Manchester Acro Convention

10 Jan

We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in our funding bid to develop the acrobatic provision in Manchester with The Circus House. Owen and Lucy will be completing some intensive training with  Polichinelo Circus from February- April and then sharing their skills at the first Manchester Acro Convention in 2015. Dates and further info to follow. I will be writing a strategic report on the provision of acrobatics in Greater Manchester making recommendations to the Circus House about their future acrobatics programme.

 The Circus House

New Year New Start

5 Jan

 

We are delighted to announce we have been taken on by the UK’s premier Street Theatre agency, Fools Paradise! We are very much looking forward to working with them in 2015 and beyond, and you can catch our walkabout show Bobbins! at their showcase at Waterman’s Arts Centre on 27th February 2015.

You can see our artist page here

Find out about the showcase here

 

Words and Balance

30 Nov

ballOn Friday I performed a new collaboration at Bites:Remix curated by Upswing at the Albany. I was paired with Albany associate artist Fergus Evans, an experimental theatre maker and fellow Manchester expat.

We had only 3 days to create the piece. We looked at ways to combine walking globe and text in a way that allowed the physical instability to support the emotional vulnerability of my story. I found it fulfilling to experiment with writing, something I have wanted to try for a long time. It took me back to when I was little, getting an old typewriter for Christmas.

Working with Fergus was a DREAM. I felt safe in his dramaturgical arms, that his opinion was honest and fair, that he would push me but know when to stop. All this is vital when exploring your own past in a public forum.

As a street performer this was completely opposite to the type of work I create and perform. Bites: Remix gave me the opportunity to try something completely new and trusted in my practice as an artist. I usually delve into realms of the surreal and absurd, and my work is a chance for me to escape. In this piece I wanted to stare into the headlights of my past. We all have things we carry with us, and in that we are not alone.

New Collaborations

8 Nov

Laverie Vallee, Charmion, was a Sacramento born trapeze artist who possessed strength and a physique most men would be envious of. However, she was most well known for her risqué striptease performances.

Autumn is the season of change and it’s no different here at Molly Orange. We are collaborating on some new ventures with Circadian Troupe and Emergency Exit Arts over the next couple of weeks.

With EEA we start some research and development on a new walkabout performance based on the Women’s Institute, directed by Chloe Osborne. It’s their 100th Birthday next year and we have been researching their impact great and small.  Did you know that the first W.I. in Britain was in Llanfair­pwllgwyn­gyllgo­gery­chwyrn­drobwll­llanty­silio­gogo­goch?

We are also pleased to announce that we are performing the finale at Eltham Lights Up 15th Anniversary celebration, in an Alice in Wonderland inspired performance on top of a carnival float on Thursday 20th November. You can find out more about the event here.

DIY Alice in Wonderland Tea Party Wedding Ideas

"Art is Activism" [click on this image to find a clip of a performance by spoken word artist, Sarah Jones. Remixing Gil Scott Heron's famous piece, "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," Jones uses her art to assert, "your revolution will not happen between these thighs."]// power and privilege in hip hop and rap music, and what it means for women

Fun Palaces

8 Oct

We had a ball at the Rothbury Hall Fun Palace with Emergency Exit Arts performing exerts from Step Ball Change. The musical saw went down particularly well…

Looking forward to future collaborations with EEA and Circadian- watch this space!

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Photos by the lovely Jules Hodgson

Just So Festival

8 Oct

We had an absolute ball at Just So Festival in August, we just wanted to share some nice images and the Just So video! Can you spot us?

Big thanks to the Circus House Manchester staff and youth circus for their hard work and creativity on one of the highlights of 2014 for me.

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Just So Festival

10 Aug

 

I’ve been a bit quiet on here due to the business here at Orange HQ. We are currently preparing for performances of Little Wonder and Step Ball Change at Just So Festival next week and we can’t wait!

Expect photos of our time there as well as a general news round up before September…

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