Chapter Voices: Cathy Boyce
Posted on: 23 Jan 2018 by Cathy Boyce
The Peilot artists have had an incredibly busy time since the launch in November 2016 and it’s been a privilege to work closely with them to develop their work.
Here’s a run down on some of the activity and a peak of what’s to come.
In March and April this year Be Aware Productions supported by Peilot and a research and development grant from ACW will develop a Welsh/Turkish language play in collaboration with Chapter and Theatr Genedlaethol. The R&D will take the experimental form of a touring rehearsal; instead of staying in one studio location for 2 weeks, the company will travel to different venues in Wales for two days at a time, developing a relationship with a venue and local audiences.
In January 2017 Be Aware Productions toured to 22 venues across Wales with their gig theatre show ‘Enough is Enough’: an uncomprismising protest piece against the violence committed against women and girls worldwide.
The show will have a London showcase at Camden People’s Theatre in London in May and then will be developed for an English tour. In the light of the #MeToo movement the message of the production seems even more vital.
In 2019 the company will be developing a large scale multi media production.
In Autumn 2017 last year Rhodri Davies began a series of Peilot salon events, inviting guest musicians to play with him as part of an evening concert. This was a great opportunity to put Rhodri’s work in context and a bring his work to a wider public.
First we welcomed legendary sax pioneer Evan Parker to Chapter. It was great to see that the concert attracted a really diverse audience; a mature muso jazz crowd plus young music graduates and experimental musicians.
It was a thrill also to welcome legendary Fluxus co-founder Philip Corner and his wife, choreographer Phoebe Neville to Cardiff. The concert of experimental works was followed by an informal Q&A with Professor Heike Roms.
November also saw the world premiere performance of Rhodri Davies's composition 'Transversal Time' at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival on commissioned by Chapter, HCMF and Counterflows in Glasgow.
Read more on Rhodri's work here.
The piece was very well received and will be performed at Chapter by Rhodri and an ensemble of international musicians on Friday 13 April during Experimentica18.
Also in November, Jo Fong premiered Ways of Being Together at Chapter, commissioned by Cardiff Dance Festival and Peilot.
The work studied the act and art of bringing people together through workshops and discussions, the final performance brought an audience of 50 people together with 46 performer/movers and ended with a delicious curry for artists and audience prepared by Ryan , Chapter’s head chef.
Following on from this project, Peilot has commissioned Jo Fong and Manchester based writer/performer Sonia Hughes to make a new piece that also explores what can happen when people come together and take time to properly listen to each other. The piece will be developed in Manchester and Cardiff and premiered during Experimentica this year.
Rhiannon White and Common Wealth presented a meditation on class during Experimentica in 2017 and then in November with the support of Cardiff University presented Class: The Elephant in the Room at Chapter as part of Cardiff University's Festival of Social Sciences. The event was part presentation, part performance, part hosted discussion and raised some urgent questions about privilege and access to the arts. Click here to hear the team discuss the piece.
In 2019 Chapter will work with Common Wealth as development Producer on their new major production.
Tim Bromage was also commissioned by Peilot to make a new work for Experimentica, The Man Stood In The Vortex was premiered at the festival in 2017.
He also performed his magic/spoken word/folk horror mash up The Hunter and The Bleak at in a special Halloween performance at Chapter and closed the Novemberfest festival at Volcano in Swansea.
Tim has been awarded with a Creative Wales award by ACW to research the role of the raconteur as historian and trickster. As part of the project Tim will spend time with key figures including American musician Jim White and folk singer Martin Carthy. We hope to continue the Peilot Salon idea alongside Tim’s research inviting key figures in UK and international folk and storytellers to perform at Chapter.
Tim is also developing a new work inspired by the Ethnographic museum: The Museum Of Divergent Realities. An early version of the piece premiered at Toynbee Studios in London last year. It will tour to non-theatre spaces across the UK in 2018-19.
Members of the company performed a 6 hour durational reading of the novel Endless night produced by The International Agatha Christie Festival, Torquay in 2017.
The performance will be reprised as part of a forthcoming series of Chapter literature events curated by Be Aware Productions throughout 2018. Details will be announced soon.
Following two extensive development periods in Spring and Autumn 2017 Triongl presented a public work in progress performance of their alternative Christmas show at Chapter in December to a delighted audience. It’s not often you get to see a talking tapeworm on Welsh stages. Margaret and The Tapeworm, an original play written by the company, deals with the serious issue of loneliness and social isolation with Triongl’s warmth and very dark humour. The play will tour Wales in November and December 2018.
As well as these individual artistic projects, the Peilot scheme has enabled the Chapter team to strengthen partnerships with a wide range of like-minded organisations at home and abroad. We are developing collaborations with Project Arts Centre and The Irish Theatre Institute in Dublin, Everybody is Spectacular Festival in Reykjavik, continuing our existing links with Quebec and Halifax in Canada and building many more networks of artists, venues and presenters across the performing arts.
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