Circus and physical theatre hits macrobert…

macrobert will be holding the Scottish premiere for Chouf Ouchouf, a physical theatre/circus performance, directed by Zimmerman & de Perrot and performed by Collectif Acrobatique de Tangier, this stunning, acrobatic show is perfect for the whole family, come along and join us for this magical piece…

About the company:

Collectif Acrobatique de Tangier
Weaving together traditional Moroccan acrobatics and modern performance in a poetic exploration of North African culture, Collectif Acrobatique de Tangier delight audiences with their incredible ability and skills. Building on centuries of traditional Moroccan performance honed on the beaches of Tangier, this family company display the tricks of their forefathers with a raw, youthful energy.

Dimitri de Perrot
Dimitri de Perrot was born in 1976 in Neuchatel, Switzerland. After matriculating from the Kunstgymnasium in Zurich he developed further as a self-taught musician and composer. In 1998 he turned his attention to the theater, and began to work as a director.

Martin Zimmermann
Martin Zimmermann was born in 1970 in Winterthur, Switzerland. After an apprenticeship as a set designer, he graduated, with honors, from the Centre National des Arts du Cirque (C.N.A.C.) in France. Following his return to Zurich in 1998 he began to work as a choreographer and director.

There is a full list of the company’s awards at http://www.zimmermanndeperrot.com/prix

What the press say:

A new show performed by Collectif Acrobatique de Tangierwith an insouciant brilliance, they fill the stage with multiple back-flips, dizzying cartwheels, perilous human pyramids and vaulting trampoline stunts …. everyone was spellbound” The Guardian on previous show Taoub

In a new piece by Zimmermann & de Perrot The mix of skill, sleight of hand is irresistible, and the piece has a gleeful magpie tendency – thieving from absurdism, popular cartoons, surrealism and modern dance” The Guardian on their recent LIMF show Oper Opis at Barbican

About the show:

Weaving together contemporary performance and traditional Moroccan acrobatics in a poetic exploration of North African culture, Chouf Ouchouf reflects the daily life in the Medina in a witty and highly skilled show for all ages over seven.

The Medina, the old quarter, where it’s ten to a house, and a hundred to the narrowest street. Shout or you won’t be heard; push to the front or never be seen. Life and colour lies round every corner, animals and cigarette hawkers fill the squares. The city is unruly, chaotic, but no matter the world there are men of power, and beneath the clamour and fights of the market are the whispers of its other life. Dusk falls like a shutter, then the night. Silently the walls open, and amid the maze-like streets and along the rooftops figures move on secret agendas. What, or who, is in the bag?

Returning to the UK with a show about what they know best – their home – the Collectif Acrobatique de Tangier collaborate with Swiss artists Zimmerman and de Perrot to capture the danger, joy and urgency of life in Tangiers. Those who saw the Collectif’s last production, Taoub, will find the group maturer, stronger, yet with the same rough charm, and the same rich language of vernacular acrobatics – passed from generation to generation – that is as natural to them as song. Here they move through a set that floats apart and reassembles to represent the many faces of a bewildering and exciting landscape, taking in the old and the nearly new in search of the city’s beating heart.

Saturday 16 April 8.00pm
Sunday 17 April 3.00pm
approximately 1 hour 15 minutes
Suitable for ages 7+
mainhouse

Tickets £12 / £9 conc / £6 U18’s & students
Book online www.macrobert.org/chouf or call us on 01786 466666

Trailer:

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Merry Christmas from macrobert…

From all at macrobert, we wish you a Very Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year!

Don’t forget Snow White of the Seven De’Wharffs runs until the 5 January and Mr Snow until 31 December , so get yourselves along and enjoy the Christmas festivities with macrobert.

For the new year, we have plenty of choice for you along with some lovely offers. From comedy and theatre to music, circus and
physical theatre, macrobert has it all next season.
Remember you can buy gift vouchers which would make the perfect Christmas present, just call our box office on 01786 466666 for more information.

January and February cinema is now online and ready to book, have a look here to see what’s coming in the new year.

Most importantly have an awesome Christmas and we hope that Santa is very generous!

Visit us soon,

macrobert x

New season released…

With excitement we have released the 2011 January to June season today and now we can spill the beans on the new brochure design, the offers we have lined up and all the outstanding events taking place between then…

With five, yes five Scottish premieres, plenty home-grown Scottish talent, magical family friendly performances, early bird discounts and much more, you will not be disappointed.

