LISTENING - a gift for GIFT
Here is an exercise I would like to share with you for the GIFT (Gateshead International Festival of Theatre) gathering 2015.
It is inspired by an exercise from The Listening Book, W. A. Mathieu, 2011, Boston, London and needs to be practiced every day for at least a week.
1. Pick one piece of art: a short poem, a song (about 2-5 min long), a painting, a drawing. Something you like, but you don’t know well.
2. Find a quiet spot, where you can sit relaxed and undisturbed for about 5 to 10 min. If you listen to music or a recorded poem/text close your eyes. If you look at a picture or some written text start your exercise from a neutral point. This is not about interpretation or performance.
3. Listen to the recorded piece two times in a row. Read the poem at least twice. If you look at a picture do it for 10 min.
4. During the exercise sounds, thoughts, visions or images might appear in your head. Don’t fight them just let them pass an keep engaged with your piece of art.
5. Do this exercise for at least a week using the same piece of art every day.
‘So your personal discipline of listening to music (or any piece of art) is not only a step up for your own consciousness. It is another way of refusing to be an undiscriminating consumer. If you know what it is to really hear music, it will be that much tougher on the next guy who tries to sell you a microwave with a rude jingle.’ W. A. Mathieu, The Listening Book
I hope you will enjoy this exercise!
‘My imagination has to be powerful enough
to dictate to my heart, to my body, to my narrow ideas.
To develop our imagination means to lift it so high that it
is inspiring me as a free being.’ Michael Chekhov
THE DISCOVERY OF SLOWNESS - a reading in a setting
6pm on 6 September 2014
Dunston Staiths, Gateshead
"Before him lay the sea, the good skin, the true surface of the entire planet."
THE DISCOVERY OF SLOWNESS is a site-specific performance combining spoken word and sound. It responds to the architectural installation CONE by Wolfgang Weileder situated on the Dunston Staiths, a landmark Scheduled Industrial Monument and Grade II structure on the south bank of the River Tyne in Newcastle Gateshead.
This performance is programmed by a Better Noise, Newcastle.
ELECTRICITY - a multidisciplinary performance
7pm on 1 November 2013
Lit and Phil, Newcastle upon Tyne
23 Westgate Road
"This is poetry you can touch, feel, smell, tast and drown in." Carola Huttman
ELECTRICITY is a new collaboration between theatre-between, Helictite Orchestra (Yassen Roussev), choreographer and dancer Bethany Peacock and actor James Ryland.
Electricitiy, a 20 page long poem by writer Graham Mort (CUSP), examines our common understanding of electricity as a natural force from its incredible displays of power, right down to the tiny electrical impulses that allow our brains to operate our bodies. Giving Electricity a voice Mort unfolds a poetic social history and highlights how our incremental understanding of its potency has allowed us to harness it for our own peculiar ends.
FREQUENCE - theatre training
Weekly evening sessions, 7pm - 9pm
Next introduction course starts on Monday 4th November 2013
(six sessions: 4th Nov, 11th Nov, 18th Nov, 25th Nov, 2nd Dec, 9th Dec)
£40 for the six session
More information: .
SOLITUDE - theatre workshop
GIFT Festival 2013
2pm - 5pm on Thursday, 2 May
Old Town Hall, Gateshead
Theatre-between is currently working on SOLITUDE, a new theatre performance.
“The whole value of solitude depends upon one’s self; it may be a sanctuary or a prison, a haven of repose or a place of punishment, a heaven or a hell, as we ourselves make it”. John Lubbock
This workshop offered the opportunity to collaborate with theatre practitioner Gabriele Heller and choreographer Joelene English to explore different ideas and concepts of solitude. Starting with short text fragments, we improvised and developed movement patterns based on physical theatre and dance exercises.
For more information visit the website.
KLEIST IN THUN - a reading in a setting
Connecting Principle Event 2012
13 and 14 November
Fine Art Department, Newcastle University
Performances at 1pm and 5pm, Tuesday 13th also at 7pm
A reading in a setting with Gabriele Heller, theatre-between.
“Around Thun the fields are thick with flowers, fragrance everywhere, hum of bees, work, sounds fall, one idles about; in the heat of the sun you could go mad.”
“He wants to abandon himself to the entire catastrophe of being a poet: the best thing for me to be destroyed as quickly as possible.”
Robert Walser, 1913
MORE ON THIS LATER - theatre performance
7.30pm on 23 March 2012
Culture Lab, Newcastle University
Theatre-between and Skimstone Arts presented the theatre performance MORE ON THIS LATER for Festival Robert Walser (19 - 23 March 2012) in Newcastle upon Tyne.
"What a fascinating piece, thought provoking and beautifully performed."
"I would like to walk down the street and sit and watch, watch, listen and watch."
"I really enjoyed the pieces, opened my eyes to storytelling loved it."
FESTIVAL ROBERT WALSER - theatre workshop
10am 4pm on 27 February 2012
Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne
Theatre-between, Skimstone Arts and Tender Buttons delivered a free workshop at Northern Stage in collaboration with the Institute Robert Walser.
Together we looked at a variety of approaches to making work from improvisation exercises to storytelling and the role of text in devising theatre. The workshop focused on the developmental process of performances that were shown as part of Festival Robert Walser.