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Fierce: Live Results of FistHere's the live results from the Fierce arm wrestling contest. The winner was Simon from Shard End, silver medal went to Irena Barker of Edgbaston. The prize was a bottle of chateau mouton 1974 and a table dance from the whore of babylon (pictured). Posted on the move at 22:18
Fierce: Upcoming Events...The Fierce Festival finishes this Saturday (3rd June). Here's a few things to look out for in the Fierce Program:
Fierce: Line Dancing Cowboys!The line dancing cowboys hit wolves. You can see them in the square next to the civic centre till 12 midnight.
Fierce: Darling, this is how...After a couple of wrong turns, and a trip on Wolverhampton's free city centre bus, we found The Wheatsheaf pub and asked at the bar to see "Giovanna Maria Casetta". Here's a glimpse "through the keyhole..."
Fierce: Red LadiesVisited Warwick Arts Centre to see the Red Ladies. Arriving early and sitting downstairs in the bar, we saw the occasional Red Lady wandering past. We then moved upstairs to as that's where the action seemed to be, and received secret instructions from one of the Red Ladies. Then off one of the ladies went and we followed her outside. Warwick Arts Centre is part of a complex of white buildings, with broken up levels, passageways and tiered roofs. As we walked through, there seemed to be Red Ladies everywhere. On the rooftops, inside offices, sitting in secret gardens, surveying us with binoculars, sending secret signals with their sunglasses etc. Our walk led us to the back entrace to the theatre and we rushed down a series of passageways eventually collecting in a space behind the stage. The doors opened and we were told to seat ourselves. Often I just describe the performances I see, and don't spend so much time on the message behind them. With the Red Ladies, what really came across to me were the concepts. If I had to sum it up in one sentence, I'd say "People are all the same, and people are all individuals", and in two sentences, I'd add "We are very small and the world is very big". Other themes were those of interuption, social isolation, war and of the roles of women. On stage, some of the things one could see were the Ladies acting in concert, all together, identically dressed; at one stage, changing into different dresses, reading different books; being interupted by disjoint voices from a loudspeaker, sometimes fragments of news reports, sometimes numbers or random words. Ah! it's hard to describe, but well worth seeing! FierceTV were there again, interviewing people so you can hear more about it on the Fierce website.
Fierce: 25/7First... The last night of 25/7 is this Sat 27th May, 4pm and 7.30pm in central Coventry. If you want to catch it you'd better hurry! You can book on 024 7652 4524 or Read more on the Fierce website. 25/7 is the funniest, warmest, in the round, start of war drama I've seen for a long while. Seated in a revolving restaurant, with a view of approaching tanks, we watch the countdown to an olymic launch and the start of war. Our characters include: an "over enthusiastic" journalist, slightly prone to exageration; a fiesty waitress; a sniper with a grudge; and a restaurant owner desperate to make a successful impression. I must admit to having a big grin on my face for about half of the time - mainly due to the excellent dialogue. Oh! and there's a band too... Add comments or write about your own Fierce experience http://www.fiercetv.co.uk/
Fierce: IntervaloThe first piece at the Patrick Centre, started with a seemingly random set of movements, with the performer (Frederico Paredes) standing at one point, waving his arms, and moving on to another place. I must admit, I wasn't sure quite what was going on! Then music was added, including the sounds of birds, and commentary from a guided tour and some of the bird like moves began to make more sense. Next, we were told a tale of the major of a Brazilian city who, wishing to make it more like Paris, imported and released crates of sparrows, who then chased away the brightly coloured and diverse native birds. Later in the piece, he invited 6 members of the audience on stage, and after briefing them, the action resumed. They each took a place on the stage and performed a repetitive action. Frederico moved across the stage, arms out, forcing the other "players" into a smaller and smaller space, where their movements clashed and were restricted. As a piece, it worked very well - a clear metaphor for colonialism, well presented, enjoyable. Frederico himself came across as warm, friendly and intelligent. Add comments or write about your own Fierce experience
