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Performance Programme January-April2010


Alongside this season of live performance, which is increasingly connected to debate in sustainability and social justice, we are honoured to support artist development and the creation of new performance. In January we host English Touring Opera as they work on Alexander Goehr's new opera, Promised End. In March Helen Chadwick (www.helenchadwick.com) is in residence to develop a new piece and in April we partner with Dance South West to host Youth Dance England's Stride! residency for young dance entrepreneurs. It's an exciting phase for our programming, which is set to grow as space for artists to rehearse and create is more readily available from October. Ultimately we will begin to present their work to you, so do look out for it in future programmes. Lara Lloyd Live Art Producer

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Thursday 14 January 7.30pm Studio 3

Saturday 16 January 11.30am & 2.00pm Barn Theatre

Peter Oswald & Pinocchio Hugh Nankivell By Indefinite Articles present Birdsongs

An extensive series of free verse poems were written by Peter Oswald over several years, many at Dartington whilst he was resident here (1998-2005). These works were set to piano and voice by Hugh Nankivell in 2009. In this performance a selection of these works are sung and played by Hugh and read by Peter. The poems are not ornithological. They are birds of the imagination and new forms kindly given to the imagination by birds. They do not imitate bird calls but are crafted from the words, minimalist expressionist settings with occasional flurries of improvisation. This is the first performance of this collaboration between two of the South West's significantly talented artists. See dartington.org/arts/birdsongs for more info on Peter and Hugh.

£8.00 £7.00 £5.00

“Wonderful work that celebrates the possibilities of theatre” Lyn Gardner, the Guardian

Tickets U16s Family [2+2]

£8.00 £6.50 £24.00

Family

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Geppetto uses the objects of a carpenter’s workshop to tell the tale of the puppet that wants to be a real boy as Pinocchio is carved on stage. Brought to us by the same inventive company that created Claytime, improvisation makes each Pinocchio performance unique to its audience. Award-winning Indefinite Articles are at the forefront of a new wave of British puppetry. Its members have worked with the RSC, Improbable Theatre and The Mighty Boosh. For everyone aged 4+, running time 50 mins dartington.org/arts/pinocchio

Like this? See Stuff & Nonsense p.12

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01|02


Saturday 16 January 8.00pm Great Hall

Justin Adams & Juldeh Camera Justin Adams has been at the cutting edge of world music alchemy since the 1990s, working with artists including Jah Wobble, Robert Plant (Adams co-wrote The Mighty Rearranger), The Festival of the Desert and Tinariwen. Juldeh Camara is an African master musician, taught to play by his father, who himself was taught directly by the djinn, he plays the ritti, a one-stringed fiddle (West African ancestor of the violin). Together they combine to make a sound where the deep roots of African music nourish the raw

electric groove of rock and roll, where Gnawa spirit rhythms come up against Chicago distortion and snaky N'awlins rhythm has a West London howl. Justin & Juldeh's first album Soul Science was winner of the BBC Radio 3 World Music Award (Crossing Continents category) and their second album Tell No Lies was released in 2009. This performance features tracks from both albums. See & hear Justin & Juldeh at dartington.org/arts/justinjuldeh

“Songs that echo the raw exuberance of the Clash, the rolling blues of Muddy Waters and the delicacy and grandeur of the ancient griot ballads. Magnificent.” the Guardian

Tickets Concessions Students & U16s

£16.00 £15.00 £7.00

Like this? See Dulsori p.15

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Saturday 23 January 7.30pm Great Hall

Friday 5 February 8.00pm Great Hall

Matthew Trusler

Monica Ross presents Anniversary -

Matthew Trusler Violin Gordon Back Piano

Critically acclaimed artist Monica Ross will recite from memory the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Debussy Violin sonata in G minor L140 Beethoven G major sonata Op 30 no 3 Brahms Sonata in D minor no 3 Sarasate Carmen Fantasy A regular performer at Dartington International Summer School, Matthew Trusler graduated from Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music in 1998. Trusler’s latest record, Blues, won huge critical acclaim, including “Best CD” list in the Telegraph, Strad magazine and on Classic FM. Tonight's concert raises funds for Friends of South Devon College, a charity providing financial support to students through awards, bursaries and donations, helping ensure that financial hardship isn’t a barrier to education. It also raises funds for Matthew's own charity The Lenny Trusler Children's Foundation, dedicated to helping provide relief of serious illness in newborn babies and infants in the UK and abroad.

