The Arches Sets Programme for 2014 BEHAVIOUR FESTIVAL, March 6-May 2
The Arches has announced the programme for the 2014 Behaviour Festival. Each year Behaviour showcases some of the most diverse and innovative performance talent for Glasgow's audiences. With the festival now in its fifth year Behaviour 2014 is set to be one of our most ambitious yet, with eighteen events pencilled in between the 6th of March and 2nd of May. As ever, we welcome an astonishing range of international and national artists and performers into The Arches, as well as taking work beyond our own brick walls to performance spaces and locations throughout Glasgow.
This year's Behaviour sees The Arches host what is perhaps its boldest and most exciting international strand to date.
We are thrilled to bring director Milo Rau's powerful Hate Radio to Scotland for its first UK performances. A harrowing recreation of the role played by popular radio station Radio Te?le?vision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLM) during the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the strikingly ambitious show sees its cast perform from within the glass box of a re-constructed radio studio, where the audience experience the piece through radio headsets. It is staged within the main space of The Arches ahead of the twentieth anniversary of the start of the massacre this year.
Elsewhere, we welcome Arches Brick Award winner La Merda to Glasgow for the very first time. The critically-acclaimed one-woman feminist out-pouring caused a stir during its charged run at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it picked up several accolades including a Fringe First Award and The Stage Award for Acting Excellence, and has enjoyed sell-out runs across Europe.
Throughout April we are also showcasing the photographic and video work of five leading international contemporary artists, as part of our Future Reflexions Exhibition. The pieces are based on performance and live art practices and deal with images, stereotypes and visions of Africa in the 21st century.
Acclaimed UK Talent
It just wouldn't be Behaviour without some of the very best in Scottish and UK theatre and performance. Arches-favourite Bryony Kimmings will be kicking off this year's festival with her inspirational show Credible Likeable Superstar Rolemodel, a collaborative effort with her niece Taylor. Later in the month we decamp to Tramway for In May, a beautiful study on family and grief, featuring a musical score by The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon.
We present a truly epic adaptation of Alexander Trocchi's controversial cult novel Cain's Book, a classic piece of Scottish writing re-imagined by writer and director Alan McKendrick, whose work in progress development of the piece was performed here in 2013. We'll also have our dancing shoes on for the appearance of Sam Halmarack and The Miserablites, a toe-tapping gem of musical theatre that won't fail to have you smiling.
Come April we'll be playing host to Sh!t Theatre's hilarious Job Seekers Anonymous, an excellent slice of political satire reflecting the frustration of life as a jobless young adult in 21st century Britain. Scottish literary favourite Alan Bissett also brings his celebrated show Ban This Filth! to Behaviour, following on from its massively successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe last year. He stages a head-to-head dialogue with celebrated radical feminist Andrea Dworkin in a creative deconstruction of sexual politics.
The Arches is proud to support groundbreaking Scottish work throughout the year, and Behaviour is no different. Rosana and Amy Cade return to start the festival with the developed performance of their startlingly bold show Sister, which was a stand-out during Arches Live 2013. Arches Artist-in-residence Adrian Howells teams up with Konstantin Bock (Mammalian Diving Reflex) and Aldo Palstra to present FAG, an unflinching examination of sexuality across three generations.
Once again we've teamed up with The National Theatre Scotland to work on the NTS Auteurs Project, which promotes the work of five selected artists. This year's Auteurs are Lou Prendergast, Michael John O'Neill, Finn Den Hertog, Rosana Cade, and Greg Sinclair. Our Scratch Night sees some of them presenting bite-sized works in quick succession followed by feedback from the audience. Elsewhere we have new work from Martin O'Connor, Gary Gardiner, and Murray Wason, all taking place outwith The Arches.
Enormous Yes, the winners of our Platform 18 Award for emergent theatre and performance talent, will present their new work The Forbidden Experiment at the end of the festival. A piece that examines secretive language deprivation studies by the MoD, the show will have performances at The Arches before heading over to Edinburgh for a short run at the Traverse Theatre.
