9 June 2013
6 til late
Hatch return to Embrace Arts to present an evening of new works in progress from across the country. The performances will be presented as double bills, interspersed with conversations between the artists and the opportunity for the audience to feedback. Join us and help shaping the work of tomorrow!
Mufaro Makubika & Ollie Smith
The Review Show
Tonight you are not watching a play.
Whatever you do, do not say, “play”.
Nobody is playing.
This is f*cking real, man.
This is reality.
“Makubika smoulders silently, a potent cocktail of pensive eyes and razorwire intellect”
“Smith’s performance is lacklustre at best”
Hunt & Darton
image by Christa Holka
Hunt & Darton are back in the studio developing a new performance about boredom. Hunt & Darton thought they would never get bored, so they tried to get bored, got bored then got excited. The performance presents this journey. There will be more moves, poems, ‘you do it’ bits, leopard skin and definitely leggings. They are the opposite of bored about this.
Am I Pretty/Ugly?
‘This show is about you rating me based solely on my looks.
It is also about a recent worldwide trend of teenage girls posting videos on You Tube asking viewers to rate their looks, and about my trail of research into the world of the teenage social networker in 2013 to try and understand why.’
We have both worked with older people separately and together. We have both made shows separately. Now we’re making a show together inspired by working with older people. We want to share the conversations we’ve had and the dances we’ve learnt with you because memories live longer than dreams. That’s what Hilda told us anyway.
I invite you to think for a short moment about, time, what is it? ………Now think again.
What is life?. What is death?. What is eternity?….
Now think again………..
This work in progress is about the exploration of rhythms, the rhythms of life, it is also about some memories that are very close to my heart.
Two do: A performance
Two people, two bodies.
The two, the duo, the relationship, the love, the balance, the sharing, the co-dependency. Sophie Unwin and Lydia Cottrell are 70/30 Split a double act, a meeting of two women with two altering ideas and opinions. The first stage of development was supported by Word of Warning.
It’s going to rain.
We explore the lives and deaths of trees and humans. Using vigorous physical exercise, extracts from novels and experiences from family life we thoughtfully create moving, invigorating shared moments. Celebrating togetherness and attempting to comprehend mortality through the words of our children and the trees that have become our notebook.
Just Like Larry Walters
Sheena is blowing up balloons. She wants there to be a party. She wants everybody to dance.
Chris wants us to slow down. He wants us to take a balloon each, and ﬂoat up high over the city… over deserts, over jungles, over mountains… just like Larry.
Looking forward to seeing you in Leicester!
Last year Hatch has had the honour of guest-editing issue #7 of Nottingham Visual Arts magazine, and the whole issue has been given over to coverage of all things performance-y. There’s interviews with Hatch (by Wayne Burrows), Reckless Sleepers (by Michael Pinchbeck), Reactor (by Nathaniel J Miller), and Hetain Patel and Nu-Urban Gardeners (by NVA editor Jennie Syson), as well as features by Helena Goldwater, Andy Field, Simon Raven, Forced Entertainment, hancock & kelly, Alice Gale-Feeny & Katherine Fishman and more. We’re really proud of how it’s come out and we think you’ll enjoy it too. In case you didn’t get the chance to pick up a copy here the downloadable version:
From February 2013 Hatch is becoming a member of Live Art UK – a consortium of venues, promoters and facilitators who collectively represent a range of practices and are concerned with all aspects of the development and promotion of the Live Art sector. Live Art UK brings together key promoters and facilitators to support and develop the Live Art infrastructure for the benefit of artists and audiences.
The Live Art UK network explores new models and partnerships for the promotion of Live Art; develops new ways to increase the national and international visibility of Live Art; initiates strategies for a more sustainable future for Live Art practitioners and promoters; and aims to provide a representative voice for the Live Art Sector in the UK.
Check out their website for news, projects and downloads of publications.
Hatch is returning to the wonderful Embrace Arts in Leicester this Summer. We have recently joined them as associate artists’ collective for the next two years and are looking forward to delivering four live performance events in partnership with them over that period of time.
First off Hatch will be presenting a Scratch event showcasing eight new works in progress on Sunday 9 June 2013 in conjunction with circuit festival.
We no longer accept proposals for this event – sorry! Thanks to everybody who has applied, we will be announcing the line-up shortly.
Early outings of ideas that would benefit from exposure to a supportive audience, experimental first steps that fit into the frame of a 20 minute showing, lo-fi trials, beta tests – anything that can broadly be defined as performance or live art is welcome. The rule is: fit your stuff into a suitcase, be able to set it up and clear it away as part of your performance time and be aware that the audience is likely going to be in the space with you when you do so. Eight ideas will be selected and paired into four mini double bills.
We are interested in artists meeting and comparing notes, involving the audience in that discussion. Each double bill will be followed by a conversation between the respective artists, a guest chair and the audience. We hope to stir ideas, provide safe testing ground and encourage direct and constructive feedback. We are not looking for sleek finished or polished pieces but for strong and exciting starting points, interesting first, second and third steps and an openness to share thoughts on process and development of work.
We are offering:
- a supportive environment
- a 20 minute slot (maximum) to test run your work in progress
- a fee of 100GBP for each selected work to contribute to expenses, payable after the event on receipt of invoice
- photographic documentation
- a written response to the showcase by our writer in residence Wayne Burrows (check out his thoughts on previous events at the Hatchback blog)
- collated feedback from the audience
- the facilitation of a conversation with the audience and co-artist/s
- a lovely team there to support you
We can provide a fixed projector/fixed projection screen, a mic and stand, play a soundtrack, and can turn the lights on and off for you – unfortunately we cannot work out individual lighting states or offer other more elaborate technical set up for you due to the nature of this event.
