NEWS: Take Me Somewhere 2020: festival line up announcement

In a world that is simultaneously crushing us and crumbling around us, a breadth of voices fight back via astonishing live art, dance and performance at this year’s Take Me Somewhere festival, which takes place in venues across Glasgow in May. Whilst some artists go loud and rebel, others slow down and contemplate…

Performances include:

  • a live and loud sonic destruction of an artist’s 1,000 piece CD collection in response to the failure and bitter glamour of the creative industries;
  • a stunt ballet for the internet age, featuring naked dancers on suspended motorbikes;
  • two intimate, meditative performances featuring dogs;
  • a deconstructed dance production inspired by the Video Vixens – provocative female models who appeared in 90s hip-hop videos;
  • an immersive pop concert spectacular examining stardom, self care and redemption;
  • the return of the beloved Buzzcut festival, which takes over the final weekend with pay-what-you-can performances and parties.

TMS Artistic Director LJ Findlay-Walsh said: “There has been a particular political urgency to this last year, a vortex of disorientation and empty promises. This year’s festival acts in response, where artists find themselves laying bare their discontent, smashing things up, excavating their identities and exploring paths of resistance. Where some artists become louder and embrace the messiness of our situation with chaos and an unbridled sense of joy and playfulness, some retreat inwards to find stillness and truth, exploring kinship and comfort. Ultimately, ‘kinship’ feels like the central theme this year and perhaps every year as audiences come together in solidarity with artists to explore and to make sense of this world around us.’’

Take Me Somewhere is Glasgow’s festival of contemporary performance. No longer the new kid on the block, Take Me Somewhere 2020 unfurls across the city from our main theatre stages to our libraries – a fearless, international festival comprised of the most innovative and vital performance artists from here and across the globe; a festival that reflects who and where we are today. Originally created to build on the legacy of The Arches following its closure in 2015, the festival has since become an essential go-to hub on the international live art and contemporary performance circuit.

FESTIVAL LISTINGS:

JULIE CLEVES & ROBBIE SYNGE

TO EARTH

CCA, GLASGOW

Thu 14 May (4.00-5.30pm)

Sat 16 May (4.30-6.00pm)

Sun 17 May (2.00-3.30pm)

 

To Earth is about physical acts of cooperation and a close companionship. With simple ambitions, Robbie and Julie devise novel solutions to share otherwise inaccessible time and space together. Their actions are quiet and personal, bold and adventurous. Performing their history through movement, talking, film and DIY, this is a space to move and be still, reflect and exchange. In a world of difference, where lies the potential of doing and achieving more together? Where are we blending in and standing out?

FK ALEXANDER with ANDY BROWN:

THE PROBLEM WITH MUSIC
World Premiere

VENUE TBA, GLASGOW

Thu 14 May 2020

6-10pm

 

A new durational work from FK Alexander in collaboration with musician Andy Brown (Divorce/Stable/Ubre Blanca/Remember Remember) in which a 25+ year 1,000 piece CD collection is destroyed, soundtracked by distorted remixing of sonics, exploring the failure and bitter glamour of the creative industries.

 

 

LUCY & MOLLY SUGGATE:

MOLLY & LUCY: THE COMPANION SERIES:

Is it Too Hard to Be (A) Human?

[Performance Lecture]

TRAMWAY, GLASGOW

Fri 15 May 2020

5.30pm (1hr)

 

Molly & Lucy are creating a performance-lecture that seeks to find connections between the sprawling mass of information, theory, instinct & obscurity.

 

LUCY & MOLLY SUGGATE:

MOLLY & LUCY: THE COMPANION SERIES:

The Moody Blues (Greyhound & Dancer)

[Live installation]

TRAMWAY, GLASGOW

Sat 16 May 2020

3pm-5pm (Durational, come & go)

 

A soft, padded space, a giant dog bed, a space for reclining, listening and embodying stillness. This installation will be a meditation on companion species, kinships, parenthoods; on tired hopeless bodies, on exhaustion… extinction. The public are invited to join, witness Molly & Lucy in their daily practice of being and reclining together. Molly is an ex racing greyhound aged 6; originally from Ireland, Lucy is a dance artist aged 42; originally from Yorkshire. Both bodies have endured extreme physical pressure, sometimes out of choice, nature, addiction and or survival.

