A night like no other. A maelstrom of music, dance, video and fine art. This is the first Polymath Live Extravaganza.
Since the conception of the band, Polymath has strived to sew together separate strands of creativity to form a collaboration of sights, sensations and sounds. Their live performances already incorporate visuals and props, now tonight inaugurates the embodiment of Polymath’s ambitious plan to truly live up to the meaning of their name – a master of many disciplines.
Part of the show’s programme is the result of feverish creative vampirism between Polymath and the Vonnegut’s Girls, with an intriguing collaboration written entirely to a set of mathematically paradoxical rules based on chance. Local artist Lateral Lines has also created a beautiful Mondrian-inspired animation to Polymath’s music.
The venue is the Nottingham Arts Theatre: kooky, cute and intimate. It’s small enough for you all to be part of what transpires on stage, but grand enough to reflect the myriad disciplines on show. This is, after all, truly a performance in its most pertinent sense. From the eco-edged art activisim of the Mischief Makers to the deep, dark diversions of the Dust Collectors, we hope to entertain, amuse and inspire you.
The first Polymath Live Extravanganza is the result of collaborations with local performers in the city. Ultimately, we aim to work with international artists. Polymath will always be open to collaboration. It’s about putting on a show, but we’d rather you didn’t wait for the epilogue. Get involved too.
Vonnegut’s Girls are too human ladies, they are Tina Carter and Nadia Malik. They present for you the premiere of their work Not Amalgam Virgo, and they’ll present it for you good if you like it.
Not Amalgam Virgo started by chance and has continued that way. If all goes to plan there’ll be no plan to speak of, and an awkward and jocular ejaculation of random will occur. Pushing at each other’s parts and ideas of improvisation, these dubious spasms will be accompanied by the live musical stutterings of the modern beat group Polymath.
Vonnegut’s Girls are two human ladies, they are Tina Carter and Nadia Malik. They want to entertain, they want to be enjoyed, they want to escape tedium. They want you.
The ‘choreography’ of Not Amalgam Virgo has been entirely formed through chance, through the rolls of dice. The ‘music’ of Not Amalgam Virgo has similarly arbitrary constituents, arranged through ripping up the pieces of paper. The ‘costume’ of Not Amalgam Virgo has also been selected by chance – it is various, it is frocks and it is the like of frocks.
All these ‘chance’ techniques, brought together as a concrete methodology of production, will.
The Mischief Makers are a group of activists and artists based in Nottingham who formed early 2005 as a creative response to the G8 Summit, held at Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland in July that year. The collective uses creativity to support community, environmental and social justice campaign and activist groups. The group’s aim is to inspire people and empower them to identify challenges and take action in their local environment and were recently involved in the NAIL anti-incinerator campaign in Sneinton.
Their collaboration with Polymath is made up of 3 short performance pieces, each highlighting an area of climate change. A penguin drowning in the melting ice-caps, an old man in an alotment notices the butterflies hatching early and a woman tries to understand her own impact on her environment. The music is incidental and encapsulating – it shifts your perception without your realisation. The piece is funny & insightful. We aim to please, not to preach.
Local artist Mike White was one of the first Polymath collaborators, creating a 3D, globe-like interpretation of the band’s butterfly logo. Tonight we will show his Mondrian-inspired, digital art during Polymath’s performance of “Sonrisa”.
THE DUST COLLECTORS
Hypnotic, twisted artrock: a fusion of jazz, industrial and pyschadelia, with chanted vocals abd frantic rhythms. The Dust Collectors, based in Derby and Nottingham, push musical boundaries to the edge, accompanying their sonic meddling with equally fantastic visuals. Expect theremin, horns, double-bass and mind-blowing beats.
NOTTINGHAM ARTS THEATRE
The Co-operative Arts Theatre opened its main auditorium in November, 1948, with a performance of J.B. Priestley’s play “An Inspector Calls”. Since then each year has seen a new season of plays, operas, musicals, Revues and pantomimes.
Activities in George Street began in April 1946, where the lower clubroom was used for productions while work was done in converting the chapel, and structural alterations started in June 1946, much of it done by voluntary labour.
Over the past fifty years the theatre has firmly established itself in the community. But financial pressures last year lead to a much-publicised campaign to raise funds or face the theatre’s closure for the forthcoming season. As a result, £65,000 was raised to keep the theatre going. But it still needs more money to ensure it can carry on for another 50 years.
For more information visit: www.artstheatre.org.uk