England mini-tour, Spring 2017

I’m doing a little self-described tour – definitely not grandiose – over the next few days. Would be good to see listeners, watchers, friends at the following three events. I’ll be reading from my Art Talk Notes poems, among other things (including a guest pop-up in Nottingham from Leiza McLeod!)

1) Nottingham

Reading at Five Leaves Bookshop on Wednesday 29 March, 7pm. Entry £3. With mon ami Colin Herd, as well as Vicky Sparrow. Thanks to Lila Matsumoto for organising this one.

2) Bristol

Back at my old haunt Arnolfini contributing to a reading series called Anathema for Moot, Hesterglock and Sad Presses. Friday 31 March, 6.30-9pm. Entry by donation. Co-readers are Redell Olsen, nick-e melville, Anne Laure Coxam, Sally-Shakti Willow & Joe Evans

3) Manchester

Not actually reading here, but attending the launch of this year’s Other Room anthology, which I’m in. Wednesday 5 April, 7.30pm. Free event. Seemed to me like a great excuse to catch up with friends there as well as hear readings fromErkembode, Juxtavoices and William Rowe.

 

p.s. This is all great and all, although I am sad to be missing CA Conrad and Sophie Robinson with home-girl Jane Goldman in Edinburgh. If you’re in Edinburgh, go to this! Embassy Gallery, 6pm, looks free.

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Paris has burnt

I’m sharing a couple of pictures from mine and Leiza McLeod’s Paris Is Burning performance in Bristol last week, as Cheap Glam, which I blogged about in my previous post.

I should say, this activity is definitely at the more hysterical end of my creative spectrum …and what fun we had! Mind you, when the process involved sending videos of each other ‘s dance routines back and forth from Edinburgh to Bristol, there was always room for things to get a little wacked.

For example, here’s me posing with virtual me in Leiza’s living room.

Iain Morrison posing with virtual Iain Morrison

 

And here, are a few pics from our final performance at the Beacons, Icons and Dykons night itself.

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Tom Marshman was a wonderful, wonderful host. We loved meeting Harold Offeh too. He gave good face. And it was a treat to see so many friends in the sell-out crowd at Bristol’s Cube. If anyone fancies  contributing to Cube’s campaign to fundraise enough to buy its building, please think about donating here. It’s such a fantastic resource for Bristol’s creative scene and I hope it continues to see many more out-there nights lurching across its estimable stage.

Thanks to Jeremy Horwood for the pictures and to Auntie Pam Tait for the costumery.

Till the next time!

 

 

Cheap Glam tackle Paris Is Burning

I’m popping up in Bristol next week as one half of a performance duo with Leiza McLeod. We’ve been through various incarnations, and this time around it will be as Cheap Glam that we take to the stage at The Cube Microplex.

We one of the acts preceding classic gay film Paris is Burning at one of the Beacons, Icons and Dykons nights run by that master-mistress of laconic mischief, Tom Marshman.

photo by Oliver Rudkin

Tom Marshman, photo by Oliver Rudkin

The Paris is Burning film documents the Black and Hispanic vogueing scene in 80’s New York, and it’s a feast of costume and reinvention with an arc which skillfully brings out the joy of defiance against a never distant backdrop of tragedy.

Leiza and I will be doing our best to warm-up the audience for the film, without dropping any spoilers, although spoilers has possibly acquired a new meaning in our attempts at vogue dance moves….

You can find out more about the night here on facebook, as well as on the Beacons, Icons and Dykons wordpress page.

To give you a taste of how it should be done, here’s vogue’s real deal, Willi Ninja. I was going to embed his Deep In Vogue video for Malcolm McLaren, but I just came across this fun appearance from the late 90’s where he brings on some other extraordinary dancers to join him on stage. The video quality isn’t great, but a decade after Paris is Burning, it shows something of the evolution and diversification of the vogue style, it’s appropration by others, and maybe hints at the reasons why wide audiences are still attracted to the Paris Is Burning film today. One being, I think, that vogueing has become too organically big to be claimed by any one group I think.

If you’re in Bristol next Thursday night, come along for an interesting night. Leiza and I will do our best to entertain you in our little segment!

Sedated By a Brick, murmurings and performancy

Sedated By a Brick,  a performance group in Bristol I wish I was seeing more of, posted on their blog today about stuff they’re doing in March. Incidental to the main thrust of their message was this text image which pressed my attractively-lit visual poetry buttons.

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Read the post from whence it came here.

Link to Interview with Helen Cole – Director of In Between Time Festival

The team at In Between Time in Bristol are gearing up for the next of their roughly biannual festivals of all that is good, true and beautiful in performance and live art. Also a lot that is nasty, devious and downright seductive. 

Anyway, the festival offers one of my favourite frontierland experiences and I thought I’d share this interview with director Helen Cole to give you a taste of what wicked things this way come. IBT’s in February this year.