Guest Artist announcements for Us and Them#5
We are hugely excited to invite:
Sara Zaltash | https://sarazaltash.com
In Autumn 2015, I performed The Call as part of Sanctum, a Theaster Gates project which was produced by Situations and MAYK. Framed by the duration of Sanctum, I sang the Islamic call to prayer for one sequential hour of each day for 22 days, beginning at midnight on the first night. Each day, before I sang, I received a piercing in my ear, live on stage. The performance was critically acclaimed and popularly received, specifically featured in the Guardian, New York Times and A-N reviews and on BBC Radio 4.
As the hours evolved the Call grew, from an elegiac offering to something approaching an interactive singing and Islamic Sufi history lesson, in which I taught audiences the meaning of the Arabic lyrics and offered insights as to why and how it is sung in its exceptional style. I shared with audiences my own reasons for calling, creating moments of reverential communion between cultures which gently agitated many people’s preconceived notions of Islam. In 2016 I am keen to develop these interactive aspects of the work into a stand-alone interactive performance, Calling. I’d like to do that with you, with Us and Them.
Photo: Paul Blakemore
Hannah Parsons & Lorea Burge
This is a poem called Thanks
You ahh but here
To ahh here
A collaboration between two people stuck in a state of transition, condemned to limbo, beginning a quest for happiness. Poetry, not-poetry and rhythmic dancing will do (for now) in this ambitious attempt to find structure and meaning to life. We have not found the meaning of life – However, if you have any revelations, please let us know.
Photo: Ludovic Des Cognets
Outspoken Dance Theatre
'One more round we go'
'One More Round We Go’ is an exploration of the struggles and obstacles we face as young dance artist today. How do the decisions we make as artists influence our experiences and outlook on our practice, and how do the relationships we build with other dancers inform the paths we decide to take.
The piece explores issues of perseverance and determination. Both of which have been present at some point in our careers. We aim to ask, how we can keep our sense of individuality as artists despite going through a similar training process to one another, and what drives us to keep moving?
Photo: Christian Hunt, Mac Birmingham 2015
ZeMlia is a semi-biographic solo that explores the in-between state of sanity and insanity. A dream-walk into unstable mentalities and uncertain awareness. Dedicate to Vaslav Nijinsky. Gratifying him; as if to say “yes Nijinsky, you will have your time and you are the world. you may of gone crazy but I did too and that’s okay.”
This is an early stage work in progress sharing of material for a new dance theatre piece. At the moment the research is looking at ‘doing fuck all’ as well as purposefully developing confusion between myself and the audience and trying to live with it for as long as possible without imploding.