Press Releases week beginning 22 August 2016
Le Cirque Du Platzak Present 'KERMIZ' in Hastings
Le Cirque du Platzak is an international collective of 12 talented musicians and young circus artists who formed in Tilburg in the Netherlands. They will perform 'Kermiz' on Saturday 27 August as part of the Stade Saturdays programme of FREE events.
Le Cirque du Platzak consists of twelve very eccentric characters. These include a man with a fascination for lawnmowers and heads of lettuce, a temperamental Italian aerialist fighting with a Spanish toreador, a trumpeter on a slack rope, and a German acrobat with a penchant for staplers!
Cllr Peter Chowney, leader Hastings Borough Council explained:
"Kermiz is a circus performance in which the peculiarities of each individual character are revealed and the power of the group becomes clearly visible as the show progresses. This eclectic show combines the atmosphere of the old circus with nouveau cirque.
"Le Cirque du Platzak mix rough and rousing folk music with traditional and innovative circus techniques.
"This promises to be a great show and is typical of the wonderful varied events that we have secured for the Stade Saturdays programme this year. There are two performances, one at 1pm and another at 6pm. Come along, it's free - you won't be disappointed!"
Since its creation in 2011, Le Cirque du Platzak has played over 120 times, reaching 60,000+ visitors in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Hungary.
Workshops in basic circus skills will take place at The Stade Open Space, Hastings from 11am Saturday 27 August. This will be followed by two performances of Kermiz at 1pm and 6pm.
WildWorks - The Great Survey
9-11 September 2016, Ladies' Parlour (next to Hastings Castle)
'Is it the place that affects the people? Or is it the people that affect the place?'
That's the question internationally renowned theatre company WildWorks is going to be exploring in a 3-day show with a revolving cast of 50 local volunteers as part of the ROOT1066 International Festival.
The Great Survey is inspired by the Domesday Book of 1086, which was entitled The Great Survey of the Wealth of England. But where the first Great Survey focused on the country's physical wealth in terms of land, livestock and other possessions, this one 930 years later will be focusing on the town of Hastings greatest riches: its people and communities.
WildWorks are renowned for their unique style of site-specific theatre. They discover the memories and values of people and place and create extraordinary emotional experiences from them. WildWorks' 2011 production of The Passion in Port Talbot involved over 1,000 people in the creation of this work with an estimated 22,000 people attending over a three-day period. New York Times said "suspend all expectations of a traditional experience" of their Enchanted Palace.
The WildWorks team has already spent time in Hastings during June, meeting local people, gathering information and it is this that will form the basis of their performance.
Bill Mitchell, Artistic Director of WildWorks, says "For a week in June we came to Hastings and asked 'what's special about living here?' Everyone we met talked with passion and we listened. We heard things like 'Hastings is a town that makes things happen.' 'It's separate from the rest of the world.' It's a very independent place.' 'People don't talk about things here. They get on and do.' At its heart is the sea and fishermen - fish connects every community, old or new, in the town. We met people who arrived here and fell in love with the town and by the end of the week the team had fallen in love with it as well."
Volunteers are now being sought locally, with rehearsals getting underway at the end of August. The actual performances will take place in the shadow of historic Hastings Castle - the first built after the Norman invasion - on 9-11 September.
Of course the exact content of the show will be determined by the workshops and rehearsal process about to get underway! But Bill has given this insight into what we might expect from the final performances "Come and meet The Surveyors; local ghosts who have been watching the horizon forever. Work with the Blind Archaeologists as they dig up the past. And, if you're brave enough, explore the WildWorks Memory Projector; a device that finds memories buried deep in your DNA and projects them for all to see."
10 new exhibitions to kick-start your September
With the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings coming up fast, the ROOT 1066 International Festival is getting under way. September kicks off with 10 cracking new exhibitions across 1066 Country - in Hastings, St Leonards, Pevensey, Robertsbridge and Rye.
"There's so much happening in and around Hastings at the moment, it's wonderful to see the energy building as we approach the 950th anniversary," said Cllr Peter Chowney, leader of Hastings Borough Council. "These exciting exhibitions give us an insight into how our history informs our modern-day life and identity."
- I Am A Norman
This outdoor photography exhibition explores 'living history' by depicting Hastings residents with Norman-derived surnames. Photographs will be on display at the Queens Road bus shelters and Hastings Station from 1 September to 2 October.
- We work in the dark
In a poignant year for unions remembered and ruptured, this free exhibition from the New Road Artists is inspired by Henry James' The Europeans. The work will be exhibited at Rye Creative Centre from 3 September to 2 October. Free.
- Fishermen of Quiberville
John Cole has been in Normandy, capturing French fishermen (with a camera). From 3 September to 16 October their portraits will be hung around Rock-a-Nore, alongside their Hastings-based counterparts.
- Coastal Currents Open Studios
Hastings' annual arts festival is back with ROOT 1066-tinted spectacles. The ever-popular programme allows free access to a range of local artists and the way they work. Open studios will run over two weekends: 3-4 and 10-11 September.
- Another Crossing
Bern O'Donoghue and Giovanna Del Sarto explore hazardous journeys and dangerous crossings, along with some of the issues and myths surrounding migration in 2016. Murmurations Gallery, 3 September and 2 October, free.
- Harold's Grave
Much has been made about King Harold's death - including this installation by international artist Alice Schÿler Mallet. Mallet's golden-stone structure will open at Pevensey castle from 7 September to 1 October. See English Heritage for entry prices.
- Edith Digital Pinholes
Anonymous Bosch accompanied Andrew Kötting on a walk from Waltham Abbey to St Leonards for a new film about King Harold's mistress, Edith Swan Neck. His pinhole camera photographs from the journey will be exhibited at the blackShed Gallery, from 7 September to 1 October. Free.
- A New Language
Curated by Chris Winter, an international group of artists will exhibit their work at the Observer Building. Unique and challenging, the exhibition explores the culture shift initiated by 1066. From 10-25 September, free.
Project Art Works work with people with complex needs, and this three-part sound and video installation invites you to experience your town from new perspectives. It will be on display from 10 September to 16 October in Warrior Square Station, Bottle Alley and the East Hill Lift.
- Martin Honeysett
A major exhibition of cartoons including historical works, a retrospective of artwork by Martin Honeysett and contemporary work produced by cartoonists and workshop participants on the theme of 'when cultures collide'. Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, 15 September to January 2017, free.
ROOT 1066 International Festival has been funded by Hastings Borough Council, Arts Council England and the Coastal Communities Fund. For the latest news visit 1066contemporary.com, follow @ROOT1066 on Twitter, or like facebook.com/ROOT1066.
- I Am A Norman