As we kick start 2019 we’ve been reflecting on the amazing journey of the work Feral produced in 2018 – here is a snapshot of our incredible year.
In January we kicked off the year by collaborating with Ishbel Mc Farlane, The Scottish Government, Deaf Action, The Scots Language Centre and Fèisean nan Gàidheal to create a new training scheme that brings together Scotland’s three native minority languages: Scots, Gaelic and British Sign Language (BSL). At the cornerstone of the training is a live performance of Ishbel’s award winning theatre show ‘O is For Hoolet’. After successfully piloting the programme throughout 2018 with the Scottish Government, Historic Environment Scotland and Fife Council we’ll be rolling our further sessions in 2019. More info here:
In April we produced Al Seed and Judith Milligan’s visual theatre opus ‘The Shadow of Heaven’ described by The List as “a Hieronymous Bosch painting made flesh”. This explosive re-imagining of Milton’s Paradise Lost premiered on the main stage of the Macrobert Arts Centre (Stirling) and Tron Theatre (Glasgow).
In May Bassline Circus’ LIQUID SKY debuted at Tramway as part of Take Me Somewhere Festival to a string of 4 star reviews. Sitting between an AV Concert and Live Art happening this new piece of visual theatre merged sonic art and aerial circus within a laser light scenography. Developed at Circus Cirkor in Sweden it then went on to show at the inaugural edition of Braw Circus Festival at Platform (Glasgow). In 2019 the show will return as part of Bristol’s Digital Arts Festival ‘Submerge’ in partnership with Circomedia.
2018 has been an extraordinary year for our continued partnership with Oceanallover which began with a Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland nomination for Sea Hames. During Summer we were commissioned by the European Championships to create ‘Orographic’; a new promenade performance inspired by mountain landscapes. In 2019-20 we’ll continue to tour both of these works as part of Creative Scotland's new Touring Strategy.
In August MHz and V/DA’s critically acclaimed ‘VOID’ was showcased as part of the Made in Scotland Programme at Summerhall where it secured the Total Theatre Award for Dance 2018 along with a string of 5 star reviews and sold out performances.
We were delighted to partner with Summerhall for the third year in a row to present the Autopsy Award supporting boundary-pushing performance at the Edinburgh Fringe. The deserving winner of 2018’s award was Katy Dye’s ‘Baby Face’; a visceral meditation on the infantilisation of women.
Across 2018 we continued to develop our new KRUMP Dance, circus, music and AV hybrid project KID_X with MHz and Bassline Circus undertaking residencies with No Fit State (Newcastle Under Lyme), Macrobert Arts Centre (Stirling) and Platform (Glasgow). Support from the PRS Foundation has enabled us to record all the original music for the show created by Eva Lazarus and Mungos Hifi. The show will premiere at Macrobert Arts Centre (April) and Tramway (May) 2019 along with the release of a music video and single from the show by Scotch Bonnet Records.
During Autumn we toured Saffy Setohy’ visually and sonically captivating light installation Light Field. Highlights included a residency at Danse Festival Barents in Hammerfest (Norway) which is the world’s more northern dance platform renowned for presenting international performance in Arctic landscapes.
We also began a collaboration with Peter McMaster and the Tron Theatre entitled ‘The Horror’; a new cross-artform performance exploring war and violence through the lens of the 1979 film ‘Apocalypse Now Redux’ performed by a cast of young people. Look out for further developments in 2019.
In October Feral, Al Seed and Alex Rigg (Oceanallover) travelled to Japan to take part in a 7 day residency and scoping trip funded by the British Counci and Sasakawa Foundation. We collaborated with Tokyo based award winning dance company Organworks as well as exploring the cultural scenes in Yokohama and Shizuoka.
Throughout 2018 we continued to tour the work of live art legend Liz Aggiss. Her 2017 Total Theatre Award Winning show Slap and Tickle toured locally and internationally to Gender Bender Festival (Italy), B(Old) Festival, South Bank Centre (London), Age on Stage (Sweden), Curious Festival, Baltic (Gateshead), Boulevard Festival Den Bosch (Netherlands), Sziget Festival (Budapest, Hungary), Festival Mulheres do Mundo/WOW Woman of the World (Brazil), Teatro Solís Festival (Uruguay), The Showroom (Chichester), Tobacco Factory (Bristol) and LEAP Festival (Liverpool). We look forward to doing a mini tour of Ireland in April 2019 and launching Liz’s latest work ‘Crone Alone’.
We can’t wait to reveal what 2019 has in store!
Jill and Kat