category: 2006 Liverpool Performs

November 13, 2006

'End of Cinematics' - Reminder

Exciting show at the Royal Court this week Thursday - Saturday.

The End Of Cinematics - European premiere
Royal Court, 1 Roe Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 1HL
Date(s): 16/11/2006 - 18/11/2006
[t]:0151 233 2008

New York's Mikel Rouse is a composer, singer, musician, film-maker and director. The Liverpool Culture Company has co-commissioned his latest work which plays with the idea that we will soon no longer simply sit and watch the two-dimensional screen.

His haunting electronic songs of love and longing are performed by him and a cast of actors and singers performing against a brilliant large screen blend of film, dramatic narrative, colour, design and special effects. It's like watching the very best music video come alive before your very eyes.

This is a spectacular work which has earned rave reviews in its first performance in the US and is precisely about not just cities in transition but whole cultures in transition.

Liverpool's Royal Court hosts the European premiere of the work, marking the end of Liverpool 08's season of performances and coinciding with the Liverpool Biennial.

Tickets cost £12.50 and £7.50 for concessions, show starts at 8pm. For tickets call the Royal Court box office on 0870 787 1866 or visit Opening hours are Monday to Thursday, 10am to 6pm, Friday, 10am to 8pm and Saturday 2pm to 8pm. Full wheelchair access to the stalls is available but not to the circle or balcony at present. Please let the box office know of any access requirements when you book.

September 19, 2006

Liverpool Performs - Autumn Programme

lpool-performs-aut06.jpgLiverpool Culture Company is excited to bring you four very different and distinctive productions.
Make sure you catch these amazing four shows which form the final celebration of our Liverpool Performs 2006 programme.
You are sure to find something to thrill, move and inspire at these unique and stunning performances. Give these international artists a warm welcome on their first visit to Liverpool – for many of these
companies this will be their only UK appearance.
As an introductory offer for our shows at the Royal Court you can get half price entry to see The End Of Cinematics when you buy a ticket for The Carbon Copy Building. Plus we are offering a specially
discounted family ticket to see Scrap Arts Music.

bang-on-a-can-220.jpgBang on a Can All-Stars
Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
4th October

Liverpool Culture Company proudly presents New York’s Bang on a Can All-Stars, voted Ensemble of the Year in 2005 by Musical America.
This cutting edge ensemble brings together six of the world’s finest musicians to create a refreshing new sound in contemporary music. Mixing classical and electronic instruments with digital technologies, this explosive group expands musical horizons and is one of the few ensembles to perform at Steve Reich’s
Barbican birthday celebrations in 2006.
Repertoire includes Electric Counterpoint by Steve Reich and Manhatta by Michael Nyman.

scrap-arts-220.jpgScrap Arts Music
Royal Court
10th October. 7.30pm

Scrap Arts Music really blasted the roof off their sell-out concert at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. Make sure you don’t miss this athletic company of five amazing ‘action musicians’.
Scrap Arts Music bring their super-charged energy, funky rhythms and melodious sound to Liverpool from their own harbour city of Vancouver, Canada. This remarkable percussion ensemble uses dazzling mobile instruments they’ve created from scrap metal and construction salvage.
This musical extravaganza of pulsating passions and personalities, here for one night only, will appeal to all ages and is sure to thrill.

carbon-copy-building-220.jpgThe Carbon Copy Building
Royal Court
Wednesday 25th – Thursday
26th October. 8pm

Have you ever wondered how the other half live? Meet the people who live in two separate buildings on opposite sides of a city: one in a wealthy avenue and the other in a run-down alley. Eight contemporary singers and
musicians tell the story of parallel yet opposite lives in this comic book opera.
This extraordinary multi-media experience is based on Ben Katchor’s cult comic strip with music by the acclaimed Bang on a Can co-founders Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe. Katchor’s words and drawings are brought dramatically to life in this unmissable UK Premiere.

end-of-cinematics-220.jpgThe End Of Cinematics
Royal Court
Thursday 16th
– Saturday
18th November. 8pm

This incredible journey of the senses is like watching the very best music video come alive before your eyes as special effects are turned inside out!
Haunting electronic songs of love and longing composed by Mikel Rouse are fused with scenes of Paris as you’ve never seen it before. Original film footage provides a video backdrop for the live performers, in turn captured live and screened, creating a 3D film right before your eyes.
This European Premiere is a sensual work that expertly combines live performance, video and a pop-tinged original musical score that will inspire.

May 17, 2006

Terry Hands - Performance 06 Lecture

From ...

Theatre director to share experiences of life in the spotlight

The founder of the Liverpool Everyman, Terry Hands is to share his experiences of the theatre at a public lecture at the University of Liverpool.

