As you will know we will be welcoming internationally acclaimed Circa Contemporary Circus to Blackpool at the beginning of June to perform their new show DEPART in Stanley Park.
As part of this LeftCoast Studio, is offering a rare opportunity for a small group of emerging and established performers, to join members of the Circa Artistic Team and explore a range of techniques that will push you to take your body to the extremes of different dance horizons.
This practical professional development workshop will not only explore techniques used in Circa’s practice, but it will also introduce participants to the methodology behind the creation and presentation of new work.
The session will take place on Saturday 3rd June from 1 – 3pm at Stanley Park in Blackpool.
Places for this exciting session are limited, so we are making them available to emerging & established circus, dance & performance practitioners, via a simple application process.
If you would like a place on the Circa Performance Masterclass session please submit your application via this LINK by 12pm on Wednesday 24 May. We’ll let you know if you’ve got a place on the session as soon as possible, so keep the session date free in your diary until then.
A new show which takes audiences through the streets of Blackpool is looking for a community cast.
LeftCoast are looking for Fylde Coast groups and clubs to volunteer to play a part in an unusual theatre show that takes place on the streets of Blackpool. The show starts at the Grundy Art Gallery and the audience set off on a double decker bus which has been especially converted into a mobile theatre.
Sports, activity and social clubs are invited to be part of the ‘street scene’ by undertaking their group activity in unusual locations along the route – it could be a dance group in a back street, chess on the prom, martial arts in the car park, keep fit in the cake shop or a brass band in a parked car – almost anything goes – the more unusual the better. The idea is that the passing audience won’t know whether this is what normally happens in Blackpool or part of the show and LeftCoast can help you be part of it.
The show – which is called ‘Rear View’ by IOU theatre company – starts off in a life drawing class but the audience are soon taken outside wearing special headphones and are transported backwards thorough the story of a woman’s life on a journey through the streets of Blackpool.
The theatre bus, which has the audience facing backwards, has been specially created for the show which is being presented in the build up to The Spare Parts/Tram Sunday Festival in Fleetwood this summer.
The audience members will be among the first to experience new 3D immersive sound system through the headphones that they wear throughout the show – with a soundtrack that blends poetry, music and sonic recordings that relate to the location you are seeing.
The show runs five times a day (afternoon and early evening) on Thurs 14th, Friday 15th and Saturday 16th July and clubs/groups would need to be available for more than one but not necessarily all of the performances.
This is very much the streets becoming the stage and we would welcome any group who would like to enliven it through doing what they already do but built in to an outdoor theatre show.
Kay Trayford at LeftCoast would love to hear from you if you would like to discuss it, hear more about it, or just blindly sign up out of sheer excitement. Contact Kay at Kay.firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01253 477973. If you are interested in other volunteering opportunities with the show as an individual we would also love to hear from you.
Find out more information about the show and the community cast opportunity HERE.
If you would like to register interest in tickets for the show before they go on sale please contact Helen Clay email@example.com or fill in the form HERE.
Led by one of the founding members, David Wheeler, IOU has delivered art and performance projects to audiences across Europe for the last four decades. Launched the same year as Apple, IOU has always worked with the technology of the time making original work across art-forms including: sound, video and sculptural installations, site specific performance, interactive digital works and virtual worlds.
Since 1984, the company has developed and orchestrated all of its work inside the historic mill buildings at Dean Clough, once the world’s largest carpet factory and now a nationally renowned centre for arts, business, design and education.
“From cloud-clearing canons to a play taking place in moving vehicles, IOU has been pushing creative boundaries in Halifax for 40 years.” Big Issue North
IOU is funded by Arts Council England, Dean Clough, Squire Patton Bogg, SSP-UK, Garfield Weston and Friends of IOU.
A new opportunity has arisen for an artist commission to develop a new piece of work, in partnership with the communities of Mereside, Blackpool for the new police headquarters.
LeftCoast have been working with the communities of Mereside for the past 12 months through Mereside at Play, a project to creatively explore the green spaces of the estate. This project will come to fruition in autumn 2017 through the redevelopment of one of Mereside large green spaces into a playful space designed with the under 4’s in mind. Through this consultation we have developed a partnership with the police and the new police station being built opposite the estate.