An Act of Memory

The work is an act of witness as a method of drawing attention to the continuing need to re-iterate the importance of the Universal Declaration. Rather than the absence of mind associated with learning by rote, recitation by memory proposes the attempt to learn the Declaration by heart as a basis for developing presence of mind. It places an emphasis on the attempt and difficulty of meeting the Declaration's call to constantly 'keep it in mind' and to voice or act on it - especially when under pressure. As the audience you are invited to witness this Act of Memory, the recitation will be followed by a Q&A with Monica. This work is endorsed by Amnesty International and the British Institute of Human Rights. dartington.org/arts/ross

dartington.org/arts/trusler

Tickets Concessions Students & U16s

£18.00 £17.00 £5.00

Tickets By donation on the door Please reserve your ticket in advance

Like this? See London Mozart Players p.14

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03|04


Sunday 7 February 3.00pm Great Hall

Monday 15 February 4.30pm & 6.00pm Barn Theatre

Britten Sinfonia presents Britten in America Pekka Kuusisto violin/director Mark Padmore tenor/director A programme of music from both sides of the Atlantic that delves into the rich sonorities of strings and voice. The concert offers a rare opportunity to hear celebrated tenor Mark Padmore paired with the imaginative violinist Pekka Kuusisto in a new work by Nico Muhly, composer for recent film The Reader. A protégé of Philip Glass, Nico Muhly is gaining a reputation as being one of the most impressive innovators of new music, effortlessly crossing the boundaries between classical and pop. Purcell Fantasia VII in C minor Purcell Let the Night Perish (Job’s Curse) Purcell Fantasia XIII in F Upon one Note Tippett A Lament, from Divertimento on Sellinger’s Round Britten Les Illuminations, Op. 18 Steve Reich Duet Nico Muhly Impossible Things (première tour) John Adams Shaker Loops In Conversation Pekka Kuusisto & Mark Padmore in the Great Hall at 1.45pm, open to all ticket holders. dartington.org/arts/britten

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Music, Film & Dance With South West Music School & Youth Dance Academy South West Music School and Youth Dance Academy students have been resident at Dartington throughout the weekend developing their skills in film composition and devising dance for film. During the weekend they have created original works for short films including newly digitalised silent footage from the Dartington Hall archive featuring, among others, a film performance of Ballet Jooss’ 1935 Danse Macabre. A hugely successful event last year, this performance (at 4.30pm, repeated at 6pm) sees the students performing their works live alongside the selected footage. This innovative SWMS project enables the artists supported by Dartington in the 1930s to inspire the emerging artists we are supporting today.

£18.00 £17.00 £5.00

Like this? See LMP p.14

Image: © Charles E. Brown, Deutscher Tanzarchiv Köln

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Thursday 18 February 8.00pm Great Hall

Rainbow Chasers Ashley Hutchings’ - best known as founder of Fairport Convention - current band, Rainbow Chasers, was formed in mid-2004. The line-up features Ashley (bass guitar & vocals), Ruth Angell (vocals, violin, acoustic guitar), Jo Hamilton (vocals, viola, acoustic guitar) & Joe Topping (vocals, acoustic guitar). Labelled “the best acoustic group in the country” by Show of Hand's Phil Beer, the band combines the highest level of skill and sophistication to a semi-acoustic programme of sensitive arrangements complimented by inspired vocals. The band's musical identity incorporates elements of folk and traditional song as well as drawing on the classical training of Angell and Hamilton. This evening they will perform tracks from both their albums, Some Colours Fly and Fortune Never Sleeps.

“Ashley Hutchings continues his role as one of Britain’s greatest music facilitators” Mojo Running time 50 mins

Tickets Concessions Students & U16s

£14.00 £13.00 £5.00

Like this? See Excellent! p.11

Like this? See Jackie Oates p.09

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05|06


Friday 19 February 8.00pm Studio 1

Saturday 20 February 8.00pm Great Hall

Fuel presents

Silk String Quartet

Inua Ellams’ The 14th Tale A free flowing melodic narrative telling the entertaining exploits of a natural born mischief-maker growing from the clay streets of Nigeria to rooftops in Dublin, and finally to London. Inua Ellams is a word and graphic artist with a reputation for iconic imagery, unashamed beauty and attention to detail. In this solo show he vividly recreates the characters that punctuate his upbringing in deft and beautiful poetry, while challenging the audience's expectation of what it is to be a young, black male in London today. A BAC Scratch commission with Apples & Snakes. A London Word Festival Commission. Funded by Arts Council England.

