Curious: Fourteen Lines Of Love

5 May 2011

Curious: Fourteen Lines Of Love
An RSC commissioned project for Summer 2011 in Stratford-upon-Avon

Summer 2011 is the Summer of Love in Stratford as artists Helen Paris and Leslie Hill from the performance company Curious invite the town to share stories of the people, places and things in their lives that they love.

The project:
Working with acclaimed theatre photographer Hugo Glendinning and sound artist Graeme Miller, Curious will create an installation which will be in the Swan Room from 6 August – 2 October incorporating fourteen portraits inspired by these stories and by the Shakespearean Sonnet form. To do this they need local people to participate by sharing stories of the people and places they love. These will inspire the writing of a new sonnet and a series of fourteen portraits which Curious will use to create the installation.

The stories could also be incorporated into a special performance event on the river on 6th and 7th August, where audiences will board a unique river cruise to experience soundscape, text, film and live performance in an evocative journey along the Avon.

To take part:
To participate in this project people will need to choose a place or person (the place must be local, the person must be special to you – eg a relative or close friend). Then drop us a couple of lines describing who the person or place is, what is special about them to you, and why you want to have their portrait included as part of the exhibition.

Send in your application to Nicky Cox, Events and Exhibitions Department, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6BB or email to nicky.cox@rsc.org.uk. The deadline for applications is Monday 13th June 2011.

RSC Events and Exhibitions:
Leading on from the successes of My RSC Gallery, the Insult Chair, the newly opened Folio Exhibition and Shane Waltener's Sweet Celebrations currently in the Swan Room, the RSC Events and Exhibitions team continues to create this new and dynamic strand of work at the company which aims to engage audiences outside of their experience of watching a production on stage.

RSC Director of Events and Exhibitions Geraldine Collinge said today; We are very keen to get more local people involved in creating work for the RSC. During summer we will be running a programme of work that collaborates and connects with Stratford and are delighted that Curious are going to help us to do that.'

For further press information, please contact philippa.harland@rsc.org.uk or dean.asker@rsc.org.uk

Ends

Issued: 9 May 2011

Notes to Editors:
Curious was set up in 1996 by Helen Paris and Leslie Hill and has gained a reputation, through 40 projects in a range of disciplines, for their edgy and humorous interrogations of contemporary culture. Their investigations usually involve intimate personal journeys alongside public research and enquiry. This leads to collaborations and conversations with a huge range of people – participants and audiences alike - and the resulting work is often touching, sometimes challenging, but always authentic. For further information on Curious contact: Cheryl Pierce, Artists' Producer, Artsadmin (0)20 7247 5102 cheryl@artsadmin.co.uk

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