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Lots of weird and wonderful things are happening at Greenroom over the next few months

Published on February 17th 2010.


Greenroom listings

February

CLASS OF ‘76
THIRD ANGEL
Friday 19 February
8pm [ Q&A follows performance ]: £9/£6
Established in Sheffield in 1995, Third Angel has presented work in theatres, galleries, cinemas, office blocks, car parks, swimming pools, school halls, damp cellars and public toilets.

Third Angel

In 1999 Third Angel made a performance based on a class photograph taken in 1976; in May 2000, they performed Class of ‘76 again, this time on the spot where the photograph was taken 24 years earlier. Since then Third Angel has been out to track down all the kids in the 1976 photograph – this is the story of where they are now.

“Magical and beautiful” Total Theatre Magazine

“Incredibly moving.” Yorkshire Post
www.thirdangel.co.uk

Cupoloa Bobber

WAY OUT WEST, THE SEA WHISPERED ME
CUPOLA BOBBER
Friday 26 February
8pm [ Q&A follows performance ]: £9/£6
Founded in Chicago in 2000, Cupola Bobber perform across the US and tour internationally. The duo became honorary Northerners when they received an International Fellowship from the Nuffield Theatre at Lancaster University in 2007.

From British Edwardian seaside resorts to 1930’s dustbowl Kansas, Cupola Bobber use their home-spun theories and poker-faced charm to investigate the seaside: a place of leisure or a heartless destroyer? And to ask: why are we drawn to the sea?

“This pair of Chicago-based 30-year-olds can lay claim to a special talent for alternative performance-making of disarmingly odd, cosmic charm.” The Timeswww.cupolabobber.com

March

TURN 2010 [ DANCE PLATFORM ]
presented by Dance Initiative Greater Manchester, greenroom and hÅb
Thursday 4 / Friday 5 / Saturday 6 March
7pm installations / 8pm performances: £6/£4 [ 3 day pass: £12/£8 ]
The first Turn dance platform in 2009 saw an extraordinary coming together of dance and dance-makers from around the North West — 16 new works shown over three evenings - videoscapes; raw explosions of energy; balletic control and finesse; video and movement filling the whole building.

Turn 2010 promises to be every bit as unmissable: three nights of performance, culminating in our second Turn Prize — an opportunity to develop and show a full work in greenroom’s next season.

www.myspace.com/turnmcr

Kevin Rowland

CLOSE UP WITH... DAVE HASLAM
Thursday 11 + Saturday 20 March
8pm [ DJ set in bar follows ]: £9/£6
Dave Haslam — journalist, author, academic and legendary Haçienda DJ — has a huge and eventful musical history.

For two evenings at greenroom there will be a unique opportunity to get up close and personal as he plays host to two iconic musicians, discussing their life and work. His first guest is former Dexy’s Midnight Runners frontman Kevin Rowland, his second is legendary Mark E Smith frontman of The Fall. There will be DJing in the bar afterwards

To find out more about his guests and to read their biographies please visit Dave’s website.

www.davehaslam.com

Mark E Smith

THIRD PERSON [ REDUX ]
PROTO-TYPE THEATER
Friday 19 March
8pm [ Q&A follows performance ]: £9/£6
Proto-type Theater is based both in Lancaster and New York; they create original theatre and media work, and tour internationally.

In 2004, they made Third Person about the dissolution of the love affair between two jaded New Yorkers. When they attempted to remake the show after relocating to England, an altogether different story emerged...

Third Person [ redux ] investigates the events that unfolded out of the electric meeting of two of history’s most infamous lovers. Delivered in the third person, the performers pick apart this strange love affair through video, drawings, slides and audio recordings.

www.proto-type.org

THE TWICE REMOVED
+
A BIG CONCEPT AND A VERY LITTLE DETAIL
PIGEON THEATRE
Friday 26 March
8pm: £9/£6 [ PERFORMANCE DOUBLE BILL ]
For our 25th anniversary greenroom associate artists Pigeon Theatre recreated a fully working kitchen on stage — cooking delicious sweet and savoury pie for the audience during the show. Now they return, promising more treats with a double bill of solo performances:

The Twice Removed — Anna Fenemore
“Last summer I decided to make a solo show. It began badly. I stared for long periods of time at walls not knowing what to do, and then in a moment of terror I wrote to 148 people and asked them to tell me what solo show they would like me to make. This show is their shows...”

