Surge are hosting a series of free performance workshops and showings relating to our residency programme. .
These workshops and showings are open to all and will take place at our rehearsal space on the 2nd Floor, 51 Cadogan Street, Glasgow, G2 7HF, except where specified.
Places are limited so please book ahead. Book your free place by emailing email@example.com or call the office on 0141 248 6910
Workshop: CLOWN: Art of Play 11:30am – 1pm Wednesday 29th March
The Clown discovers and negotiates the world, and all that’s in it, by playing with it.
When we play, we are full of energy, alert and spontaneous. We look for playfulness in others and listen to creative impulses in ourselves. When playing we tend not to judge ourselves. If we are enjoying a game, we are fully involved in it. There is total belief and honesty and lots of FUN!
Nothing is hidden.
Play allows us, encourages us, to take risks. We don’t want to play safe all the time.
Play awakens and gives full rein to the imagination, the root of creativity.
A performance based on play builds a direct relationship with the audienceThe study of Clown is a marvellous tool for performers of all persuasions as it demands an honest, intimate relationship with the audience
Sharing: MEAN STREETS: Clown Noir! 4pm – 4:30pm Friday 31st March
A clown’s eye view of shadowy doorways, petty criminals, Maltese Falcons,
weary policemen, corrupt politicians, femme fatales, Big Sleepers, and hard-boiled detectives. Here, life is random and arbitrary enhanced by an omniscient metaphor-spouting narrator with flashback after flashback of alienation, disenchantment, moral ambiguity and law-abiding citizens lured into a life of crime. Are we all victims of circumstance?
“Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean. He must be the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world.”
A Clowning celebration of all things Noir, MEAN STREETS is a development of the company’s popular walkabout act Detectives and Film Krew.
Workshop: 2pm – 3:30 pm Wednesday 29th March
In this workshop Nikhita will explore the principles of yoga and Indian classical dance, explaining the philosophy and physical practices in a way that will enhance participants’ understanding of their body, breath and mind according to ancient Indian wisdom traditions.
Sharing: 4:30pm Friday 31st March
Inspired by the everyday tradition of puja, or deity worship, Nikhita will integrate the practices of Indian classical dance and burlesque and present a performance that will blur the lines between the sacred and profane, inanimate and animate, spirit and flesh and blood.
Digging further into their multi-disciplinary practice Nikhita will be developing a piece of work that will eventually form the finale to a full length solo show that is currently in a process of research and development. Particularly inspired by the practices of Indian classical dance and burlesque, their work investigates questions of identity, sexuality and freedom of expression regardless of background and societal pressure.
Audio description for physical performance
by Ruby Burgess
This workshop and sharing has unfortunately been postponed
Ruby Burgess will be facilitating a workshop exploring audio description for physical performance. This is suitable for all performers with a physical practice such as circus, physical theatre or dance. Creative accessibility techniques can not only enable a wider audience to engage with your work but can also be a great framework for devising. Using creative exercises and working practically, we will play with different methods to create tools you can take into your work.
This workshop is 18+
Please bring clothes you feel comfortable moving around in, a water bottle, a notebook and a pen.
Please get in touch if you have any access requirements that you would like us to be aware of.
Inspired by the styles of bouffon and surrealism, Ruby is exploring grotesque aspects of the human experience. Using static trapeze, disjointed text and abstract imagery, she hopes to create a dreamlike piece of comedic circus theatre. During her residency with Surge, she is furthering her ideas and investigating the integration of audio description into her work. She will be performing an extract of the solo show she is creating and would love the audience to input. There will be an opportunity to feedback your thoughts, which will inform the next stages of the show’s development.
Picture description: Ruby is suspended in mid-air, the picture taken in the middle of a dynamic beat. Her knees are hooked on to the bar of a trapeze while her arms, head and chest are raised – face on to the audience. She is dressed in all white head to toe, meaning her red shiny face with puffed out cheeks stands out.