 

 

ABSOLUTELY, AWESOME, AFFIRMATIVE

Created by NIC GREEN

World Premiere

TRAMWAY [T1], GLASGOW

Fri 15 & Sat 16 May 2020

7:30pm

 

Absolutely, Awesome, Affirmative is a radical new project from Nic Green, exploring how we believe – in fact, in nature, in truth, and in ourselves – and how that belief can be targeted, twisted, and shaped into whatever we want it to be. Part TED talk, part shopping channel special, part showbiz hypnotism, the stage becomes a post-truth world of opulent theatricality, visual flair, and driving soundscapes.

 

 

DANA MICHEL (Canada):

CUTLASS SPRING      

TRAMWAY [T4], GLASGOW

Fri 15 May 2020

9.30pm

 

Inching towards uncensorship, engaging the infinite potential of everyday objects, CUTLASS SPRING is, at once, a manifesto and a heated reflection, an ethnography of sexual understanding and an archaeology of desire.

DANA MICHEL (Canada):

MERCURIAL GEORGE
TRAMWAY [T4], GLASGOW

Sat 16 May 2020

5.30pm (75 mins)

 

In the wake of the acclaimed Yellow Towel, Mercurial George traces and transforms the banal, provoking a certain malaise. Sifting through the heaps of dusty clues leftover in the wake of initializing a cultural excavation, Dana Michel offers a destabilizing solo. The body vacillates as it struggles for balance and a toehold. Stretching out time with minimalist and deconstructed movement, Michel becomes the archeologist of her own persona.

 

 

LUCY McCORMICK (UK):

Life: LIVE!
VENUE TBA, GLASGOW

Sat 16 May 2020

Doors 9.30pm

Show 10.00pm

 

Life: LIVE! is a subversive, immersive, pop concert spectacular imagined by nu-pop sensation Lucy McCormick, and her electrotrash Girl Squad. Featuring shonky-spectacular, stadium-chic live visuals created with artist Morven Mulgrew, and an album of original music, Life: LIVE! straddles stardom, self care and redemption in a hilarious, crumbling, musical extravaganza.

 

 

MARK BLEAKLEY:

HOW WE HANDLE THINGS
CCA, GLASGOW directions

Wed 20 May 2020

5-7pm (50 minute cycle repeated)

 

A performance installation incorporating dance, sculpture and conversations. How we handle Things. asks us how relationships between people and objects are manifest, endure and disappear. Audiences are welcome to enter the work at any point and may be invited to take part in the casting process.

 

 

 

CHERISH MENZO (Netherlands):

JEZEBEL
CCA, GLASGOW

Wed 20 May 2020

7pm (60 mins)

JEZEBEL is a dance production inspired by the Video Vixens: provocative female models who appeared in hip-hop videos on MTV in the late ’90s. The Vixens danced in revealing costumes to male-dominated music. But the influence they exercised could be great: often, the Vixens determined the aesthetic of these videos and so the popularity of the artist. They were hyper-sensual and lived by the Ride or Die stereotype, but at the same time were strong and independent.

 

 

SARAH HOPFINGER:

PAIN AND I
PLATFORM, GLASGOW

Fri 22 May 2020

19:00 – 19:50

Pain and I is a bold and playful choreographic meditation on living with chronic pain. Through experimental movement and text, Pain and I acknowledges the hardships and celebrates the richness and complexities of chronic pain experience.

 

 

NICOLA GUNN (Australia):

WORKING WITH CHILDREN
PLATFORM, GLASGOW

Fri 22 May 2020

20:15 (1 hour)

Five children are asked to learn choreography live in front of an audience in an attempt to teach a radical kind of joyful vulnerability.

 

 

SOOJIN CHANG:

WILD BREATHING  

TRAMWAY [T4], GLASGOW

Sat 23 May 2020

4pm & 5pm (45mins)

Soojin Chang (b.1991) presents an encounter and invitation into a world inhabited only by womxn and dog, combining audience interaction and sculptural elements over two 45-minute durations. Here, Chang presents the seed of a multispecies surrogacy dream, formed and un-formed as a sort of repetitive food-reward experiment – enacted by a continuously altered set of performers, composed of the artist, a female dog, and members of the audience. A small waxen grotto serves as an isolated capsule in which the interactions are carried out, though the ephemeral boundaries will be simultaneously transplanted on the exhibition walls in the form of a live feed.