A Big Concept and a Very Little Detail — Gillian Knox
“To begin I wanted to fly above the stage with a watering can. I wanted flowers to grow quickly out of the ground. I wanted doors, so many doors. I wanted ball-bearings, a Liza Minnelli moment, and a giant. I really wanted a giant. I wanted so many things. But it’s too late now. We had better get started”.

Supported by greenroom www.pigeontheatre.com

April

METHOD LAB & SEEDFUND
presented by greenroom and hÅb
Thursday 15 / Friday 16 [repeat] April
8pm: £9/£6
In its last eight years, our long-running incubator has seen over 35 new works ranging from a bearded ballerina to a naked ensemble of women; many go on to tour, some win awards; placing greenroom and hÅb’s Method Lab firmly as ‘the place to see the ones to watch.’

2010 promises funny, touching and sometimes quite frightening meditations on life, love and loss; featuring: Leentje van de Cruys – Belgian knitting guru and the host of the best party ever – continuing her quest to fit in and be loved in a foreign country. And Chris Fitzsimmons – former Pink Panther and Pet Shop Boy impersonator – in a bitter-sweet contemporary comedy about loss, frustration and change.

PLUS: Gemma Neep — a free SeedFund mini-performance from our resident commentator on Facebook stalking, Swine Flu and alienating your neighbours. [Limited capacity.]

Dance 3

DANCE 3
NATIONAL DANCE NETWORK
Friday 23 April
8pm: £9/£6 [ TRIPLE BILL ]

SILENCE SPEAKS VOLUMES
FREDDIE OPOKU-ADDAIE
Winner of 2009’s Robin Howard Foundation Commission and Royal Opera House Associate Artist for 2010, Freddie Opoku-Addaie’s award-winning, explosive work weaves rich, multicultural movement with powerful partnering and expansive gestures.

“Talent-spotters take heed: you will be hearing more about Freddie Opoku-Addaie” Times Online

PASSING STRANGE AND WONDERFUL BEN WRIGHT/BGROUP
Jerwood, Bonnie Bird and NESTA Award-winning choreographer Ben Wright’s new company, bgroup brings together an impressive range of international dancers and collaborators from the world of dance and beyond. In their new work, he presents an intense physical conversation. Evoking a sense of something only partially remembered, the piece explores the insatiable, unattainable desire to break through the shell of another.“new and impressive... a fine ensemble...” Time Out

[RE]TRACES
TANJA RÅMAN & DBINI INDUSTRIES
Tanja Råman and John Collingswood create innovative interdisciplinary work fusing distinctive movement, video manipulation and multi-layered sound. Their collaborative productions are primarily concerned with exploring the human condition. [ re ]traces features a hypnotic electronic sound-scape composed by Jon Ruddick; creating a constantly-evolving map from traces of the dancing body, exploring the world of memories.

Dance 3 is accompanied by A Blank Canvas, an installation by Heather Eddington’s State of Flux dancefilm company.

www.dance3.org

BIG VAUDEVILLE
Friday 30 April
7.30pm: £6/£4
“...the spectacle is worth the price of admission alone”

VaudeVille is a platform for experimental performance; if you want to see avant-garde original movies, a bicycle on fire or even a sock puppet version of A Streetcar Named Desire then VaudeVille is for you.

The ethos of VaudeVille is inspired by the original Cabaret Voltaire [circa 1913] — deliberately absurd performances, poetry and visual art that embrace the extraordinary, the irrational and the contradictory.

Ideas for new work are welcome; please email info@greenroomarts.org with VaudeVille in the subject line.

May

ROOM TEMPERATURE ROMANCE
LEVANTES DANCE THEATRE
Friday 7 May
8pm [ Q&A follows performance ]: £9/£6
Award-winning Room Temperature Romance blends dance, video and movement with flamboyant costume and evocative audio. This fantasy voyage indulges in the delights of both ordinary and extraordinary behaviour, revealing unexpected beauty and humour in the everyday.

