David Shearing (Credit: Tom Joy)
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ABOUT THE WEATHER MACHINE
A tiny light in the fog, a hidden message on the wind.
THE WEATHER MACHINE is an immersive event constructed around the weather conditions of the day on which it takes place. The audience is situated at the heart of an unfolding landscape, following a disjointed, poetic text as the atmosphere around them takes shape: a cloud forms from the ground and moves upwards, a wind blows past, it begins to rain. Sound seeps from radios hidden in the grasses.
David Shearing has created this work in collaboration with composer James Bulley and writer Kamal Kaan. The performance develops Shearing’s signature design style of elegiac, reflective landscapes. It employs hi and low technologies, including printed text and multi-speaker sound systems.
The gentle pace of the work and the physical sensations created by the shifting weather conditions encourage the audience, who are free to move through the piece at will, to take notice of their bodies and to make sense of the text and soundscape.
The delivery of sound via headphones is recurring feature in Shearing’s work, and in this production, the shift between intimate headphone delivery and external speaker delivery highlights the separation between the individual and the community.
The piece takes place in a studio theatre, on a man-made landscape constructed from screens, wooden pallets and grass. It is a multi-media installation; a performance with no performers. Stripping the performance event back to its essential elements of sound, lighting, text and audience THE WEAHER MACHINE explores how weather conditions connect us to each-other and, ultimately, shape our lives.
David Shearing’s THE WEATHER MACHINE is supported by a Sky Academy Arts Scholarship in association with IdeasTap. Made with financial support from Arts Council England. THE WEATHER MACHINE is commissioned by & was developed at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, in partnership with stage@leeds.
ABOUT DAVID SHEARING & COMPANY
David Shearing & Company is collaboration of artists, composers and writers, creating highly reflective, immersive environments. We are interested in how audiences engage both physically and conceptually with performance and art installation. Collectively, we explore audience engagement by creating intimate, and at times spectacular, environmental spaces.
DIRECTOR / DESIGNER
David is an artist and performance maker whose work operates as a hybrid between fine art and performance practice. His piece and it all comes down to this… (2012) won the World Stage Design award for Installation Design (2013). David works collaboratively as a designer and director with numerous companies, artists and venues including Yvon Bonenfant, Athens School of Fine Art, BIOS (Athens), Prague Quadrennial and Leeds Art Gallery.
David has an MA in Performance Design and Practice from Central Saint Martin’s (2008-2009) and is conducting PhD research into ‘Audience Immersion and the Experience of Scenography’ at the University of Leeds.
James is an artist, composer and researcher whose practice explores the dialogue between music and sound art.
Most recent works include Living Symphonies (2014), Tactus (2012, ongoing), Maelstrom, created in collaboration with Daniel Jones (2011, ongoing), and This Is Where You Got To When You Came In (Bush Theatre, 2011), created with artist group Non Zero One. Other large-scale works include Variable 4 (2009, ongoing), created in collaboration with Daniel Jones, an ongoing series of installations resulting from a commission and artist residency from Aldeburgh Music (May 2011),and a PRSF Live Connections award (May 2010). His work has been exhibited at various galleries and sites, including the Barbican Centre (Maelstrom, 2011), The Queen Elizabeth Hall (Equal Temperance, 2009), the Southbank Centre (Kindertransport, 2010), the London Festival of Architecture (X Street, 2010) and the UK Young Artists Festival (Connection Failed, 2010).
Kamal read Architecture at Cambridge University. He has appeared on both stage and screen, including the BBC dramas Five Days II, The Syndicate and Doctors, and recently, in the play Muslamic Love Story by Nick Ahad. Alongside his acting career Kamal has been simultaneously developing his writing. He undertook the Royal Court Young Writers programme led by Mike Bartlett and recently was funded to participate in The Arvon Foundation Writing For TV residential course led by David Allison/ Chloe Moss/ Paul Abbot. From this, he was invited to the BBC Writer’s Festival as part of the Skylight initiative for emerging young writers. Kamal recently graduated with a Masters in TV Fiction Writing from Glasgow Caledonian University.
ABOUT THE WEATHER MACHINE’S SUPPORTERS
Sky Academy Arts Scholarships
Sky Academy supports emerging artists with scholarships to develop their practice. These life-changing awards include bursaries, and a programme of expert mentoring, which allow each scholar to focus exclusively on their creative practice for an entire year.
In addition to financial support, winners are paired with business and creative mentors from Sky and their industry to support them along the way. The deadline for applications for this year’s scholarships is 26th February 2015. You can apply here: http://www.ideastap.com/Opportunities/Brief/14e194fa-534b-4471-83e7-a3e900d57a0a#Overview
Ideas Tap is a charity for young, creative people at the start of their careers. It works with major arts organisations to offers members a huge range of exclusive opportunities, all designed to boost their careers and move work their forward. Opportunities include funding, briefs and creative assignments, jobs and networking opportunities. It is free to join, and you can do so here: http://ideastap.com
stage@leeds is a public contemporary performance space dedicated to artist development and supporting new work. The theatres and rehearsal studios are situated at the heart of the University Of Leeds campus.
stage@leeds provides a dynamic, creative and supportive environment for Artists, researchers and practitioners.
West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Furnace Programme
Furnace is the Playhouse’s ongoing new work development programme, where artists work with the theatre to trial and test out new projects. We work with theatre makers who are emerging or mid-career and looking to take their work in new directions. The programme works with artists to realise ambitious ideas, taking ideas from initial seeds into physical reality.
For more information, to set up interviews or to request tickets please contact Hannah Stockton at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07791 360 754.