 

 

KEIJAUN THOMAS (USA):

MY LAST AMERICAN DOLLAR:
ROUND 1. Tricking and Flipping Coins: Making Dollars Hit;

ROUND 2. Black Angels in the Infield: Dripping Faggot Sweat;

ROUND 3. Whatchu Gonna Do: Marvelous like Marva

TRAMWAY [T1], GLASGOW

Sat 23 May 2020

7.30pm

In this immersive solo work, Keijaun Thomas investigates and embodies resistance, asking: “How do we resist temptation, how do we slow down, how do we play, how do we survive?” Thomas traverses a multimedia installation, combining structural fragments of environments associated with labour, ritual, and hospitality such as locker rooms, strip clubs, waiting rooms, church pews, and field days. Investigating forms through which black and brown people hold space for each other, Thomas asks, how to carry the multiplicities of being young, gifted and black, powerfully engaging with the entangled histories of labour, subjugation and resistance.

 

 

CLARICIA PARINUSSA:

SENDIRI
TRAMWAY, GLASGOW

Sat 23 May 2020

9.30pm

Premiere performance of sendiri, a Tramway Supports commission for artist Claricia Parinussa with musician / vocalist Alloysious Massaquoi (Young Fathers) and visual designer Sequoia Barnes. Drawn from physical inquiries under research project the sky was pink; with sound and writings on existence, resonance, labour, and healing. On the conversations we can only have through our bodies.

 

 

TAKE ME TO SUNDAY SCHOOL

TRAMWAY, HIDDEN GARDENS

Sun 24 May 2020

2-4pm / Free

 

Part-social and part-salon, Take Me To Sunday School is a relaxed opportunity to think and talk critically about performance.

 

 

PETER McMASTER:

A SEA OF TROUBLES  

TRAMWAY [T4], GLASGOW

Tue 26 & Wed 27 May 2020

7.30pm

Somewhere between clairvoyance and theatre criticism, A Sea of Troubles tensely exorcises the relationship between dominant theatrical tradition, masculinity, the burdens of language and the potential of the performing body. Slow and silent, paranoid and muddled, a solo performer traces the ghosts of the performance space pulling us into a world that slips out of now-ness into strangely beautiful somewhere else-ness.

 

 

SCOTTEE (UK):

CLASS
TRON THEATRE, GLASGOW

Wed 27 & Thu 28 May 2020

7.45pm

 

In his final solo show, Scottee uncovers what it is to be embarrassed about where you’re from and how you can pretend to be posher than you are, and explores why we all get a thrill playing god with green tokens from Waitrose. Class isn’t a show for those processing issues around domestic violence, food addiction and the effects of growing up in poverty. This is a show for the middle classes.

 

 

BUZZCUT

TRAMWAY, GLASGOW and surrounding area

Fri 29 – Sat 30 May 2020

All day

 

After 3 years, //BUZZCUT// is coming back atcha this May with a 2 day festival of experimental performance and live art, taking over Tramway and Glasgow’s Southside for the final weekend of Take Me Somewhere. //BUZZCUT// is a performance festival for the strangers of the world. Programmed by open application and being pay what you can to attend, the festival gives artists at all levels of experience an opportunity to show raw and untested performance works in a chilled and welcoming environment.

FLORENTINA HOLZINGER (Austria/Belgium):

TANZ
TRAMWAY [T1], GLASGOW

Sat 30 May 2020

7.30pm

 

TANZ is the third part of the trilogy: Recovery, Apollon, TANZ. The trilogy deals with notions of practice through training of different physical disciplines on stage. TANZ takes early 19th century romantic ballet as a starting point. It uses the frame of a ballet class guided by Beatrice Schoenherr, the first ballerina who danced the Sacre de Printemps naked (John Neumeier, 1972). In an operatic set up, brutal parodies of established images found in ballet, comedy and pornography are made in order to be watched from afar and up close.

 

RHIANNON ARMSTRONG

POEMS MADE FROM WORDS FOUND IN THE BIN

Libraries across Paisley & Glasgow

Dates & Times TBA

 

Rhiannon will be in residence across Paisley and Glasgow’s libraries, inviting members of the public to work with her to write poetry around shreds of paper found in the bins of the city. The resulting Poems Made from Words Found in the Bin are animated and added to a growing collection, which will be on show at various locations in Paisley and Glasgow throughout the festival.

 

Bonjour Queer Party
BONJOUR BAR, Glasgow
Sat 30 May
10pm-late

Details TBA