Winner of the 2009 Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award and co-produced by barbicanbite09, this is the first time the work has been seen outside London. Also supported by greenroom, hÅb, LANWest, Rules and Regs and Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster; the Bluecoat, Liverpool and The Hangar Arts Trust, London.

“With a kitsch aesthetic and kooky costumes... [ they ] create a space where a world of play is superimposed on the ordinary and everyday.” Metro“The quirky and eccentric touches suggest the depths of emotion and even perversity that lie beneath the mundane and everyday.” The Stage

www.levantesdancetheatre.org

TURN OUT presented by Dance Initiative Greater Manchester, greenroom and hÅbThursday 13 May8pm: £6/£4: [ DANCE TRIPLE BILL ]An evening of three short dance works selected to tour from Turn 2009 —powerful, moving and sometimes stark images, encompassing a range of styles and subjects.

EPILOGUEMAELSTROM DANCE COMPANY
Two women are thrown together into an unknown place; faced with the reality of not moving on, their fear, anger and acceptance become increasingly abstract and distant.

COVEREIGHT EYES
A duet like no other; a girl dances with her bedclothes, exploring the mysterious lands where addiction and dependence can lead.

ON EVEN GROUND
RESONANCE DANCE COMPANY
A very personal journey of a long-standing friendship; two men explore the power and emotion, taboos and limitations of being friends.

QUEER UP NORTH FESTIVAL EVENT
TALES FROM THE BAR OF LOST SOULS
IMITATING THE DOG
Wednesday 19 May
7pm + 9pm [ repeat ]: £9/£6
Imitating the dog make work that experiments with story-telling and narrative in the contemporary theatrical experience.

At the end of his life a dying man turns to his only friend and asks him to put right a wrong committed many years ago. Saying yes, the friend embarks on a journey that takes him back to The Bar of Lost Souls, a place where, it is said, your deepest desires become real.

Part musical, part dream play, Tales from the Bar of Lost Souls is a story of forbidden love, criminality and the possibility of finding redemption in the unlikeliest of places; the audience watch the action through the bar’s window, as a carnival of unsavoury characters reveal themselves and the haunting sequence of tales of murder, love and forgiveness unfolds.

www.imitatingthedog.co.uk / www.queerupnorth.com

QUEER UP NORTH FESTIVAL EVENT
MOTHER’S RUIN #6
Friday 21 May
8pm: £tbc
Mother’s Ruin is a cabaret-cum-variety show of three halves featuring a queer blend of twisted comedy, arty goodness and musical oddities.

High art aspiration schmoozes with low art common sense; Mother provides exceptional merriment for anyone in search of a touch of unadulterated escapism and a taste for the shared experience. Hosted by the ever lovely Ms Timberlina, previous guests include Bourgeois and Maurice, Dickie Beau, Jonny Woo, Topping and Butch and Zoe Lyons.

With packed houses and wildly appreciative audiences, Mother’s a hot ticket for 2010 — upcoming performers include Ida Bar, Scott Capurro, Scottee and The Lipsinkers. [ see regular event listings for January and April dates ]

www.mothersruin.co.uk / www.queerupnorth.com

SUGAR STATUES
KRISSI MUSIOL
Friday 28 May
8pm: £6/£4
“Whilst Poland was tearing herself apart, my grandfather unknowingly tore my heart in two. His son, my father, pasted together the cracks with sugar. We argued over language, we denied whole books, we lost entire cities, we mourned the end of autumn.”

Sugar Statues explores Musiol’s Polish heritage, the importance of language, and love in concentration camps. Interwoven fictional and factual stories illustrated with sugar provide an insight into the roots of a Polish family tree.

From horrific tales of the persecution of the Poles to her grandfather’s amazing Polish cake, burnt letters and a rotten wedding dress, Sugar Statues is an intimate, touching tale of loss and survival.

Supported by greenroom, hÅb & LANWest

June

HAZARD 2010
presented by greenroom and hÅb
Saturday 26 June
ALL DAY: Manchester city centre: FREE

Cheeky, thought-provoking and sometimes raunchy sprees of eccentricity...Hazard is a biennial festival of intervention and sited performance offering strange occurrences in unexpected places. So far, we’ve wrapped Cathedral Gardens in fluttering yellow and black tape, brought shop-dummies to life on Market St, unleashed dancing traffic cones and attempted to circumnavigate the city by canoe. This year also promises an outbreak of flashmobs and pervasive gaming courtesy of Larkin’ About — so come out and play!

