ARTS NEWS: Creative Scotland grant for the Leith Theater play, Optimo / SDT show tour, arts garage sale in Glasgow


The LEITH Theater will receive an £ 80,000 grant from Creative Scotland, which will enable it to stage The Last Days of Mankind, produced by Project 1568 / Café Europa.

In a co-production with Theaterlabor Bielefeld, Germany and partners from Ireland, Serbia, Poland, Ukraine and France, Kraus’ text is the basis for a contemporary production that “combines Scottish dramaturgy talents, concept and actor with international creative direction, design and performance “.

The grant is one of 54 awarded under Creative Scotland’s Open Project cycle in May, worth a total of £ 1.2million.

Elsewhere in grants, New Opera in Scotland Events has received funding to support the development, production and touring of Navigate the Blood – a chamber opera with music by Admiral Fallow and classical composer Gareth Williams.

Directed by James Robert Carson and designed by Alice Hebdon with a libretto by Welsh playwright Sian Evans.

The Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival received funding to deliver Arts Live, the rural touring performing arts network recently created for Dumfries & Galloway.

Pianodrome received funding to present the Pianodrome at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, a 100-seat playable amphitheater built entirely from disused pianos, which will become an active community arts pavilion at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) in August 2018.

THE Glasgow music label Optimo is collaborating with Scottish Dance Theater on a show that brings Brazilian street theater to a series of venues across Scotland this summer.

Looping: Scotland Overdub will be played in Dundee, Wick and the Isle of Mull.

The show takes up the Brazilian looping: Bahia Overdub and “re-imagines it with a touch of Scottish Ceilidh culture”.

The show features DJs JD Twitch and Bake, and the full company of twelve dancers from the Scottish Dance Theater.

The words were written by Kieran Hurley and the choreography by Felipe de Assis and Rita Aquino.

He will work with up to 25 young people aged twelve or over to form local community castings in each location.

Fleur Darkin, artistic director of the Scottish Dance Theater, said; “On tour in Brazil two years ago, I came across the mighty Panorama Festival and I came across Looping.

“Working in a deliberately flat structure of a dance collective, Felipe de Assis and Rita Aquino are some of Brazil’s most exciting dance workers today. The Loop and its’ Dance! Party! Politics! ”Felt important at the time.

“Certainly, as an artist, I find it difficult to work when there is such a commotion for so many people in the world and at home.

“We saw the potential to harness their contagious energy and use our own established community networks to create something special and inspire audiences to have their voices heard.”

It will premiere at the Lyth Arts Center in Wick on August 2, at the Mull Theater on August 7, and at the Dundee Rep on August 10.

THE Art Car Boot Sale will feature over 100 contemporary artists based in Scotland, who will come together on July 7-8 to showcase and sell their work in the backs of cars, transits and motorhomes.

The event will take place at SWG3, located in the Finnieston area of ​​Glasgow.

The sale will take place on the ground floor, spread across the Galvanizers and the new Acid Bar, with works of art priced from £ 5 to £ 500.

Patricia Fleming, the organizer of Art Car Boot Sale, said: “We have fabulous contemporary artists in Scotland, this is one of our biggest cultural assets, and we want it to be really easy and fun for people to create or create collections.

“The atmosphere in the garage sales is really relaxed and you can meet the artists and chat with them about their work and their life. People absolutely loved it last year.

The 2017 sale welcomed over 4,000 people and generated around £ 100,000.

This year’s event will also feature DJs and cocktail bars.

The participating artists are: Beagles and Ramsey, Claire Barclay, Christine Borland, Ilana Halperin, Kate V Robertson, Toby Paterson, Helen De Main, Michael Fullerton, Luke Fowler, Jim Lambie, Tessa Lynch, France-Lise McGurn, Ciara Phillips, Ross Sinclair, Gregor Wright, Erica Eyres and Susannah Stark.

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