Combining traditional and modern, Chinese and Western music, the four talented virtuosi have trained from childhood, studied to PhD degree level in China and the West and performed diverse music genres worldwide, with many published CDs and international recognition between them. Cheng Yu pipa (4-stringed lute) & guqin (7-stringed zither) Sun Zhuo guzheng (21-stringed zither) Qiu Zenghui erhu & jinghu (2-stringed fiddles) Zhou Yinyan yangqin (hammered dulcimer)

“London’s hottest new spoken word talent” the Times

See & hear the ensemble at dartington.org/arts/ssq

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New in its form and style, unique in its instrumentation and presentation, the Silk String Quartet is a young professional London-based Chinese string instrument group of the highest quality. Formed in 2006, the group is the first and only Chinese string quartet in Europe.


Thursday 25 February 8.00pm Studio 1

Saturday 27 February 7.30pm Great Hall

Third Angel

Young Artist Showcase

presents Class of ‘76 In 1999 Third Angel made a performance based on a class photograph taken in 1976. They made stuff up about the children in it. In 2000 they performed it again, on the spot where the photograph was taken 24 years earlier. This time they told the truth. Ever since then, they’ve been asked to tell the story of how it all came about. 35 children all in the same place doing the same thing, sharing an experience. What have they done and what has happened to them? Raising questions about disappointment and achievement, this is a fresh and funny live art performance for the friendsreunited generation. Class of ’76 is Third Angel’s most enduring show, revised and updated for this 10th Anniversary tour.

“Magical and beautiful” Total Theatre Magazine

Singer-songwriters with The Rooftop Gambler James Aldridge Martin Skews Josie Newton Band The Rooftop Gambler (headline) Our Young Artist series, presented in collaboration with South West Music School, showcases the school's most talented musicians from across the region. The series has been running for three seasons, building a loyal audience and gathering a reputation for showcasing exceptionally talented emerging artists. This evening we focus on singersongwriters, culminating in a headline performance from Plymouth-based band The Rooftop Gambler, led by Karl Meyer, tutor to SWMS and former student of Dartington College of Arts. Running time approx. 2 hours.

£10.00 £9.00 £5.00

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Tickets £5.00 Students & U16s FREE Please reserve your ticket

Like this? See Stan’s Café & Lone Twin p.17

Like this? See Excellent! p.11

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07|08


Saturday 6 March 8.00pm Great Hall

Friday 12 March 7.30pm St Marys Church, Totnes

Jackie Oates

Le Jardin Secret presents Veiled

In 2008 Jackie Oates was nominated as best newcomer in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and a swathe of glowing national reviews followed the release of her album, The Violet Hour, which was included on Mojo's top ten folk albums of 2008.

In the Baroque period Holy Week was marked by the suspension of secular music, as music became the primary medium of the liturgy. The result was the finest, most intense music of the period was brought off the opera stage and into the church.

In 2009 her status as a solo artist was cemented when she won two more BBC Folk Awards: the Horizon Award for Best Newcomer and the Best Traditional Track Award. Jackie is based in the South West and tonight presents music from her latest album Hyperboreans.

With soprano Elizabeth Dobbin, Le Jardin Secret performs 17th & 18th century repertoire with dedicated attention to historical context. Couperin Prélude in A for harpsichord solo Charpentier Eram quasi agnus innocens de Visée Suite in e for solo theorbo Prelude Allemande - Courante F. Couperin Première Leçon de Ténèbres de Visée Suite in e Sarabande - Gigue Marais Chaconne in G for Gamba & Basso Continuo Couperin Prelude in C Charpentier O vos Omnes Marais Suite in G Couperin Suite in d for harpsichord solo Allemande - Courante de Lalande Troisième Leçon de Vendredy Saint

Enjoy a taster at dartington.org/arts/oates

“The girl is a genius” Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2

“Le Jardin Secret have a very bright future indeed... the performances are superb” Telegraph