Fierce: O Samba do Crioulo DoidThe second performance was O Samba do Crioulo Doid (The Samba Of The Crazy Nigger). Here, Luiz de Abreu explores a wide range of stereotypes, through dance. We begin with a very dark stage, a backdrop of Brazilian flags gently lit from behind, an a single figure, silhouetted, in the back corner. The figure starts to move, swaying slowly as soft music plays. Gradually, the lights brighten, the music speeds up, the dance becomes more lively, and the figure moves closer and closer. It becomes clear that our dancer is naked. Very naked. If you can be very naked. The calf length silver boots only serve to set off the nakedness. Our dancer begins to sway his hips, slowly, with predictable results (which, like some of the other actions, I won't describe for modesty's sake ) One person in the audience leaves. As the moves continue, the lighting clear now, Luiz begins a show of muscle control, shaping and re-shaping his body. A couple of times, he does a wonderful transformation back and forth from a smiling, waving happy figure (perhaps on a carnival float or TV) to his normal "plain face". A Brazilian flag, with holes to make it wearable as a cloak appears. Luiz wears it as a catwalk model, strutting up and down on his silver heels, as a sheet through which he shows various parts of his body, and in a myriad different ways. A wonderfully multi-layered piece, so many references to stereotypes and popular cultural images, and something you could discuss and dissect for a very long time. Add comments or write about your own Fierce experience
Fierce: Here While We WalkAbout a dozen of us gathered outside the Ikon where we were enclosed in a large white band. Told we would walk for an hour in silence, and off we went. Initially it was hard, and a little frustrating, trying to walk in this enclosed space without stepping on other people. We quickly learnt to walk well as a group, as we went through a series of turns, narrowings to single file and other manoeuvres. The first public reaction i saw was that of a security guard directing traffic, who just stared at us in wonder, totally distracted from his task. Next, a Brindley place security camera followed up with its little glass eye (see Peteo's great photo on the Fierce website). As we waited at a pedestrian crossing, a group of lads on the other side shouted "is it a protest?". I also overheard someone explaining: "it's a tour for foreigners" and met a guy who was going "is it a flashmob? It's a flashmob isn't it." but of course, our vow of silence prevented up replying. We also stopped in various places, in Chamberlain Square where one of our guides followed the outline of our band with bread crumbs, and slowly, pigeons joined us within our space. Later we had a game of cats cradle, tying ourselves up in knots with elastic until "ping, ping, ping..." it was released. I actually saw lots of bits of Brum I hadn't visited before, and it was fun watching the reactions of passers-by - those who didn't see us, those who stopped and stared and those who tried to rationalise us away. Once we were released from our band, and our silence, our kind artist guides gave us kites to fly with the words "Here","While", "We" "Walk" on them Add comments or write about your own Fierce experience
Fierce: Imagem - Marcela LeviFierce wouldn't be Fierce without the occasional nude performance, and this was the first one this year. The venue was the Ikon Gallery, and we arranged ourselves in rows on the floor of the 2nd floor gallery. Marcela Levi walked out in slightly loose blue shorts and top, and proceeded to act out a number of scenes in which she moved and removed her clothes, re-modelling the clothing - shorts becoming a top, top becoming shorts. Add comments or write about your own Fierce experience
Fierce: PORTA DAS MAOS Porta Das Maos - Michel GroismanMichel Groisman's smooth, hypnotic hand movements, always joined, ever changing were projected live in a darkened room. The writing forms looking like a ballet for octupi. Sometimes shapes like faces appeared, sometime it seemed abstract, sometimes reminiscent of shadow play. Michel even tried to teach the audience how to reproduce some of his moves - I think I got them.... Add comments or write about your own Fierce experience
Fierce: Upcoming: Red LadiesTomorrow is the first day of the Red Ladies take over of Coventry city centre. Previously spotted in Tragalgar Square, these mysterious red head-scarfed women are on a mission... but no one knows quite what that mission is. They'll be out and about on Weds to Sat early afternoons this week, and you can visit their headquarters at Warwick Arts Centre each of those nights at 7.45 (*) More details on the Fierce Website, or ring Warwick Arts Centre on 024 7652 4524 to book. If you manage to spot them, you can report sightings here! (*) A misprint in the Fierce brochure says the performances are only Weds and Sat, but I've checked and they're doing Thurs and Fri too.
