Horizon Showcase Announces England-Based Artists Performing Artwork at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2021


A consortium of England’s leading artist-focused arts organizations have announced the lineup for Horizon – Performance Created in England, a dynamic new showcase for this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe which will take place from August 16, with a public program during the week of August 23. .

Nine new tour-ready performance works will be presented in a range of digital environments, alongside seven new projects, supported through a ‘residency’ program, which allows artists to play with new ideas from performance across a range of formats and genres.

The works across residencies and live performance streams demonstrate the original idea under which Horizon was first posed earlier in 2021 – celebrating artists who work across performance disciplines and currently based in England – all born from a new approach to build deep and lasting international collaborations. Horizon is presented by a consortium made up of Battersea Arts Center, Dance4, Fierce Festival, GIFT, MAYK and Transform.

The performance program includes award-winning choreographer and director Olivier Botis Seva, founder of Far From The Norm, with BLKDOG, a haunting commentary on survival to adulthood as a childish artist; Future Cargo, a sci-fi dance performance presented in a 40-foot transport truck is Requardt & Rosenberg’s latest outdoor work, filmed for audiences to experience at home with an intimate sound score. Artist Janine Harrington presents an online digital version of her Screensaver 2018 series, an animated sound installation of five dancers inspired by the obsolete screen-saving programs of early computing; and Opera Helps by performance and installation artist Joshua Sofaer will use the zoom to bring professional opera singers into audience homes for an individual performance.

First shown at Contact in Manchester earlier in 2021, mandla rae presents a short film As British As A Watermelon that explores the process of citizenship, questions the realities of decolonization, separates the lasting effects of trauma and explores fragmented memory. by mandla. Director Olivia Furber is collaborating with Palestinian filmmaker, writer and actor Ramzi Maqdisi on The Heart of the Earth Is Bigger Than Its Map. Created especially for Horizon 2021, Furber and Maqdisi will guide audiences through a 20-minute presentation of their work that guides participants through the streets of their own city, with a soundtrack designed through the streets of Jerusalem.

Built with original music and virtual performances, Chinese Arts Now’s Every Dollar is a Soldier / With Money You Are a Dragon invites audiences to roam free as avatars in a digital art gallery ” after hours ”. Blending game play and 3D technology, writer and performer Daniel York Loh compares the apparent success of once America’s richest man – William Waldorf Astor – with the migration of the Chinese people. Award-winning British Asian choreographer Seeta Patel presents a screening of her reimagining of Stravinsky’s iconic ballet “The Rite of Spring” in the classical Indian dance style Bharatanatyam in the year of the 50th anniversary of Stravinsky’s death; and Tarik Elmoutawakil’s Marlborough Productions will bring audiences around the world to join their famous Brownton Abbey (BA), an evolving international performance collective centered and celebrating disabled and gay people of color. Adapted for a digital landscape, Brownton Abbey: Talk Show will be a frank and open conversation.

After a year of massive cancellations, drastically reduced opportunities, and with creative freelancers facing more restrictive and costly regulations for touring work, Horizon marks the development of an exciting new collaboration model. Responding to the need for different and more flexible ways of thinking, the consortium placed care, innovation, environmental sustainability and accessibility at the heart of the showcase.

Horizon aims to distinguish itself from other showcases of the performing arts by encouraging the establishment of connections and relationships between artists and programmers at different stages of an artist’s journey. The inclusion of the seven residencies will deliver this – providing an opportunity for artists to develop their ideas while inviting international delegates into their creative process at an early stage.

Horizon Residences include The Dan Daw Show in which artist Daw will examine his relationship to his disability and hookup, and how power, pride and shame intersect. It’s a show about letting go and winning back oneself. Blind Magic by Jo Bannon is a dance piece with two visually diverse / blind performers and an unreliable audio narrator. He explores the imaginative dance between skill, deception and dexterity present in magic shows, with a clever parallel to the experience of visually impaired people. Artist and producer Katy Baird will present in the workshop Get Off – a fun, relatable and at times “slightly dark” performance that revel in excess while exploring the ways in which it unites us. Katy asks, “What makes us happy? and “how much is too much? “

PROJEKT EUROPA will work on LET YOUR HANDS SING IN THE SILENCE, a performance planned for an actor to recreate their own personal family tree from memory presented by the international female-led theater company. Multi-award-winning writer and performer Rachel Mars will use her residency to develop Forge – a new body of work on memorials, aftershocks, and human behavior in spaces with difficult histories. Mars asks what and to whom are memorials intended, and what should happen to places where traumatic events have taken place. Urielle Klein-Mekongo’s TRASH will be a dark musical about two working class black girls who decide to join the booming money making industry, pushing for financial success at all costs, from the media social. ULM will use his residence to explore how TRASH will present power and limits in this shiny, online world. UKM’s first solo show, Yvette, was presented and acclaimed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017. And to complement the residencies, British flamenco dancer and practitioner Yinka Esi Graves will be working on her first solo creation, The Disappearing Act, s’ will be inspired by her experiences as a black flamenco dancer and the historical questions that have been raised throughout her journey.

Supported by a community of artists and associates, all showcase performance creators will work collaboratively, and be encouraged and connected with artists and international partners to exchange ideas.

Arts Council England Chairman Nicholas Serota commented: “Giving English artists the chance to perform their work on the international stage is essential to nurture the ambition, innovation and collaboration that will help our industry. culture to thrive after the pandemic. The Edinburgh Fringe is one of them. most important cultural festivals in the world, and we are delighted to have commissioned Horizon as an opportunity for some of this country’s outstanding performing arts talent to showcase their work to industry professionals around the world. “

Tarek Iskander – Artistic Director of Battersea Arts Center, added: “We are delighted to welcome and support so many remarkable artists and projects in this inaugural year of Horizon. We have been inundated with so many brilliant ideas from across the country – ideas that truly deserved a place in Edinburgh and the opportunity to engage with new audiences – so this group is just the tip of a glorious iceberg of outstanding performance created in England.

“Taken collectively, this group represents what is really special about our performance practice … our rich diversity, our ambition to take risks and reinvent what is possible, our openness to ideas wherever they generate, our determination. , our deep understanding that arts and culture can really change the world; our playfulness, our taste for experimentation, and perhaps above all, our limitless determination to contribute positively to the world, whatever the circumstances. The artists in this program are committed to provoking and initiating meaningful conversations, not jumping to easy answers, and by showcasing this work we can help them build successful national and international collaborations that will benefit us all for many years to come. to come up.”

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe offers artists the opportunity to sell their work for an international tour. This showcase of artists based in England will allow strong links between international festivals, producers and presenters, even in this most difficult year for artists and creators. The works will all be presented digitally, but conversations between artists and potential presentation partners will examine future opportunities to present the work digitally, or as theaters open, live.

Commissioned by Arts Council England, the Horizon showcase is delivered by a consortium of Battersea Arts Center, Dance4, Fierce, GIFT, MAYK and Transform.

Consortium partners are working with several established independent artists to help shape the showcase, including Project O (Alexandrina Hemsley, Jamila Johnson-Small), Javaad Alipoor, Kirsty Housley, Sonia Hughes and Renny O’Shea. Associate partners reflecting different specialties and art forms also contributed to the process, including Akademi, ATC, Bush Theater, Circus City, The Cocoa Butter Club and Unlimited.

Horizon operates from August 16, with a public program during the week of August 23. Visit horizon.uk.

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