Fierce Festival 2019 / Birmingham, UK / 15 – 20 October

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European Premiere

Mariana Valencia (New York)

ALBUM

Friday 18 October 2019Saturday 19 October 2019

Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park
Birmingham, B12 9QH United Kingdom
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Presented in partnership with MAC

55 mins
£13 – £11
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Mariana Valencia

Credit Ian Douglas

ALBUM is a solo performance that unites text, song, and dance inside of the content of an album—a picture album, a song album, an autobiographical album, a herstorical album—finding ways to be an archive, or altar, for Valencia’s body. Through factual, humorous, and grave observations, a frame of self-identification is established and charged with the task to preserve and perform a self herstory as an album in image and song. Valencia’s relationship to urbanity, vampires, love, and marginality arise with equal importance as she orbits the primary curiosity: Who will write herstory? ALBUM starts this process—so the author of Valencia’s herstory can have good notes.

‘[Valencia] approaches making performance as assembling notes for a future biographer. Dance is often romanticized for its ephemerality, but Ms. Valencia, shaping her own narrative, intends to leave a record... With her terse, inviting sense of humor, switching matter of factly between tasks... By the end, a stranger has become a friend.’

– The New York Times

Fierce Says

Valencia is such a warm presence, and her original songs are brilliantly funny, there’s even an appearance from Gloria Estefan. However, don’t be deceived – this is a super smart show, that rips up the autobiographical performance rulebook. We Stan.

Tickets

Friday 18 October 2019

4.00pm

Midlands Arts Centre, Foyle Studio

£13 – £11

Saturday 19 October 2019

12.00pm

Midlands Arts Centre, Foyle Studio

£13 – £11

Friday 25 October 2019

7.30pm

Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton

Tickets not on sale

European Premiere

Nicola Gunn (Melbourne)

Working with Children

Saturday 19 October 2019, 7.00pm

Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Broad St
Birmingham, B1 2EP United Kingdom
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Presented in partnership with Birmingham Repertory Theatre. This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

70 mins
£15 – £12
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Working with Children looks at the problem of intimacy and exposure, and the curiosity of working with children in contemporary performance. In a work that is both funny and surprisingly affective, it is an attempt to perform a kind of radical vulnerability. Through an accumulation of seemingly unconnected anecdotes, the audience is invited to wonder about the effect of language on the body, playing with the idea that we can find a different way of behaving by finding a different way of inquiring and of listening.

Concept, Text, Direction, Performance - Nicola Gunn Sound Composition and Design - Duane Morrison Lighting Design and Production Manager - Gwen Gilchrist. Working with Children is co-produced by Bit Teatergarasjen, Rosendal Teater and Carte Blanche, The Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance. This project is supported by Norsk Kulturråd, Bergen Kommune, the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and Bergen Dansesenter. Working with Children was originally commissioned and produced by Melbourne Theatre Company.

‘Nicola Gunn is a singular voice in Australian theatre, her imaginative, absurdist work is witty, weird, conceptual and intellectually rigorous without being pretentious.’

– performingartshub.au

Fierce Says

When we saw this show in Sydney, Nicola had us hanging on every word – she is such a compelling performer. Expect a narrative style that seems closer to stand-up comedy than anything we’ve seen in the theatre. It’s madness she’s not performed in the UK before and we’re thrilled to correct this.

Tickets

Saturday 19 October 2019

7.00pm

Birmingham Repertory Theatre, The STUDIO

£15 – £12

European Premiere

Mariana Valencia (New York)

ALBUM

Friday 18 October 2019Saturday 19 October 2019

Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park
Birmingham, B12 9QH United Kingdom
+ Google Map

Presented in partnership with MAC

55 mins
£13 – £11
Buy tickets
Mariana Valencia

Credit Ian Douglas

ALBUM is a solo performance that unites text, song, and dance inside of the content of an album—a picture album, a song album, an autobiographical album, a herstorical album—finding ways to be an archive, or altar, for Valencia’s body. Through factual, humorous, and grave observations, a frame of self-identification is established and charged with the task to preserve and perform a self herstory as an album in image and song. Valencia’s relationship to urbanity, vampires, love, and marginality arise with equal importance as she orbits the primary curiosity: Who will write herstory? ALBUM starts this process—so the author of Valencia’s herstory can have good notes.

‘[Valencia] approaches making performance as assembling notes for a future biographer. Dance is often romanticized for its ephemerality, but Ms. Valencia, shaping her own narrative, intends to leave a record... With her terse, inviting sense of humor, switching matter of factly between tasks... By the end, a stranger has become a friend.’

– The New York Times

Fierce Says

Valencia is such a warm presence, and her original songs are brilliantly funny, there’s even an appearance from Gloria Estefan. However, don’t be deceived – this is a super smart show, that rips up the autobiographical performance rulebook. We Stan.

