A couple of photos from our music-theatre piece Bo is Burning - gender identity through the eyes of a teenager, as ze dreams of kareoke queens and drag kings!
Last night we performed ’21st Century Clogs’ in Dokhuis Amsterdam - and it was awesome! The space is a beautiful cafe that’s actually a balcony heading down into a basement, with a giant hall on the back. We used all parts of the space to perform 6 wireless electronics pieces:
- FolkCLASH (2013)
- WRKSHP (2011)
- The Mill Song (2012)
- Robot Theater (2012)
- Bloodflood (2014 - cover of Alt-J)
- Bo is Burning (2013)
The audience were all crammed in, sitting on the stairs and on the floor, and the cafe (serving delicious vegan dinners) even ran out of food! Afterwards we all partied with whiskey sours until the venue friendly-ly kicked us out.
On the programme, we also curated ‘DRIVE’ by Francesca Clements, Cinthya Oyervides and Jelle Verstraten. After our performance, the fantastic Auxpulse provided a party, DJ-ing on Nintendo DSs and EWI.
Stay posted for the next one!
Performing ‘Workshop’ (Ned McGowan, 2004) at Huddersfield Contemporary Music festival 2011
'The Mill Song' (created 2012)
The duo! BO IS BURNING
Thank to Rob van Loon for the photos
A selection of photos from hcmf// - Huddersfield Contemporary Music festival 2013. It was a great show!
Good news! On the tour, amidst a hundred concerts and soundchecks and train journeys and performances and hulking lights and speakers around old factories, I lost my camera. Alas, alack! Thankfully, two weeks later it turned up, swallowed by a futon that I’d been sleeping on whilst we performed in Birmingham.
More photos to come! Until then, this is Felipe, with a friend (twin?) he made in Strutts North Mill, Belper.
These are the amazing old mills and factories we could play in during our 21st Century Clogs tour!
1. Bates Mill, Huddersfield. Our tour kicked off at hcmf// 2013, and we had the luxury of this huuuge mill space, with a great lighting and sound team. thanks, guys!
2. ORT old factory and print works, Birmingham. Here we could build up our boy’s room (for Robot Theater and girl’s room (for Bo is Burning). We got lovely flashing disco lights, but we were so enthusiastic we shorted out the electricity. Oops.
3. Cromford Mill. Only the VERY FIRST SUCCESSFUL WATER POWERED COTTON MILL, I’ll have you know! We did 3 performances here with the audience gathered closely around us, in the very birthplace of the industrial revolution! (ie. where clog dance came from)
4. Last but definitely not least, the incredible Strutts North Mill in Belper. The most challenging - 5 electronic set-ups in this old factory - we spent 8 hours building up but it was worth it. We performed The Mill Song in the vast basement… the video is coming soon!
Meet Bo Lilly! She likes to dance and sing and play the recorder and wear gold leggings. Sometimes she sings so hard her voice leaves her body and comes out of her cassette player.
Below is Sarah in Lilly’s ‘bedroom’, the Birmingham version!