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New Season for Tramway


Tramway, Glasgow, will present a fascinating programme of visual arts, contemporary performance, talks and events from January to April 2017.

Highlights include a new exhibition from Claire Barclay, Yield Point, that responds to the raw industrial aesthetic of Tramway’s exhibition space and addresses relationships between the human body and the industrial workplace (10 February to 9 April, Tramway 2). Born in Paisley and now based in Glasgow, Claire Barclay has represented Scotland at the Venice Biennale. Her work has also been shown in a number of galleries across the UK and internationally, including Tate Britain, the CCA and The Modern Institute. More recently her site-specific commission in Kelvin Hall was a highlight of Glasgow International 2016.

Tramway’s participation programme will offer opportunities to explore Claire Barclay’s exhibition through a series of events, including an Artist’s Talk, Ten Minute Talks, and Creative Drop in sessions for all ages. Youth arts group The Net Effect will also lead a special event within the exhibition space. The group, for ages 14-25, offers a range of unique and unprecedented opportunities at the heart of the Glasgow art scene, and is welcoming new members now.

Performed by an intergenerational cast, the world premiere of Barrowland Ballet’s Wolves explores the moral guidance given across generations, from historical morality tales to the present moment (18 March, Tramway 1).

Tramway will also host four shows as part of Take Me Somewhere, a new celebratory festival of contemporary performance which builds on the legacy of The Arches arts programme, which will take place in venues across Glasgow and features work by Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Panti, 21CC, and El Conde de Torrefiel .  Shows include Guerrilla, an epic work from, El Conde de Torrefiel, one of today’s most exciting and provocative theatre companies, made up of three parts: a rave, a Tai Chi class and a conference taking place in dystopian fantasy future in three different cities (24 & 25 February, Tramway 1). 21CC will perform The Ballad of the Apathetic Son and his Narcissistic Mother, an all-singing, all-dancing journey of rejection, nurture, growing, hurting… and becoming based around a mother and son’s mutual love for a singer (24 7&25 February, Tramway 4).  #negrophobia by Jaamil Olawale Kosoko examines the erotic fear associated with the Black body inside the context of the contemporary American project (26 February, Tramway 4). Panti traces her journey from small-town boy kicking against traditions to towering plastique woman in false lashes making history in High Heels and Low Places (10 March, Tramway 4).

A solo exhibition by Berlin-based artist, Oliver Laric, comprises sculpture, video and installation to explore both historical and contemporary image economies (21 January – 19 March, Tramway 5).

YDance’s annual showcase of Scotland’s best youth dance companies, Destinations, returns and this year includes the premiere of the National Youth Dance Company of Scotland’s new piece by 2017 guest choreographer Yael Flexer (4 March, Tramway 1).

Tramway will also be the axis for the second edition of Dance International Glasgow, a major festival of contemporary dance featuring leading work from and by international and Scottish companies, choreographers and artists. The festival includes work by Siobhan Davies Dance, Scottish Ballet, Liz Aggiss, Scottish Dance Theatre, V/DA, Shobana Jeyasingh, Meg Stuart and Tim Etchells, Anna Krzystek, Frauke Requardt, Mark Murphy, Charlotte Spencer, Margrét Sara Gudjónsdóttir, Joan Clevillé, and Simon Kenyon (21 April – 21 May, throughout Tramway and additional Glasgow venues).  Full programme details will be announced in early 2017.

Councillor Archie Graham OBE, Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “Tramway’s new season promises an outstanding range of visual art and performance that entertains while exploring fascinating issues.

“Presenting work by acclaimed and new artists and performers based in Glasgow, and attracting a host of leading names from across Scotland and internationally, Tramway continues to be one of the most exciting and influential art spaces in the country. It’s a venue that never stands still, is always challenging, and is always welcoming.

“From local school pupils and their teachers on its Southside doorstep, to audiences who have been enjoying shows there for many years, to people who have perhaps not visited a gallery or theatre before, I would encourage everyone to join us and experience the work on offer at Tramway in 2017.”   

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