If you’ve got a risky, irreverent, socially aware or downright playful idea and would like to get involved, contact us at hazard@habarts.org

www.myspace.com/hazardmcr / www.facebook.com/larkinaboutmcr

Regular events in the bar

FREED UP
Thursdays: 21 January / 18 February / 18 March / 22 April / 20 May / 17 June
FREE: 7:30pm
Freed Up is Manchester’s friendliest open-mic night for new poetry and spoken word. Check out the freshest words and newest poets making their debut. Sit back and enjoy or to book your slot to perform call 0161 615 0500. For more information: Email Steve and Dominic on freeduppoets@yahoo.co.uk / www.myspace.com/freeduppoets

GREEN BOHEMIA
Saturdays: 6 + 13 February / 13 + 27 March / 10 April / 5 + 12 June
+ FutureEverything specials: Friday 14 / Saturday 15 May
FREE: 8.00pm [ 2pm, 6 February ]
One of the best-loved, longest-running, live music nights in Manchester — now in its 6th year — showcasing signed artists alongside some of the most interesting emerging new acts; every event is a hotbed for new talent! Promoted by SA Promotions, the night is FREE to all; our bar regularly reaches capacity, so arrive early to avoid disappointment. www.myspace.com/sapromotions

CABARET [ formerly known as ] BUCKET
Fridays: 12 March / 4 June
£3/£2 [ cash on the door ]: 8.00pm
A deliciously surreal cabaret promising an evening of the finest alternative entertainment in the North West: unhinged magicians, kitchen-sink puppeteers, jesters of the avant-garde and vintage burlesque beauties. Bring your friends and dunk your head in our little bucket of wonders. www.myspace.com/formerlybucket

VAUDEVILLE
Thursdays: 5 February / 25 March / 27 May / 24 June
£3 [ cash on the door ]: 7.30pm
+ BIG VaudeVille: £6/£4: 7.30pm: Friday 30 April
Drown your bitterness in the strong liquor of VaudeVille. This is new electronic cabaret; a selection of the best new performance, video and music from VaudeVille collaborators. Ideas for new work are welcome; please email info@greenroomarts.org with VaudeVille in the subject line.

NANIMEW
Wednesdays: 3 February / 3 March / 7 April / 5 May / 2 June
FREE: 7:30pm
NanimeW [ North West England Anime Group ] presents a monthly showcase of the best in Japanese pop culture, cinema, animation and music; eclectic, innovative and unique. www.nanimew.org.uk

MOTHER’S RUIN
Saturdays: 30 January / 17 April
£tbc [ cash on the door ]: 8.00pm
+ Queer Up North special: £tbc [ cash on the door ]: Friday 21 May
A cabaret-cum-variety show... where high art antics schmooze with low art frills to provide exceptional merriment for anyone in search of a touch of unadulterated escapism. Featuring tassle-twirling, puppetry, dance, jazz, ranting and so much more... Join the mailing list via:mothers.ruin.cabaret@googlemail.com / www.mothersruin.co.uk

KINO SHORTS presented by KinoFilm
Wednesdays: 10 February / 10 March / 12 May / 9 June
+ KinoFilm Festival specials: Wednesday 21 + 28 April
£4/£3 [ cash on the door ]: 7.30pm
Kino Shorts is an evening of short films from the North West selected for their quality of production and originality. Films are short fiction, animation, experimental or documentary; usually no longer than 20 minutes and made within the last 12 months. Each event will also screen a National or European short film, and a Q&A session will follow each screening. www.kinofilm.org.uk

LARKIN’ ABOUT
Saturday 27 February: FREE: 6.00pm
In the spirit of New York’s ‘Come Out and Play’ and London’s ‘Hide and Seek’ gaming festivals, Larkin’ About hosts a series of games events throughout the year, bringing playful experiences to the people of Manchester! Join us in the bar from 6pm — wear all weather clothes as some of the games are played outside! www.facebook.com/larkinaboutmcr

Greenroom, 54-56 Whitworth Street West, 0161 615 0500, www.greenroomarts.org

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