A weekend of stories, songs and music from Wales and the Wide Wide World! Full details of the festival here http://aberstoryfestival.wordpress.com/
Saturday events start from 1pm and run till late, including performances by TUUP and Sheema Mukherjee, A Cabinet of Curiosities, Josian Fauzou, and Martin Maudsley; film screenings in 'the box'; a sound/video piece by Rebecca Woodford Smith and Mikyoung Jun Pearce; and music by Quercus Burlesque, Kate Binningsley and Coppins and Musgrave. Plus a special workshop 'Can Storytellers Save the Planet', Rose Selavy's Surreal Story Salon and more!
The King & the Corpse by TUUP & Sheema Mukherjee 8pm A king is obliged to carry the corpse of a hanged man on his back – but the corpse is not dead, it is possessed by a storytelling vampire, whose enigmatic puzzles threaten to burst the King’s head into a thousand pieces… With customary charismatic style, The Unorthodox, Unprecedented, Preacher – TUUP - takes to the stage with sitar virtuoso, Sheema Mukherjee, to tell transglobalised versions of these stunning, 2,000 year old tales. As much an encounter as a performance, this formidable collaboration by two core members the wild world music collective Transglobal Underground, brings an 11th Century Indian fairytale to the contemporary stage. Enter a place of metaphor, magic and ritual. http://aberstoryfestival.wordpress.com/2012-programme/tuup-and-sheema-mu...
The Breach by Josian Fauzou 6pm Commissioned specially for the Festival. When we are used to certain habits, certain way of life, how hard can it be to accept change, to welcome novelty. Is change always for the worse or can change bring along positive outcome? That morning, Mr W.S Jr woke up early and starts erecting a wall in his garden in the place of the hedge. A wall is meant to protect, to hide, to delineate or to mark a territory.But is this enough in an age where hills are brought down to make way, where tunnels are dug through mountains to ease communication? Josian Fauzou tells through his story that unless we create a breach in our a-priori conception that walled us up, no real and true communication among mankind is possible. http://aberstoryfestival.wordpress.com/2012-programme/josian-fazou/
Site/Memory Mapping Project Mikyoung Jun Pearce and Rebecca Woodford-Smith
Through drawing on documents and traces of walking-dialogues we have experienced in Japan, Korea and the UK, this sound/video piece will explore memory and the body in relation to space and time, and ask what the action of walking allows in terms of what stories, experiences or confessions are told. Rebecca Woodford-Smith (Wales/London) is a performance maker and researcher, and Mikyoung Jun Pearce (Korea/UK) is a visual/performance artist. They have been collaborating together, and with Tokyo-based Theatre company Gekidan Kaitaisha, since 2004. http://aberstoryfestival.wordpress.com/2012-programme/rebecca-woodford-s...
Whose Land Is It Anyway? Martin Maudsley and Fiona Barrow Fiona and Martin have collaborated on several successful storytelling shows and this new piece, commissioned by Cardiff University, was first performed at Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival in June. The performance explores the role and importance of ‘localism’, and draws creatively on historical narratives, geographical myths and traditional stories to pose a contemporary question: Whose land is it anyway? http://aberstoryfestival.wordpress.com/2012-programme/martin-maudsley-an...
Also, don't miss the programme of films being screened in 'the box' and Zoe Childerley's exhibition 'Petrified in Storyland'
The Dancing Bear and the Doll is now on Friday, 30th of November.
Download the programme here