Seeking Performers for HANDBAG
Geraldine Pilgrim Performance Company is seeking male and female performers* to take part in a new run of HANDBAG as a performance for the Big Feast 2021 in Bethesda Gardens Hanley on Saturday 28 August 2021.
The performance lasts 12 minutes and will be performed 7 times over the course of the afternoon.
Please note that Male performers do not dance during the performance.
To take part you must be able to attend Rehearsals and Performances.
Please note that all performers should be over the age of 16 and while it is not necessary to have any previous dance experience you will need to be able to follow instruction and take direction independently. If you have any access needs do get in touch and we can chat about how we may be able to accommodate you.
How to get involved
If you would like to participate or find out more, please email email@example.com who will put you in touch with Geraldine Pilgrim direct.
*All are welcome female, male and non-binary
Opera Creation Workshop, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence
Geraldine has been selected to be part of the 2021 Opera Creation Workshop of the Académie du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. Out of the 92 applications they received for this residency, Geraldine is one of the fourteen participants selected for this program.
This emblematic workshop of the Académie of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence is a unique space for reflection, combing the different activities, backgrounds and aesthetics that make opera the multidisciplinary art that it is.
The workshop is structured around daily panel discussions, live performances, and conferences with the artists and other professionals who programme the Festival. It is a place for dialogue, discovery, and intellectual and artistic stimulation, where the issues that affect opera today and tomorrow are freely reassessed. The event aims to elicit new artistic intentions while simultaneously strengthening and diversifying the participants’ professional networks. The workshop will be led by Andrea Breth, the award-winning German stage director of both theatre and opera, and the former artistic director of the Schaubühne in Berlin. Her participation in the workshop marks Andrea Breth’s second collaboration with the Festival d’Aix, for which she recreated her production of Wolfgang Rihm’s Jakob Lenz during the 2019 edition.
Geraldine's participation in the Opera Creation Workshop has now been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions till summer 2020 .
Geraldine Pilgrim Performance Company and Mountview London present Handbag at Home
A celebratory, online participatory performance with wonderful music, dancing and handbags.
Running through 2021. Viewing is free to everyone.
Watch at www.geraldinepilgrim.com and www.mountview.org.uk.
In different rooms, remnants of parties the night before are cleared away. A woman sits in her bedroom dreaming, as she gets up a beat begins, and the sound of a classic dance track fills the air. She puts down her handbag and begins to dance…
Full information at our Calendar page.
THEIR MOST OBEDIENT SERVANT came to a close at HAREWOOD HOUSE, YORKSHIRE.
Their Most Obedient Servant was a two-part installation celebrating Harewood’s Chippendale collection.
Family Tree occupied the centre of the Courtyard (the 18th century stables), and was in situ until 04 November 2018. Here, Geraldine re-imagined a previous installation to connect with Chippendale, his family, and his craft; a conception of Thomas Chippendale, inspired by his love of wood, dreaming of his own family tree.
Root and Branch, The other element in the installation came to a close on 4 September 2018. This work was positioned in the Terrace Gallery, and laid bare the connection between the grandest finished piece of furniture, and the raw material and energy of its source; wood from the tree.
"Their most obedient servant” was the term used by Thomas Chippendale at the end of his introduction to his ground-breaking furniture design catalogue, The Gentleman & Cabinet-Maker’s Director.
Inteatro, Polverigi Italy
Geraldine led a Site-Specific Training Residency as part of the Sipario Bis Bis training programme in Theatre, Cinema and TV for professional ltalian artists for Inteatro at Villa Nappi, Polverigi, Ancona, Italy. Other course leaders for the programme were Marco Baliani, Lucia Mascina and Massimo De Lorenzo. Geraldine will be returning to Italy in February and May 2019.
The Training Residency followed on from a Site-Specific Theatre Practice Workshop, recently delivered at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018.
Royal Court Theatre, London
Geraldine took part in the Sharing The Stage Symposium.
"Over the past three years, a group of leading theatre companies and practitioners have been working together to interrogate and question the role of participatory arts practice. Shows were made in prisons, abandoned docks, care homes, favelas, a football stadium, repurposed buildings and alternative spaces across the U.K. Communities shared stories, films were made, blogs uploaded, nights and days of invigorating debate were had with artists, participants and policy makers. Now we’re regrouping and you are invited to be part of what comes next. Hosted and presented by companies from the Sharing the Stage network including: National Theatre of Scotland, Sage Gateshead, Graeae Theatre Company, Contact Theatre Manchester, Synergy Theatre Company, Geraldine Pilgrim, Royal Court Theatre and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation."
Harewood House Yorkshire
Geraldine presented a talk at Harewood House for Leeds Arts University students, focusing on the making and context of her two-part installation Their Most Obedient Servant (commissioned by Harewood House). Also presenting on the day, Lord Whitney design studio delved into the making and context of the Harewood immersive exhibition commission Seeds of Hope - Journey through Untold Stories.
After The Missing Passenger - a Murder Mystery Exhibition Trail at the National Rail Museum York in 2017, the Geraldine Pilgrim Performance Company has been working on Geraldine’s Harewood House commission in Yorkshire, a 2- part site – specific installation celebrating Thomas Chippendale’s 300th anniversary: Their Most Obedient Servant opened March 23rd and her Terrace Gallery installation Root and Branch ran till September 2nd 2018, and her installation for the 18th century Courtyard Family Tree runs till November 4th 2018. Entry costs apply. Please see the Harewood House website for details. Geraldine was interviewed about this work on BBC Radio 4's Front Row on April 24th 2018. There is a Listen Again segment for the episode of Front Row which can be reached by clicking on this link.
Geraldine was commissioned by Folkestone Quarterhouse to design Sleep Over. The installation was part of Normal? Festival of the Brain on May 12th, 2018. 15 people looked up at the stars during an overnight stay in Folkestone Quarterhouse theatre.
Additionally, Geraldine has created, and is leading the MA Site- Specific Theatre Practice for Mountview in partnership with Shoreditch Town Hall - commencing January 2019. Please do share this information if you know of anyone who might be interested in applying. www.mountview.org.uk