To attend any of our free workshops and showings this summer please email melanie[at]surge.scot, with your name and the workshops and showings you are planning on attending.
All workshops and showings will be held in Surge’s rehearsal space at Floor 2, 51 Cadogan St, Glasgow, G2 7HF.
Don’t step on the Cracks – Dora Colquhoun
Look no further than out your front door a playground of possibility! Dont step on the cracks is a workshop about creating a performative tour exploring the banal, the everyday and the outright regular!
Can a dropped empty packet of ready salty crisps really be beautiful?
Did David Bowie really visit this spar newsagents in 1994 and buy a can of Iron Bru?
Does this bench really make people pregnant weeks after they have sat on it?
An exploration of techniques that frame the urban space in a way that makes you rethink the city around you using the truth non truths and just plain sillliness.
Workshop | Wednesday 15 May | 11.30 – 13.00
Dora will be developing a performative tour across the streets of Glasgow using a Rickshaw to guide audiences on an interactive journey. She aims to create a tour that is not historical or hysterical but something in between! Hoping to use her own autobiographical experiences and Applied Theatre training to get a sense of what makes somebody feel lonely in a city. Even when surrounded by people, history and familiarity loneliness is something that affects us all. What makes someone feel connected? What is someone’s sense of home? Is home something we can bring with us wherever we go? Can a rickshaw ride feel like home? She will explore these questions by developing a series of interactions looking at loneliness in urban spaces.
Showing | Friday 17 May | 16.00
Bio: Dora Colquhoun is an artist facilitator and performer interested in the everyday. Dora studied contemporary performance art at Dartington College of Arts and has since gone on to make various theatre shows and performances using surreal comedy, humour and music. She has performed in the comedy duo ‘Izzie and Dora’ at Surge festival 2017. Dora Colquhoun is now studying a Applied Theatre Masters at Royal Central School of Speech of Speech and Drama. This summer she will be travelling to America to be an apprentice with Bread and Puppet theatre company in Vermont.
Traceur – David Banks
‘Traceur’ is a new site-adaptive performance that tells the story of Parkour from the suburbs of Paris to the streets of Glasgow. The residency will culminate in a first stage public sharing of the work performed by members of the Scottish Parkour Community.
Workshop | Wednesday 22 May | 11.30 – 13.00
Move, twist, invert and play at the David Banks performance masterclass. Participants will experience a unique blend of Parkour coaching, circus skills, and theatre that was used in the creation of ‘Traceur.’
Showing | Friday 24 May | 16.00
Bio: David Banks is a Glasgow based artist who aspires to reclaim cities and reduce inequality through community arts and performance.
Cockaigne – Andrew Simpson
In medieval Europe “Cockaigne” was the mythical land of plenty and luxury where all the normal restrictions of everyday life were turned upside down. A land where pigs walked around with knives in their backs ready for carving, fish jumped out of the water, one is paid to sleep and eat and abbots are beaten by their monks. This dream was in stark contrast to the everyday harshness of peasant life.
PieterBruegelthe Elder painted a famous picture of this mythical land.
I’m working on shapes, moods and ideas to create this world physically, with the body.
Workshop | Wednesday 5 June | 11.30 – 13.00
The workshop will involve a warm up, physical and mental training, exercises and guided improvisation. We will get out of our everyday bodies and minds. We’ll arrive at a place of focus and attention. Through the physical and mental exercises we will activate our bodies and minds and create shapes using our bodies in strange and unusual ways.
We will use a number of concrete mental images drawn from the world of Bruegel’s paintings to guide a period of improvisation.
Butoh dance, Clown, Meyerhold’s Biomechanics.
It might be hilarious it might be tragic.
No experience necessary, all welcome.
Showing | Friday 7 June | 16.00
Bio: Andrew Simpson is an actor, clown and performer. He trained at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh; the Physical Theatre Practice diploma at Summerhall and with other practitioners including Spymonkey(Brighton); Grotowski Institute(Wroclaw); Altamira Studio Theatre/Odin Teatret(Holstebro). He makes original physical theatre work with/for Anatomy Arts, Clown Cabaret Scratch Night, Manipulate, Hidden Door Festival. From 2017-18 he was a member of Ensemble Lodi, a street theatre group based near Milan, Italy performing in Volver!(Colombia, Denmark, Italy) and Don Juan(Denmark, Italy).