Half an hour get in/rehearsal time in the space from 12 noon on the day can be arranged, subject to individual arrival times and prior agreement.
Deadline for submission is midday on 26 April 2013. If you are interested in applying pop us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you an application form. We will reply to all applicants in the week following the deadline.
Image at top by Nathalie Babineau-Griffiths,
used under a creative commons license.
Image at middle of Greg Wohead performing The Many Apologies of Pecos Bill
at Hatch Scratch 12, photo by Julian Hughes.
The future of touring and distribution for contemporary theatre and Live Art
A free publication, for download here.
This publication reflects on and responds to Getting It Out There, a one-day symposium exploring the future of touring for contemporary theatre and Live Art. The symposium was originally conceived by Tamsin Drury of hÅb to be developed with greenroom. Following the latter’s closure, it was developed and co-produced with Live at LICA and held in Lancaster on 12 May 2012, bringing together panels of art-form specialists to ask questions about the role of curators, programmers, producers and venues. It considered the wider implications of the structures used to fund, develop and present new work, and emerging models for touring countrywide. Contributors: Mary Paterson, Theron Schmidt, Judith Knight, Claire Marshall, Bryony Kimmings, Kate McGrath, Michael Pinchbeck, Rajni Shah, Sam Trotman, Helen Cole, Thomas Frank, Matt Fenton and Alice Booth.
All the Hatch events that took place during our ‘Hatching Space’ programme in 2012 have been documented in pictures by the brilliant artist and photographer Julian Hughes, and in words by the amazing poet, performer and polymath Wayne Burrows.
You can see Julian’s photos on our Flickr page here – flickr.com/hatchnottingham, while Wayne’s blog dispatches have been made available after each event on our Hatch: Back blog - hatchnottingham.wordpress.com.
Here (in reverse chronological order) is a complete list of Wayne’s posts:
Hatch has recently had the honour of guest-editing the latest issue of Nottingham Visual Arts magazine, and the whole issue has been given over to coverage of all things performance-y. There’s interviews with Hatch (by Wayne Burrows), Reckless Sleepers (by Michael Pinchbeck), Reactor (by Nathaniel J Miller), and Hetain Patel and Nu-Urban Gardeners (by NVA editor Jennie Syson), as well as features by Helena Goldwater, Andy Field, Simon Raven, Forced Entertainment, hancock & kelly, Alice Gale-Feeny & Katherine Fishman and more. We’re really proud of how it’s come out and we think you’ll enjoy it too. You should be able to pick up a copy from a friendly local venue very soon.
To launch the issue, Nottingham Visual Arts are holding a summer fete at Primary on Saturday 28 July from 2pm to 10pm, with vintage clothing, cake, book and plant stalls, a tombola, a barbecue, real ale, performances by Michael Pinchbeck, Simon Raven, Robert Holcombe and Frank Abbot and live music from The Face That Boils Itself. We’d love to see you there – here’s a link to the relevant Facebook page if you need directions or more information.
For the Hatch Double Bill featuring Frank Abbott and Mamoru Iriguchi, fourbeatwalk put together two special audio tours guiding the audience between the two performance venues for the evening, Broadway Cinema and Nottingham Playhouse. The event is in the past, but the audio tour can be taken at any time. Your tour guides for these journeys are fonts of local knowledge Al Needham and Chris Matthews. So if you have a spare half hour in Nottingham, choose whose voice you’d like to spend a short walk with, then head to fourbeatwalk’s Bandcamp page to download their file. Or click on the pictures below to go directly to the relevant download links:
Let writer and LeftLion editor, Al Needham, guide you through his Nottingham via all the most important places of his youth.
WARNING: Contains a liberal sprinkling of profanities and bad language. Not suitable for anyone under 18 or anyone offended by adult language.
Or let designer and historian, Chris Matthews guide you through historic Nottingham – starting at Broadway Cinema and ending up at Nottingham Playhouse.
Suitable for all ages.
FRIDAY 15 JUNE 2012
BROADWAY CINEMA & NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE, NOTTINGHAM
Hatch has been working on a series of double bills with Broadway’s Media Arts programme, developing brand new performances by East Midlands artists and pairing up their very first work-in-progress showings with the most exciting touring shows by artists from around the country.
Following a residency at Broadway, on Friday 15 June Frank Abbott will present Spaghetti Powerpoint, a uniquely personal presentation on cinema and human history which will be shown in tandem with Adios Gringo, a forgotten western that he still remembers.
After this, a specially commissioned audio tour of Nottingham by fourbeatwalk will lead you up to Nottingham Playhouse for Mamoru Iriguchi’s incredible Projector/Conjector, a digital love story which is part dance, part living installation – part Star Wars, part Swan Lake.
All tickets are £6 and can be booked online through the Broadway website (with no online booking fee!) or by calling 0115 9526 611.
Sunday 17 June 2012 6pm
Embrace Arts, Leicester
A new evening of the unexpected, the unpredictable and the unforgettable. See the work of tomorrow, have a chance to shape how it develops, and enjoy a drink and a meal in the bar with everyone involved. Hatch: Scratch has a simple concept. We feed you. You feedback. Hatch is delighted to announce the line up for this event. Thirteen of the most exciting artists, performers and experimental theatre makers from around the country present a range of brand new work-in-progress in return for your opinions.
How We Run
The Suitcase Ensemble
Two Destination Language
Hatch: Scratch is an Embrace Arts commission supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Tickets for this event are free and can be booked through Embrace Arts here or on 0116 252 2455. Join our mailing list for regular updates on forthcoming opportunities and events.