The Auteurs Project began three years ago as a conversation between the National Theatre of Scotland and the Arches, Glasgow about the shifting ways that artists were making live work in Scotland.
We recognised a move away from a pattern of graduate artists coming together to form companies with clearly delineated roles – director, performer, designer, writer, producer, educator – towards an emergence of artists who had exceptional ability in an overlapping collection of these areas.
There was an incredible sense of energy, determination and potential from these artists. These creative authors were leaving their mark.
Thanks to support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Arches, we have been able to design a programme of artistic development tailored to the individual needs of our five selected artists: Claire Cunningham, Rob Drummond, Nic Green, Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair.
For two years they have undertaken a bespoke set of activities including international research residencies, writing and thinking retreats, performance training, creative exchanges with other practitioners, placements and mentorships.
Each artist is presenting the results of these activties as part of the Arches Behaviour festival in spring 2013.
Each piece represents a moment in their ongoing journey; a culmination of the programme so far, and an opportunity to share what has been developed.
Gary McNair: Donald Robertson Is Not a Stand Up Comedian 3, 4 & 6 April
As a solo performer, people often compare Gary’s work to stand up comedy. He never knows quite how to take that. So, when given the chance to experiment with form on the Auteurs Project, he decided to find out more about comedy. He delved into the world of stand up.
Kieran Hurley: RANTIN 17 – 19 April
Part living room gathering, part play, part gig session, Kieran Hurley draws on storytelling, live music and an unapologetically haphazard take on Scottish folk tradition.
Claire Cunningham: Pink Mist 25 – 27 April
Claire Cunningham creates an environment that pulls our gaze to the ground and looks at the voids landmines leave – in time, in bodies, in the land and in our own certainty. Work-in-progress.
Nic Green: Shadowlands 30 April – 2 May
New site-specific work exploring our relationship with waste and what we throw away.
Rob Drummond: The Riot Of Spring 10 & 11 May
One hundred years after the riotus premiere of The Rite of Spring, Rob Drummond works with a dancer and a musician to create a piece which fuses written narrative theatre with dance and live music
Individual events can be booked online or over the phone from the Arches box office. Alternatively Behaviour Festival and day passes are available. See www.thearches.co.uk for more details.