APPLICATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED FOR THIS YEAR’S WRITER’S PROGRAMME. We will announce details of our next project for local writers in 2013. Why not sign up to our Artists' Network to be the first to hear when your next opportunity to take part will be?
The programme will be led by the leading local writer and theatre maker Michael Pinchbeck, whose work has been performed internationally. Michael co-founded the award-winning theatre company Metro-Boulot-Dodo (who regularly produce work at the National Theatre); has had two plays commissioned by Nottingham Playhouse; and also runs Hatch, a platform for showcasing extraordinary new work by artists in the East Midlands’. Michael’s work uses real-life and memories as a starting point, and often takes place in unexpected locations. For more information, visit www.michaelpinchbeck.co.uk.
This is a brand new programme based at Curve to offer space, resources and practical mentorship to help artists in the East Midlands develop their ideas over an intensive period. This programme is aimed at individuals or groups of artists and an opportunity will be given to share their work in progress with a wider creative community and the public.
What is Scratch?
Scratch simply means artists sharing work-in-development with an audience; audiences then help enrich the work through their immediate response, through their feedback, sometimes even through getting involved and helping creating the work themselves. For audiences, Scratch is an opportunity to see new ideas and be directly involved in the creation of the theatre of the future.
Who should apply?
Scratch is open to artists from all backgrounds who create live work for an audience. We’re hoping to hear from people who see themselves as theatre makers but also; dancers, rappers, poets… All we ask is that you have a burning question or idea to explore that you’d like to test out in front of a live audience.
- A maximum of two weeks (Monday to Saturday) development time onsite at Curve.
- Curve will provide technical operators on the day and promote your performance through our social media networks offering marketing support for the showcase event.
- Artistic mentoring throughout process by Curve Associate Director Suba Das, who will join each participating artist for at least two of their onsite development sessions
- Specialised help, advice and expertise from members of Curve staff across all departments in the form of presentations, group and one-to-one meetings in the run-up to the scratch period.
- Facilitated feedback for the artists from their work in progress showcase through feedback forms, a chaired Q&A and social media.
The Fine Print
- Rehearsal space at Curve during the scratch period can only be offered during normal operational hours (usually 10am to 10pm when there are evening performances; excludes Sundays)
- Rehearsal spaces are offered “as is” and any additional technical requirements must be discussed and agreed in advance.
- Showcased work to have a maximum 10 minute duration, and any technical requirements to be discussed and agreed in advance.
- All promotional material generated for activity at Curve must be approved by Curve, including use of Curve logo.
- Curve’s support of the creation of new work must be credited in any future life of the work.
Affiliate Community Groups
Building on the huge success of our work with some of the region’s finest participatory arts organisations to date, this is a brand new programme offering the East Midlands’ best participatory arts groups space and resources to base their activities at Curve, and giving our visitors more opportunities to explore their creative talents.
Curve Choir, Wednesdays, 6:30PM – 8:30PM, Curve Mezzanine, £3
Led by Kainé Management, this long running community gospel choir meet at Curve every Wednesday from 6.30pm – 8.30pm. All ages and abilities are welcome, so come along and develop your singing skills and learn contemporary and gospel songs.
For more information, please contact Kainé Management on email@example.com
Please note there are no Choir sessions on 27th March and 4th April.
Bolly-Dance , Tuesdays, 11am – 12PM, Curve Mezzanine, £4
Bolly-Dance is a Bollywood inspired dance fitness class that incorporates rhythms and dance from both eastern and western worlds.
The combination of fast and slow tempos with basic principles of aerobic, interval and resistance training results in a combination of cardio and muscle toning benefits, also maximising caloric output. BollyFitness dance movements are easy to follow, targeting legs, arms, abdominal, gluteus, core and the most important muscle in the body, the heart.
Everyone can master a fun, healthy, easy and effective BollyFitness class. Previous experience is not necessary and the class is suitable for both dancers and non-dancers.
Dress code: T-shirt, joggers or loose clothing, trainers (optional)
For more information, please contact Smita Vadnerkar at firstname.lastname@example.org
2FunkyDance, Saturdays, 4PM to 5PM (Beginners), 5:30PM to 6:30PM, (Advanced), £3
Join 2FunkyDance workshops once a week at Curve, with two sessions aimed at different abilities, this is an opportunity for local dancers to freestyle, collaborate on routines, hone their craft, rehearse in a professional space and showcase their talent through a series of performance opportunities in Curve and beyond.
Professionally led, there will be scope within sessions for group and solo performances.
Dress code: Loose clothing and suitable footwear.
For more information or to register for classes, please contact Vijay Mistry at email@example.com. Drop in is also available but places cannot be guaranteed.
Please note sessions will run from Saturday 9thMarch to Saturday 6thJuly.
Please note that the charges for these sessions are solely to cover the costs of the skilled practitioners from each Affiliate Community Group leading each class. Curve does not receive any of this money and we are happy to offer our resources free of charge to the groups we are working with.
The Curve Artists’ Network is a way for artists within the East Midlands to get closer to the region’s largest producing venue, to the extraordinary internationally acclaimed artists we bring here, and also to each other.
The network is aimed at those in the region who are interested in a career in the arts, and who are looking to expand their skills and access further opportunities.
Members will receive:
· Regular networking opportunities
· Access to special ticket offers
· Access to masterclasses
· Updates on arts opportunities across the East Midlands
Membership for this network is free and open to artists based in the East Midlands aged 18 or above.
Membership is offered as standard to participants of Curve Writers’ Programme, Curve Scratch Programme and Curve Foyer Stage. If you are not involved in these programmes but are interested in becoming a member of the Artists’ Network please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org marked “Artists’ Network” stating your professional interest in the arts.