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£10.00 £9.00 £5.00

Like this? See Urban Folk Quartet p.13

Like this? See London Mozart Players p.14

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Saturday 13 March 7.30pm Great Hall

Saturday 13 March 11.30am & 2.00pm Barn Theatre

Exeter Stuff & Chamber Nonsense Across Choir & Devon presents The Deep Blue Sea Baroque presents St. John Passion Conductor Andrew Daldorph, ECC Musical director Margaret Faultless, DB Soprano Rebecca Yates Counter tenor Andrew O'Sullivan Tenor Nicholas Yates Bass Thomas Guthrie Evangelist David Webb Exeter Chamber Choir and Devon Baroque have collaborated to perform highly successful performances of Handel's Messiah and, in Exeter Cathedral in 2007, Bach's B Minor Mass. Both groups specialise in authentic, emotional and inspiring interpretations of baroque music. Their performance tonight of Bach’s St. John Passion will undoubtedly provide the perfect musical preparation for Easter.

For everyone aged 3+, running time 50 mins.

Tickets U16s Family [2+2]

£8.00 £6.50 £24.00

Like this? see p.XX

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Family

£18.00 £17.00 £8.00

Directed by Niki McCretton (who brought us Muttnik), Across the Deep Blue Sea features puppetry, physical comedy and the odd squirt of water! Join us for a world of singing whales, pestering pirates and a multitude of sea creatures who swim to the surface in this fantastic aquatic adventure.

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This is the story of a little man who wakes up to find himself bobbing around in a makeshift boat somewhere in the middle of a vast ocean. For us that might be disastrous but for him, it's a breeze! There are plenty of fish to keep him company, he doesn't have to make phone calls or answer e-mails every day and he can sail around to his heart's content... That is until the storms arrive!

09|10


Sunday 14 March 5.00pm Great Hall

Tuesday 16 March 7.30pm Great Hall

National Youth Jazz Collective

Excellent!

The first of two energetic and highly inspirational performances given by the National Youth Jazz Collective's regional members, led by three of the Collective's most celebrated of educators: critically acclaimed composer, baritone player and NYJC's Chief Executive Issie Barratt; award winning singer/pianist Pete Churchill and national renowned saxophonist Mick Foster. The National Youth Jazz Collective is a vibrant National Youth Music organisation, funded by Youth Music and designed to support the creative and educational needs of the young jazz musicians through regional projects and an annual National Youth Jazz Summer School.

Music & Dance South West This collaborative performance is part of a national fortnight celebrating the country’s young, exceptionally talented musicians and dancers. This event in the Great Hall highlights the South West’s young professionals supported by DCSF’s Music & Dance Scheme. Perfomers will be drawn from Youth Dance Academy, Wells Cathedral School and South West Music School and the programme ranges across contemporary dance and original songs to Baroque repertoire and Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony.

Running time 1hr

Tickets Concessions Students & U16s

£10.00 £9.00 £5.00

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Friday 19 March 8.00pm Studio 1 Saturday 20 March 11.30am Studio 1

The Clockwork Moth presents Philip Pullman’s Clockwork, or All Wound Up A shadow play for adults and children. Snow falls silently through the mountains. The woods whisper treacherous secrets. The clock of Glockenheim chimes midnight. By the fireside a crowd has gathered and a budding storyteller spins a terrifying yarn. A surgical clockwork-master approaches, bearing a sinister purpose… From the author of His Dark Materials trilogy, The Clockwork Moth presents a macabre and humorous fable of unravelling fortunes, where truth and fiction are woven together, exploring our unsettling power to wind up the cogs of fate.

Supported by live music from The Hillbilly Girls, stunning scenery and a diversity of subtly crafted puppets, Clockwork breathes with life and atmosphere and hearkens back to the forgotten glory-days of European shadowtheatre with Victorian finesse and delicacy. The Clockwork Moth is an emerging SouthWest based performing arts company. Led by former Dartington College of Arts students Charlie Scullion and Victoria Narewski, this show is directed and performed by both. After Saturday's family-friendly performance there will be a shadow puppet-making workshop from 2pm-3pm. Learn about the history and practice of shadow puppetry and be guided in making and using your own shadow puppet - booking essential. For more on the company, show, workshop & book see dartington.org/arts/clockwork Recommended for ages 9+, show time 1.5hr.

