Friday
Aug122016

URGENT CASTING CALL - Male Dancer 

Citrus Arts are looking for a Male Contemporary Dancer to play a Character role within a period dance, circus and theatre piece. Strong Contemporary technique and a good foundation in Ballet and/or Acrobatics would be desirable. 
 
This project will involve working within a cast of 5, with 2 live musicians, to complete, premiere and tour a work that has been in development for some time. 
 
The project dates are:
Rehearsal and Premiere 5th -16th September
Touring between 22nd September and 4th November (11 days work during this period plus travel days). 
 
Performers will receive a fee, accommodation, travel and per diems. Performers of all ages are welcome to apply, we are particularly interested in more experienced performers due to the nature of the role. 
 
Please email info@citrusarts.co.uk with your CV, headshot and videos by 1pm monday august 22nd 2016. 
Auditions will be held on friday 26th August in South Wales. 
 
If you would like to discuss the project please call the Director, Bridie Doyle-Roberts on 07852 157 033. 

Funded by Arts Council England. 

 

Tuesday
Jul282015

It’s everyone’s history, it’s our show – now it’s your big opportunity to be part of it.

Join a cast of hundreds to help us celebrate Wales Millennium Centre’s 10th anniversary, and our amazing wealth of art, legend and cultural heritage.                                                                                                      

After 10 years in our incredible building we’re celebrating this important milestone with an outdoor spectacular that brings together the fantastic creativity and talent of Wales in the biggest outdoor production of the year.

With mass choreography, lantern processions, a new choral production, acrobatic dance and awe-inspiring pyrotechnics, the production of Ar Waith Ar Daith – a Welsh journey of Myth & Magic – will be like nothing else seen before in Cardiff Bay.  A year in the planning and six months in the making, the production on September 12, 2015, created by acclaimed outdoor arts experts Walk the Plank in collaboration with Wales Millennium Centre will be unforgettable and is expected to draw crowds in their thousands.

So why not be part of the team that makes this theatrical outdoor production truly unforgettable!

Whether you’re an enthusiastic amateur, a trained professional or just someone who wants to do something new we promise you a creative experience that will be as challenging as it is rewarding.

Firstly, you must be available to perform on Saturday September 12, from 7.30pm and also be available for technical and dress rehearsals September 5th and on Friday September 11th, the evening before the big production. 

Basically, we’re looking for individuals, families or groups of people aged 14+ to take part in a mass-scale processional section of this celebration. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of a seriously epic production which we expect to attract extensive media coverage, including broadcast by S4C.

There are 2 date options for the workshops to learn the movements.

You will only need to attend one of the following:

Thursday 6th August:   6pm.   Urdd Hall, Bute Pl, Cardiff CF10 5AL 

Monday 10th August:   6:30pm. National Dance Company Wales, Bute Pl, Cardiff, CF10 5AL

Want to be part of the action?  Then we’d love to hear from you.

All you need to do, in the first instance, is contact Jacqui Geroge to register your interest in one of the above workshop dates.  Please email jacquigeorge@live.com

Discover more at www.arwaithardaith.com #awen2015

@arwaithardaith

Friday
Feb132015

Artes Mundi 6: A guest's review (last chance this week)

I was thrilled to be asked to contribute to the biennial Artes Mundi prize’s return to South Wales this year.

I wanted to post this months ago, but the arrival of a baby boy in our household has left my notes languishing on my desktop until they've become a call to anyone who hasn’t yet been, to go & see as many of the works as possible in the next week.

As an artist with my own area of practise situated in the realm of how performing arts forms can (and should) cross between disciplines; this invitation from the Artes Mundi publicity team to be a guest reviewer felt like a chance to reaffirm Wales’ artistic connection with the rest of the world.

The Artes Mundi prize is a significant one as far as the actual cash award is concerned (“TWICE THE SIZE OF A TURNER!” - if I was designing their T-shirts), but it has a much wider, and disordered, remit than the headline-grabbing Turner Prize in that it “identifies, recognises and supports contemporary visual artists who engage with the human condition, social reality and lived experience”.

So, with that in mind, I went to the three locations where the installation pieces are being shown until 22nd Feb 2015. Here are my personal highlights of the exhibition, in the order I encountered them:

Chapter Arts

Chapter is the perfect location for Karen Mirza and Brad Butler’s work where the visitor is placed as an exam entrant facing a complex moral question; it’s inscription about the possible nature of a future revolution is a snapshot of the power of contemporary, conceptual art at its best.

I was moved by Sharon Lockheart’s “Exit” because it laudes the moments of humane fragility that unify us. It’s not the most visually arresting work, but it reminded me of an old friend who's job is as an A&E nurse in Manchester, telling me that sometimes the most upsetting thing in dealing with a fatality is when she comes to itemise their personal belongings, and would find the packed lunch they had made earlier that day. I know it sounds sentimental, but Exit’s reminder of workers undertaking small, personal rituals of sustenance before facing dangerous working conditions was deeply touching.

National Museum of Wales

Something told me that I shouldn’t have been surprised to see a mechanised rotating goat somewhere on this trail. Theaster Gates’ offering has now won the prize and I would have loved to have been there to hear the panel arrive at that decision. His research and the message of the piece is relevant and interesting in an anthropological sense, but I worry that the experience of standing in front of this installation is what puts a wider public off from engaging with contemporary art exhibitions.

Carlos Bunga’s and Renata Lucas’ pieces felt somewhat flat and gimmicky.

Ffotogallery, Penarth

Ragnar Kjartansson’s film, music + emotion installation is a snug, warm hug about how friendship, creativity and coming together can be a beautiful foil to the sense of ennui that might creep in when asked to consider the “human condition, social reality and lived experience”  for too long. The heavily pregnant (at the time) Bridie & I lay down on the floor with another ten, or so complete strangers in utter bliss for nearly an hour. 

