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SURGE SPRING/SUMMER 2024 

Workshops and Sharings

Surge hosts regular residencies, where artists and performers develop new works. You can take part in workshops helping develop these new works and view sharings at the end of the residency to see a work in progress version of the show. These are held at 2/2, 51 Cadogan Street, Glasgow G2 7HF.

To attend contact melanie@surge.scot 

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Furious by Belle Jones

Workshop - Wednesday 6th March, 11:30am to 1pm

This workshop offers participants an opportunity to dive into the Furies myth and explore the timeless themes they represent through physical improvisation inspired by classical texts.

The Furies appear across Greek and Roman mythology as underworld deities of vengeance who, chanting and dancing, hound mortals whose heinous crimes go unpunished and drive them mad. Associated with snakes and wild dogs, often depicted as crones and described as repulsive in appearance, the Furies insist their ugly rage is righteous because justice has not been served. 

Using voice and movement exercises developed through the residency process to connect with words from Ovid, Virgil, Seneca, Aeschylus and others, this workshop is particularly geared to exploring instinctual and societal perceptions of female rage.

Please wear clothes you can move comfortably in.

Sharing - Friday 8th March, 4pm to 5pm

A work-in-progress sharing of some of the material developed through the residency. 

'Furious' is a contemporary take on the mythical Furies: underworld goddesses of vengeance who, chanting and dancing, hound mortals whose crimes go unpunished and drive them mad.  Associated with snakes and wild dogs, often depicted as crones and described as repulsive in appearance, the Furies insist their hideous wrath is righteous because justice has not been served.

Using both the beautiful and grotesque shapes that can be created on and around poles, this project sees the Furies using rage-fuelled dance to articulate the sources and depths of their anger. Exploring causes, perceptions of and responses to feminine anger, and its connection to mental and physical pain, Furious is an unabashed tribute to the strength and power of women’s rage.

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