The build of the new police station is a great opportunity for the police to work closely with the community that they will soon be part of. The developers have offered schemes such as skills open days on the site, and the police have identified the option to install a new art work, created with the surrounding community within their main entrance.
This is an exciting opportunity to create something innovative and unique that will become part of the fabric of the police station and the place, bridging the gap between community and police.
DEPART is a spectacular spellbinding show from internationally acclaimed Australian circus artists, Circa. Coming to Blackpool’s Stanley Park, 1st-4th June 2017. Blackpool is the final destination in this sell-out tour
DEPART is a spectacular spellbinding show from internationally acclaimed Australian circus artists, Circa.
Coming to Blackpool’s Stanley Park, 1st-4th June 2017. Blackpool is the final destination in this sell-out tour and is an opportunity to experience circus mixed with dance like you have never seen before.
Tickets are on sale now, priced at £10-12.50 (including booking fees) and are available online HERE (other booking options are available – see below).
Inspired by the ancient Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, DEPART will take you on a path through the vast spaces, iconic features and intimate wooded areas of Stanley Park, transforming one of Blackpool’s most beautiful public spaces into the underworld.
Taking over the Park for just 4 days, circus artists will dance above your head, surprising you with extraordinary feats of physicality as they guide you through the space between life and death in this astonishing visual feast.
Led by Yaron Lifschitz, creator of some of the most highly innovative and genre-defying circus in the world, with a creative team including the electronic music legend Lapalux, DEPART brings together acrobats, aerialists, video artists and Fylde Coast community choirs and dancers for an experience like no other.
On a recent site visit to Blackpool from Australia Yaron was looking forward to bringing this production to Blackpool, and Stanley Park in particular, “Blackpool has such a large entertainment context and it will be really interesting to ask the audience to come and see a show in a different way than they are perhaps used to. This will be the fourth place that the show will be performed and it is really great to be able to deliver this in a new and powerful way that this extraordinary site allows me to.”
He continued, “Blackpool is proving to be the place I can make the show I always wanted to make!”
Michael Trainor, Artistic Director at LeftCoast said, “Circa is the most consistently brilliant contemporary circus company and is actually my own personal favourite. Normally you would have to go to a major city or international festival to see them so to have them on our doorstep in Stanley Park is an absolutely fantastic opportunity not to be missed.”
Tickets are on sale now, priced at £10-12.50 (including booking fees) and are available online HERE or from The Blackpool Grand Theatre’s box office or by calling SHOWSEATS on 01253 74 33 44.
All performances start at 9.15pm to allow the show to be experienced at dusk.
The show is suitable for ages 11+ and children must be accompanied by adults. The show duration is 75 minutes and will be performed outside, it will involve periods of walking and standing for the duration of the show with limited seating available at the finale. For a list of frequently asked questions please visit DEPART_FAQ
DEPART at Blackpool is part of a UK tour, visit departcircus.com for details.
Depart is co-commissioned by LeftCoast, London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), the National Centre for Circus Arts, Spitalfields Music, Hull UK City of Culture 2017, and Brighton Festival. Supported by Arts Council England.
SpareParts is the UK’s only Free Festival of Art, Performance and Spectacle dedicated to transport, travel and motion.
For the 4th edition of SpareParts in 2017 we have partnered with Sandbach Festival of Transport, Cheshire East Council, trAction Festival Crewe, Crewe Town Council and Wyre Council to present SpareParts: On The Move, a touring festival to be featured at three transport festivals.
Sandbach Festival of Transport 22nd/23rd April (performance day 23rd)
trAction Festival Crewe 8th / 9th July (performance day 8th)
THEME: All SpareParts contributors must be art, performance and spectacle that is on, about or utilises transport and travel in creative ways.
This year we will particularly welcome work that can encompass our ‘Future Journeys’ theme.
What we are looking for:
The Great Spare Parts Arts Parade – Artists designed vehicles, bicycles, mobile installations that can take art in the Great Spare Parts Art Parade (existing or new commissions)
Spare Parts Village – Static installations and performances in, on and around vehicles that can form part of the Spare Parts ‘Junk Yard’ Village.