From comedy and theatre to music, circus and physical theatre, macrobert has it all next season. Here is some highlights to whet your appetite:

Daniel Sloss: My Generation
Plus special guest Chris Forbes

After his successful gig at mFEST in 2010, Daniel Sloss, Scotland’s youngest comic prodigy and typical half-man-half-Xbox, hormone-ridden teenager, is back at macrobert by popular demand.

Saturday 5 February 8.00pm
Tickets (full) £9.50 (conc) £8.50
suitable for ages 13+
– more information and online booking here.

7734
Jasmin Vardimon Company

After sell-out performances in the UK and internationally award-winning choreographer, director and Sadler’s Wells associate Jasmin Vardimon returns to macrobert with the Scottish premiere of 7734. Dramatically epic in scale and content, 7734 features stunning designs, live video and a richly diverse soundtrack.

Saturday 12 February 8.00pm
Tickets (full) £12 (conc) £9 (stud) £6
suitable for ages 14+
– more information and online booking here.

SICK
Theatre Modo

Starring Suzie Ferguson, SICK is a playful, powerful and poignant clown show which follows a patient through the absurdities of imposed routines and unexplained procedures, revealing her darkest thoughts and her wildest imaginings as medication, boredom and illness give wings to her flights of fancy.

Friday 4 February 8.00pm
Saturday 5 February 2.00pm & 7.00pm
Tickets (full) £12 (conc) £9 (stud) £6
Suitable for ages 11+
– more information and online booking here.

Suitcase Circus
Folded Feather

Suitcase Circus features the most unlikely of performers including the world’s only acrobatic potato sack, a daredevil ski glove, an incredible dancing milkshake straw, the hypnotic tie snake Windsor Knot, and the lovable yet bizarre magical Mexican hat Timrek. As with all quality circuses, it is accompanied by wonderful live music.

Sunday 13 March 12noon & 3.00pm
Tickets (full) £6 (conc) £5
suitable for ages 4+
– more information and online booking here.

Chouf Ouchouf

The Medina, the old quarter. Dusk falls like a shutter, then the night. Silently the walls open, and amid the maze-like streets and along the rooftops figures move on secret agendas. What, or who, is in the bag? Collaborating with Swiss artists Zimmerman & de Perrot, Groupe acrobatique de Tanger return to the UK with stunning acrobatics in their new show that captures the danger, joy and urgency of life in Tangiers.

Saturday 16 April 8.00pm
Sunday 17 April 3.00pm
Tickets (full) £12 (conc) £9 (stud) £6
Suitable for ages 7+
– more information and online booking here.

The Dolly Parton Story
Andrea Pattison and The Partoners

Paying tribute to one of the greatest icons of popular music, Dolly Parton, and featuring the stunning vocals, wit and charm of Andrea Pattison backed by an all-live four-piece band, be prepared to hear Dolly’s most celebrated material from all stages of her career.

Wednesday 11 & Thursday 12 May 8.00pm
Tickets (full) £15
suitable for ages 6+
– more information and online booking

This only a small small selection of the many events we have coming to macrobert next season, check out the full line up…

– Via the macrobert website.
– Browse or download the brochure online or order a hard copy here.
– Check out the production shots for each show on our flickr here.
– Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and let us know what you think.

P.S. Santa Claus is coming…
Don’t forget that macrobert’s Christmas panto Snow White of the Seven De’Wharffs started yesterday and from the laughing, screaming and grins from the children coming out of the performance it looks like it’s a hit already!

– more information and online booking for Snow White here.
– behind the scenes gossip from Hoddit and Johnny McKnight himself here.

Another reminder, the wonderful Christmas show for 3 – 5 year olds Mr Snow starts next week, 30 November so don’t miss out!

– more information and online booking for Mr Snow here.

PPS. Keep an eye out for the funky new season trailer which will be uploaded very soon!!

8 days to go….

8 days to go and we will be unleashing our programme for the first season of 2011 and let me tell you… we have some lovely treats in there for everyone!

macrobert will be launching their brand new design of the events guide and the contents on Thursday 25th November at 12.00pm. Make sure you are in the building or online on the 25th and be one of the first to see the guide and have the chance to book your tickets first and you might find a couple of offers in there that you can take advantage of! We couldn’t keep shtum for very long though and have given insights into what to expect…

Craig Hill
A deliciously wicked evening of no-holds-barred, infectiously spontaneous fun as Scotland’s favourite kilted treasure makes a welcome return to macrobert.

Friday 21 January 8pm

More information and online booking here

Oily Cart
Mole in the Hole
This is an adventure for all the senses to be enjoyed by all children from ages 3 to 6. So that everyone will have a chance to play their part, audiences are limited to 50 per show – book now!

