Saturday, April 16, 2011

"Taking Flight" a community performance at Todmorden Unitarian Church about immigration

"Taking Flight" a community performance at Todmorden Unitarian Church about immigration and the search for home is starting to take shape- They have a great list of performers with a few more on the way.

They have a schedule now for those who are interesting in taking part.

--You don't have to come to all of these sessions but as many as possible would be great.
--Everyone must be at the dress rehearsal on Thursday 5 May, 6-9pm.
--All rehearsals and making at the Unitarian Church.
--Don't know what you're doing in the show? Don't worry just come to the rehearsal and they'll explain the options. Yes, there is a role for YOU! They especially need ensemble suitcase performers and people to operate some giant puppets and people to help make sets and puppets.
--Tell your friends! Plenty of roles for performers and makers or just about anyone who wants to participate. 
--All performers will need white clothes they can move in and old, interesting looking suitcases. If you don't have these, be on the lookout at the market or at charity shops!

Rehearsals: 
21 April Thurs 5-7pm -- Devising (we will be trying out ensemble movement ideas, puppetry and solo pieces)
28 April Thurs 5-5pm -- Devising continues
3 May Tues 5:30-8:30pm -- Rehearsal; food will be provided
4 May Wed 5:30-8:30pm -- Rehearsal; food will be provided
5 May Thurs 6-9pm -- Dress Rehearsal -- essential for all performers


Making sessions: 
2 May Mon 10-5pm
3 May Tues 10-5pm; 3-5pm family session (child-friendly builds during this time)
4 May Wed 10-5pm; 3-5pm family session
5 May Thurs 10-5pm
6 May Fri 10-5pm

Performances: 
6 and 7 May at 8pm

Anyone is invited to come help make set pieces, giant puppets, lanterns and costume pieces for the show. All materials and instructions will be provided. It's all free! 

Here are some of the people who will be contributing so far: 

--Andrew Kim (from Korea via USA: puppetry and Korean drumming)
--Sonya Moorhead of Canopy (from Northern Ireland: storytelling and songs)
--Matthanee Gig Nilavongse of Hanuman Gallery & Thai Cuisine (from Thailand: performance piece about roles of Thai women)
--Siddique Mirpuri (from Pakistan: Poetry in Punjabi, Urdu and English)
--Choreography for suitcase ensemble by Gillian Burns
--Lights and sound by Jonny Quick and Dan Powers Productions
--Live music by Daniel Bath and Kathy Kim and Barka, St. Joseph's PolishEnglish choir
And a few more yet to confirm.

Please forward this blog post to other people in the Todmorden area who you think might be interested in being a part of this project. It will be a very exciting and beautiful piece of performance but mostly it will be a fantastic opportunity for local artists to meet and collaborate with each other.