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Rough Mix 2017 in Peebles

This year’s Rough Mix (our multi-art form residency) will take place at the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles from 19th June, and is supported by the National Theatre of Scotland and Creative Scotland.

We have a wonderful group of artists coming - including a composer, dancer, visual artist and occasional filmmaker. You are welcome to join us for a sharing of work at Eastgate Theatre on Friday 30th June at 6.00pm.  Book a free ticket here.

Here is a brief introduction to the experienced artists:

Annie George is an Edinburgh-based, Kerala-born, writer, theatremaker and occasional filmmaker.  She was recently awarded the Inspiring Scotland Saltire Bursary by the Saltire Society and Scottish Book Trust to support her writing. She is currently writing Home Is Not The Place, with dramaturgical support by Alan Bissett, for this year’s Fringe.  Most recently, Annie presented a work-in-progress of Untamed, a play with live music at Imaginate’s Ideas Exchange. Annie’s solo show The Bridge was commissioned for Glasgow 2014, and toured Scotland, and to the Nehru Centre London, in 2015. Annie directed I Knew A Man Called Livingstone at National Library of Scotland at Edinburgh Fringe, Scottish International Storytelling Festival and Storymoja Hay Festival Nairobi Kenya in 2013; and Nzinga: Warrior Queen at Fringe 2016 (both by Mara Menzies).
anniegeorge.net

Caitlin Skinner is a theatre director based in Edinburgh. She is Artistic Director of the Village Pub Theatre, one half of visual theatre duo Jordan and Skinner, and Director with new writing theatre company Pearlfisher. Her directing credits include Hair of the Dog, The Strange Case of Jekyll and Hyde, Sanitise (winner of 2014 Scotsman Fringe First Award) Selkie and The Happiest Day of Brendan Smillie’s Life. Caitlin was dramaturg on As the Crow Flies and rehearsal director for A Stone’s Throw. Caitlin has worked as Assistant Director with National Theatre of Scotland, Dundee Rep, Traverse Theatre and Royal Lyceum Theatre. Caitlin is co founder of collaborative theatre project Scrapyard which creates opportunities for artists to form new collaborations and explore different ways of working.
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Ross Whyte is a Glasgow-based composer, originally from Aberdeen. His compositional output has included collaborations with artists of disciplines different from his own, including dance, theatre, sculpture and web design. In 2014 he collaborated with musician Alasdair Roberts on the Sound Festival project New Approaches to Traditional Music. He also has a particular passion for working alongside dancers and dance choreographers, and has collaborated with many key practitioners. Ross is one of the founding members of Orphaned Limbs Collective, an interdisciplinary group of artists that push the boundaries between disciplines. Ross has received several awards including the Chris Cadwur James Award for Composition and two Derek Ogston Postgraduate Scholarships. His debut album, Kaidan, was released in 2015 by Comprende Records. In 2016 he released the album Fairich as part of the Gaelic Ambient duo WHɎTE.
rosswhyte.com

Karl Jay-Lewin started dancing at 27, after a background of carpentry and social/political activism. In 1997 he become an Associate Artist at The Place Theatre. Since then he has been working as a professional choreographer and performer. In 2000 Karl moved to Findhorn, Moray in North East Scotland.  As a dance maker Karl’s work is generally rooted in the post modern, experimental dance scene. His recent practice has been significantly enhanced and developed by two important collaborations; with seminal choreographer Deborah Hay through her Solo Performance Commissioning Project (At Once 2009, I Think Not 2011); and with composer Matteo Fargion, with whom he made the live dance and music piece Extremely Bad Dancing to Extremely French Music.  In addition to his work as an independent choreographer and performer, Karl is co-founder and Artistic Director of Bodysurf Scotland and co-founder of Moray Culture Café.
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Flore Gardner lives and works between France and Scotland. She has been exhibiting her work in private galleries and public institutions in the UK, France and internationally since 2004. In 2016 she took part in the Hidden Door Festival in Edinburgh, for which she created an installation with the M(ob)ile, a one-mile long cord she took four months to French-knit, and which makes monumental drawings in space. From 2011 to 2013 Flore was a member of the artist's group UCD Un certain détachement, based in Grenoble. They specialised in the production and sale of art multiples, presented in recycled vending machines situated in non-art spaces, a "gallery in a box”. In 2003, she founded and ran for two years the artist’s restaurant, Les 19... in Marseilles, France. Flore invented and cooked monochromatic/thematic menus, serving a different one every day.
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Erewhon by Arthur Meek

Slide01New Zealand playwright Arthur Meek is currently writer in residence with Magnetic North. As part of the residency, we have commissioned Arthur to write a new play, Erewhon, based on Samuel Butler’s 1872 utopian satire. 