Tuesday 25 – Friday 28 Jan 10.30am & 1.30pm
Saturday 29 Jan 11am & 1pm

More information and online booking here

Danish Dance Theatre
Danish Dance Theatre, one of the foremost contemporary Scandinavian dance companies led by UK-born artistic director Tim Rushton, makes its Scottish debut with a powerful triple bill.

Friday 18 February 8.00pm (plus post show discussion)
Saturday 19 February 8.00pm

More information and online booking here

Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play
Don’t miss everyone’s favourite brother and sister, Charlie and Lola, in their extremely ever so wonderful stage show! The stars of the hit BBC TV series and books by Lauren Child are brought to life by a magical mix of puppets, live action and music.

Tuesday 5 April 11.00am, 1.30pm & 4.00pm
Wednesday 6 April 11.00am

More information and online booking here

I can only imagine that this has you uber excited and has you itching to see what else we have lined up so make sure you pick up your brochure from 25th November or pop online and have a look around….

All the best,
An excited macrobert

Fun all round this weekend

This weekend we are here to entertain the kids! We have We Dance Wee Groove today and tomorrow (Fri 22 & Sat 23 Oct) and not only that we have a beautiful Spanish show for 6+ on Saturday…

Get your tots on their toes with We Dance, Wee Groove along with some of Scotland’s  greatest choreographers, the moving images and colourful ambient lighting creates a multi-sensory experience and will help you are your kids get imaginative with dance from crawling to jumping, running, jiggling and wiggling. A massively fun day out which you should not miss!

Saturday also sees La Pelota Magica bring to life puppets but not any ordinary puppets – Spanish puppets! This super cool, magical, spell-binging show will have you and your family mesmerised. Join brother and sister Luis and Natalia in the foothills of Andes for a delightful Spanish journey. Easy to follow for non-Spanish speakers.

Clip for La Pelota Magica

So come and join us for a family fun fun fun filled weekend 🙂

For more info and to book online check out the macrobert website or you can call Tickets and Information on 01786 466666 or pop in and see us!

Over and out x

Chatting with Tony Mills

Today we got Tony Mills to join us in the Atrium of Stirling University to promote his performances Such A Bloke / Watch IT! The Stirling Observer photographer came along too and got some nice snaps for the paper…

We decided we should grab some innocent students and get them in on the photograph, so we found this lot and got what we were after. Twas a fun day had by all!

Such a Bloke is a brand new solo is choreographed by award winning Edinburgh based Australian Choreographer Janis Claxton.  A dance theatre piece influenced by a personal viewpoint on the pros and cons of being a bloke involved in the dance industry, Such a Bloke, is a mixture of Claxton’s fluid style, met with the robustness of Mill’s’ hip hop background. Such a Bloke is an emotionally driven piece but with a dynamic and meaty edge.

http://www.youtube.com/v/8CKqW5SJu74&rel=0&hl=en_GB&feature=player_embedded&version=3

A hit during the Fringe in 2009 and fusing dance, theatre, film and animation, Watch IT! takes a close look at relationship we form with our television. Covering the banal to the surreal, it touches on aspects of how TV affects us and the situations where it can take on more than an intimate form.

Why not come along and see Tony in action!

Sat 2 October 8pm

Tickets £12 /£9 conc / £6 U18’s / £3 students

Book online, call us on 01786 466666 or pop in and see us

See ya then! 🙂

Double Bill of magic…

Room 2 Manoeuvre come to macrobert with a double bill of absolute magic dance solos from Tony Mills.

Watch It! fuses breakdance, physical theatre, film and animation all into the first 45 minute dance odyssey. This digital ‘Alice in Wonderland’ centres around one man’s love / hate relationship with his TV, taking you on a ride to make you think about your own little box in the corner, a hit at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe and was described as ‘essential viewing, seemless and slick’ from The Skinny.

Promo video for Watch It!

This double bill then flips from the colourful sensation of Watch iT! to the sleek, semi autobiographical performance, Such a Bloke. Created by award winning choreographer Janis Claxton, the second part of the double bill offers an emotionally driven contrast of frustration and futility from personal insight. Influenced by a personal viewpoint on the pros and cons of being a bloke involved in the dance industry, a fantastic mix of Claxton’s fluid style and the robustness of Mill’s hip hop background.

Promo video for Such A Bloke

The List managed to get a hold of Tony Mills and asked him 5 Questions, read it here to see the thinking behind this rather interesting double bill.

Saturday 2 October 8pm
Tickets £12 / £9 conc / £6 students
To book your tickets call our Tickets and Info team on 01786 466666, pop in to see us or book online here.

Hope to see you there! 🙂

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