San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
A date not to miss so pop it in your diaries now!
ZENDEH welcomes you to a night of international celebration, where families and friends will gather together to share food, music, art and experience stories shared by candlelight.
A winter gathering celebrating the longest night of the solar calendar and all things festive.
Featuring Art, Music & Audio, Installations and workshops from the ZENDEH Micro Award Artists 2015: Yvette Hawkins, Christopher Younger and Sean Cotterill.
WINTER SOLSTICE (eve), Saturday 20th Dec 7pm-9pm
@ Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle
Donations on the door but please book tickets in advance
Inspired by Shab-e Yalda, the Persian Winter Solstice, ZENDEH are holding an event of poetry readings, storytelling, script in hand readings and workshops, filled with food and celebrations throughout the evening.
The night will also celebrate and share the ZENDEH Micro Award which is ZENDEH's pilot participatory programme that champions and supports regional Artists Practice in collaboration with Young People. Working behind this event is a talented panel of young people who have also led the commissioning process, and collaborating with the Artists for the ZENDEH Micro Award. At the core of these micro awards is the aim to renew the way ZENDEH work with Young People and Artists – with the desire to experiment and explore, exchange ideas and attract young people to ZENDEH as creative people in their own right.
The Winter Solstice Event and the ZENDEH Micro Award have been inspired by the themes found within CINEMA: expressions of life, loneliness and waiting, separation from loved ones, transformation, and light.
We are delighted to announce the artists chosen by this panel who will be showcasing their work at the Winter Solstice event:
Sean Cotterill is a multi-disciplinary musician and new media artist living and working in Newcastle, UK. With a practice defined by and working intimately with technology and using interactivity and improvisatory approaches to work. www.seancotterill.com
Yvette Hawkins is a visual artist of British-South Korean origin who makes installations and sculptural objects using books, maps and other found and domestic materials, utilising a variety of techniques that include cutting, folding, stitching and bookbinding. Her work within sculpture and installation investigates the visual language and actions which exists across borderlands. http://www.yvettehawkins.co.uk
Christopher Younger was born in Northumberland and apart from his student years at Leeds University he has remained living in the county which he has always loved. Christopher has BA Honours in Theatre Design but painting is still his best and most treasured skill and has been from childhood. Christopher is also a qualified teacher of Art who has enjoyed researching and lecturing on art history to inspire students’ and broaden his own subject knowledge.
Our thanks to Mariam Rezaei Composer in Residence at the Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle and Composer for ZENDEH's production of CINEMA. www.rezaei.co.uk
Supported by Arts Council England & Bridge North East Youth Network Seed Fund
About CINEMA: Touring Nationally from Spring 2015
CINEMA is the third production of ZENDEH’S 2012-2015 programme.
On the 19th of August 1978, in the southern city of Abadan, Iran, during the screening of a controversial film called Gavaznaha (The Deer), the Cinema Rex was set alight from within. Four hundred people perished; to this day it is one of the largest terrorist atrocities committed against civilians. Told from the viewpoint of a Feral Cat, CINEMA will blend powerful, narrative storytelling and dramatic action, interwoven with film and a musical score. A solo show, CINEMA will explore the essence of dynamic physical, vocal and multi-disciplinary performance and ask us to acknowledge the dead and celebrate their stories up until and beyond that tragic night.
When & Where
ZENDEH creates beautiful, poetic and enchanting theatre that delights and inspires across borders. Through our work we explore hidden histories and modern identities; finding the compelling and epic in ordinary stories and crafting culturally eclectic productions. Our artistic practice is always collaborative; working with artists and the wider public, combining art forms and using digital technologies to continually find imaginative ways to share stories and find human connections.
ZENDEH is an award winning cross border touring Theatre Company founded in Edinburgh (2004) and now based in Newcastle since 2007. ZENDEH is part of Arts Council England's National Portfolio of Organisations.
ZENDEH is led by Artistic Director Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh.