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New Tramway season announced


Tramway presents an exciting range of contemporary visual art, performance, film and participation opportunities from September to December 2017.  

Highlights include Beat by Stuart Middleton, an exhibition which explores various tensions between life and stock. Dead material is animated whilst structures that once contained bodies stand drained add useless. A stop-frame animation shows an undernourished dog prowling around in a white cell which suggests the white-washed austerity of vivisection laboratories, euthanasia clinics and art galleries. Beat was originally commissioned by the ICA, London and has been reconfigured for Tramway’s main gallery. (2 September – 22 October, Tramway 2).

Canadian artist Megan Rooney presents Others got wings for Flying, a new sculptural installation and performance as part of a major new Tramway co-commission, curated by Louise Briggs for independent on and offline publisher and producer MAP.  Megan Rooney’s work includes painting, performance, written and spoken word, sculpture and installation. 

The commission and exhibition will conclude with a  performance by Andrew Graham and Megan Rooney, a continuation of a performance previously presented by Rooney at Cove Park in September. (Exhibition, 28 October – 10 December, Tramway 5; Performance, 7 December, Tramway 4).

Two of Scotland’s foremost performing groups – theatre company Vanishing Point and string orchestra Scottish Ensemble – present a co-production that sets Arvo Pärt’s spiritual and mesmeric Tabula Rasa in a theatrical context, exploring the recognised role of the piece in the care of patients during their final days (22 – 24 November, Tramway 1).

The Scottish premiere of Brighton-based choreographer, performer and stage designer, Theo Clinkard’s This Bright Field is presented in two parts. Part one provides audiences with an intimate on-stage encounter with Clinkard’s exceptional dancers before part two takes to the full stage on a cinematic scale, building to a spectacle of visual and emotional power. A Tramway co-commission, featuring music performed live by James Keane (13 & 14 October, Tramway 1).  

Tramway also presents two shows as part of the India@UK2017 festival.

The Daksha Sheth Dance Company perform Sari. India’s tradition of handwoven textiles, with its incredible range of colour, textiles and design has, for millennia, been one of the most visually striking elements of the Indian persona. This spectacular show rekindles the lost playfulness and individuality of the sari in an evening of live music, aerial choreography and circus skills (29 & 30 September, Tramway 1).

Inter-rupted is a high-octane fusion of the ancient art of Kathak with 21st century sound, rhythm and light, from maverick dance maker Aditi Mangaldas. She and six other dancers are joined on stage by a group of musicians for a startlingly rich piece that emerges from the depths of the body, exploring its fragility, disintegration and renewal (20 & 21 October, Tramway 1).

Following her acclaimed one-woman performance, VOID, Mele Broomes directs and choreographs a new work, Grin, which is presented by Project X in association with Various Dance Artists (V/DA). A spectacle of sound and visuals, Grin inverts the continued colonial narratives of black bodies and Caribbean dance styles being solely exotic and hyper-sexualised with a celebratory performance, inviting you into the carnival  (13 & 14 October, Tramway 4).  

Project X will also present a one day symposium and programme of performances (22 September) 

HEAVEN, a film work by Brazilian artist Luiz Roque receives its European premiere. Set 100 years after the discovery of AIDS, the film depicts a world gripped by a new viral epidemic and reflects on the stigmatizing rhetoric of anti-AIDs campaigns in the 1980s (2 September – 15 October, Tramway 5).

A new body of work inspired in part by Charlie Chaplin’s political comedy Modern Times, Amanda Ross-Ho’s installation takes the form of a factory floor dedicated to the production of oversized garments. Ross-Ho’s surreal, theatrical environment subverts notions of time, labour and economy (10 November – 21 December, Tramway 5). Installation commissioned by Bonner Kunstverein, Germany and Vleeshall, Middleburg.

The premiere of I Hear the Image Moving is the culmination of a series of creative workshops exploring the media portrayal and public perceptions of refugees and asylum seekers by a participatory multi-artform group led by Tramway and the Scottish Refugee Council. The performance will be accompanied by an exhibition. (Exhibition: 19 – 29 October, Upper Foyer Gallery: Performance: 20 & 21 October, Tramway 4)

Tramway’s annual Artists’ Moving Image Festival (AMIF) presented in partnership with LUX Scotland, also returns for its sixth edition, programmed by writer and lecturer Laura Guy and artist Cara Tolmie (11 & 12 November). 

There will be individual screenings of films by artists Coco Fusco, Naeem Mohaiemen and Basim Magdy (28 September, 21 November, 23 November).

Arika Episode 9: Other Worlds Already Exist is a festival of performances, readings, workshops and discussions featuring Samuel R Delaney, Jackie Wang, Storyboard P, Huw Lemmey, Wu Tsang, Moor Mother, WestGAP, Bent Brothers and more (15 – 19 November) 

Tramway will also host a series of major events for Sonica 17 presented by Cryptic, featuring work by Robbie Thomson, Oliver Coates, Raggazze Quartet & Josh Armstrong, Lakker, Jessica Curry & The Chinese Room, Nicola L.Hein & Lukas Truniger and more (26 October – 4 November)

The People Dancing International Conference will feature discussion, performance, networking and taking part for dance artists, leaders and teachers (3 – 5 October).

For audiences who want to explore the season’s shows in more depth, or are inspired by them to create their own work, Tramway’s popular Take Part programme will once again offer a wide range of creative activities for people of all ages and all abilities. Inspired by the exhibition and performance programme, Take Part includes workshops, talks, creative drop in sessions, a Family Day and much more, giving opportunities to explore the work in the programme and creative arts more widely in a relaxed and accessible environment.

Tramway is supported by Glasgow City Council and Creative Scotland.

Councillor David McDonald, Chair of Glasgow Life and Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “With its new season, Tramway presents a fascinating mix of work which will entertain and inspire, which breaks new ground and lays important foundations for the future by providing a world-class platform for Scottish and international artists to present new work. The programme also builds on existing creative dialogues, with leading cultural organisations, and with the local community, of which Tramway is such an important part.”   

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