Through Me – Jessica Innes
Jessica performed an early idea at PITCH 2017 and at the Manipulate Festival 2018. This redesign is to create an indoor puppetry performance aimed at 12 year olds and above, which will use verbatim stories from young people about how Social Media has affected them. They will be retold through Shadow Puppetry that appear from the light sources within Bobi – a muppet-style puppet who interacts with the audience, discovering Social Media, designed by Pigsticks Productions, technical design by Babis Bozoglou – and projected onto surfaces nearby.
Workshop | Wednesday 12 June | 11.30 – 13.00
Jessica and Jennifer (Pigsticks Productions) will lead a 90-minute Shadow Puppetry Workshop. Participants will learn how to build shadow puppets with Jennifer, and discover different materials. We will then explore storytelling with the puppets, with Overhead Projectors and torches, looking at tricks with the lights, colours, acetates, and sound.
Showing | Friday 14 June | 16.00
Bio: Jessica Innes
Performer and Theatre Maker. Member of the Federation of Scottish Theatre with Imaginate. Currently working with Imaginate as an Associate Artist on ‘Project This Girl’, and as a Dramaturg with Lisa Hannah Thompson ‘Prism’.
Bio: Jennifer Kilgour (Pigsticks Productions)
Artist, Prop and Puppet Maker. Commissioned by Surge and Wasps to build a replica of the Merchant Steeple of the Briggait, and awarded the Riu D’Art Residency to create La Sumera I L’Unicorn.
Jessica and Jennifer recently worked together with Surge on Mother’s Ruin – an 8.5ft Walkabout Demon Mother, with her obnoxiously witty Demon Baby Puppet!
Theatre as Research – Theatre Senza, Dylan Read
Victoria Road is one of the country’s most politically scrutinised areas; it’s diverse and transforming; a site of history and regeneration; both demonized and celebrated and so the street itself will be Senza’s theme of exploration on residency with Surge, particularly experiences of change and fear for those who live, work and pass through there. We will work in the studio and on the street, gathering information through experiences, observation, interview and creative intervention. We will digest information gained through techniques we are developing to intertwine theatre with ethnographic research.
Workshop | Wednesday 26 June | 11.30 – 13.00
Theatre Senza are an international company of Lecoq trained devisers, we combine physical theatre with ethnographic field research to explore ‘place’ promoting humane, and rounded ways to understand and express human experiences. The workshop will be led by our director and social anthropologist Valentina Zagaria. We will introduce participants to our style of ‘theatre as research’ through techniques we have developed and offer participants the chance to craft their own exercises to both gather or digest holistic information. The workshop itself will feed into the company’s current research, it will be physical, sensitive and include elements of a site-specific nature.
Showing | Friday 28 June | 16.00
Bio: Senza are an international company of physical performers who met at the Lecoq school in Paris and are led by director and social anthropologist Valentina Zagaria. Since 2012 we have been working across Europe and in Tunisia embedding ourselves in communities to uncover, share and document the stories of those places through performance, film, academic and creative writing. We are particularly interested in border places and stories of migration. Core to our work is a pursuit to discover ways in which movement exploration, improvisation and devising can intertwine with ethnographic research.
Voyager – Ryan Scott
The Voyager residency at SURGE will research interaction, improvisation, and movement in connection to machine learning with sensor technologies. During the residency we will develop a prototype operated by a single performer with a Microsoft Kinect sensor and a quadraphonic audio system. We will experiment and improvise with the aim to create a vocabulary of movements that produces sound, accompanied by audio-reactive visuals.
Workshop | Wednesday 10 July | 11.30 – 13.00
We are dedicated to the idea that technical designers should take part in the devising process as collaborators, not as add-ons during performance. Our workshop titled “Combining Movement and Machine Learning” will reflect our working practices during the summer SURGE residency – how to devise new work in a multidisciplinary way, specifically with sound and digital technologies. This workshop will include explorations in movement, physical gesture recognition, sensor technologies, and machine learning for the arts.
Showing | Friday 12 July | 16.00
Bio: Ryan Scott is a Glasgow based audio artist and sound designer originally from the United States. His works span interactive and linear media, including film, video games, and theatre. Throughout his career he has collaborated with Microsoft Research, and had his works shown at Edinburgh College of the Arts, PAX East, PAX West, E3, DOCNYC fest, and 9e2 Arts Festival. Since arriving in Scotland in the summer of 2018, Ryan has integrated himself in the arts and technology communities. He has participated in Surge’s Virtualogue event in November 2018, is the founder of the Scotland Audio Group, and is a co-organiser of the Mixed Reality Scotland Meetup.