Thank you Artes Mundi team for another fascinating exhibition and all the wraparound activities you provided to an appreciative, growing & hungry audience with a proven appetite for excellent, thoughtful and progressive work. 

James Doyle-Roberts

(Co-Artistic Director of Citrus Arts)

Wednesday
Nov052014

Young Bucks

Just as we were completing a very enjoyable two-year tenure as Artistic Directors of London Youth Circus with the show "Not To Scale", we were also completing a year-long project for the brilliant CAST Academy project which saw us writing and directing "I saw an Elephant Fly" for 70 pupils of special educational needs schools in our local county borough.

2013 has been a pleasurably busy year-out from the pressure to invent, fundraise for and stage new touring shows. Instead of that mode which got us established, we've been seizing the opportunities that have come knocking on our door in the form of collaborations, commissions and artist residencies - they help us understand the wider arts landscape, and shape us into better creative practitoners by working with intelligent and creative arts leaders and most of all, improve our work as directors/choreographers of young and emerging performers.

Take a bow: RCT Theatres, National Centre for Circus Arts, Walk The Plank, London's Roundhouse, DEDA (Derby) and, as always, The Riverfront's Nicolas Young (we're going to stop there, before we sound like we're picking-up an award).

By far, the most immediately fruitful project of the last year has been Bridie's tenure as Artist in Residence at The Roses theatre in Tewkesbury. This reach into working with a forward-thinking organisation just outside the Welsh border led to our first successful funding bid to Arts Council England to research and develop a new show concept "Stags" [working title], which is already looking forward to a very bright future.

There are a few other exciting developments underway, and we'll post news about these as soon as we can.

 

Friday
Aug242012

Storms, students and State Visits

It’s been our busiest year ever, and here are some of Citrus Arts’ highlights of 2012. 

Cwtch cabaret a co-production with NPT Theatres (Welsh theatres tours february & september):

This beautiful bandwagon rolled up & down the roads of Wales once again. This time we had such a well-picked and skillful line-up that one reviewer wrote: “I couldn’t believe it. After 2 hours of sheer brilliance from what I thought was a huge cast; they took their curtain-call and there were only 6 performers on stage!” 

[Connect here] Funding partners: Pontardawe Arts Centre, Arts Council Wales

“The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning” by National Theatre Wales (Welsh site-responsive Tour, March/April):

In keeping with our mission to improve our learning and craft to ‘make work which sits between theatre, circus & dance’, James was awarded the Emerging Director post on this unique, ambitious and exceptionally modern play by Tim Price, directed by NTW’s artistic director John E McGrath.

[Connect here] 

“Heist” (Welsh theatres tour, April/May):

Bridie’s first touring show as a director featured a superb international cast working to a devised script by regular Citrus collaborator, John Norton of Give It A Name Theatre. Bridie’s direction created some seriously spine-tingling moments of acrobatic theatricality which re-defined a fantasy of ‘Breaking into Hollywood’.

[Connect here] Funding partners: NPT Theatres, Arts Council Wales

“Looping The Loop” – co-produced with Walk The Plank (Salford Quays, May):

Celebrating the UK arrival of the Olympic Torch in a host city was a remarkable event. Citrus Arts directed a truly spectacular show casting local volunteers to work alongside established professionals. ‘Looping The Loop’ echoed last year’s Big Splash collaboration with Walk The Plank (one of our sponsor companies), in Newport when we first flexed our muscles on shows of this size. Our shared experience of working in urban spaces, large-scale theatrical spectacle and technical know-how did us all very proud.

[Connect here], and [here for Walk The Plank] Funding partners: Arts Council England, Trafford Borough Council

“State Visit Swansea/SVS” – Adain Avion (Swansea, June/July):

As part of the wonderfully quirky and ambitious Adain Avion project. Bridie led the Citrus team collaboration with Welsh artists Eddie Ladd & Marc Rees to create an emotionally intense intervention around this mobile art space in the form of a DC-9 aircraft fuselage. Adain Avion was part of the London 2012 Festival and represents a carefully curated snapshot of the best of Wales’ cultural industry in this exciting year.

[Connect here] Funding partners: Arts Council Wales, Welsh Government, City & County of Swansea

“Take Your Seats!” – a co-production between National Theatre and Circus Space (London’s Southbank, June/July):

James was commissioned to direct this year’s Circus Space graduation ensemble show. The devising process was based on the theme of a G20 World Leader’s summit. NT producer Angus MacKechnie wrote: “…a confident, disciplined and exuberant show. They all looked so mature and assured as both performers and professionals, which was inspiring to see.”

For edited highlights by Mark Morreau [Connect here] 

Big Splash Festival at The Riverfront Newport (July):

This was our second year of programming street theatre and producing/directing the weekend’s highlight event for Newport’s Big Splash Festival. This time we brought together Sinfonia Cymru, Dream Engine, Flame Oz, Hi-Rise Rubber & Walk The Plank to create the unforgettable Sunset Spectacular which spread exceptionally beautiful imagery across nearly half a mile around the banks of the River Usk. The Riverfront has been one of Citrus’s sponsor organisations since 2008; this relationship greatly supported our early days and has established Wales’ biggest international festival of street theatre.

Funding Partners: Arts Council Wales, Newport City Council, Taylor Wimpey

“Y Storm” – Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru in association with Citrus Arts (August - October)

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru is our National Welsh Theatre who, in partnership with World Shakespeare Festival and London 2012 Festival produced “Y Storm”, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Tempest”, in an unlikely alchemic mix of Citrus’ choreography with director Elen Bowman’s vision. “Y Storm” opened at the National Eisteddfod and was lauded as a visual feast. 

 

[“Y Storm” - Western Mail review]