The second edition of Aberystwyth Arts Centre’s innovative Safle 2 / Site 2 micro-festival of theatre performed in new and unusual ways, features a range of performances everywhere from down by the seaside to a shipping container, on a stage, in a tiny room and even in the theatre! The micro-festival is a feast of new performance to entertain, challenge and stimulate.
Safle 2 / Site 2 features Fringe First award winner 2014 Confirmation, which attempts to have an honourable dialogue, real and imagined, with political extremism. Confirmation is from multi award winning Chris Thorpe and Rachel Chavkin and is performed on the 15th February.
Jo Fong presents An Invitation… on the 1st and 2nd March, which is about connection, conversation, spontaneity and uncertainty. It’s also playful, joyous, imaginative, powerful and human.
★★★★ “Jo Fong is something of a legend on the UK contemporary dance scene. She’s worked with everyone, from Rosas to DV8 to Rambert, and has a reputation as a charismatic performer and a relentlessly inquiring choreographer.” The Observer
Doppelgangster’s TITANIC on the 7th and 8th March, has drawn from the screenplay for James Cameron’s 1997 epic Hollywood tear-jerker and a maelstrom of other sources including the Titanic DVD Special Features Disk and eye witness statements of people who actually saw the film at the movies. Cameron’s narrative is subverted by competing historical, fictionalised and completely fantastic accounts, as early 20th Century political spin, media confusion and public anxiety are given voice, amplification and a flare gun.
“A heroic performance” CCQ
You can experience an extraordinary visual poem, created with story, light and sound with Jo Bannon who presents Exposure on the 9th and 10th March. There will be 20 performances a day between 12.30 and 8.30pm.
A special Safle Scratch Night to celebrate local performance from physical theatre to solo shows and installaton work curated by the Experimental Studio will be presented on the 10 March, 7.45pm and tickets will be free for this event.
International innovators Forced Entertainment present Tomorrow’s Parties, on the 11th March. This is a compelling performance that imagines a multitude of hypothetical futures. From utopian and dystopian visions, science fiction scenarios, political nightmares and absurd fantasies, two performers compete to deliver a thought provoking survey of hopes, fears, surprises and inventions.
★★★★ “Unbearably sad yet absurdly optimistic” GUARDIAN
Mr & Mrs Clark present Smash It Up on the 10th March. Short-listed for the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Smash It Up is a destructive plea for some cultural conservationism. It is a challenging demand for equality, for hope and for greater creative freedom and beyond all for an understanding and nurturing of the creative imagination.
“Mr and Mrs Clark unleash a wild and often witty plea for artistic and civic preservation” The Herald
The festival ends with a free downloadable audio walk ‘Fragments Towards a Horizon’ along Aberystwyth’s seafront on the 15th and 16th March.
Seats are very limited for many of the performances so please book early.
A festival pass is available for just £50. To book contact the ticket office on 01970 62 32 32 or go online www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk.
Safle 2 / Site 2 Event Listings:
Confirmation – Chris Thorpe
15/02/2016 / 8pm / £10 (£9)
A dialogue, both real and imagined, with political extremism
An Invitation Jo Fong
1/3/2016–2/3/2016 / 4 & 7pm / £10 (£9)
An interactive performance on the theatre stage for groups of 46 people at a time
Titanic – Doppelgangster
7/3/2016–8/3/2016 / 6 & 8pm / £10 (£9)
An installation piece performed outdoors on chapel court
Exposure – Jo Bannon
9/3/2016–10/3/2016 / 20 performances a day between 12.30 and 8.30pm booking essential £10 (£9)
Experience an extraordinary visual poem, created with story, light and sound.
10/3/2016 / 7.45pm / Free/Am Ddim
A special safle scratch night to celebrate local performance from physical theatre to solo shows and installation work curated by the Experimental Studio. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to be involved. Entry free.
Tomorrow’s Parties – Forced Entertainment
11/3/2016 / 7.30pm / £10 (£9)
International innovators Forced Entertainment present a compelling performance that imagines a multitude of hypothetical futures.
Smash it Up – Mr & Mrs Clarke
10/3/2016 / 7.30pm / £10 (£9)
Shortlisted for the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award at the Edinburgh Fringe: ‘a wild and witty plea for artistic and civic perservation’.
Fragments Towards a Horizon
15/3/2016 – 16/3/2016 / Free/Am Ddim
A downloadable audio walk along Aberystwyth’s seafront – just download instructions from Aberystwyth Arts Centre’s website! www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/festivals/site-2-safle-2