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June 19 News

What a busy and brilliant month it’s been for us at the Vonnegut Collective, we have a lot to tell you about, so without keeping you waiting any further, let’s dive straight in…!

At the very beginning of this month, we had our 2/3 R&D for The Feral Project with Animikii Theatre, this time in our home town of Manchester! For 5 days, we danced, sang, shouted, cried and laughed our way through an intense rehearsal period at the Lowry, forming characters and allowing us all to begin to find our place in the world of Kaspar Hauser. We have a few weeks until our final residency at The Dukes in Lancaster, where we hope we return refreshed and rejuvenated to bring together all that we have learned and developed over the last few months. Take a look at some of the photos below to get more of an idea of what the R&D looks like:

As a side project with Animikii Theatre, we were a part of the Northern Theatre Laboratory where we took part in a workshop that developed the participants’ confidence, character and performance techniques. It’s always a pleasure to work with AT within these intense workshops where there is a real skill exchange and strong developmental structure explored.

June also brought our first Kinetic performance, at TAKK in Hatch. This sold out performance featured works by composers Nina Whiteman ‘Overcast’ and David Pocknee ‘Economics’, in response to the small space that we were performing, we focused on music that created more space. Here are some photos from the performance:

It was really a wonderful experience for all of the VC members and we’re so excited about the second performance, taking place at Victoria Baths (an incredible space, if you have not seen it, take a look at their website here!). This second performance is being kept a mystery, there will be a new commission from the composer Bofan Ma and a collective-devised work, so you’ll just have to come and experience it for yourself!

Towards the end of the month, we worked with Olympias Music Foundation, 60 pupils from Dean Trust Ardwick, Kabantu world music group and some incredible physical performers to create Making Manchester. We were so overwhelmed by how the pupils engaged with this moving project about migration, belonging and home, and how the reaction of the audience underpinned the importance of being a part of such work and of exposing it to wider audiences. Here are some photos of our rehearsals together and we hope to be able to share with you some more from the actual performances once we receive them:

And finally, to finish off this wonderful month, we wanted to let you know that Gary & Gemma from VC were awarded an Open Fund from PRSFoundation, to support their composer and improvisor roles in the Feral Project, which we are delighted about! In addition to this, if you remember some months back we mentioned in our February Meet the success of the film The Moon Smells Like Gunpowder, in which our fellow VC member, Norm Skipp made the soundtrack to…well, the film has been selected for the Silicon Beach Film Selection, which is an amazing achievement, many congratulations to Norm and to the film’s creator, Mark Solter. We were so happy to be a part of it!

Well, that’s it for this month, July is just as busy, so we will look forward letting you know about all our events and happenings, or even better, see you there!

Here is an audio version of this month’s blog: