Our last full day of getting an advanced view of the shows for 2017 was, in my opinion, filled with some of the best acts. Over the week we’ve had the pleasure of seeing a wide range of amazing shows from comical theatre to BMX dancing. This dance act featuring a BMX was both beautiful and extremely impressive. I love biking, pretending I’m cool going on muddy ramps, down rocky slops and doing the “look no hands” on my old mountain bike so seeing this effortless flowing BMX artist move around the stage was stunning while also making me feel rather uncool!
The last full day consisted of music from Ninebarrow, an incredible act by Lost Dog called Paradise and Balbir performing Champion of the Flatlands and Decreasing Infinity Dance Programme, this was the act which contained the BMX moves! These were followed by Windibops Dance Programme by Moxie Brawl, Joseph Toonga’s Its Between Us Dance Programme, Tom Dale’s The ‘Living’ Room and Ben Wright’s Keepers.
After our lunch break, yes even more cake was involved, we got to see Give Me Your Love by Ridiculusmus and Castle Builder by Vic LLewellyn & Kid Carpet. We ended the session with a clever and hilarious performance by Sh!t House called Women’s Hour.
DUring the day we also had some free time to arrange one to one sessions and attend presentations. I had a one to one with the rural touring manager from Arts Council England. Its was a lovely informal chat about my work and the challenges our venue comes across, what shows could work at Spring Bank Arts and more about each others backgrounds. It was great to talk to someone with an artistic background which lead onto behind the scenes work, he started as a dancer then moved to managing acts and events work.
The presentation I attended was Share and Steal: International Touring Schemes. This talk was a insight into the schemes used in Canada and Western Australia. Hearing from Laurie Gills and Philippa Maughan it was exciting to find out how over seas they run, manage and work with artists and audiences. It currently seems music acts are favoured by both over seas & here when picking shows for rural touring. I know at Spring Bank Arts our most popular events are classical, jazz and folk music ones. This conference has opened my eyes to the world of drama and contemporary dance acts, it would be nice to see a lot more of these types of acts doing the rural tour circuits soon.
The last set of shows to end the day and the conference were possibly three of my favourites! The first Hiccup Project performed May We Go Round, the act was a flowing comical dance act which had you laughing through out. Secondly The Pretend Men performed Police Cops, this hilarious act was adrenaline fuelled from start to sweaty finish! The last was Gloriator by Spitz and Co, this piece had me in tears. I couldn’t stop laughing. The two women had the crowd in the palm of their hands!
So after this busy, amazing eye opemimg week I am hoping all the laughing means I can eat just that little bit more cake!
Off for a brew x