identity, ecology, connectedness.
Andrew Tay‘s recent trio Fame Prayer/ EATING was developed in residency at Studio 303 in 2016. Andrew Tay has a unique/signature aesthetic and compelling onstage presence. This collaboratively-created work is gorgeous, uber-queer, unsettling and funny.
Adam Kinner and Christopher Willes were in residence at Studio 303 this past August. While I have not “seen” Listening Choir, I have had the privilege of experiencing two other remarkable collaborations with original and engaging approaches to choreographing the act of listening.
Fierce has presented several 303-suppported artists in the past, including Dana Michel, PME-Art and most recently Sherwin Tjia (Queer Slowdance). This year’s Quebec programme builds on shared affinities between Fierce, Studio 303 and the artists who work with us. Political, curious and hopeful, these artists question modes of presentation, invest in relating to their audiences, embrace a culture of collaboration, value intimacy and DIY ethics.
Have a great festival, and don’t forget to say hi to the Canadians.
I wish I could be there!
Director of Studio 303 in Montreal
In collaboration with ELAN and supported by Canada Council for the Arts.
Posted 5 October 2017
Festival Producer Pippa Frith outlines her top picks from the Fierce 2017 programme.
It goes without saying I’m pretty excited about the whole programme… I’ve been talking to the artists, producers, production managers, looking at images, watching trailers and generally getting stuck into the programme since joining the team back in March. So pulling out favourites is tough, but here are a few that I really can’t wait for…
Preach is the real deal. His work is politically urgent and his vision and plans for this one-off performance art piece are amazing. I think it will be challenging and deeply moving, as well as visually stunning. I’m particularly excited about the dawn and dusk moments.
Late night comedy cabaret, with drink in hand, what is not to like… I’ll be bringing all my I’m-not-sure-about-performance-but-I-do-love-comedy friends to this one.
I’ve loved Demi’s work since I first came across her a few years ago, her urgency and honesty is inescapable, as is her sense of humour. I’m always keen to champion artists from the region, so it’s fantastic to see Demi take her rightful place in the programme this year.
As a woman who loves to sit around with other women talking about women, I can’t wait to see this bold, fearless exploration… and if the trailer is anything to go by…. It’s going to be amazing.
I’m always on the lookout for works I can recommend to my friends with families, and this is perfect for all generations. First look it seems fun and cute, second look and you realise there’s a lot more to think about. I love that young people can get involved and perform on the day too!
I can’t take my heart out of the theatre ultimately, and so this hit theatre show is so far up my street I couldn’t miss it off this list.
I’m also totally overexcited about those big nights, where we’re presenting a wide range of work either for free or super cheap, because I just think it’s a great way for people to deep their toe in the performance art water. So look out for Be The Change – late at the Edwardian Tea Room, The Very Fierce Grand Opening and Club Fierce: We Are Fierce.
Posted 2 October 2017
Digbeth comes alive on the first Friday of each month with exhibitions, late-night openings, special events, culture in unexpected spaces, live music, street food and more.
Watch performance activity at STRYX, check out Susie Green’s exhibition at Grand Union (Susie is also performing at The Very Fierce Grand Opening with her band Splash Addict), and then join us for a few drinks at Centrala.
STRYX, REAL FABRICATIONS
Stryx Gallery presents three performance artists based in Holland, Lithuania and United Kingdom who have cultivated their own unique rituals and idiosyncratic belief systems. Within the current climate of tribalism, separation, and borders, their aesthetic role play taps into universal contradictions of restriction and choice, collective and individual patterns of behaviour. Curated by Paul Newman.
GRAND UNION, PLEASURE IS A WEAPON
Pleasure is a Weapon is the first UK solo exhibition by artist Susie Green. Working in a range of media across sculpture, performance and painting, this presentation celebrates the body as a site for pleasure and politics.
FIERCE WARM-UP SOCIAL, 9pm – 12pm
Hosted by the Club Fierce DJs. Come down, get yourself in the festival mood with a few drinks, with pop-up performances from:
KATY BAIRD – All By Myself
Using melody to transmit spoken word and vocals, Transits are an eclectic duo made up of Theatre Maker, Elizabeth (Zeddie) Lawal and Performance Artist, Louisa Robbin.
Following their union in 2015, Transits are continuously developing their craft. As a pair of writers, Tranists allow their poetry to inform their unique harmonic style. They create melody through conversations and play with rhyme. Transits obtain an experimental sound which offers the duo cathartic release.