Terry Hands is the second guest speaker in the university's Performance 06 lecture series, which was launched by Liverpool football legend, Alan Hansen, last month in recognition of the city's sporting heritage.

Establishing the Liverpool Everyman in 1964, Terry Hands went on to join the Royal Shakespeare Company, becoming joint Artistic Director in 1978 and Chief Executive in 1986. He later took over Theatre Clwyd (now Clwyd Theatr Cymru) to prevent its closure, which went on to win numerous awards and accolades.

Terry will visit the University to share his experiences of the theatre in celebration of the city's top actors and actresses in Liverpool's 'Year of Performance.'

Terry said: "I have fond memories of Liverpool, particularly during the early days of the Everyman Theatre when we met with exciting new writers, directors and so many daring young actors and actresses. The theatre was a catalyst for visionary thinkers and performers and the Everyman became known for its meaningful dramas and ambitious ideas.

"So many talented performers began their careers at the Everyman, such as Sir Anthony Sher, Julie Walters, Bill Nighy, David Morrissey and Willy Russell. I am proud to have worked with so many of them and look forward to sharing my experiences with a Liverpool audience in the city's Year of Performance."

Terry Hands' public lecture will take place on Monday 22 May at 6.30pm in the university's Sherrington Building, Ashton Street.

Tickets are free and can be obtained from:

* Blackwells University Bookshop, Brownlow Hill
* 08 Place, Whitechapel
* Tourist Information Centre, The World of Glass, St Helens

Tickets can also be obtained by calling 0151 794 2650.

April 30, 2006

City in Transition - Programme Details

cityintrans.jpgI'm exhausted just looking through the list of items included in the City In Transition programme. This is actually part of the Culture Company's 'Liverpool Performs 2006' and is a sort of umbrella for several things, many of which happen annually anyway. But the common theme is the city and its transformation, regeneration etc.

'As we move towards 2008 the city is experiencing tremendous change at high speed. This is both exhilarating and disruptive and our City in Transition programme for 2006 takes that all on board in a special programme of talks, debates, walks, exhibitions and local and international performance - all connected in some way to architecture, building and the way cities change.'

You'll find all the current details on 3 separate pages: City Talks, City Walks and City Screen.

City Talks: includes a lot of talks about architecture (first is on May 4th) especially during Architecture Week (in June), talks at the Tate, Biennial talks and lots of others.

City Walks: Blue and Green Badge guided tours of regeneration areas, public monuments, etc. the Pool Project's (secret) Elemental Journeys and lots more.

City Screen: includes films, exhibitions and events such as the 37 seconds screenings on the Big Screen, the Made in Liverpool series, Bluecoats Pool of Sound project and lots more.

Take a look and keep an eye on the 08 website, my diary is now full already.

April 12, 2006

Super Vision - More News

supervision2.jpgThere's a nice flash advert for Super Vision on the 08 website.
Take a look. Link
Also more details in my previous posting
At the Royal Court 4-6th May 2006.

April 10, 2006

Marianne Weems Lecture at Unity - April 28th

from the Culture Company...
Its Free, book now!

In conjunction with The Builders Association workshop we are pleased to announce that Artistic Director Marianne Weems will give a lecture on the work of the Builders Association
Friday 28th April
at the Unity II Theatre
at 2pm.
Free of charge.

Marianne Weems will present the work of her New York based theatre company the Builders Association. The lecture will revolve around the increasing incorporation of media in performance, its effect on contemporary theater, and the political and social implications of the 'mediatization' of culture.

For more info /booking please, call Unity Theatre box office 0151- 709-4988 or alternatively go to or call Myriam on 0151 233 4136.

April 03, 2006

SUPER VISION - European premiere - Book Now

supervisionThis spectacular multimedia theatre show has its European premiere in Liverpool and has been co-commissioned by the Liverpool Culture Company.

Date(s): 4/5/2006 - 6/5/2006
Royal Court Theatre, 1 Roe Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 1HL
[t]:0870 787 1866

Created by New York's The Builders Association and dbox directed by new media magician Marianne Weems, SUPER VISION is all about surveillance in contemporary society, where everyone has a database.

The Builders Association's productions feature a seamless blend of text, sound, architecture, video and stage performances that explore the impact of technology on human presence.

A team from The Builders Association and dbox will also conduct an extensive workshop 26 to 29 April at FACT. Multimedia and theatre workers from Merseyside will explore the increasing role of media in theatre and bring practical projects to work on.

Artistic Director Marianne Weems and co-creator James Gibbs will also give an illustrated lecture on the work of The Builders Association Friday 28 April at the Unity Theatre.

