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] 


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    - Updates & recent work - Storms, students and State Visits
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    Most of the students have gotten the opportunities to visit the state. If the students have gotten the lot of new virgins, then the students can be getting upper side for learning process.
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