Please join us at the Traverse Theatre on Wednesday 14 September at 7pm for a sharing of work in progress followed by a Q&A with Arthur Meek and Nicholas Bone.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Arthur’s starting point is the illustrated talk that Butler’s narrator describes giving after his escape from the land of Erewhon.  In this 21st century version Powerpoint meets the magic lantern lecture in a solo performance piece with plenty to say about familiarity and difference across cultures. 

Arthur worked on Erewhon as one of the artists participating in our creative development residency, Rough Mix, earlier in the summer and has also spent a week at Cove Park working on the text before starting these 2 weeks of development at the Traverse.  He has been supported throughout by our artistic director Nicholas Bone. 

The commission is supported through a Playwright Residency and Exchange Programme led by Playmarket New Zealand and Playwrights’ Studio Scotland, funded by Creative New Zealand. Thanks also to the Traverse for their support of the development and sharing.  

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We look forward to seeing you there.

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An introduction to Rough Mix 2016 in Aberdeen

This year’s Rough Mix will be the seventh time we’ve run this multi-art form residency, but the first time we’ve taken it outside the Central Belt. The 2016 edition will take place at The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen and is being produced in partnership with Aberdeen Performing Arts.

Each Rough Mix is different, its character created by the mix of artists involved. This year we have a wonderful group of artists from near and far: playwright Arthur Meek will travel 12,000 miles from New Zealand, while visual artist Aminder Virdee will come the 16 miles from Inverurie. It is always fascinating to see how the ideas each artist brings develop over the two weeks. We’ll be blogging regularly during the residency, and you are welcome to join us for a sharing of work at The Lemon Tree on Friday 15th July at 6.00pm.  Book a free ticket here.

Rough Mix involves 15 people: 5 experienced artists, 2 emerging artists, 6 performers, a stage manager and me as facilitator. Each contributes to the success of the residency, but the project ideas that the experienced artists bring are at the heart of what happens. Here is a brief introduction to the experienced artists and their projects:

Aminder Virdee is a visual artist based in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire. She graduated in Mixed Media Fine Art from the University of Westminster in 2012, since when her work has been shown in galleries across the UK. Her recent work includes ...And the Odds & Sods - a piece motivated by the ‘Fit To Work’ ATOS scandal in 2012 - which was part of a touring exhibition across London and England with Shape Arts; Keep This Leaflet, You May Need To Read It Again, shown at the Bonington Gallery in Nottingham and the COAST festival in Banff.  Exploration of the disabled identity is a crucial aspect in Aminder’s work, influenced by her own experiences. The synergy between her body and her immediate environment is entirely dictated by her physical impairments and she implements different approaches to her work according to the way her impairments manifest themselves at any one time.

Aminder’s project explores stereotypes, connotations and narratives of disability. She plans to create multiple fictional identities for herself as performer, building on her personal experiences. These new-born identities will each have a narrative relating to bodily difference, supported by fictional evidence such as hospital letters, x-rays and scans. By performing these new characters herself, Aminder aims to use the disabled body as a critical aesthetic medium rather than an object.  Aminder's sharing of work in progress will be BSL interpreted.  

aminder-virdee.com

 

Arthur Meek is a playwright and performer from New Zealand. His plays include Trees Beneath the Lake, On the Upside Down of the World, Charles Darwin: Collapsing Creation (Downstage/ Nelson Festival of the Arts), Dark Stars (Artworks/ international tour), Yolk (Young & Hungry), Mando the Goat Herd (Allen Hall), The Burn (Wellington International Fringe), and The Eeneid (IronBark at the Bush).

He is the co-adaptor of On the Conditions and Possibilities of Hillary Clinton Taking Me as Her Young Lover (La Mama, New York) - which he will perform at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe – is an original member of the musical comedy band The Lonesome Buckwhips, and was the co-creator and star of the television show Feedback (TV2).

Arthur is exploring Samuel Butler’s 1872 utopian satire Erewhon as the starting point for a new one-man play. The novel draws on Butler’s experiences as a sheep farmer in New Zealand in the 1860s and Arthur’s starting point is the illustrated talk that Butler’s narrator describes giving after his escape from the land of Erewhon.

www.arthurmeek.com

 

Katherine Nesbitt is a theatre director. Originally from Belfast, she is now based in London after 10 years in Glasgow.  She’s created work for the Tron Theatre, the Arches, Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre, the Scottish Refugee Council, A Moment’s Peace Theatre Company, Prague Fringe and the Edinburgh Fringe.  She has also worked as an assistant director with Magnetic North, Oran Mor and the Traverse Theatre.

Her project explores the miscommunications that are present in all relationships, and the compound effect that depression and anxiety have on the ability to speak to one another honestly and clearly.  The project will build on the idea of a couple who speak to one another both directly and indirectly on stage – telling each other one thing, and then telling the audience another – but the female character’s direct speech to her partner will be in another language.  This idea explores research that has shown that learning a second language can have huge benefits for some sufferers of depression or anxiety.  People are found to often be less emotional and more practical in a second language, and Katherine is interested in the idea that this might enable one character to speak more openly to the other about her problems.  This openness, though, is only effective when the second language is also understood by the listener, which is not the case with her partner. Katherine will use this as an opportunity to explore how we perform or translate our internal selves to others.

