• Archived Events/ Spring 2013

    Performing Place Symposium

    The ShowRoom Chichester

    An Open Invitation:

    Saturday 1st June 2013, Chichester University, Bishop Otter Campus, Chichester.
    9.30a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

    The Dance and Performing Arts Department at Chichester University invite researchers, practitioners, artists and post-graduate researchers to a 1 day symposium that will explore, celebrate, problematize and articulate notions of experiencing, encountering, articulating and ‘performing’ place through creative arts inquiry.
    The symposium will include installation and performance work, academic paper presentations, informal discussions and opportunities to engage in dialogue with colleagues interested in exploring practices and processes of experiencing and ‘performing’ place, and associated notions of (amongst others) site-specificity, embodiment, mobility, location, space, place and performativity.

    The symposium aims to stimulate a sharing of knowledge and ideas in an informal, playful and participatory manner.

    The event will take place on Saturday, 1st June 2013 at Chichester University, Bishop Otter Campus.


    • Fiona Wilkie: ‘Walking/cruising/motoring: performing place on the move’
    • Carl Lavery: ‘Postgeopathological Ecologies: Simon Whitehead and the Body as Home’
    • Jane Bacon and Vida Midgelow: ‘Experiences of Skript: A micro-installation’
    • Virginia Farman: ‘Performance in Urban Spaces’.
    • Victoria Hunter: ‘Dancing-Worlding the Beach’
    • Gregg Whelan: ‘What I Run About When I Run About Running’
    • Pete Phillips: GIFT-TAKE-MAKE-GIFT: A one-on-one performance encounter (running throughout the day)

    The day will also include a work in progress performance of a new outdoor dance performance piece, Everyday Hero, which is a development of the Mass touring show by Bicycle Ballet. Everyday Hero has been made with participants with visual impairments and 3 sighted dancers, and tandem bicycles. The work employs the structure of the Hero’s journey to explore themes of heroism found in the real life experiences of people with visual impairments.
    This is a free event, tea and coffee will be provided on the day, attendees are advised to provide their own lunch as there are no catering facilities on campus on that day.
    Please email Vicky Hunter at v.hunter@chi.ac.uk to reserve a place.

    We look forward to welcoming you soon!

  • Archived Events/ Spring 2013

    Dancing for Tony

    Dance for Tony

    A Contemporary Dance Gala

    Saturday 4th May 2013 | 7pm | £15/£5 |

    In aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice

    Master of Ceremonies: Richard Alston CBE

    Detta Howe
    Cai Tomas
    Yael Flexer
    3Fall Dance Company 2013
    Lîla Dance
    Replica Company
    Live music: Rod Paton

    Concessions – Students and Senior Citizens £5.00
    Guests – £15.00

    Suitable for ages 15 and above

    All the performers are giving their services in support of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. We are extremely grateful to Richard Alston, CBE, one of the most celebrated and revered figures of British contemporary dance, for agreeing to host the evening. He is Artistic Director of The Place, the UK’s premier centre for contemporary dance, and internationally recognised as one of the most inspiring and influential choreographers in British dance. Richard holds an honorary MA from the University of Chichester. This gala is a celebration in memory of my beloved husband Tony, who was a great supporter of contemporary dance and, especially, of dance at the University of Chichester. He died in April 2012. In his last months we were both sustained by the wonderful staff of St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

    Ann Nugent-Denison

    Dancing for Tony committee: Cathy Childs; Detta Howe; Natalie Rowland

  • Archived Events/ Spring 2013

    Unfinished Business

    MA 2013

    MA Performance Showcase

    Fri 22 and Sat 23 Feb 12pm Admission free | Age 16+

    Unfinished Business is a micro festival and symposium involving postgraduate performance students from Chichester’s MA Performance (Theatre and Theatre Collectives) programme, alongside selected works from contemporary arts programmes in the UK.
    This two-day event involves a programme of full-length performance works, keynote speeches by invited speakers, workshops, presentations, talks and seminars. Unfinished Business is a free two day event taking place on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 Feb 2013.

    If you wish to attend please email Andy Roberts showroom@chi.ac.uk with the amount of tickets you wish to be reserved.

  • Archived Events/ Spring 2013

    Sleepwalk Collective

    Amusements 2013


    Thu 2 May 7.00pm & 8.30pm 60 places per performance. Full £10 | Conc £6 | Age 16+

    Like some backroom carnival ride / lo-fi sci-fi pleasure machine, Amusements is an intensely sensorial and breathlessly seductive one-woman headphone-theatre spectacular that asks what exactly we might want from our entertainment, and what it might want from us. With the audience plugged wirelessly into its beating heart the performance is both a hypnotic dance towards the limits of pleasure and an unsettlingly voyeuristic tribute to our private desires, an escapist’s wet dream which grapples sleepily along the way with the dizzying highs and terrifying boredoms of the early 21st century: the soporific hum of mass communication; the television’s warm embrace. “You are an audience. You are a machine for watching. Remember everything … ”

    Sleepwalk Collective is an award-winning live-art and experimental theatre group creating fragile, nocturnal performance experiences between the UK and Spain.