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Family

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£8.00 £7.00 £5.00 £22.00 £2.50

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Tickets Concessions Students & U16s Family [2+2] Workshop

11|12


Friday 26 March 8.00pm Great Hall

Thursday 8 April 8.00pm Studio 31

Urban Folk Quartet

Evolving Motion presents Duod

Joe Broughton Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin Paloma Trigas Fiddle Frank Moon Guitar, Oud, Vocals Tom Chapman Cajon, Percussion, Vocals The Urban Folk Quartet launched in June 2009. Headlining major festivals from day one they played in the UK, Italy, Belgium and Spain in the first 3 months, won the Spanish International Folk Competition on only their fourth performance and are due to release their debut album the month of this gig. Members of the band have played with The Chieftains, The Albion Band, Carlos Nunez, The Destroyers, Old Dance School, Chris While and Bellowhead amongst others. They are hugely popular locally, known especially for their FolkWorld summer course during the Dartington Summer Youth Programme, and their live performance is second to none.

Involving intimate interaction with the audience, seated at the rim of an 8ft skirt, the story unfolds as the performers dance its dynamic arc in a transformation from cocoon to flight. Visuals, music and movement cascade amidst raging physicality as the dancers explore degrees of twoness, creating exquisite tensions through cooperation and conflict. Finally the audience becomes integrated into the mesh, literally holding the dancers between their grasp. A 60 minute in-the-round performance with live music (Christopher Benstead) and spectacular visual design (Rosalind Noctor), Duod is choreographed & performed by Cathy Seago in collaboration with Rosalind Noctor.

Tickets Concessions Students & U16s

Tickets Concessions Students & U16s

£14.00 £13.00 £5.00

£10.00 £9.00 £5.00

Like this? See Rainbow Chasers p.06

Like this? See Cscape p.15

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Development supported by Swindon Dance, Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre and the University of Winchester.

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See & hear UFQ at dartington.org/arts/ufq


Sunday 11 April 3.00pm Great Hall

Wed 14 - Sat 17 April 7.30pm Ariel Centre, Totnes

London Mozart Players

The Playgoers Society of Dartington Hall presents

Hilary Davan Wetton conductor Matt Harvey narrator

Adaptation by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod. Directed by Mavis Jones.

Haydn Symphony No.83 in G minor La Poule Mozart Concerto for two pianos in E flat K365 Saint-Saëns The Carnival of the Animals

Written in 1860 by Charles Dickens but reclaimed for a contemporary audience in this vibrant new stage adaptation, this classic tale of the orphan Pip's journey from childhood to becoming a gentleman lays bare the tissue of lies and guilt in Dickens' least sentimental love story. Originally performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2005, here the adaptation is performed by local community dramatic society, The Playgoers of Dartington Hall.

Great Expectations

Founded by Harry Blech in 1949 as the UK's first chamber orchestra, London Mozart Players (LMP) is regarded as one of the country’s finest ensembles. Internationally renowned for its outstanding live performances, CD recordings and its definitive renderings of the core Classical repertoire, the LMP also plays an active part in contemporary music, giving many world premières and commissioning new works. Here the LMP perform with South West based poet, columnist and regular BBC Radio 4 contributor Matt Harvey as narrator of The Carnival of the Animals.

“Great drama and emotional breadth”

Matinée performance Saturday 17 April, 2.30pm

Daily Telegraph

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“Great Expectations has always been my favourite novel. First and foremost, it is a tremendous yarn, a mystery thriller and also a poetic epic. It deals with our 'expectations', our aspirations that make us human, make us noble and make us miserable. It is a story that brings out the adult in each of us, and also the child in each of us.” Declan Donnellan

Tickets Concessions Students & U16s

£8.50 £7.50 £5.00

Like this? See Matthew Trusler p.04

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13|14


Saturday 17 April 8.00pm Great Hall

Thursday 22 April 8.00pm Studio 31

Dulsori

Cscape

presents Binari: Spirit of the Beat

presents When the Shops Shut

Acclaimed for their powerful energy Dulsori have been taking the Korean percussive style known as pungmul to a whole new level. The performers use kkwanggwari (small handheld drum), jing (gong) and numerous other percussion with an outstanding choreography to create beats that stir the audience. Dulsori rekindle the spirit of ancient Korean festivals where the audience and performer energy combine together. “We aim to break the barriers between the players and the audience in staging our performances” says Dulsori director Moon Kop-Hyuan. See dartington.org/arts/dulsori for info.

