We reveal our Autumn and Winter season
Tramway returns this Autumn with a vibrant, diverse, and dynamic programme from renowned international artists, experimental performers closer to home from the theatre and dance worlds, and a spectacular exhibition programme. Performances promise something for everyone, from dance and experimental theatre fans, to art lovers, families, and the local community, on their streets.
There’s an ambitious international strand across programming. The venue is hugely excited to bring renowned French artist and set designer Phillipe Quesne to Glasgow with Farm Fatale (7 October); a magical post-human parable featuring five scarecrows, and offering a deeply topical ecological message in poetic form.
Meanwhile, Australian artists Club Ate present a colossal artwork, IN MUVA WE TRUST, which will be projected onto Tramway’s façade from The Hidden Gardens on Friday 28 October, presented as part of an evening experience which also includes a live DJ set, and Cade and MacAskill’s highly acclaimed The Making of Pinocchio, which will be performed on both 28 and 29 October. The Glasgow-based duo can expect a warm homecoming for this true tale of love and transition told through the story of Pinocchio.
The season is packed with exhilarating performance moments, including UTOPIAN (T&Cs apply) by Symoné (Saturday 24 September). Described as a surrealistic circus, and a queer-positive experience ‘inspired by raves and power play’, it also promises – according to one delighted reviewer, ‘a buzzing club atmosphere, amazing visuals and exceptional circus skills.’
The international strand is picked up again in Tramway’s main gallery, with a solo exhibition by Polish artist Iza Tarasewicz. She utilizes raw materials and rural systems of production to create complex spatial installations that draw connections between cellular, social, agricultural, and celestial interactions. Polish dancer and choreographer Pawel Sakowicz will present a new work responding to the forms and rhythms of the exhibition, in the gallery at its preview on the evening of 7 October (and again on Saturday 22 October, and Saturday 5 November).
Ahead of this, Tramway is delighted to present a new exhibition of work by the Glasgow artist Norman Gilbert (1926-2019) who lived and worked in Glasgow’s southside for over sixty years, painting intimate, domestic scenes of his wife Pat, their four children and an extended family of friends and neighbours.
Gilbert’s vibrant and formally diverse paintings are characterised by bold, inventive colour palettes and flat areas of vivid pattern which sit next to one another in exuberant combinations. Along with his paintings, the exhibition includes black and white studies, as well as textiles, objects, and ephemera from the artist’s studio. His exhibition previews on Friday 2 September.
Pagrav Dance Company will kick off the performance season and continue the Tramway Beyond Walls strand on Saturday 3 September, with a free people-pleasing show devised by Urja Desai Thakore and Hetain Patel: Deva, performed outside the southside’s Langside Hall, playfully challenges myths and expectations of the South Asian body through Indian dance.
Expect more outdoors fun from procession performance STRUT Kids by MHz (Wednesday 5 October) while back indoors Tramway favourites Barrowland Ballet will entertain across the generations with a programme of live and filmed dance performances created within the local community (5 and 6 November).
More shows to look out for include the Artist Voice showcase (Saturday 19 November) from Project X Dance, champions of platforming Artists of Colour; and White and Givan’s exquisite dance performance Worn (Friday 11 November), which explores how the body is affected by the experiences, marks and scars that make us.
Jenny Crowe, Tramway Senior Manager, said:
“We’re excited to present an ambitious Autumn and Winter programme featuring the very best international and homegrown artists across dance, performance and visual art. Our Tramway Beyond Walls programme continues with Deva, and the dazzling STRUT Kids, taking performance direct to local audiences, whilst our exhibition programme includes Iza Tarasewicz’s mesmerising large-scale installations and Norman Gilbert’s paintings providing an intimate snapshot of Glaswegian family life.”
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