Spare Partists – Strolling or mobile performers, especially with a transport or travel theme, to perform throughout the day and take part in the Parade
Spare Participation –Freelance artists, organisations or participatory arts companies who can help communities develop their own content (vehicles and moving installations) for the festival (especially but not exclusively to create a community designed mobile scooter display team).
DEPART is a spectacular spellbinding show from internationally acclaimed Australian circus artists, Circa. Coming to Blackpool, 1st-4th June 2017 Inspired by the ancient Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, DEPART
DEPART is a spectacular spellbinding show from internationally acclaimed Australian circus artists, Circa.
Coming to Blackpool, 1st-4th June 2017
Inspired by the ancient Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, DEPART will transform one of Blackpool’s most beautiful public spaces into the underworld.
In Blackpool for just 4 days, circus artists will dance above your head, surprising you with extraordinary feats of physicality as they guide you through the space between life and death in this astonishing visual feast.
New dates are now available for our popular monthly LeftCoast Surgeries. If you are an artist or creative looking for professional development support or just want to talk about your creative ideas and how to put them into action. We can offer advice on how to apply for funding and build the right network of contacts to get your projects underway. Sessions will be 45 minutes long & usually with our Creative Development Manager Jenny Rutter.
For dates and how to book please go to our Things to Do section.
A B&B are looking for proposals from artists or collectives to design and implement work for the external facades of the property. This new façade will be a key recognisable feature for all guests looking for A B&B.
Deadline for submission of proposals – 7pm on Thursday 23 February
Shortlisting to take place w/c 13 March following discussions with the Planning Authority
We want an inspiring and engaging façade and we are not being overly prescriptive about what form we see this commission taking. We are interested in receiving proposals across all mediums, from installation and visual art to architecture, design, light and sound.
A B&B have a unique opportunity for an innovative and experienced Programme Manager to lead on establishing and developing A B&B. This is an opportunity to play a leading role in developing a highly unusual commercial business which will in turn support and host a community hub, cafe and public programme of activities and training. CLOSING DATE 6 MARCH 2017
LeftCoast Studio is our new artist development programme, which will create connections between local creative talent and LeftCoast’s commissioned arts organisations, production teams and all the creative professionals that will
LeftCoast Studio is our new artist development programme, which will create connections between local creative talent and LeftCoast’s commissioned arts organisations, production teams and all the creative professionals that will be delivering our major, ambitious projects over the coming years.
LeftCoast Studio will offer shadowing, mentoring and practical work experience opportunities across our entire programme, to make sure that up and coming locally based creative people are given the chance to learn and develop their skills alongside world renowned artists and creative practitioners. We want to open up the world of exciting opportunities working within the Creative Industries both in Blackpool, Wyre, the Fylde Coast and further afield.
We’re interested in hearing from creative students, recent graduates, people in the early stages of their creative careers, or anyone just thinking about developing a creative career who would be keen to take on work experience opportunities and voluntary activities. Also from developing artists & creative practitioners who are keen to expand their skills & knowledge to build their cv’s and portfolios within small scale paid opportunities.
Some examples of the types of opportunity we will create include:
Working alongside artists on commissioned projects
Working alongside producers, curators and project managers
Performance & Choreography
PR, Marketing & Social Media
Documentation, Photography & filmography
Front of House, hospitality and audience management
Technical production management, staging / rigging, lighting etc
Costume, Hair, Make Up – design & make
Set design & build
We will have opportunities across 3 levels of experience:
Placements – for people who want a first taste of working on a creative project, short term and focused placements, which will give you a practical insight into working in the creative sector.
Assistants – for people who want to test out which areas of creative work they’d be good at, and really learn on the job the skills needed to make it in the creative world. A mixture of short and longer term placements, that give you specialist mentoring from industry experts and get you directly involved in the making and delivering one of our projects.
Associates – for people who are already fairly clear about their career path and have some experience of delivering and making work happen. These will be specific job roles and will be paid, but will still offer the chance to learn on the job and provide you with specialist industry mentoring whilst you’re playing an important role in making our project happen!
If you’re interested in being considered for a LeftCoast Studio opportunity, please click HERE and tell us a bit about yourself & attach a CV if you have one.
Don’t worry if you don’t hear from us straight away, lots of exciting projects are coming up, so we’ll be in touch as soon as we have a suitable opportunity to let you know how to apply, or to invite you in for a brief conversational interview.