Spokes – 31st March & 1st April

Jeanine’s recent dance credits include Off Kilter which incorporated pieces choreographed by Mark Morris and Ashley Page (Edinburgh Festival Theatre / Dance Base); Parallel I Parallels, A wee Home From Home (Plan B); Proband (Caroline Bowditch); Found (Curious Seed/Dance Base); Almost But Not Quite (Curious Seed/Dance Base/Edinburgh Festival); Raw (Fidget Feet) and Uncanny (X Factor Dance Company).

She also works extensively in theatre, with credits including The Price, The Curse of The Starving Class, The Man Who Had All the Luck (Royal Lyceum Edinburgh); Balgay Hill (Dundee Rep); The Testament of Cresseid (Edinburgh International Festival); Hare and Tortoise (Licketyspit Theatre Company); The Ducky (Borderline); Hansel and Gretel (New York/Barbican/Catherine Wheels); A Christmas Carol (Chichester Festival Theatre); Privates on Parade (West Yorkshire Playhouse); A Streetcar Named Desire (Perth Theatre); The Unconquered (Byre Theatre/’Brits off Broadway, New York); Lifeboat (Australia/New Zealand/New York/Dublin) and Nova Scotia (Traverse).


Dance Terrorism

Stan Wont Dance

I thought that title would grab your attention! Now, “Dance Terrorism” is not a description of the moves I was pulling out on the dance floor last Friday, it is actually reffering to ‘Babel’ the new show by Stan Won’t Dance.

Here is a little information about the show from the world wide web:

“Babel unites choreographic mavericks Liam Steel and Rob TannionPatrick Neate whose work spans fiction, journalism and performance poetry. with the Whitbread award-winning writer

Combining explosive movement with Patrick Neate’s dynamic street verse, Babel explores the potential of choreographed polemic and abrasive, uncompromising contemporary language to question how, despite the perceived liberties of British society, restrictive ideas of political correctness, materialism and the single agenda media have compromised true freedom of speech.

An all male cast composed of some of the UK’s finest physical theatre performers fly straight in the face of convention to ask fundamental questions about the Britain we live in today. Originally commissioned by Channel 4, Neate’s Babel explores the limitations of contemporary language and the ways in which, for all the perceived liberties of British society, our freedom of speech is compromised.”

Because of the content, the show is for Ages 16+. This is still an mPOWER show, so if you are 16 or 17 you can get a ticket for £2.

For more details visit our website or give us a call on 01786 466 666

More from macrobert Intern, Eilidh

Hello again!
So week 4…very busy with meetings. Sat in on the staff briefing on the scheduled programmes coming up for the next few months, lots and lots of exiting stuff. Including Showstoppers, Singing Kettle and The Nearly Naked Chief! I did however perform rather badly in the post meeting quiz coming second bottom! Then it was onto a meeting with the Mpower marketers and Material who handle the marketing for, among other things, T in the Park.
Really interesting finding out all the marketing techniques they use and all the amazing project they are involved in. Very envious of all the amazing music and art exhibits they get to be involved in, plus they gave us free badges which is always a bonus. To round up I’d like to dedicate this blog to my flatmate Lauren who is at this moment enjoying being in Spain for four months and we miss her little face.

Babel – Stan Won’t Dance – Metro Article

Stan Won't Dance - Babel

Stan Won't Dance - Babel

Dancing to a different drum; The Big Interview Babel Author Patrick Neate and physical theatre group Stan Won’t Dance tell KEITH WATSON about an unlikely collaboration that depicts modern Britain


21 January 2010 METRO

Many magical moments no doubt occur at midnight in a Manchester Travelodge but few of them involve poetry, dance and the seeds of a dystopian vision of British society on the edge of communication meltdown. But four years ago that was the root of Babel, which finds physical theatre mavericks Stan Won’t Dance putting flesh to the pugilistic rhymes of writer Patrick Neate.

