Emergency 2016

Second Session: 2pm-4pm

Presented by Word of Warning, STUN + Z-arts during Emergency 2016

Artists in Chronological Order (subject to change)

Please note this is primarily an adult event, see Access Info below.

Maelstrom Theatre | Land of the Giants
For 30 years I had the perfect disguise. Like carefully crafted synthetic skin, I hid my true self from the world. With each new lover I forced my body to create yet another layer of lies. Layer upon layer, I moulded myself around the needs and desires of others, until one day the skins cracked and I was forced to see myself for the first time.

Created and performed by Maelstrom Theatre’s Co-Director Anthony Briggs, with direction from Lindsey Brocklebank. When not authoring his own work or performing with Maelstrom Theatre, Anthony works part-time for Ludus Dance as their Creative Director, producing dance initiatives across the North West. Created with support from Lancaster Arts + Ludus Dance.

Ding & sich | Transfigurations
Exploring the material conditions of life and death in starkly poetic, material terms, mouth-to-ear, we tell stories of flesh and bone. In thrall to the visceralness, the eroticism, of sound, sight, taste, smell, touch, we imagine reaching beyond. Emboldened, the tales get taller and taller as we chart great journeys through inner and outer experience; plot magnificent transfigurations between body and world, until we come to rest, cleaving, silent, still.

Ding & sich was founded by Annie Lord & Simon Bowes in Winter 2015.
Annie has produced a trilogy of site-specific storytelling performances for Hidden Door Festival, Edinburgh; she has held residencies at Mustarinda, Finland (2015, 2016) + Obras, Portugal (2015).
Simon led Kings of England between 2009 + 2015; the company was commissioned by greenroom, LICA + SPILL Festival.

Paper People Theatre | Do Geese See God?
Do geese see God? What are planets? How many red balloons are there really?
Facts. Facts allow us to understand the universe and our place within it. But what is a fact? How do we know when a fact is true, out of date, misunderstood or just a lie? That’s what were here to find out.
In amongst the facts, all quite interesting, is one story of a young fact, personified, and her flight through life as she struggles to remain true.
Sit down, listen close and we’ll tell you the story of fact. You might even learn something.

Paper People Theatre is a company of cross-disciplinary artists who seek to make visually rich and vibrant work that explores humanity and our relationships with each other and the world we inhabit. The company members are Lowri Jones, Hannah Mook, Jake Walton + Jon Coleman.

Ryan O’Shea | Sync.
Oozing European sex appeal, sleekness and minimalism, Sync. mixes homages to drag divas and mainstream pop culture with a slow brooding intensity questioning concepts of deceit, authenticity and belief.
Set amongst an alien-like, 80s androgynous future where everything is clean, stylized and most importantly precise, Sync. explores the relationship between synchronization, language and movement, deconstructing an art form by simultaneously fusing iconography, faith and pop.
All boiling down to one question: Do you believe?

Ryan is an artist and performance maker hailing from Bristol. A recent graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University, he makes performance work transcending a range of disciplines. Play, deconstruction and popular culture sit at the heart of his performance pieces. He has worked with a range of international artists including: El Conde de Torrifiel (Spain) + Reckless Sleepers (UK/Belgium), and will be working with artist Michael Pinchbeck on his latest piece.

Venue + Booking Details

Date: Saturday 1 October 2016, 2-4pm (full event runs 12noon-11pm)
Venue: Z-arts (incl. STUN Studio), 335 Stretford Road, Manchester, M15 5ZA
Tickets: FREE, no booking required, come + go as you please.
N.B. Some limited capacity shows may have sign-up sheets on the day, others operate on a first-come, first-served basis.
Venue (Z-arts) Tel: 0161 232 6089

Access Information

Emergency 2016 is primarily an adult-focussed event and some works may not be suitable for younger viewers (i.e. under 18s). It takes place in a number of different spaces and formats — some seated, some standing, some spoken word, some visual, some limited capacity, some participatory. We apologise but some of the work may not be wheelchair accessible. For specific age and access information please email info@habarts.org or call 0161 232 6086.


Emergency 2016 is produced by hÅb; supported using public funding by Arts Council England + Manchester City Council. | Image: Ryan O’Shea by Bryan Slater


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Emergency 2016

Sat 1 Oct, 12noon-11pm. FREE | Z-arts
Participating artists subject to change.