August 21st – 26th at 11am
We can’t help living in the future – booking flights for holidays, organizing birthday parties, writing applications, sending out invitations, producing T-shirts for tours. But all of this is merely supposition. When the time comes, these things may happen according to plan, or they may not. Life is entirely unpredictable. But what if we could rewrite history? What if we could imagine that things had turned out differently even if they had not? What if we could anticipate all roads to the future, so that we could be prepared for any possible scenario? Portuguese theatre company Mala Voadora and writer and performer Chris Thorpe collaborate in Your Best Guess to investigate this unpredictability. They explore more concrete phenomena such as undetonated bombs, goodbye letters, ghost cities, amulets. And, intrigued by the way we bet on the future, they will locate that exact point of consciousness at which things either work out as planned or awry.
August 16th – 19th at 11pm
Sporting a projector and a screen around his head, performance maker and theatre designer Mamoru Iriguchi turns himself into a mobile cinema. He then performs with a host of Hollywood film stars by dint of black and white classic film clips, with especial focus on Marlene Dietrich. 4D Cinema is a performance piece that explores what is live, and what is recorded and so fixed eternally on film. Iriguchi investigates what it is that films mean to us in an age where new technology blurs actual and virtual realities?
<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/157928325″>4D Cinema by Mamoru Iriguchi: Trailer</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user5955369″>Mamoru Iriguchi</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
August 12th to the 16th at 11am
The Foley Explosion is an immersive audio experience using Foley sound effects and looping technology to tell stories that link Britain and Russia. The sound effects are created live in a bravura solo performance, made up of seven linking theatrical ‘tracks’, given by Julie Rose Bower. Episodes features cameos from Edward Snowden, Rasputin, Guy Fawkes and a chorus of Geiger counters in memory of Alexander Litvinenko. The sound effects are made using everyday objects – a sandbag, a balloon – and are repurposed to narrate extraordinary incidents set around Bower’s personal experience of a breaking news story in Russia. Intriguingly, layers of sound invoke the cinematic language of Foley sound where origins and destinations of the sounds are often wildly different. This innovative and playful performance creates surprise and unexpected humour.
<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/202635222″>The Foley Explosion Trailer</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user6776864″>Julie Rose Bower</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
August 6th – 10th at 11am
“Roving and inventive” – Sight and Sound Magazine
In a live commentary screening of a 1956 comedy about football, scheduled to premiere at the Corvin Cinema the week of the Hungarian uprising, Deborah Pearson unlocks a surprisingly personal story.
A documentary, performed live, the performance is timed alongside the film, using interviews with the exiled screenwriter and people involved with the film to playfully reflect on immigration, censorship, and our personal links with history. This is a show for lovers of cinema, and for anyone who has stared at pictures of their ancestors a little too long. With dramaturgy by Daniel Kitson, and outside eye work by Tania El Khoury and Laura Dannequin, History History History has been performed in 8 countries, and is returning to the Cameo Cinema after a one-off performance last year.
A House on Fire research and development commission with Theatre Garonne (Toulouse) and Bit Teatergarasjen (Bergen).
Developed in part at the National Theatre Studio.
<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/166492282″>History History History Trailer</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user35230306″>Deborah Pearson</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>