Tickets cost £12.50 and £7.50 for concessions. Call the booking information line on 0870 787 1866, book online at or visit the box office.

For more information about SUPER VISION visit

February 10, 2006

Liverpool Performs as LIPA turns 10

batala liverpoolI was very fortunate a while ago to be able to attend this prestigious event. The Philharmonic Hall was packed with VIPs (and me) to watch the gala performance in honour of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts being exactly 10 years old.
Sir Paul McCartney and Mark Featherstone-Witty were there of course with Heather and Paul's brother Mike to watch a good performance by current and former students. It was a bit too Broadway Musical style for my taste, local band The Wombats were scheduled to add a bit of rock but they didn't appear for some reason.
Paul McCartney and Robyn Archer

After the performance we went up the road to the LIPA building for a reception. Its my old school as well and I had to disagree with Sir Paul when he said nice things about the old place, I hated every single minute that I was there. Its a lovely place now of course and all credit to the benefactors, staff and students for making it so.
The event was also used to launch the brochure and details of the 2006 Themed year - Liverpool Performs.
It was a good do, I introduced myself to Robyn Archer and chatted to other Culture Company people and a few celebrities.

January 26, 2006

Liverpool Performs as LIPA turns 10

Liverpool Performs as LIPA turns 10

THE WORLD-RENOWNED Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) will celebrate its tenth anniversary next week, with a joint event that will also launch Liverpool Performs 2006 - the fourth Capital of Culture themed year.

On Monday 30 January - ten years to the day since LIPA's inauguration - nearly 250 LIPA students and graduates will take part in a gala performance at Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall.

The performance will also herald the official launch of Liverpool Performs 2006 - a twelve month celebration of Liverpool's outstanding track record in the arts, sport and business - the latest in a series of themed years leading up to European Capital of Culture in 2008.

LIPA itself is one of the city's best known success stories, committed to its aim of providing high-quality teaching to prepare students for sustained careers in the industry, either as performers or those who make performance possible. Currently, 1,250 people are taught at LIPA each year.

Sir Paul McCartney, co-founder of LIPA, will be taking part in a joint press conference to mark the event. He said: "I always feel great pride in LIPA - sheer pride in the students and their talent.

"The dream we had to save my old school and turn it into something really worthwhile has happened. I find it very moving."

Cllr Warren Bradley, leader of Liverpool City Council, said: "It is extremely fitting that we launch Liverpool Performs on the tenth birthday of LIPA - a national institution which is now a standard bearer for the way the new Liverpool invests in and trains talent to enable people to perform at the highest level.

"Liverpool Performs 2006 will be a year-long celebration of the city's tremendous achievements in the field of performance. The programme for the year includes the first artistic works to be produced by the Liverpool Culture Company which will appear under the theme of City in Transition (CiT), taking inspiration from the tremendous changes currently taking place in the city.

"It promises to be an action-packed twelve months."

Key events for 2006 include the launch of 08 businessconnect - a new Capital of Culture business
forum designed to help local companies get involved in the build-up to 2008; Liverpool's first Disability Sports Festival; the Open Golf Championship returning to Royal Liverpool for the first time in nearly forty years; and the fourth Liverpool Biennial International Festival of Contemporary Art.

Professor Drummond Bone, chairman of the Liverpool Culture Company said: "Liverpool Performs 2006 will be a chance to focus on how the city is developing in arts, sport and business.

"The regeneration of Liverpool is seeing a resurgence of activity in all three spheres - on the stage, the field and in the boardroom.

"LIPA's success over the last decade is testament to Liverpool's status as a centre of excellence for performing arts, and we are delighted to be launching our activity for 2006 with such a thriving member of the city's cultural community."

Mark Featherstone-Witty, LIPA's founding principal and chief executive, said: "For Paul McCartney and myself, this is a moment we could only but imagine ten years ago.

"We remember when we had to describe and enthuse people about a reality that didn't exist. Now ten years on we have one of the highest application rates of any UK Higher Education Institution (HEI). People come to us from some 38 countries and make up a third of our student body - the fourth highest percentage of any HEI in the country.

"For me though, it is the graduates' achievements that make me most proud. With three-quarters of any leaving year still traceable still working in the arts and entertainment economies three years after leaving.

"As Churchill once said, 'It's the end of the beginning'."

October 27, 2005

Liverpool Performs 2006 Themed Year

2006 will celebrate Liverpool's amazing track record in performance, from the stage to the gallery to the field. Highlights include the 4th Liverpool Biennial and the British Open Golf Championship, returning to Hoylake for the first time in 38 years.