Date(s) - 14/10/2015
7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
A discussion focusing on women in contemporary circus and a double bill of work-in-progress performances by Bristol based VOLT supported artists Maddie McGowan and Grania Pickard. VOLT is all about conversation, innovation, progression and having a drink and a lovely time.
This October, in place of our regular bi-annual scratch night we bring you a very special event,
VOLT: Women in Circus. We are teaming up with Circus City festival and present a discussion with focus on women in contemporary circus and a double bill of work-in-progress performances by Bristol based VOLT supported artists Maddie McGowan and Grania Pickard.
As usual VOLT is all about conversation, innovation, progression and having a drink and a lovely time.
‘He Ain’t Heavy’ – work in progress by Grania Pickard
He Ain’t Heavy depicts an autobiographical narrative using a swinging trapeze and a puppet to give you an insight into Grania’s relationship with her autistic brother. After an intensive month of research and development this will be the first showing of this exciting new work at Volt. This process has sparked a burgeoning collaboration with Alexander Hamilton-Ayres who has composed an original soundtrack for the piece. Grania hopes to raise awareness about families caring for a loved one with autism or special needs by sharing her own experiences with you. In his own words, her brother is both a ‘rat bag’ and ‘the best.’
‘Grandma’s Hands’ – work in progress by Maddie McGowan
“Two people, at the start and at the end of their lives,
bonded through blood…”
The relationship between grandparents and grandchildren can be tender, delicate, and funny, its significance changing with time. Through aerial rope, text, movement
and recorded conversations, Grandma’s Hands explores themes of biological inheritance, ageing, and what we can learn from each other across generations.
“An invaluable experience for all involved. Create, attend, and ensure that this is an on-going event.” Steven Allen, VOLT Artist
“A beautifully curated piece of work. It was an honor to be a part of it because Ausform care about good, interesting work.” Lara Haworth on Ausform Micro-Fest
“Maddie McGowan’s aerial work hints at entrapment, desire, longing…” Exeunt magazine on Expectation, Roundhouse (London) CircusFest
Image by Graham Burke, in picture Maddie McGowan