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MA Landing Party 2019 (Performance & Choreography)


Leeds School of Arts is proud to present a showcase of work created by students from our MA Performance and MA Choreography courses.

Shambik Ghose

If you're interested in seeing new talent and new ideas in world of performance the Leeds Beckett MA Landing Party is for you. With 14 students putting on performances over 5 days there is bound to be something for everyone; to entertain and to make you think. 

All events are open to all and free to attend. Booking is required for Emily Mae Leigh's performance on 03 September.

Dowloadable copy of the programme available here.

MA Landing Party Programme


Sunday 01 September 2019

Title: ÒRìshà

Performer: Kafayat Adegoke

Venue: Eyes Brewery, 22-24 Rowson Rd, Bradford, BD1 3SQ

Time: 16:00

Cost: Free

Kafayat Adegoke is an actor and performance maker, with storytelling as her performance practice. She enjoys boundary-daring work, and especially likes to make work that sensitizes social change while unpacking her identity as a Nigerian-Yoruba girl in diaspora.

Bringing people together under the theme of Gender inequality, Sexism, Feminism, Female Empowerment and Identity.

ÒRìshà is a site-specific Live art Installation, tackling Gender Inequality while Embodying OSUN (pronounced orshoon); the ‘’sensual’’ Yoruba goddess of love, purity and fertility. ÒRìshà addresses the audience with Irony and exaggeration, using storytelling narrative and satire to expose and critique patriarchal mindset.

Come and experience and be Intrigued by the Archetypes of OSUN and the Divine Feminine

ÒRìshà by Kafayat Adegoke


Tuesday 03 September 2019

Title: Walk the Walk

Performer: Emily Mae Leigh 

Venue: Performance Studio 1, Leeds Beckett University, Lower Concourse, Calverley Building, City Campus (use Portland Street or Woodhouse Lane entrance).

Time: 13:30 - 16:30

Cost: Free (Booking Required: https://itsemilyleigh.blogspot.com/2019/08/audience-booking-form.html)

When did our walk begin? When will it ever end? We cannot remember, and will never know. Walking, in this regard, is much like talking, and both are quintessential features of what we take to be a human form of life.

‘Walk the Walk’ is a participatory experience exploring the notion of walking. Read, watch, listen and walk – take part in a collaborative journey and share your reflections.

Emily is an MA Performance student who has been researching and performing walking practice for around 2 years. She is also interested in audience interaction and the idea of intimacy between strangers.

Limited audience via booking system available at: https://itsemilyleigh.blogspot.com/2019/08/audience-booking-form.html

Emily Mae Leigh


Title: HOW WE ARE ADULTS

Performer: Chloe Hall

Venue: House 14, Northern Terrace, Queen Square Ct, Leeds LS2 8AA

Time: 17:00 – 18:00

Cost: Free

What exactly makes a person a grown up? I hold down a job, I do the washing up, and I know that roasting vegetables makes them taste infinitely better than boiling them will. But I feel guilty because I own more than one soft toy and still enjoy play-doh. According to my dad adulthood is all in the attitude, but according to most of my friends it’s about financial stability. So, I’ve been reading self help books and dredging up childhood memories in the hopes of figuring it all out, or at least making a few people feel less immature. 

Chloe Hall

 

Title: This is not a Burlesque Show

Performer: Jenny Skinner

Venue: House 14, Northern Terrace, Queen Square Ct, Leeds LS2 8AA

Time: 18:30 – 19:30

Cost: Free

This is not a Burlesque Show (except when it is). On stage the burlesque performer is the most powerful one in the room, commanding their own sexual pleasure - but when they step into the crowd they lose their armour. Silenced, blinded, oppressed: using three women from myth, fiction and the Golden-era of Hollywood this work will examine whether fantasy can ever translate into reality.

A mixture of script, poetry and autobiographical writing, This is not a Burlesque Show is an intimate, playful stage show which explores the consequences of striptease, mental illness and loneliness when barriers between performer and audience are removed.

Jenn Skinner


Wednesday 04 September 2019

Performer: Adam Young 

Venue: Beckett 1 Performance Studio, Leeds Beckett University, Headingley Campus (next to the swimming pool).

Time: 09:00 – 20:00 (durational work – audience can walk in walk and out)

Title: The 11th Hour

Cost: Free

In this durational performance Adam Young enacts a 'rite of passage’ to honour the perpetual 'lost generation’;- disoriented, wandering, directionless. Employing an rhizomatic framework, influenced by 'Capitalism and Schizophrenia’;- ‘The 11th Hour’ draws into focus the pathology of Post-Modernity by anchoring it to the performers own experiences of chronic - trauma, shame, guilt, despair, confusion, hopelessness and loneliness. This indulgence of ART acts as a stand-in for ALCHEMY, in a world where belief shapes reality.

