The Future of Creativity
ABSENT to be re-created in Blackpool in 2016
Artistic director, Tristan Sharps, said:
I’m really looking forward to my stay in Blackpool and creating ABSENT for a secret and fantastical site at the heart of the town! As always with a dreamthinkspeak project, I will be living in the town during the creation of the show and working closely with large numbers of local residents. I’m really excited to explore and discover how the project will adapt and develop in response to this remarkable town’s past, present and future. I cannot wait to get cracking.
This creation was made possible through the vision and determination of LeftCoast and Blackpool Grand Theatre and an Ambition for Excellence Award from Arts Council England.
We’d like to thank Ruth Eastwood from The Grand and Julia Turpin and Michael Trainor from LeftCoast for all their belief and support.
New Production: Absent
The production is partly inspired by The Duchess of Argyll’s residence at a central London hotel in the 1970’s to 1980’s, when she was ejected having finally run out of friends and credit. In ABSENT, she is surreally re-imagined entering a hotel as an optimistic 18 year-old in the 1950’s and being evicted in the present day, into a modernised and radically changed world.
ABSENT will create an intimate journey for audiences through the maze-like basement of Shoreditch Town Hall, mixing film and architectural installation with a haunting soundtrack. There are no scenes, but as you thread your way through the labyrinthine passageways, you become enmeshed in a constantly shifting dreamscape in which the past, present and future of both the protagonist and the hotel become inextricably linked.
Tristan Sharps: Industry Talks
Tristan will be talking about the evolution of his work in the early 1990’s and the formation of dreamthinkspeak in 1999. He will discuss the influences of other art forms on his practice and how the company goes about creating a new piece of work. He will also talk about how the work has evolved over the past 15 years and look ahead to the next stage of dreaming and thinking. Geoff Colman, head of acting at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, will chair the discussion.
Now in its ninth year, the Accidental Festival is a produced entirely by second year students on the Theatre Practice: Performance Arts degree course at the Central.
Tickets for Tristan’s talk are priced at £5.00 (plus booking fee), and are available to book online by clicking on the following link:
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We look forward to welcoming our friends, followers and supporters to what promises to be an illuminating and inspirational event.
One Day, Maybe
One Day, Maybe started when I was invited to Gwangju and create a new piece of work. Although I was free to choose the subject of this work, it became clear during my first visit in 2011 that the subject had chosen itself.
The events of May 1980 - when the people of Gwangju who demonstrated in the name of Democracy were killed by paratroopers in the name of the government - are a key part of South Korea’s history.
However, I would never presume to be an expert on the subject of May 1980. My interest is in exploring the world we live in now through the lens of those tragic events.
What if those people who died in 1980 could return as spirits from the dead and step into the shoes of people alive today? What would they make of the world we now live in? Surely they would see a world where Liberty and Democracy have spread rapidly across a range of countries. Or would they?
Over the past two years I have had the privilege of spending a lot of time exploring Gwangju and South Korea. It has been an incredibly rich journey. Everything that I have seen and experienced has had a direct impact on the production: The extraordinary and vibrant Yangdon Market; the eerie and abandoned police station, one of the former provincial government buildings at the heart of the May 1980 uprising; the nearby gymnasium where the bodies of the dead were laid out; the beautiful and unspoiled countryside of the Jeonnam province; the thanksgiving Jesa I was invited to in Seoul that taught me the importance of ancestry in Korean culture; above all, the old cemetery that lies behind the May 18 National Cemetery, where some of those who died in 1980 were originally buried.
There is also the modern, dynamic and rapidly developing Gwangju, fueled by globalization and the need to compete in the global market place: the profusion of western brands; the vast array of café chains; the overwhelming number of clothes shops; the PC Bangs; the bright neon-lit shopping precincts; the music blasting out from shop fronts. All of which melts into a homogeneous landscape of sound and light. We could be in any downtown shopping district anywhere in the world – pulsating and exciting – but where all shops are essentially the same, just with different branding.
Above all, the thing that has made the most impression on me has been the remarkable bravery of the people who gave their lives in 1980 for what they believed in. This production aims to honour those people and all others around the world who have risked their lives for their beliefs.
The production will be re-created in the Japanese cities of our collaborating partners in Kochi and Kanazawa. My travels through Japan have been equally rich and rewarding, with the same key themes equally relevant.
This whole project has been dependent on the many talented artists and technicians from both countries who have worked tirelessly to create the production here in Gwangju and who will continue the journey in Japan. We’d like to thank everyone who has devoted their time and energy in producing this work over the past two years. It has been a unique and ambitious collaboration between different cultures and partners and we are looking forward to the journey continuing in the future.
We are finally home again, having just returned from creating One Day, Maybe in South Korea and Japan. This was an exhilarating and challenging project, inspired by the May 1980 Gwangju uprising, created for three different sites across two countries in the space of six months. For me, it was the culmination of a life changing three years of site visits, design research and workshops - and I am hopeful that the journey will continue in the near future, and that we will re-create One Day, Maybe in the UK.
And now we are about to embark on a brand new programme of work that will completely transform how we create. Interventions will become the research and development engine of our creations: collaborating with artists new to the company; opening up hidden or abandoned sites; exploring new filming and projection techniques; experimenting with different models of audience interaction and navigation; developing the technological tools that are available to all of us, especially open-source technologies.
Interventions will make new connections with new people and push the technical and creative boundaries of our work to the limit, feeding directly into our larger-scale projects.
These experimental investigations will take the form of interactive journeys and embryonic performances, many of which we will make exclusively accessible to our friends and supporters. We will need your feedback to help us navigate the way forward.
More importantly, however, we need your support.
Please help us raise the £30,000 we need towards the production costs for Interventions. Thanks to Catalyst funding, every donation we receive will be doubled by the Arts Council - £5 becomes £10, £10 becomes £20! I am sure you will agree that this really is a unique opportunity to double the value of your contribution towards our future.
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