The Hidden Noise / CCA Glasgow present:
Written and scored by Dominic Robertson
Centre for Contemporary Art, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD
Thursday 18th May 2017, 8pm (doors 7:30pm) Tickets: £9 (£7) CCA box office
In a not too distant future an isolated Britain survives on an otherwise scorched earth, saved from nuclear misunderstandings by Brexit. “That Happy Breed” is a science-fiction vision of “an island in the moon”, adrift on shared history and past glories, visions of empire and sightings of rabbits on the copse.
Utopia or dystopia? Either way, something is bubbling under the civilised surface of day to day life, and there doesn’t seem to be anything anybody can do to stop it.
And the earth itself? It’s flat!
“That Happy Breed” is presented with a cast of local people wherever it goes. A large scale community play with songs, music, Morris dancing, marching, a dash of Christmas, and a special appearance by Her Majesty the Queen.
“That Happy Breed” is a commission of Worm, Rotterdam.
We are now seeking local participants to join the Glasgow cast of This Happy Breed!
Enthusiasm is essential!
There are singing and non-singing parts, walk-on cameos and dancing – something for everyone!
Please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rehearsals will take place between 13th and 17th May at The Pipe Factory, Bain Street, Glasgow
Dominic Robertson is an opera producer, creator of radioplays, a songwriter, sound-collagist, and musical theorist, over a fifteen year career he has produced a body of work exceeding 300 hours in almost every imaginable medium related to music. He has consistently experimented with form including installation, television, electronic music, and all kinds of collage. Selections of his visual work were recently published in the Content series of artist’s books, “Cold Collation”.
Working under the pseudonym Ergo Phizmiz (a name which has now been put to bed) his productions have variously delighted, amused, shocked and perplexed audiences the world over.
He has collaborated with a diverse range of artists including R. Stevie Moore, Lukas Simonis, Peter Fengler, Vicki Bennett, Christian Marclay, Patrick Sims, Pete Um, Margita Zalite, Felix Kubin, Thea Martin, Bill Bankes-Jones, Freddie Wake-Walker, Joel Cahen, and Frankie Boyle.
His operatic productions have been presented at institutions including BBC Radio 3, BBC 6 Music, Tate Modern, Royal Festival Hall, WDR, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Deutschlandradiokultur, VPRO, WFMU, Resonance FM, Geneva School of Art, Tilburg School of Art, Glasgow School of Art, Soundart Radio, Tete-a-Tete: The Opera Festival, Arcola’s Grimeborn Festival, DePlayer, Worm, Rough Trade, Serralves Museum, Cafe Oto, and Whitechapel Gallery.
The Hidden Noise is a curatorial project set up in 2012 by Sandra Ross and Shireen Taylor. Temporarily occupying an empty Victorian tenement in Glasgow’s west end they produced a short run of exhibitions (House of Yvonne, Objections to an Empty Mind, Chromatropic and Leaving My Old Life Behind) focused on different approaches to artists’ practice as it intersected with design, fashion and music, and brought together both the established and the over looked.
In 2015, The Hidden Noise relaunched with a new sporadic programme of collaborative performance events and exhibitions, presenting Rose Kallal in a night of live audio visual experimentation at the CCA, following in 2016 with exhibition The Decline of Western Civilisation for Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art.
CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts has a year-round programme of cutting-edge exhibitions, film, music, literature, spoken word, festivals, Gaelic and performance. They operate a unique open source programming policy where they offer organisations and individuals space in the building to programme their own events. In 2015-16, CCA worked with 244 programme partners across 1,011 events and 28 festivals.
In both 2015 and 2016, CCA won the award for Best Cultural Venue in The Glasgow Awards highlighting the quality of the impressive programme presented by the venue and its partners. This broad and experimental programme encourages a diverse audience to experience the arts, with 334,511 admissions to the venue in the past year.