Presented by Derelict + Word of Warning, supported by UCLan
Part of Thursday Lates at the Whitworth in Manchester
An immersive choral sound bath…
‘Song erupts around you… startling, moving and genuinely immersive.’
★★★★ The Guardian
Booking essential as each performance has a limited capacity.
Manchester Venue + Booking Details (the Whitworth)
(Manchester Date: Thursday 7 April 2016, 6/6.45/7.30/8.15pm: all sold-out)
Manchester Venue: the Whitworth (Grand Hall), The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER
Manchester Tickets: free to book online, donations are welcome on the day.
Mcr Box Office Tel: 07581 299 439 (leave a message + we’ll get back to you)
Preston Venue + Booking Details (Harris Museum)
(Preston Day One: Friday 8 April 2016, 6/7pm: both sold-out)
Preston Day Two: Saturday 9 April 2016, 1/2/3/4/5pm
Preston Venue: Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Market Square, Preston, PR1 2PP
Preston Tickets: free to book online.
Preston Box Office Tel: 01772 905 414 / 07867 306 062
Age advisory: 18+ (parental/guardian discretion). With no interval, each performance lasts approximately 25 minutes. Each audience member is blindfolded and hugged by a singer; participants experience the performance through sound, breath and vibrations of the body. For specific age and access information please email email@example.com or call 0161 232 6086.
Read Sarah Walters article on HUG in the Manchester Evening News.
Unable to visually gauge their surroundings, participants experience the performance through sound, breath and vibrations of the body as the choir of voices deliver the song. Playing with sense and perspective, HUG is a unique examination of the human voice’s power.
HUG is currently touring the UK and internationally following critically acclaimed performances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Southbank Centre, London. For Manchester and Preston it brings together a brand new ensemble of local voices for three days only.
Who is she?
Bristol-based, Verity Standen trained in music at Dartington College of Arts; her work as a composer, musical director and performer explores the human voice and how it can be celebrated and transformed through live performance.
In addition to her solo work and running her choir (Utterance) she regularly collaborates with a range of artists and companies across the UK, also as an outside eye + ear, vocal coach, facilitator and lecturer. Her current composition projects include Medusa (Bristol Old Vic) + The Light Princess (Tobacco Factory Theatres), and she has been nominated for an Off West End Award, The Arches Brick Award and a Total Theatre Award.
What people have said about HUG
To feel somebody’s thorax vibrate as they tackle an elaborate countermelody feels like the most immediate, visceral experience of music as human expression possible… like an antenna to heaven.
…there is more to it than just sensation. …a strangely cathartic experience, unequivocally illustrating the power that music holds to move us.
…the sound rose and fell in waves until it felt as if I was drenched in music that had seeped its way into every organ in my body, and maybe even found my soul. The enforced intimacy of the piece is startling, initially discomforting, charged and ultimately liberating. You can’t help but feel better after experiencing it.
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
By donation | Thursday Lates at the Whitworth
(Fri 8 Apr, 6-8pm sold-out) Sat 9 Apr, 1-5pm.
Free | Harris Museum, Preston
HUGFri 22 + Sat 23 Apr, 7.30pm.
£9/5, two nights £11/6 | Contact
Turn 2016Sun 22 May, 8pm. By donation | HOME
Queer as Yolk: ReduxFri 3 Jun, 4pm (5+6pm sold-out);
(Sat 4 Jun, 4+5+6pm sold-out). £4/2 | Contact
Works Ahead Compact EditionFri 3 + Sat 4 Jun, 7.30pm. £6/3 | Contact
Works Ahead Evening EditionWed 29 Jun, 8pm. £12/10 | The Lowry
A Room for All Our TomorrowsSat 9 Jul, 12noon-5pm.
Free | St Ann's Square, Mcr City Centre