When the shops shut for good, when the shutters come down for the last time, when the final homes are bought up, what happens to communities then?

“Their pace never lets up. It’s a gripping performance of delicious percussion and rabble-rousing vocals”

Cscape Dance Company is one of the South West's leading young dance companies. This new show uses the company's unique style of physical story telling to tell tales of villages and the people who live in them. Evocative, charming and funny, When the Shops Shut, brings the characters found in these communities to life in a vivid blend of dance, theatre, film, poetry and music. For more info see dartington.org/arts/cscape Commissioned by FEAST and is supported by Arts Council England and The Works: Dance and Theatre Cornwall.

“Artistically speaking, Cscape is one of the brightest hopes for the region”

the Guardian

Kate Castle, Director Dance South West

“From start to finish Cscape is poetry for the eyes... and should not be missed” Western Morning News

£14.00 £13.00 £5.00

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Image: Oliver Berry

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Saturday 24 April 8.00pm Studio 3 Sunday 25 April 3.00pm Ariel Centre

National Youth Jazz Collective with Steve Waterman and Pete Churchill On Saturday 24 April legendary trumpet player & jazz luminary Steve Waterman and award-winning singer/pianist Pete Churchill are joined by two of the nation’s most in demand rhythm section players, bassist Mark Hodgson and drummer Andrew Bain, to create a spectacular and memorable jazz quartet gig. All four musicians are tutors for the National Youth Jazz Collective, a vibrant National Youth Music organisation designed to support the creative and educational needs of young jazz musicians. (Running time 2 hrs) On Sunday 25 April the leading Devon members of the Collective will join Pete, Andrew and Mark for a free family concert in the Ariel Centre at 3pm. (Running time 1 hr)

£10.00 £9.00 £5.00

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Tickets £10.00 £9.00 Concessions £1.00 Students & U16s Sunday’s Concert FREE Please reserve your ticket

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15|16


Wednesday 28 April 8.00pm Studio 1

Stan’s Café

presents Home of the Wriggler It is 3006, and underground, sheltered from the raging weather, an investigation into pollution and global warming is gridlocked, the prosecution and defence teams lost focus and power generations go. Procedure has gone way out of the window and the irregular has become highly regular. Today the enquiry will continue to learn the legends of a place called The West Midlands, the people who lived there and the mythical things they once made called cars.

A lo-fi sci-fi docu-drama set in a world where oil has run out, the cast generate all the power the show requires live on stage using a range of ageing technologies. Birmingham-based Stan's Cafe has been devising inventive, amusing and thoughtful theatre since 1991. Eighteen years on the company is at the forefront of European experimental theatre, performing worldwide to enthusiastic public and critical response. dartington.org/arts/stanscafe

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£10.00 £9.00 £5.00

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Saturday 1 May 2.30pm, 5.00pm, 7.30pm Studio 1

Lone Twin Theatre presents The Catastrophe Trilogy Three works share a common playful interest in the act of storytelling. Touching, comic and resolutely hopeful, this is a unique collection of works by an ever-surprising international ensemble. Alice Bell 2.30pm - a fictional character born into a fictional conflict, Alice seeks happiness in a divided land, finding love and companionship but at a terrible cost. Part DIY musical, part fairy-tale, Alice Bell offers a portrait of life as an act of hope, life as something to sing and dance about.

Daniel Hit by A Train 5.00pm - inspired by a Victorian collection of 53 true stories about people losing their lives in the act of saving another, this work tells each tragedy in turn, in all their comedic, vaudevillian glory. Sincere but unafraid to raise a smile to these most selfless of souls Daniel Hit by A Train stands as a testimony to our abiding need to help each other. The Festival 7.30pm - this work continues the company's playful approach to storytelling, narrative and song, presenting an episode in the life of a character where chance and coincidence leave an indelible mark. The running time for each show is 75 mins. dartington.org/arts/lonetwin

“A wonderful body of work” the Guardian

Tickets Concessions Students & U16s

£10.00 £9.00 £5.00

£27.00* £24.00* £12.00*

*Trilogy ticket

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17|18


Film & Digital Media The below represents a small selection of our film and media events. For full details visit www.dartington.org/arts or see the Barn Cinema Guide.