Drawing influence from an array of artists such as Paramore, Bonobo and Daughter, their haunting sound has been said to transport an audience.
Recent involvements include, Shout Festival 2015-2016, Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham Pride 2015-2016 and mac Birmingham.
Maps are available online a few days before the event and at participating venues on the evening.
Posted 30 September 2017
We’re excited to announce a late addition to the Fierce Festival 2017 programme thanks to support from the British Council Bangladesh. Performance Artist Reetu Sattar from Dhaka will present Sokol Dukher Prodip: the unsung song at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (UK) as part of our event Be The Change: An Edwardian Tearoom Late.
We met Reetu on a research visit to Bangladesh earlier this year. We can’t wait to welcome Reetu to Birmingham to present a new one to one performance.
Posted 27 September 2017
We’re thrilled to unleash the trailer for Marikiscrycrycry’s brilliant $elfie$ which will have it’s World Premiere at Fierce 2017. $elfie$ is a show by artist Malik Nashad Sharpe who has been part of the 2016/17 Fierce FWD cohort. The show is commissioned by Fierce and Marlborough Theatre and supported by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts and Diverse Actions.
$elfie$ premieres on Thursday 19 October at 9.15pm at Ace Dance & Music.
Tickets are on sale now, and moving fast – so don’t hang around!
Posted 26 September 2017
We know the Fierce Festival programme can be a little overwhelming at times, so we’ve asked some of the festival artists to help you out by picking the things that they’re most exited about! For the first in this series we spoke to The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein!
We’re so excited that our favourite hot mess The Famous returns to Fierce this year with a major new show Notorious, commissioned by Fierce and Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts. We had a chat on the blower with The Famous to see what’s getting her all hot and sweaty in this year’s programme!
Last Yearz Interesting Negro/Jamila Johnson-Small
i ride in colour and soft focus, no longer anywhere
Thursday 19 October, mac Birmingham, 7pm
Jamila’s trailer makes me want to writhe around on the floor and then fly to
Saturn on a black unicorn. Also, she’s a super amazeballs artist, making work
that IS AND IS NOT ‘about’ blackness and queerness, and I can’t wait to see
where she takes her audience in this trancy prancy piece.
Owen G. Parry
Friday 20 October, mac Birmingham 2-6pm
Owen G. Parry is a totally trashy weirdo, so I can’t wait to see this 4-hour
sculpted mess. His integration and critique of cutesy cat pics will make for a
poignant but other-worldly disaster.
Sunday 22 October, 7.30pm, TOP SECRET LOCATION
Rocio is a fucking maniac and I hope I’m half as disgusting as her when I grow up.
A bloody rockstar that Helen Mirren’s miraculous tits can never live up to. This
will be a birthday celebration for the nefarious monstrous pervert in all of us.
The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein presents the world premiere of her new show Notorious at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 October. Tickets can be booked here.
Posted 26 September 2017
Owen G. Parry’s piece moves to the mac theatre on Friday 20th October, 2-6pm.
We’re upgrading Owen G. Parry’s new performance fic.the.sky moving it into mac’s main theatre space on Friday 20th October – a change to the previously announced date. This upgrade will enable the work to be realised at a more ambitious and technically demanding scale. We can’t wait to see it!
fic.the.sky is a 4-hour performance ‘hangout’ created with performance troop Medeber Teatro, entwining music, dance, role-play and sculpture. Drawing inspiration from the leftfield antics of Fandoms, Experimental Theatre, and Open-Source-Culture, performers carve out a different sense of time, where fantasy, the reworking of popular myths and images, and the invention of new folk narratives are made possible.
Posted 21 September 2017
Monday 16 October, 7pm @ AE Harris, home of Stans Cafe
We are delighted to announce the line up for the next PILOT Night which opens Fierce 2017! PILOT Nights allow artists to try out 20 minutes of new material in front of a live audience! Very limited tickets are on sale here now for the bargain price of £7/5.
-Speaking in the (oppressor’s) tongue – Selina Bonelli
– Paris Hasn’t stopped Burning – Danni Ebanks-Ingram
– Dorian Electra – Dorian Electra (pictured)
– Thom and Tom – Thom and Tom
– We’re Right, You’re Wrong – Ginny Lemon and Meating People is Easy
– Homecoming – Benedict Stewardson
– Here Comes The Sun – Joseph Morgan Schofield