Marisa Zanotti is a film maker, writer and researcher based in Brighton. She originally trained as a dancer at the Laban Centre and has worked extensively in performance, choreography, theatre and installation practice.  She co-directed San Diego with David Greig for the Edinburgh International Festival in 2003 and worked extensively in new writing theatre as a movement director from 1996-2002, collaborating with many directors including Vicky Featherstone and John Tiffany, on plays by Abi Morgan, Stephen Greenhorn and David Harrower amongst others.

She has consistently explored new technologies in her work, initially in relation to their role in live work and more recently in transmedia work. In 2012 she developed the UK's first choreographic Web App for phones and tablets with choreographer Ben Wright. She is currently collaborating with choreographer Lea Anderson on the The Pan’s People Papers a transmedia project commissioned by South East Dance with funding from The Arts Council of England. 

Her project arises from observing her own behaviour when using connected devices and questioning how this affects society more widely.  Are the fragmented attention spans of being constantly connected to different online platforms creating new languages and capacities?  She will explore how technologies produce different bodily capacities and experiences in people and how these experiences might be represented and explored in performance, film, text and sound.

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Matthew Whiteside is a composer, collaborator and sound designer based in Glasgow. He writes music for concert, film and collaborative installations often-using live electronics within his work. His music has been performed across the world including Dublin’s National Concert Hall, Glasgow City Halls, Salem Artworks in New York and the Belfast International Festival at Queen’s. His debut album Dichroic Light was released in 2015 and includes Solo for Viola d’amore and Live Electronics, recorded by Emma Lloyd. He composed the music for Michael Palin’s Quest for Artemisia, shown on BBC 4, and has scored the feature films Anna Unbound and The Loudest Sound and the short film Edward. He is a founding member and director of Edit-Point, an ensemble dedicated to the performance of electroacoustic music.

 

Matthew’s project explores physical theatricality within musical performance. His work to date has involved fairly stationary and seated performers but he is interested in the idea of creating a new piece for a small ensemble, singer and dancer.  During Rough Mix, he will explore how technology that tracks people’s movements can be used to control live electronics and visuals.

www.matthewwhiteside.co.uk

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Reflections on Rough Mix 2014

Rough Mix 2014...

 

It's been a great adventure, with many new approaches I've not been exposed to before, and the excitement of working with a large group of creative artists everyday for a long period. This is something rather new to me; as a composer a great deal of my time is spent working alone, so this was a great change. It was also fascinating to get a look into how other artists develop work and put it together - and interesting to see this unfolding out in front of you. Usually I don't show work unless it is fairly fully formed, so it was both humbling and inspiring to physically see and hear the ideas pour out from every direction , to see them tested, succeed and fail (also stimulating my own ideas process as we went along). For me, often the 'failures' or ideas which fell by the way-side were as exciting as those taken forward.

 

The great thing about collaboration, especially with people you've not worked with before is how you find different things about your own practice emerge. For me, especially during the second week as sound became more of a part of numerous projects, it was a challenge staying on top of the constant flow of ideas, and contributing from different angles. It certainly kept me on my toes, and pushed me to come up with clear ideas quickly, which varied drastically during the course of a session - sketching out a soundscape for an imaginary peninsula centered around a literal giant beating heart for Morna Young's 'Edge', finding a bed of sound for Claire Willoughby's raft and dance moves, live speech sampling and manipulation for Tony Mill's 'truth creature' followed by a score encompassing epic and tragic aggression for Ian Waugh's audio-visual performance based on the 1984 Miner's Strike. I'm confident I would never have produced this work without the other artists and I've already come up with a number of future ideas inspired by these blasts of ideas and energy. Hopefully these pieces will grow and I can be part of them again in some way, and witness how they develop from these sketches into the fully-formed, brilliant pieces I'm sure they will be.

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The penultimate day

This week, everyone has been really focussing on what to present on Friday but still leaving room for play and experimentation around their ideas. As these pieces are works in progress, the artists and performers seem keen to keep the ideas alive and not set anything in stone. 

The morning began with a dance routine rehearsal before each group begins outlining the logistics of what they'll be presenting tomorrow night. There's also a sense of sadness that we all only have two days left together on what has been such a unique collaborative experience. I think everyone has learnt a lot from observing each other's practice, and a lot of this has informed the work which will be shown tomorrow night.

Unfortunately there are no more tickets available for tomorrow night but I'll be working on creating access to a series of photos and audio as a document of the event.

Katherine

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J. Sharp Taking A Walk
07 September 2014
Very much enjoyed your show at the Brunton Theatre last night and the silent walk to start was an excellent addition, creating the perfect atmosphere....