Upcoming

WULF: further development residency + sharing of material

10 March 2018

 Photo by Paul Blakemore

Photo by Paul Blakemore

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Part of First Slice.

A 10 minute scratch sharing of material developed with a solo performer during a 4 day residency to further develop WULF. Part of femfest at Theatre Deli for International Women's Day. 

WULF is a dark feminist adaptation of the Anglo-Saxon poem ‘Wulf and Eadwacer’, a compelling display of visceral female strength and myth-making. The residency will be used to develop an immersive environmental version of the performance, exploring deep listening and impulse choreography and extending our audience’s sensory interaction with audiovisual elements.

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Past

24 Jan 2018

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P S Y C H O P O M P work-in-progress @ Calm Down Dear 2018

Weds 24 Jan 2018 | £8 | Camden Peoples Theatre 

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16+

A sci-fi feminist epic inspired by Vaporwave and gaming culture.

Let us take you through an oddly melancholic dream as we as we journey into the depths of hell and escape to a distant world.

Combining found text, art animation, dance and an original soundtrack, PSYCHOPOMP is the typical heroic sci-fi quest, cut up and redistributed with a female protagonist. Constructed in sharp, abstract, cinematic chapters and entirely soundtracked with original Vaporware music, we follow a woman who journeys through a neon haze of nostalgia to the depths of hell in the technological age.

“I’ll leave a light on for you, pure as sunlight”

Vaporwave emerged in early 2010 as an art movement and a micro-genre of electronic music. It incorporates early internet imagery, late 1990s web design, glitch art and cyberpunk tropes. Sometimes defined as ‘a half-remembered dream of an unfamiliar world’, Vaporware tells a narrative through music, pushing the listener to feel inexplicable things.

Gaming culture and Vaporwave are predominantly male-orientated. PSYCHOPOMP is a badass, female-driven addition to the culture. The performance samples and re-appropriates found text from sources including video game and science fiction film scripts, online gaming conversations and interviews with female gamers / women from the tech and programming industry.

Presented by Fen, an emerging company who explore the crossover between the human and digital.

Written and directed by Maisie Newman.

“Here is theatre at its most important: revelatory, witty and didactic without ever sermonising” A Younger Theatre on Spill

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31 Jan 2018

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P S Y C H O P O M P work-in-progress @ Bristol Ferment 2018

Weds 31 Jan 2018 | £5 | Bristol Ferment

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16+

A sci-fi feminist epic inspired by Vaporwave and gaming culture.

Let us take you through an oddly melancholic dream as we as we journey into the depths of hell and escape to a distant world.

Combining found text, art animation, dance and an original soundtrack, PSYCHOPOMP is the typical heroic sci-fi quest, cut up and redistributed with a female protagonist. Constructed in sharp, abstract, cinematic chapters and entirely soundtracked with original Vaporware music, we follow a woman who journeys through a neon haze of nostalgia to the depths of hell in the technological age.

“I’ll leave a light on for you, pure as sunlight”

Vaporwave emerged in early 2010 as an art movement and a micro-genre of electronic music. It incorporates early internet imagery, late 1990s web design, glitch art and cyberpunk tropes. Sometimes defined as ‘a half-remembered dream of an unfamiliar world’, Vaporware tells a narrative through music, pushing the listener to feel inexplicable things.

Gaming culture and Vaporwave are predominantly male-orientated. PSYCHOPOMP is a badass, female-driven addition to the culture. The performance samples and re-appropriates found text from sources including video game and science fiction film scripts, online gaming conversations and interviews with female gamers / women from the tech and programming industry.

Presented by Fen, an emerging company who explore the crossover between the human and digital.

Written and directed by Maisie Newman.

“Here is theatre at its most important: revelatory, witty and didactic without ever sermonising” A Younger Theatre on Spill

BOOK HERE

31 Jan 2017

Work-In-Progress performance of WULF at Bristol Old Vic's Ferment Fortnight

Tues 31 Jan| 6:30pm | £5 | Bristol Old Vic Theatre

A work-in-progress performance of WULF, join us on the 31st Dec to see a condensed version of the show, have a pint and give feedback. 

Wulf is on one island, I on another.

An interdisciplinary, radical feminist adaption of Anglo-Saxon poem Wulf and Eadwacer with movement, bilingual dialogue, original music, and projection by Jack Offord.

Using an all-female cast, the poem's unpredictable rhythm will be translated into choreography, while sound and projection integrate field recordings from Somerset marshland.

 

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1+10 Dec 2016

Combined Workshop: Translating Anglo-Saxon; Poetic Rhythm & the Female Body

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Workshops will take place at Jacob Wells Baths, Jacob's Wells Rd, Bristol BS8 1DX

Join Fen’s Artistic Co-Directors Maisie Newman and Rowan Evans for a combined workshop on poetry and choreography, drawing on the development of their current project, ‘WULF’. 

This workshop will explore the history of the female voice, focussing on the Anglo-Saxon poem ‘Wulf and Eadwacer’, one of only two in the language written from a female perspective. This is a text rarely touched upon outside of academic study, and we are hoping to open up the language and this poem to the public. 

For the first half of the workshop participants will get a rare introduction to Anglo-Saxon, the language spoken and written in England from the 5th-11th Century, and will learn to translate and pronounce passages of this rich ancient language. For the second half there will be the opportunity to respond creatively with your own poems and translations, or to work with Maisie on translating the rhythms of Anglo-Saxon poetry into movement/choreography.  With an emphasis on ensemble, she will be exploring this through physical theatre and dance theatre exercises. No previous experience of physical theatre or dance is necessary and all levels, abilities and gender identities are welcome.