Established in 2007, Zest Theatre is a national touring theatre company creating eye-opening work for young people. Delivering over 100 performances and reaching nearly 20,000 people annually, they tour to theatres, outdoor spaces and schools with a variety of interactive, immersive, site specific and promenade productions. Their new work Monolith is in Frequency’s online programme, so we asked them a few questions about the theme of this year’s festival.October 31, 2021 on Blog
WHO ARE COMPAGNIA T.P.O?
Compagnia TPO is based in Prato, Italy, with a variety of talents within their team they utilise theatre, dance and visual arts to interact with the audience. They mix art and play as interactive technologies allow the audience to immerse themselves in the show and use their bodies and movement to explore the space around them. This audience involvement creates unique interactive shows for children as well as installations for galleries and museums to introduce a younger audience to a world of contemporary arts.
WHAT ARE THEY BRINGING TO FREQUENCY 15?
Travelling over from Italy, TPO the interactive theatre group are bringing you and your children a fantastic multimedia show, immersive and interactive, mixing dance, music, projections and sculpture let your imagination run wild with this show. BLEU! dives into the world of sea creatures and ancient ruins, take a journey of discovery, explore the place and interact with the show through movement of the body.
“Visual, emotional and immersive theatre. Space is the protagonist in TPO’s shows with its images, colours and sounds. Thanks to the use of interactive technologies every show is transformed into a ‘sensitive’ environment where the thin border between art and play can be experienced.” – Insite Arts
Some of their past shows include Saltbush and Babayaga.
Catch the performances on Saturday 24th October and dive into a world of fish and sea creatures during Frequency 2015.
Book your tickets now at: https://www.lincolndrillhall.com/events/compagnia-tpo-bleu
Having spent the last six years of my working life at New Perspectives Theatre Company I have experienced a wide range of theatre practice taking place across the East Midlands. Now happily in post with a new challenge at Lincoln Drill Hall I’m well aware that Lincoln, unlike the other counties of our region has no producing theatre and therefore relies almost entirely on touring product brought into the county, either to the network of arts centres working collaboratively as Lincolnshire One Venues (LOV) or to the thriving rural touring network.
However, small independent producing companies are emerging. One of these, Zest Theatre, has been co-commissioned by the Core LOV venues of Lincoln Drill Hall, South Holland Centre, Guildhall Arts Centre Grantham and Louth Playgoers Riverhead Theatre to create a piece called Gatecrash, performed at the Drill Hall on the first weekend of Frequency.
This piece utilises silent disco technology and a promenade performance space to present a unique theatrical event for audience members who will be drawn in to the story in a way not seen on our stage before.
For a county rich in culture and heritage but lacking in the facilities or resource to create and produce our own theatre product, this show should be championed and trumpeted to the skies. This is possibly the single most innovative, breathtaking piece of theatre that will be created in this region this year. And made entirely in Lincolnshire. Let’s be proud of it.
Chief Executive, Lincoln Drill Hall
“Blast Theory seems finally to offer Britain a theatre group that delves into our popular culture to create deeply challenging work.” The Sunday Times
Blast Theory is renowned internationally as one of the most adventurous artists’ groups using interactive media, creating groundbreaking new forms of performance and interactive art that mixes audiences across the internet, live performance and digital broadcasting. Led by Matt Adams, Ju Row Farr and Nick Tandavanitj, the group’s work explores interactivity and the social and political aspects of technology. It confronts a media saturated world in which popular culture rules, using performance, installation, video, mobile and online technologies to ask questions about the ideologies present in the information that envelops us.
Their list of awards is impressive, they’ve won the Golden Nica for Interactive Art at Prix Ars Electronica, the Maverick Awards at the Game Developers Choice Awards in the USE and The Hospital’s Interactive Art Award among others. The group has received four BAFTA Award nominations.
Dial Ulrike And Eamon Compliant
To start you call a phone number which is marked on the wall.
You hear a short introduction and choose whether you will be Ulrike or Eamon then hang up. You find a quiet place to begin.
Two minutes later your phone rings: now you are the person you chose. As you hear about the progression that each person makes into violence and death you stare at the everyday surroundings. You might be asked to find a vantage point, to linger near a doorway or to find a nearby bus shelter. You loiter, you gaze into the distance and you use your keypad to make your choices. You hear about TV appearances, the fire bombing of a supermarket and the night that Benno was shot by a cop on a demonstration. Or, as Eamon, you reflect on getting beaten by soldiers as a teenager, the killing of Ivan Toombs and your rise to the ‘Nutting Squad’ in charge of internal security for the IRA.
As Eamon and Ulrike reach the climax of their political actions, you too must make a choice. Hang up now and walk away. Or stay on the line and make a public statement about your political beliefs.
Recordings are uploaded to the web following the festival. Participants receive a text message telling them where to find their recording and those made by others.
A version of this work – Ulrike and Eamon Compliant – premiered at the Venice Biennale in 2009 and has since toured internationally.
Frequency 2013 will host the world premiere of Dial Ulrike and Eamon Compliant.
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