“Art should disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed” - Cesar A. Cruz

In the absence of truth / lies, the seed of unrest. 

A Generation lost to the spoils of Late Capitalism. Violence begins at birth. In this year (2019) the last of the ‘Millennials' have fully come of age and so the flag of young adulthood is encumbered upon 'Generation-Z’. 

For 3.5 Billion years, life has endured on planet Earth.
I am the 38000th evolution of modern human in my lineage.
I am living in the most peaceful period in recorded history.
I have been complicit in the deaths of over 1,500,000 people in the Middle East. 
Total global money supply stands at 90.4 trillion dollars.
Total global debt stands at 246.5 trillion dollars.

Performance… this thing we do and cannot escape…

to be Seen… to be Witnessed… to be Judged…


END

Adam Young


Title: 64 
 
Performer: Aaron Corbett

Venue: Beckett 3 Performance Studio, Leeds Beckett University, Headingley Campus (next to the swimming pool).

Time: 16:30 – 18:30 (durational work – audience can walk in walk and out)

Cost: Free

Exploring artistic depictions of Chess and the history of the sport whilst offering a political overview of their time, 64 is a piece that combines new text with movement determined through constraints. Created and performed by Aaron Corbett, 64 is part of a journey in professional development in creating work around constraint; it is therefore fitting that the movement around the space is a representation of the Knights Tour of a chess board. 

Aaron Corbett is a Politics graduate and Musical Theatre composer. 

Aaron Corbett

Title: littlegirldumbsluts

Performer: Lotty Loveridge

Venue: Beckett 2 Performance Studio, Leeds Beckett University, Headingley Campus (next to the swimming pool). 

Time: 17:30 – 18:00

Cost: Free

Girls. To. The. Fucking. Front.

It’s the ‘90s. Grunge is growing. Music is loud, opinions are louder. Riot Grrrls are emerging.

This work of interdisciplinary theatre explores subculture and evolution, specifically focusing on the values of the Riot Grrrl movement and its historical connection to the grunge scene. Bold, chaotic and inherently youthful, the spirit of Riot Grrrl unravels throughout this performance.

Riot Grrrls: Molly Crabtree, Lotty Loveridge, Florence Simmons.

Lotty Loveridge

Title: The Unsinkable Woman

Performer: Florence Simms

Venue: Beckett 3 Performance Studio, Leeds Beckett University, Headingley Campus (next to the swimming pool). 

Time: 19:00 – 20:00

Cost: Free

Ever wondered how much your family history has influence over who you are today? Florence does, and she feels like she has a lot to live up to. 

Her great-great grandmother was an ‘aqua star’ who swam in a crystal aquarium tank, roller skating and doing escapologist acts underwater. 

Join Florence as she retraces her family line back to the late 19th century, chats with her Nan about the music hall scene and gender politics, and still asks why she has never really been a particularly strong swimmer.

Somewhere between an episode of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, a meditation CD, and an imitation of a frog.

Florence Simms

 


Thursday 05 September 2019

Title: MEN

Performer: Liam Morgan

Venue: Beckett 1 Performance Studio, Leeds Beckett University, Headingley Campus (next to the swimming pool).

Time: 17:30 - 18:00

Cost: Free

Booze. Football. Tits. GEEZA! Dan Bilzerian. Fighting. Spitting. FUCK YOU! Arse. Toxic. Drugs. Militant. Wolf Pack. Threatening. Ugly. Powerful. Meat. Blood. Hard working. Mate. Pub. Gladiator. Lions. Connor McGregor. Strippers. I am a fucking animal.

Should we wear our masculinity with pride?

In this male-dominated arena, why should we question our masculinity?

Through a series of interviews and research, ‘MEN’ aims to explore masculinity in the 21st century, exposing vulnerability and blurring the very definition.

 

Title: A Blueprint

Performer: Lucy Aspinwall

Venue: Beckett 3 Performance Studio, Leeds Beckett University, Headingley Campus (next to the swimming pool). 

Time: 18:15 - 18:45

Cost: Free

This work aims to challenge the perceptions of togetherness between three performing bodies. Through the creative process we have dissected logical responses through the visceral exploration of habitual patterning by displacing familiarity within spatial temporality. An experience of being pulled in and out of the flow and energy of the performers, this work will unravel.

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Title: Rewilding

Performer: Lauren Trim 

Venue: Beckett 2 Performance Studio, Leeds Beckett University, Headingley Campus (next to the swimming pool). 

Time: 18:45 – 19:15

Cost: Free

Rewilding is the large-scale restoration of ecosystems that seeks to reinstate natural processes, allowing them to shape the landscape and the habitats within.’ (Rewilding Britain).