Fierce: Evidence for the Existance of BorrowersI didn't know what to expect from this performance at The Hippodrome, a couple of friends had been on Sat and Sun and told me it was very good - but not given anything much away about what happened. As it's finished it's run in Brum, I'll spill (some) of the beans, so beware: there are "spoilers" below. On the top floor of the Hippodrome, we were met by a lab-coated assistants who led the audience (limited to about 15) through to a luxurious theatre sponsors room where the founder of the Borrowers International Network (BIN) explained to us the purpose of the organisation and a little about the history of Borrowers. We then set off on a tour through the complex and winding corridors and stairs of the theatre back stage, looking for evidence of Borrower activity. As Borrowers are very small, about 1/10th the size of a "Human Bean", there were small arrows at ankle height to guide us, or visiting Borrowers, on our way. We found various Borrower items, all lovingly reconstructed by BIN. These included tiny ladders to allow them to climb around the human world, a "artists box" of "Bobjects" each of which triggered the telling of Borrower Legends and a collection of borrower sports and games. The finale was a musical performance on Borrower instruments, by BIN members! The objects were quirky and cute, and the whole feeling was very nice. Judging from the laughter and smiles, the other audience members really enjoyed it too. "Evidence for the Existence of Borrowers" has finished it's run now, but you can find out more about the next Fierce events at their website - http://www.fiercetv.co.uk/ Add comments or write about your own Fierce experience
Fierce: Launch PartyThe Fierce Festival got off to a flying start with its spectacular launch party. All the traditional "free loading arts folks" seemed to find their way to the new location OK - funny how word gets around when there's free booze! Entertainment wise, we had the Puppini Sisters doing great 40's style versions of songs by artists like The Smiths and Kate Bush. Their dress sense reminded me of great Sugarfoot Stomp DJs. What about a Stomp / Puppini crossover?
Fierce: Launch Party Moved!Due to overwhelming demand, the Fierce Festival launch party has been moved to Chic Bar, 28 Horsefair Birmingham B1 1DD. It's on the corner of Bristol Street & Essex Street, just out of town from the pagoda in the middle of the Bristol St roundabout. It's free, but you should probably ring 0121 244 8084 to be put on the entry list. The Fierce Festival Website lets you comment on the Fierce Festival - check it out. back in February, and took part. Nice to see all the films, with various people I recognise or who were present in the room appearing on screen. There was also some great painting by Kerry James Marshall, paintings featuring black people, often in scenes where most people would "expect" to see a white face. His "Love" series in black, white and shades of grey (plus the odd pink heart) is fantastic. Unfortunately, I missed Richard Billingham's long exposure photos of Cradley Heath at night. Must go back... back in 2004. You can hear a sound clip of QQQQQQ from this page - but the pictures actually make it much better. Nottingham has lots of different buildings - different styles, different ages. Unlike Birmingham which generally seeks to destroy any building which might be different or interesting (or at least facade it and build naff 1990's style appartments sticking out the top). Quite a lot of nice arts and crafts building too. There's also independent shops, in addition to every chain under the sun. Well worth a visit for this alone. Will add more later, including some photos. Chikinki , and some of All Gods Fail (and missed Man Over Board ) at the Jug of Ale. Chikinki were a great 5(?) piece, with a bass keyboardist who danced/writhed to the music and had a wonderful "look". The lead singer too, had a very particular style - somewhere between Mick Jagger and Jim Morrison - and I think he knew it. They mixed electronica with more rocky/guitar stuff and came accompanied by a small but loyal group of fans. No idea where they're from, but I'd see them again.
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