SPIRIT OF CHANGE

Posted on 12 Mar 2018

SPIRIT OF CHANGE

Transform is taking over The Pit Theatre at London’s Barbican on the 8 & 9 June with Spirit of Change. We’re bringing interactive theatre, bite-sized performances, intimate storytelling and musical ritual.

Investigating ideas of activism, race and identity, the artists gathered for Spirit of Change are united by a fierce independent spirit that carries an ethos of change. Engaging directly with people and place, they are driven by issues facing the world today, their genre-defying performances a platform for exchange. Featuring adventurous companies and performers from the North of England and beyond, there are chances to watch, converse, interact one-on-one and get fully involved in the Spirit of Change.

Featuring: Common Wealth Theatre, Maddy Costa, Nwando Ebizie, Tania El Khoury, Jamal Gerald, Sachli Gholamalizad, Pauline Mayers, Selina Thompson, Sarah Vanhee.
Full line-up below.

Spirit of Change is part of the Barbican’s 2018 Season, The Art of Change, which explores how artists respond to, reflect and can potentially effect change in the social and political landscape. Find out more here.

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FRIDAY EVENING

What If I Told You? Pauline Mayers Ensemble – 8pm

Throughout her life, Pauline Mayers has defied assumptions made about her based on her gender, background and skin colour. Now, this skilful blend of theatre and dance tells her story and the history that has informed it.

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON

Films – 12.45pm-2pm
The Making of Justice – Sarah Vanhee
Seven men, each of them in jail for murder. We hear them speak, but their faces are concealed with blurry focus. In this chilling and provocative documentary the convicts work with director Sarah Vanhee to plot a crime film.

Re-visiting Jarideh and Actions Against an Apocalyptic Future  – Tania El Khoury
Two short films by live artist Tania El Khoury will be screened prior to ‘The Making of Justice’.

Long Table – 2-4pm
Writer and critic Maddy Costa hosts an open conversation on Art & Change, inviting artists including Selina Thompson and anyone in the audience to contribute. Can art provoke social change? Let’s find out.

Radical Acts Workshop, Common Wealth – 4-7pm
In this three-hour multi-disciplinary workshop, participants will devise their own Radical Acts for the Barbican and beyond. Inspired by disobedient action taken by women throughout history.

You See, Jamal Gerald – 1-4pm
A one-to-one performance with Jamal Gerald, which engages the participant in an intimate, honest conversation about identity.

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SATURDAY EVENING

 Double-bill, 8pm

Let Us Believe In The Beginning Of The Cold Season– Sachli Gholamalizad
A musical work in progress of a new solo show, based on the work of the female Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad.

Neon Dream– Nwando Ebizie
Nwando Ebizie has created the alter-ego Lady Vendredi, a time travelling, blaxploitation pop star. To culminate Spirit of Change, Lady Vendredi presents a gig theatre performance and her latest work.

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Find Out More

For more info and to book, visit the Barbican website here. 

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