Some wonderful news - Nando Messias has been awarded the second commission from The Library of Performing Rights for his new work, The Pink Supper.
Excerpt of announcement by LADA:
LADA is delighted to announce that the second recipient of the annual Library of Performing Rights commission is Nando Messias who will develop The Pink Supper, a performance project bringing together ambassadors from countries where homosexuality is still criminalised. The Pink Supper responds to a global political climate of renewed religious and political intolerance and violence towards queer people.
The Library of Performing Rights (LPR) was originally created by Lois Weaver and Queen Mary University London in collaboration with LADA in 2016 for Performance Studies international (PSi)12: Performing Rights. Since August 2017 the LPR has been reimagined and reactivated, in collaboration with Lois Weaver, the artist and researcher Elena Marchevska and the Study Room In Exile in Liverpool, as a concept or approach to research and practice rather than a distinct collection and is available as a place of action, a place of knowledge exchange, a repository of experience, and a resource and a context that others can use to support and advance their own work both at LADA and elsewhere.
The Pink Supper is Nando Messias’ latest artistic response to the question: how can artists ethically respond to social injustice issues?
“Having just returned from a visit to my native country, I re-experienced the fear which comes from being in a place where violence and oppression are such common part of daily life.” Despite its international image, Brazil remains the number one country for trans murders—a most shameful indictment indeed.
“I experienced daily abuse myself when living in Brazil. I know well what effects it can have on one’s life. It almost cost me mine. I am lucky to have managed to escape. But what of those who cannot afford to? The Pink Supper is dedicated to them. It is my way of telling them that they are not alone, or forgotten and that I understand their suffering because I have been there too.”
For The Pink Supper, Nando invites 12 ambassadors from countries where homosexuality is criminalised, and with which the United Kingdom maintains diplomatic relationships, to sit around the table with him for a pink meal. Will they turn up? You are invited too. Performances happen promptly between courses. Wear pink… Wear whatever you like, actually.
Read more on the LADA website here.
Tune in at 11.55 to hear Greg Wohead and performer Amelia Stubberfield talking about Call it a Day on BBC Radio London.
Have a listen!
Find out more on Cath's website
Image by the amazing Holly Revell
“If you’re lost, you can look and you will find me
Time after time”
Two couples; one liberal, one conservative. One progressive, one traditional. One faithless, one faithful.
Ten years ago, on a freezing snowy day in the USA, Greg Wohead and his then partner spent an afternoon with an Amish couple. Call it a Day is about that unlikely encounter. What unfolds on stage is a strange, surreal, part-improvised reliving of that meeting again and again and again and again.
Featuring an unpicking of Cyndi Lauper’s 1983 hit Time After Timeand interruptions from 1985 Amish-themed thriller Witness (starring Harrison Ford), Call It A Day is a kaleidoscopic examination of the impossibility of truly understanding one another.
South Street Arts, Reading
29 January - 2 February
The House, Plymouth
It's all sold out now but if you're coming to The Space In-Between as part of Unlimited Festival on Thursday 6th September, make sure you don't miss an extract of Catherine Hoffmann's Cyst-er Act at 3.30pm!
Dan Watson will be showing a fast-paced 10-minute experiment of VENUS as part of Touch Wood #1 at The Place on Tuesday 4th September - get your tickets here.
Also on the bill are Frauqe Requardt + Daniel Oliver, Joel O'Donoghue and The Hiccup Project.
Dan and I also did a photoshoot a few weeks ago with the amazing Holly Revell so we'll have some photos to share really soon!
This Saturday I'll be running a fundraising workshop in Milton Keynes as part of Tracing the Pathway's Groundwork MK season - it's free so if you're around do pop along!
Fundraising 101 For Artists
Milton Keynes Arts Centre
Groundwork producer Laura Sweeney will offer insight into funding streams available to artists, specifically introducing Arts Council England's new funding streams: National Lottery Arts Council Project Grants and Developing Your Creative Practice, providing advice on how to apply to these grants and what funders are looking for when reviewing applications. From her perspective as a producer, Laura will also share information on how to financially support and resource a project, looking at alternative forms of support via social media and crowdfunding.
Looking for the ACE under £15k application template?