Animate Earth

[no cert]

Thursday 18 February / 8pm Director Clive Ardagh Documentary UK 2009 / Colour / 60m How might a more holistic scientific process broaden our perception of the natural world and inform a reconnection with the Earth? This promising, informative film is based on the book by Schumacher College ecologist Stephan Harding. There will be a panel discussion with Stephan Harding and director Clive Ardagh following the screening.

Sunday Nights Movie Meal Deal Book in advance for any of these films and get your cinema ticket plus a two course pre-screening supper and coffee in the White Hart for the special price of £18.00.

Glorious 39

[12A]

Sunday 10 January / 8pm

Seraphine

[PG]

Sunday 17 January / 8pm

It’s Complicated

[tbc]

Sunday 24 January / 8pm

Film Archive Restoration Project

Nine

Our plans for our crucial Film Archive Restoration Project are moving ahead nicely, with 20 hours of newly discovered historic film footage currently at the digitisation stage. We hope to share this footage with you soon, with the first glimpse - of Ballets Jooss’ 1935 Danse Macabre - taking place during the Music, Film & Dance event on 15 February (see p.05).

Sunday 21 February / 8pm

[15]

Sunday 31 January / 8pm

The Lovely Bones

[12A]

The Boys Are Back

[12A]

Sunday 28 February / 8pm

Valentine Special Breakfast at Tiffany’s

[PG]

Sunday 14 February / 8pm If you would like to support this project or find out more, visit the website at www.daritngton.org/filmarchive

There will be a special 3-course Movie Meal Deal to celebrate St Valentine’s Day. For full details call our box office on 01803 847070. Movie Meal Deal tickets must be booked by 5pm on the Friday preceding the screening.

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Visual Art & Craft Collection of 20th Century Visual Art Many visitors who enjoy and support our live arts and film programmes may not be also aware of Dartington’s substantial collection of 20th century visual art, the majority of which was collected by Leonard and Dorothy Elmhirst. Believed to be England’s most significant private patrons of 20th century art, Leonard & Dorothy collected ceramics on the advice of Bernard Leach and pictures, particularly by young up-and- coming artists. Within the collection there is strong representation by artists who called Dartington home, such as David and Bernard Leach, Cecil and Elisabeth Collins, Mark Tobey and Marianne de Trey. Recently having become part of The Arts at Dartington, the team is currently exploring ways to best conserve and exhibit the collection.

Craft Education at Dartington Dartington is home to specialist craft makers and sculptors, two of whom run book-binding and print-making classes throughout the year, open to all levels of experience from beginners to experienced artists. Held by Mary Bartlett (book-binding) and Michael Honnor (print-making), the workshops boast unique collections of expertise and equipment and are among the best in the South West. If you would like more info or to sign up for either course please leave a message with the main Dartington reception on 01803 847000.

Access

Food & drink

Wheelchair access is available at the Barn, Great Hall and Studios 1, 3 & 31. There are accessible toilet facilities adjacent to these venues. For patrons with a hearing impairment, The Barn and Great Hall offer an infra-red system. Assistance dogs are welcome. Please advise box office in advance of your access requirements and any assistance needed. Our staff will be pleased to help you.

The Roundhouse Café Situated next to the Barn Theatre, is a welcoming, family friendly space open from 12pm to 8pm every day to serve hot and cold drinks, wine and beer, a selection of locally made cakes and ice creams. Wifi is available. The White Hart bar & resturant Open from 12pm to late offering main meals and a wide selection of wines, spirits, beers & ales. Booking is recommended on 01803 847111.

Large print brochure available. Please phone 01803 847074

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Buy a ticket Call

01803 847070 between 1-7pm* Online

www.dartington.org/arts * Pre-show Box office opening times exclude the hour prior to an event or film for ‘on the door’ sales. In advance by post Send your order & cheque (payable to The Dartington Hall Trust) to the above address, with an SAE if you’d like your tickets sent to you.