We've devised something extra special to close out Behaviour 2014. Working alongside multidisciplinary arts group 85A, we're staging a devious night-time party experience within our cavernous arches. Dark Behaviour will be an intoxicating late-night event that blends elements from all our creative strands to celebrate the artistic spirit of the venue as a whole. With teasing live performance, mysterious happenings, visual delights, and a ferocious club energy, it will be the perfect way to close our darkest and most daring Behaviour yet.
Jackie Wylie, Artistic Director of the Arches: "Welcome to The Arches' festival of essential live performance, BEHAVIOUR, which provides a snapshot of today's most exciting International Artists, presented alongside their Scottish counterparts.
One of the major themes in the festival this year is the interaction of live music with other disciplines. We're thrilled to be working with the Tramway again in the presentation of In May, with music by Neil Hannon of the Divine Comedy and we are excited to uncover a special late night club-inspired addition to the festival, Dark Behaviour. We'll be working with arts collective 85A to create an extraordinary multi-chambered night of installations, happenings and music that fully embraces the spirit of The Arches
Elsewhere in the BEHAVIOUR programme there is a notable politicised edge. A strong feminist seam includes Alan Bissett, Bryonny Kimmings, Rosana and Amy Cade, Sh!t theatre, Silvia Gallerano and Cristian Ceresoli. Each approach the subject from different perspectives and, taken cumulatively, they represent a fierce anger at the inequality inherent within our global economic systems and its specific impact on women.
Thanks to the generous support of various partners including the Goethe Institut we are able to present the UK premiere of Hate Radio by Milo Rau in the main arch spaces. Signifying a radical move forward in the field of documentary theatre, this devastating work takes the audience into the glass cage of a radio studio during the 1994 Rwandan genocide, where actors, some of whom were directly affected by the event itself, replay events as they took place on Radio-Te?le?vision Libre.
BEHAVIOUR, is defined by a particular disobedient energy. Come and misbehave with us." BEHAVIOUR is The Arches' annual festival of essential live performance. Since beginning in 2009 Behaviour has grown into one of the UK's leading contemporary arts festivals, bringing some of the most diverse and innovative performance talent from across the world to Glasgow each year.
Now in its fifth year, BEHAVIOUR 2014 includes 18 events taking place in The Arches, Glasgow's iconic arts and music venue underneath Central Station, as well as other locations across the city, including Tramway and off- site work in Govan.
BEHAVIOUR 2014 runs from 6th March - 2nd May. Tickets are on sale from The Arches box office: 253 Argyle Street, at www.thearches.co.uk, and on 0141 565 1000.
About The Arches: One of Europe's leading cultural venues, the Arches is both an arts receiving and production house with an international reputation as an exciting hub of ground-breaking creativity. Housed within seven Grade-A listed Victorian railway arches in Glasgow city centre, the venue presents a year-round programme of theatre, performance, dance, visual art, live music, club nights and creative learning. The programming team employs calculated risk-taking in all of its creative decisions, nurturing emergent talent and rewarding bold approaches with a supportive environment for further innovation.
BEHAVIOUR 2014 - AT A GLANCE:
6th-7th March - Credible Likeable Superstar Rolemodel: The Arches 6th-7th March - Sister: The Arches
14th + 16th March - Hate Radio: The Arches
15th March- Arches Commons: The Arches
15th March - In May: Tramway
5th April- Martin O'Connor Discussion: The Arches
26th-29th March - Cain's Book: The Arches
3rd-25th April - Future Reflexions Exhibition: The Arches
3rd-5th April - FAG: The Arches
4th-5th April - Sam Halmarack and the Miserablites: The Arches
8th April- NTS Auteurs Scratch Night: The Arches
8th-9th April- Job Seekers Anonymous : The Arches
9th-11th April- Ban This Filth! : The Arches
10th-11th April - La Merda: The Arches
14th-19th April - Theology: Off-site (TBC)
22nd-25th April - The Forbidden Experiment: The Arches (1st-3rd May @Traverse) 29th-30th April - Neighbourhood Forum: Off-site (TBC)
2nd May - Dark Behaviour (Festival closing party): The Arches