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Art Massage in Edinburgh 2011

This is a call out for artists who’d like to be part of a project we’re hosting at Forest Fringe this year at the Edinburgh Festival

Art Massage
Forest Fringe 2011

This year at Forest Fringe Gemma and James (Action Hero) are working with holistic massage therapist Blue Hesse at The Forest Café’s Sip n Snip Salon to bring Art Massages to the people of Edinburgh.

The idea is that participants sit for a 10 minute oil massage whilst listening to a podcast of an artist talking about/on/around their art. A nice little refuge away from the crowds. Time to meditate on what we’re doing and why we do it.

We’re looking for 10 minute long audio of you talking about ideas you’re interested in at the moment, or things that are inspiring you. This is totally open to interpretation, but the masseuse has asked that we don’t present anything too emotional as it will affect the massage. Just a chat about your inspirations in a relaxed way, a personal account of why and what you do or what you’re thinking about at the moment. It could be a piece of work in itself or some more philosophical thoughts about your art. We’re most interested in participants just being able to hear something interesting, calm and soothing as an antidote to the festival rather than a pitch promoting your work! Your name or the name of your company will be listed on a menu for the participant to choose from so don’t feel like you need to say who you are but you can if you like! If you want us to include a website or something on the menu then just let us know.

Send your audio files (any format is fine, all recordings need to be as close to 10 mins as possible) to info@actionhero.org.uk by the 31st July. You can try and use http://www.senduit.com (or a similar thing) if the file is too big.
We’ll try to use as many of the podcasts as possible, and will let you know if we’re using yours or not.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Thanks!
James and Gemma.



Watch Me Fall Edinburgh 2011

We’re going to be showing Watch Me Fall as part of the British Council Showcase in Edinburgh this year from 22nd-27th Aug at 11:45pm. Once again we’re collaborating with the brilliant Forest Fringe and also with Summerhall (a great new project in an ex veterinary school). We’ll also be showing (at forest fringe) a collection of the images taken by audience members on cameras we’ve given them when we’ve performed watch me fall.

You can reserve tickets for Watch Me Fall here or pick them up in person at Forest Fringe or Summerhall anytime.



Mega Project
June 22, 2011, 3:44 pm
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Today we’re starting to make plans for all sorts of collaborative projects with Search Party, including the long mooted ‘Mega Project’. A new show made with all four of us.



Flare Festival Manchester

After New York, Paris and Spain we come back to the UK to show Watch Me Fall at the brilliant Flare Festival. Flare grew out of a festival we worked with a few years ago in Manchester called MIST which was an international student festival where we saw some of the most extraordinary work we’ve ever seen (made by university students) including a show called “Live tonight” by some German students under the name “Monster Truck” which I’ll never forget, and a beautiful piece by some Leeds students directed by Swen Steinhouser

We’ll be showing Watch Me Fall at Contact theatre for the launch party

Monday 4th July 7pm

I’d recommend coming and seeing as much as you can through the week (it coincides with the Manchester International Festival so we’re also going to catch the Robert Wilson piece) but make sure you’re there for the opening!



stuff about Frontman online

Here are some online articles from coverage of Frontman at Inbetween Time Festival in Bristol and Fierce festival in Birmingham. We hope to be showing it again in the UK fairly soon so we’ll let you know when and where as soon as we know….

http://www.dontpaniconline.com/magazine/arts/fierce-festival-2011

http://www.thisistomorrow.info/viewArticle.aspx?artId=727

http://www.themediumof.org/2011/03/frontman-2010-watch-me-fall-2010-action-hero/

http://www.realtimearts.net/article/101/10133



gigs in May and June

A Western – May 3rd at Seven Arts in Leeds

Watch Me Fall – June 1st – June 2nd at PS122 New York

Watch Me Fall – June 14th – 16th at Theatre de la Ville Paris

Watch Me Fall – June 30th at Intacto festival, Spain



Feb and March gigs
February 17, 2011, 1:31 pm
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Live Art Tattoo Parlour – ICA, London 24th – 26th Feb

Frontman – Fierce Festival, Birmingham 24th March

Watch Me Fall Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales 29th-30th March