Reservations Reserved tickets must be paid for prior to the day of the event. We will release any tickets that have not been paid for prior to the event. Returns We are unable to offer refunds or exchanges. Concessions Arts Society; over 60s; full time students; U16s; unemployed; disability benefit; DHT staff. Please provide proof of eligibility. Group bookings Buy ten tickets and get the eleventh free. Family

Family tickets are for 2 adults & 2 children.

£2 Off

Credit & debit cards We accept Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, Delta, Solo and Electron.

Early Bird bookings £2 off all tickets when booked 6+ weeks in advance.

Getting here By car

By train

Free parking is available on-site. See www.dartington.org/arts for directions to Dartington or call us on 01803 847074.

Totnes train station is 1.5 miles from us, which equals roughly a 30 min walk or a 5-10 minute taxi ride.

By bus

On foot

Catch the 165 bus from Totnes - info on on 0870 6082608 or www.countrybusdevon.co.uk.

A level footpath travels from Totnes station along the river before turning right onto the Dartington Hall drive for the last 3/4 mile.

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Be involved Membership

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Support Dartington’s performing arts programme and enjoy a range of benefits by joining the Arts Society.

Join our free emailing list to receive listings and updates www.dartington.org/signup

Arts Society members receive our brochures free, concessionary ticket prices, discounts and exclusive invites.

Address The Barn, Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6DE

For more information about the Arts Society please visit our website, ask at the box office or call 01803 847082.

Box-office 01803 847070 Administration 01803 847074 Email arts@dartington.org

For info on membership of Dartingtonrelated community arts companies see www.dartington-community-choir.co.uk www.playgoers.co.uk

Venue map

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Save the date

Diary

Boxoffice 01803 847070 www.dartington.org/arts

January

13

14

Saturday 11.30pm & 2.00pm Barn Theatre

Indefinite Articles: Pinocchio

16

Saturday 8.00pm Great Hall

Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara

23

Saturday 7.30pm Great Hall

Matthew Trusler

February 05

Friday 8.00pm Great Hall

Monica Ross: An Act of Memory

07

Sunday 3.00pm Great Hall

Britten Sinfonia

15

Monday 4.30pm & 6.00pm Barn Theatre

Film, Music & Dance

18

Thursday 8.00pm Great Hall

Rainbow Chasers

19

Friday 8.00pm Studio 1

Inua Ellams: The 14th Tale

20

Exeter Chamber Choir & Devon Baroque

Thursday 7.30pm Studio 3

Peter Oswald & Hugh Nankivell

16

Saturday 8.00pm Great Hall

14

Thursday 8.00pm Studio 1

Excellent! Music & Dance SW

Urban Folk Quartet

April 08

March 06

13

Sunday 3.00pm Great Hall

London Mozart Players

14 Wed - Sat 7.30pm Ariel Centre 17 Playgoers: Great Expectations 17 Saturday 8.00pm Great Hall Dulsori: Spirit of the Beat

22

Thursday 8.00pm Studio 31

Cscape: When The Shops Shut

24

Saturday 8.00pm Studio 3

National Youth Jazz Collective 2 w.Pete Churchill & Steve Waterman

25

Sunday 3.00pm Ariel Centre

National Youth Jazz Collective 3

28

Friday 8.00pm Studio 1

Stan’s Café: Home of the Wriggler

Saturday 8.00pm Great Hall

Jackie Oates

12

Thursday 8.00pm Studio 31

Evolving Motion: Duod

11

Saturday 7.30pm Great Hall

Young Artist Series: Singer - Songwriters

Tuesday 7.30pm Great Hall

19 Friday 8.00pm & Saturday 11.30am Studio 1 20 The Clockwork Moth: Clockwork 26 Friday 8.00pm Great Hall

Third Angel: Class of ‘76

27

Sunday 5.00pm Great Hall

National Youth Jazz Collective 1

16

Silk String Quartet

25

Saturday 7.30pm Great Hall

Friday 7.30pm St. Marys Church, Totnes

May

Le Jardin Secret

01

Saturday 11.30am & 2.00pm Barn Theatre

Stuff & Nonsense: Across the Deep Blue Sea

Friday 2.30pm, 5.00pm, 7.30pm Studio 1

Lone Twin Theatre: The Catastrophe Trilogy


Dartington Performance Programme, Jan-Apr 2010