Tickets

Friday 18 October 2019

4.00pm

Midlands Arts Centre, Foyle Studio

£13 – £11

Saturday 19 October 2019

12.00pm

Midlands Arts Centre, Foyle Studio

£13 – £11

Friday 25 October 2019

7.30pm

Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton

Tickets not on sale

European Premiere

Mariana Valencia (New York)

ALBUM

Friday 18 October 2019Saturday 19 October 2019

Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park
Birmingham, B12 9QH United Kingdom
+ Google Map

Presented in partnership with MAC

55 mins
£13 – £11
Buy tickets
Mariana Valencia

Credit Ian Douglas

ALBUM is a solo performance that unites text, song, and dance inside of the content of an album—a picture album, a song album, an autobiographical album, a herstorical album—finding ways to be an archive, or altar, for Valencia’s body. Through factual, humorous, and grave observations, a frame of self-identification is established and charged with the task to preserve and perform a self herstory as an album in image and song. Valencia’s relationship to urbanity, vampires, love, and marginality arise with equal importance as she orbits the primary curiosity: Who will write herstory? ALBUM starts this process—so the author of Valencia’s herstory can have good notes.

‘[Valencia] approaches making performance as assembling notes for a future biographer. Dance is often romanticized for its ephemerality, but Ms. Valencia, shaping her own narrative, intends to leave a record... With her terse, inviting sense of humor, switching matter of factly between tasks... By the end, a stranger has become a friend.’

– The New York Times

Fierce Says

Valencia is such a warm presence, and her original songs are brilliantly funny, there’s even an appearance from Gloria Estefan. However, don’t be deceived – this is a super smart show, that rips up the autobiographical performance rulebook. We Stan.

Tickets

Friday 18 October 2019

4.00pm

Midlands Arts Centre, Foyle Studio

£13 – £11

Saturday 19 October 2019

12.00pm

Midlands Arts Centre, Foyle Studio

£13 – £11

Friday 25 October 2019

7.30pm

Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton

Tickets not on sale

European Premiere

Mariana Valencia (New York)

ALBUM

Friday 18 October 2019Saturday 19 October 2019

Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park
Birmingham, B12 9QH United Kingdom
+ Google Map

Presented in partnership with MAC

55 mins
£13 – £11
Buy tickets
Mariana Valencia

Credit Ian Douglas

Album is a solo performance that unites text, song, and dance inside of the content of an album—a picture album, a song album, an autobiographical album, a herstorical album—finding ways to be an archive, or altar, for Valencia’s body. Through factual, humorous, and grave observations, a frame of self-identification is established and charged with the task to preserve and perform a self herstory as an album in image and song. Valencia’s relationship to urbanity, vampires, love, and marginality arise with equal importance as she orbits the primary curiosity: Who will write herstory? Album starts this process—so the author of Valencia’s herstory can have good notes.

‘[Valencia] approaches making performance as assembling notes for a future biographer. Dance is often romanticized for its ephemerality, but Ms. Valencia, shaping her own narrative, intends to leave a record... With her terse, inviting sense of humor, switching matter of factly between tasks... By the end, a stranger has become a friend.’

– The New York Times

Fierce Says

Valencia is such a warm presence, and her original songs are brilliantly funny, there’s even an appearance from Gloria Estefan. However, don’t be deceived – this is a super smart show, that rips up the autobiographical performance rulebook. We Stan.

Tickets

Friday 18 October 2019

4.00pm

Midlands Arts Centre, Foyle Studio

£13 – £11

Saturday 19 October 2019

12.00pm

Midlands Arts Centre, Foyle Studio

£13 – £11

Friday 25 October 2019

7.30pm

Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton

Tickets not on sale

European Premiere

Justin Shoulder (Sydney)

Carrion

Tuesday 15 October 2019, 7.45pm

Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7AL United Kingdom
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Presented in Partnership with Warwick Arts Centre and Coventry Biennial.

60 mins
£16 – £14
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Justin Shoulder, Carrion

Credit Alex Davies

Justin Shoulder, Carrion

Credit Alex Davies

What does it mean to be human in an era when our destructive influence over the planet is rapidly redefining the laws of nature? This magnetic performance by Justin Shoulder introduces Carrion: a post-human spectre with the ability to shapeshift into multiple forms and speak multiple languages.

Drawing on queer and bicultural ancestral mythologies, Carrion transports us into a place where the distant past collides with the far future, alerting us to the changes that already lie within ourselves.

See Carrion as part of our Gala Opening double bill alongside Davy Pieter's How Did I Die at Warwick Arts Centre on Tuesday 15th October. Our special price double bill ticket includes a free return bus leaving Birmingham at 6pm from Minerva Works and returning after the last show. Double bill ticket available here.

Lead Artist – Justin Shoulder Composer – Corin Ileto Mentor + Co-choreographer – Victoria Hunt Costume & Set Design – Matthew Stegh & Justin Shoulder Design Assistance – Anthony Aitch, Marty Jay, Nick Wishart Lighting Design – Benjamin Cisterne Sound Mastering – Bob Scott Stage & Production Manager – Niccolo Gallio Producer – Jason Cross for Insite Arts

‘Mesmerising and tender, elemental and fantastical, Carrion is a rite, a birth, a speculation – morphing the ‘natural’ in a unique vision of physical performance possibilities.’

– Australian Arts Review

Fierce Says

Justin is our favourite club performer. We’ve been following his incredible work (and costumes!) on Instagram for years and now he’s made a brilliant theatre show too. We’re thrilled to finally bring him over for his major European debut performances. See him now before he becomes a household name.

Tickets

Tuesday 15 October 2019

7.45pm

Warwick Arts Centre, Theatre

£16 – £14