8 January 2024

Tramway announces its first shows for 2024

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Today, Tramway announces its first shows of 2024, with three fantastic productions on sale now. 

Multi-award winning artist Mamoru Iriguchi brings his critically acclaimed What You See When Your Eyes Are Closed / What You Don’t See When Your Eyes Are Open (16 and 17 February). The production - which playfully explores the acts of ‘Seeing’ and ‘Being Seen’ on stage and on screen - is highly anticipated after its warm reception at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023 ("★★★★ An amusingly hand-stitched investigation into ways of seeing " - The Guardian; "★★★★ A joyful avant-garde experiment…A new kind of theatre" -The Scotsman).

This is followed by two world premieres: in Barrowland Ballet's Chunky Jewellery (9 March) two uncompromising performers and friends offer us an alternative love story using words, dance and song in a raw, open hearted and brutally honest reflection on 'a year to forget.'

Marc Brew Company and Eastman's an Accident / a Life (22 and 23 march) is also deeply personal. The exciting new collaboration between Marc Brew and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui unravels life-changing moments in both their lives, pivoting on the car accident in which Marc went from ballet dancer to paraplegic in a split second. 

The start of 2024 also sees the continuation of two unmissable exhibitions at Tramway: Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran's Idols of Mud and Water (until 21 April) dramatically populates Tramway's main gallery with a melange of hybrid, human-animal sculptures, presided over by a gigantic multi-limbed Guardian figure. Billie Zangewa's A Quiet Fire presents the Malawian artist's intricate hand-stitched textile collages, which challenge the historical stereotypes and perceptions used to objectify and exploit Black women. There's hands-on activity for art fans too, with the return of Printshop! (10 to 18 February). The celebration of printing, animation and making, led by Edwin Pickstone and Ross Hogg, offers free creative workshops over Glasgow's half term holiday. 

Ahead of this, Tramway welcomes Celtic Connections 2024 with a clutch of live concerts as part of the world famous festival. The line-up includes HEISK with Calum Stewart Trio & Sophie Stephenson, Blanco White and Lily Lyons, This is the Kit and Dominie Hooper, Anne Martin, Lau, Seth Lakeman, and Martin Green with Whitburn Band. 

Header: Barrowland Ballet, Chunky Jewellery, photo Brian Hartley

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Mamoru Iriguchi - What You See When Your Eyes Are Closed / What You Don’t See When Your Eyes Are Open; image Jo Hanley 

Marc Brew Company and Eastman - an Accident / a Life; photo Susan Hay