¿Dónde Está Santa Claus? Round-up
Thanks to all for coming to our December show ¿Dónde Está Santa Claus? A fabulous time was had by all! And a special thank you to the artists!
We kicked off the night with film/sound work by Adrian Giddings, Bioni Samp, Yvonne Lake and Sophie Hedderwick, which then continued to play (without sound) for the rest of the evening as a beautiful back drop to the performances.
On the stage we had Rich Stokes up first, his songs of the darker side of love hit us where it hurts (but in a good way). Stokes is a 100% er, he doesn’t hold back. he plays guitar like his fingers might bleed and he sings like he’s talking just to you, deeply personal but completely relatable, and utterly beautiful!
Later Sarah Fortes Mayer performed ‘Lace’, a piece about the invisibility of the older woman. This piece was electric! The whole audience, completely unprompted, stopped, became silent and watched her, a marvelous moment where she became anything but invisible!
Laura Parrott, who had been performing ‘exorcisms’ on audience members throughout the evening, shook things up with a sudden and unexpected (and very loud) exorcism on Co-Director Kate Spence (who clearly needed it, the sounds she was making were blood curdling!) so big thanks to Laura for ensuring we all enter 2014 cleansed and free of Demons! (there was supposed to be film footage of this but Chris was so shocked by this moment he forgot to film!)
During the night Strange Ways shared ‘Christmess Crackers’ with everyone, containing gifts such as an empty pack of anti-depressants, hats bearing titles such as ‘Muppet’ and ‘Gobshite’, which really added to the whole spirit of things.
Also during the evening we had A. N. Onymous inviting us into his bed (which we visited many times), Collective Unconscious picking pairs of people through a tombola to then wrap up together, strangers then finding themselves face to face and enclosed for varying periods of time, Jonathan Graney performing ritualistic actions, filmed live onto a green screen, and Ed Wakefield creating live collage of the evenings events. We hope to show you his creations soon!
Byron Hare ended the night (they’d never played for an audience before so we decided to make them the headliners), and were a total delight, standout moments being the drumming using their shoes, and the improv humming session with everyone joining in. And special mention to Jodie Ollis whose voice is uh-mazing!! This is a band to look out for!
A massive thank you also goes to the Actress and Bishop for being such a great and welcoming venue.
We look forward to holding more nights like this in 2014, from open calls so keep checking our posts and get involved!