This dance work will explore how we might apply the practice of Rewilding to the body. A duet between female dancers, the piece combines movement improvisation, live music scores and the use of a malleable material to create a piece that engages the audience in new ways of understanding the body as a landscape for Rewilding. Lauren Trim is a dance artist whose practice draws on somatic, improvisational and feminist ideas.

Lauren Trim - Rewilding

Title: Morphic Bodies

Performer: Jake Daniels

Venue: Beckett 1 Performance Studio, Leeds Beckett University, Headingley Campus (next to the swimming pool). 

Time: 19:15 - 19:45

Cost: Free

Through the use of the liminal body we aim to explore the possibility of combining two distinct states of simultaneous existence within a trio of bodies.  The use of layered imagery we interact with the emergence of a zoomorphic movement vocabulary. This energetic, physical other-worldly performance blurs the lines between human and other - colliding performer and audience in various places on, in and beyond our bodies.

Jake Daniels

19:45-20:30 Post-Performance Talk with all artists

 

Friday 06 September 2019

Title: This is a Black Improvisation

Performer: Alexah Tomeh-Alleyne

Venue: Henry Moore Institute, 74 The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AH

Time: TBC (You can see this performance twice in two differing spaces)

Cost: Free
 
Moving. Sweating. Whining. Slipping. Snaking. Locking. Popping. Experiencing. Bumping. Grinding. Twisting. Shaking. Slithering. Winding. Circling. Slapping.

This is a black improvisation.

This is black fashion. 

This is black music.

This is black moving.

This is black.

Through improvisation I delve into my own black dance, grappling with what that is and how this materialises within my body. Whilst positioning myself within white spaces; how does my black dance exist within such spaces.

Can my black dance expand your imagining…

My body is constantly reimagining an imagining. My body is constantly reimaging your imagining.

Alexah Tomeh-Alleyne

Title: Lucy

Performer: Eleanor Greasley

Venue: Beckett 2 Performance Studio, Leeds Beckett University, Headingley Campus (next to the swimming pool).

Time: 17:30 - 18:30

Cost: Free

Here we go again. This work is an embodied exploration of the act of movement replication. An installation work featuring my research based on the translation of moment between performers. Experience the intricacies of the personal body as it is borrowed by another.

Eleanor Greasley

Title: This is a Black Improvisation

Performer: Alexah Tomeh-Alleyne

Venue: Beckett 1 Performance Studio, Leeds Beckett University, Headingley Campus (next to the swimming pool).

Time: 18:30 - 19:00 (You can see this performance twice in two differing spaces)

Cost: Free
 
Moving. Sweating. Whining. Slipping. Snaking. Locking. Popping. Experiencing. Bumping. Grinding. Twisting. Shaking. Slithering. Winding. Circling. Slapping.

This is a black improvisation.

This is black fashion. 

This is black music.

This is black moving.

This is black.

Through improvisation I delve into my own black dance, grappling with what that is and how this materialises within my body. Whilst positioning myself within white spaces; how does my black dance exist within such spaces.

Can my black dance expand your imagining…

My body is constantly reimagining an imagining. My body is constantly reimaging your imagining.

Alexah Tomeh-Alleyne

Title: Written on My Body

Performer: Shambik Ghose

Venue: Beckett 1 Performance Studio, Leeds Beckett University, Headingley Campus (next to the swimming pool).

Time: 19:00 - 19:30

Cost: Free

Performed by Dr. Mitul Sengupta.

The choreography and the performance this evening will try to envisage a reflective psychophysical narrative, discussing cultural hybridity collaboration and conflict, through an interactive setting with the audience. The performer finds herself in ‘crossroads’ where the reflection from her cultural past haunts her artistic present, trying to embody a physical identity voicing the meeting point of embodiment and reflection. The artist is torn between her traditional identity and her conflict with the expanded realization which informs her present artistic inquires and practice.

“Written on my body” is a biographical performance archive,  which haunts the past and questions the present, ‘What next’?

Shambik Ghose

 

Title: Interrelate

Performer: Rachel Clarke

Venue: Beckett 2 Performance Studio, Leeds Beckett University, Headingley Campus (next to the swimming pool).

Time: 19:30 - 20:00

Cost: Free

Relationships are not fixed, they are in a constant state of flux with ourselves, other people and the world that we live in. ‘Interrelate’ explores this notion through how the performers relate using the practice of support.


Rachel’s interests lie within inclusive community practice and collaboration. She believes that the weaving of a connecting web of person-centred processes between individuals and experiences can create its own patterns of change. This is in the hope of creating a supportive and understanding community.

Rachel Clarke - Interrelate

20:00-20:45 Post-Performance Talk with all artists

 

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Event Details

1 September 2019 -
6 September 2019
Various Times
Various Locations
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