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!
So, the tour to England was great! We probably should have been proper Tumblr-ers and live-posted a bunch of stuff, but we were too busy playing, travelling, building up electronics (A LOT of electronics), sourcing out props and eating fish and chips.
There’ll be lots of photos, videos and updates about the Bo is Burning tour coming!
This here character is Bo Butter, being super cool and singing their favourite pop song. From our world premiere performance at hcmf// 2013!
We have arrived in the lovely town of Huddersfield, UK! Today we perform at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf//) - a huge event with composers, ensembles and performers from all over the world. Today’s event is #Mytologier - combining British and Scandinavian folk music with contemporary music.
So at 1445, we will present the world premiere of Bo is Burning!
The Huddersfield people are incredibly friendly
Simon Steen-Andersen makes good music-theatre
Charity shops are the best place to find gigantic mirrors for the sceneography
An integral part of Bo Is Burning- make up! It’s used throughout the piece to make sounds, change from one character to the next, and to look pretttty. Who knew making contemporary music could be so fun?