Stimulating… extraordinary… performance…

hÅb is a Manchester-based producer, developer, and strategic advocate of contemporary performance, live art, and sited work in the North of England. greenroom’s key partner for over a decade, hÅb aims to maintain its legacy — working in collaboration with a range of partners to produce showing opportunities, platforms, and artist development projects including: Divergency, Domestic, Emergency, Haphazard, and Works Ahead.

Essentially industry-facing, we work with artists, colleagues, venues + others to create the best possible opportunities for new work to flourish.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England, hÅb is also a:
• core Divergency partner alongside STUN — encouraging diversity in live art;
GM Artist Hub partner — a joint artist development project with 12 partners;
• GM LGBTQ+ Arts & Culture Network member — an LGBT Foundation Project, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England;
Greater Manchester Independent Artist Initiative supporting partner;
Live Art UK member — a national network supporting + developing the UK’s live art infrastructure for the benefit of artists, presenters + audiences.

Since Jan 2012, hÅb has been ‘public’ in the guise of Word of Warning — a peripatetic programme of, and online signpost to, contemporary live work in Manchester + beyond… NB: this part of our site aims to offer information to artists wishing to know more about hÅb’s work and how to get involved; for more information about our public-facing programme please see Word of Warning.

From Emergency, our annual micro-festival for new live work presenting around 30 short works in a day every autumn and it’s recent iteration StopGap; through to Works Ahead, a series of small commissions with Contact for new work — we aim to provide a joined-up series of opportunities for emerging new work and artists in contemporary performance + live art.

In 2020 we began an online Domestic series, offering artists an opportunity to informally try out new ideas live from their homes — our rolling open call seeks proposals for performance works that can be presented online, within an artist’s available resources. Alongside live works, artists propose pre-recorded pieces that don’t fit this format — so in December we introduced Domesticated, a new home for video performance, currently featuring eight works.

hÅb curates sited performance and interventions — presenting Hazard, a biennial micro-festival of intervention that takes performance out of the black box environment and into Manchester city centre; as well as Haphazard, our frequent foray into all ages live art with Z-arts. We also co-produce Turn with Contact, a regular micro-festival for new northern dance + dance-makers (currently on hiatus).

In any given year, hÅb might work with 150 artists, present a couple of platforms, a sited festival, and present over 60 pieces of work as Word of Warning.

Updated 21 May 2021