Tickets are now on sale for the long-standing, highly-experimental SPILL Festival of Performance, which radically explores live performance concepts. Now in its sixth edition, the festival is taking place Wednesday 29 October – Sunday 2 November 2014.
Serving audiences a vastly mixed programme that will take place in a series of venues across Ipswich the 5-day festival will see over 100 unique events take place in curious spaces, from an old Police Station to Churches to Galleries. Expertly curated by progressive UK-based arts organisation Pacitti Company around the theme of ‘Surrender’, it returns to seamlessly explore the sprawling spectrum of performance art, unearthing upcoming talent alongside more established performers across installations, salons, films, public discussions, feasts, symposia and parties.
Known for its boundary breaking and internationally-minded approach to performance art, this year’s innovative programme presents artists from 20+ countries. To date, SPILL has presented the diverse works of over 1,500 artists and this year’s programme features a combination of world premieres and SPILL commissions by emerging and established artists alike. The SPILL National Platform, generously supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, also returns for 2014.
As a festival which champions the public response and role of art in society, SPILL will run a Think Tank programme alongside the performance schedule, specifically devised to spark public conversation and encourage active responses to the work on show.
Highlights of 2014 Programme, including commissions, world premieres and SPILL National Platform
JOHN BOWERS AND MEHMET SANDER (UK/Turkey), Animate Objects in Sonic Action
World Premiere/SPILL Commission
Sound artist and technologist John Bowers and choreographer Mehmet Sander premiere their new collaboration, Animate Objects in Sonic Action, at Jerwood DanceHouse. Thursday
SCOUT NIBLETT (UK/USA), It’s Up To Emma
Critically lauded singer-songwriter Scout Niblett will perform at SPILL in an exclusive and exceptionally intimate performance, sharing tracks from the sonorous, atmospheric ‘It’s Up To Emma’ in her only UK date this year. Support is provided by Nathanial Robin Mann. Thursday
GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN (UK), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
World Premiere/SPILL Commission
This Live Art Community Musical charges headlong into a bare-knuckle fight with virtuosity, legitimacy and taboo. A ‘misfit’ cast skips its way through a toe-tappingly problematic landscape of stereotype. Stuffed with cameos and interventions, GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN’s version of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas explores exertion, desire, cliché, the epic and will be unlike any musical you have ever seen. Friday
SARAH-JANE NORMAN (Australia/Germany), Bone Library
An evolving work by indigenous Australian performance/installation artist Sarah-Jane Norman which considers the living essence of so-called “Dead” languages which will unfold over the course of 3-days, setting about the task of hand-engraving a complete dictionary of the languages of the Gadigal and Cammeraygal people on to the prepared bones of sheep and beef cattle. 3-days, Thursday-Saturday
ESTEBAN FOURMI AND AOI NAKAMURA (France/Japan), Kinbaku
Part of the SPILL National Platform
Esteban Fourmi and Aoi Nakamura, two performing artists from the field of Dance Theatre, explore the ‘binds’ of culture which they both discovered after moving abroad. This piece merges immersive experimental physical theater, digital, Japanese bondage and audio together to create abstract narratives that focus on social problems. 2 days, Thursday-Friday
KEIJUAN THOMAS (USA), The Poetics of Trespassing
The work of New York/Chicago based artist Keijuan Thomas, The Poetics of Trespassing investigates the histories, symbols and images that construct notions of Black identity within black personhood. 2-days, Friday-Saturday
The full programme can be explored on www.spillfestival.com
SPILL FESTIVAL OF PERFORMANCE LISTINGS
Spill Festival of Performance, various venues in Ipswich, IP1 2AS
Festival Dates: 29 October – 2 November inclusive.
Box Office details:
By Phone: 01472 295900
In Person: New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS
Monday – Saturday 10am – 8pm