    Nominated for Total Theatre Award 2012 and nominated for Arches Brick Award 2012.

    “Carries an emotional charge like a bare wire”


    Photo credit: Alex Brenner
  • Archived Events/ Spring 2013


    Map Dance 2013

    mapdance 2013

    Thu 25 Apr 7.30pm Full £10 | Conc £6 | Age 16+

    Celebrating its seventh year, mapdance has firmly established itself as an exciting company of young, dynamic dancers recruited nationally and internationally. mapdance performs a diverse repertoire by renowned and upcoming contemporary choreographers. This year the company is performing three new commissions from Charlie Morrissey, Jorge Crecis and Yael Flexer as well as re-staging a signature piece by Lucinda Childs and Nigel Charnock’s XX to honour his memory and choreographic legacy.

    This mixed bill offers a refreshing combination of dance theatre, intricate lyrical choreography, fast-paced athleticism and wry humour.

    “Inches from its audience, the troupe radiated energy. A sharp and pithy showcase … rare to find and thrilling to watch”
    Lisa Wolfe, Total Theatre.


    Photo credit: Chris Nash
  • Archived Events/ Spring 2013


    B Group 2013

    Just As We Are

    Thu 18 Apr 7.30pm Full £10 | Conc £6 | Age 16+

    bgroup returns with a brand new show by choreographer Ben Wright. Just As We Are opens at walking pace, moves through a series of solos and duets and culminates in a spectacular group finale.

    It is a tribute to an act of uncertainty, an invitation to the audience to consider the level of its participation…how will you share the moment?

    Ben Wright is an internationally-commissioned artist whose work moves between extremes – sometimes dark and mysterious, sometimes funny and flippant. Ben’s passion for creating extraordinary experiences and curious yet accessible work is the driving force behind bgroup’s growing popularity and success.

    For Just As We Are, Ben Wright is joined by an exceptional team of performers – Robert Clark, Lise Manavit, Allison Ahl,

    Michael Barnes and Andrew Garfield – lighting designer Guy Hoare, Composer Alan Stones and costume designers Theo Clinkard and Elizabeth Barker.

    “Probing, bonkers … leaves you effervescent with compassion and aching for a hug”
    The Stage.


    Photo credit: bgroup
  • Archived Events/ Spring 2013


    Big Hit 2013

    Big Hits

    Thu 14 Mar 7.30pm Full £10 | Conc £6 | Age 16+

    “Hello, Welcome, You look very nice. We’re Big Hits and we’re on a mission. You’ll learn SELFIMPROVEMENT here with us tonight and you will COMPLETELY improve yourself. That way you can be better in the world. Are you ready? Because if you’re not you’re running out of TIME. We’re going to blast our hearts RIGHT OUT for you right here for you. Do you feel FREE? This one’s for you.”

    Big Hits rises up in the space between live art and theatre, looking for a good time and staring hard at censorship, propriety, and the violence that can erupt when noise is stifled. An Unruly Voice is at large; the music’s turned up high.

    “Big Hits is funny, sexy, frightening, essential.…a genuine ground-breaker.”
    Mark Ravenhill.


    Photo credit: Ludovic des Cognets
    Big Hits is a production of Belluard Bollwerk International, made possible thanks to a contribution of the Canton of Fribourg to culture. In co-production with PACT Zollverein (Essen), Bora Bora (Denmark) and Colchester Arts Centre (UK).
    With the support of Migros Cultural Percentage, PACT Zollverein (Essen), Kunstencentrum Vooruit (Gent), Camden People’s Theatre (London), Royal Victoria Hall Foundation (UK), and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
  • Archived Events/ Spring 2013

    Clout Theatre

    Clout 2013

    How A Man Crumbled

    Thu 7 Mar 7.30pm Full £10 | Conc £6 | Age 14+

    “Art is a cupboard! We are not cakes!”

    Award winning Clout Theatre invites you to dive head first into the absurd world of the Russian poet, iconoclast and false moustache wearer Daniil Kharms. Three bouffonesque characters intent on telling ‘The Old Woman’ story let narrative escape them as comic vignettes, metaphysical ponderings and bouts of senseless violence provide constant distraction. Expressionist silent film meets grotesque slapstick in a world where clocks have no hands and a cucumber can kill a man.

    Winner: Physical Fest Audience Award 2012

    “An hour of sheer pleasure”
    The Scotsman


    Photo credit: Heike Kandalowski