Liam Steel and Stan co-founder Robert Tannion were on tour, channel-hopping, when they caught Neate’s TV performance of Babel on C4. They had no idea what they were watching, just that they were hearing words crying out for action. ‘It took a lot of tracking down,’ says Steel. ‘I ended up writing on Patrick’s blog trying to convince him we weren’t crazy stalkers.’ Neate, a writer whose work roams across novels, poetry, film scripts and live spoken word – he co-created storytelling salon Book Slam with Ben Watt – readily admits that contemporary dance was a world away from his natural habitat. ‘It’s been quite a weird collaboration in that, after we first met, I thought I was just handing over the words,’ he says. ‘Everything has to be authored and it was never going to work if I was the author – I had nothing to contribute in terms of the staging. Dance is not my world at all.’ Given the force and confidence of his words, it’s a surprise to hear Neate being so dissembling. For, far from merely handing over his words, it’s clear from watching a rehearsal of Stan Won’t Dance‘s take on Babel that he’s contributed substantial chunks of new material, written to order to flesh out the movement action. From a ten-minute word-slam rant expanded to 25 minutes for the TV version, the script for Babel now clocks in at an hour.

There are pauses in the word-flow (‘there’s comedy in it too, it couldn’t be just an hour of bombardment,’ says Steel) but Babel is essentially a rich stew of ideas, Neate’s text refracted through five streetwise hoodies bouncing around a set consisting of burnt-out cars and assorted hoodied dummies. It’s a threatening scenario, the hoodies shadowy and anonymous in bizarre heavy metal make-up, talking straight to the audience. It’s a portrait of alienation in physical form.

The subject matter roams across racism, war, consumerism and the media, with Neate’s language, rich with the rhythms of hip hop and overflowing with pun-crazed wit, providing the motor which drives the dancers on.

‘The first thing we had to do was get the original out of our heads,’ says Steel. ‘We had to look at the words afresh. What was amazing about working with Patrick is that he’s so quick – we’d ask him for some more material and we’d get an e-mail straight back.’ There is light relief – Duffy’s Distant Dreamer provides the hoodies with a surprising comedy routine – and the Plan B-heavy soundtrack makes some of the bitter pills easier to swallow. But Babel takes a hefty swipe at a world where everyone’s talking a lot but not saying anything. In one telling moment a character notes ‘how eloquent we are in our grieving’, a line that’s close to Neate’s heart.

‘There’s this strange disconnection between words and meaning,’ he says. ‘A kid was murdered on a doorstep right where I live and straight away there was a shrine outside and kids giving interviews on TV and eulogies written on the walls: “To my brave X – you’ll never be forgotten.” But it was as if all the reactions were created to be on TV. It was all soundbites and no questioning what had happened and why.’ Both Neate and Stan Won’t Dance‘s founders are around 40 and acutely aware they are a generation apart from those on stage. But Babel highlights a communication breakdown that cuts both ways. ‘It’s not us trying to be “down” with the kids,’ laughs Steel, mock horrified. Neate agrees: ‘No one gets off the hook in this. Everybody gets a bad rap. It’s definitely not hug a hoodie – there, that’s your headline.’ Babel is at London’s Laban Theatre tonight and tomorrow, then tours nationally.


Stan Won’t Dance is at the macrobert arts centre on Thurs 11 and Fri 12 March. If you are aged 12-17 you can get tickets for £2. Check out http://www.mpowerscotland.org and http://www.macrobert.org for more information

macrobert Intern Eilidh’s blog – week 1


I’m Eilidh, I’ve just started a part time internship here at Macrobert and just getting to grips with the many new faces and torrents of info about the inner workings of all the events here especially the Mpower project. So far I’ve had the tour and seen backstage including behind the scenes area of the Main House where I got to see a giant alphabet block and a 12 foot clock (not bad for the first half hour!). I’ve also been told about many and varying projects on at the moment only a fraction of which I can actually remember right now along with perhaps three out of fifteen people I’ve been introduced to. As far as I can see my role here over the next few weeks will be helping on the Mpower project (more of this in a sec), the Film House short film preview project and general dogsbody around the office. I am especially exited about the Mpower project as it sets out to empower (oh wow I just got that!) kids from 12 to 17 in the field of the arts including film, theatre, dance, and performing arts. This project is run by, organised and for these kids and looks like an amazing project to be involved in. Also the fact that as a member of the Macrobert I now get free tickets to certain events is quite nice as well! Anyhoo hopefully the next couple of entries will find me able to find my way around without getting lost too much while also remembering what it is I’m supposed to be doing at any given moment.. TTFN!

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