Physical Fest is Tmesis Theatre’s international physical theatre festival. A 6-day festival presenting performance, workshops, a conference and bursaries for the creation of new work. A celebration of the rich variety of local, national and international contemporary physical work, the only festival of its kind in the UK. The festival is funded by the Arts Council England and Liverpool City Council.
I CRIED BECAUSE I HAD NO SHOES UNTIL…
IZUMI ASHIZAWA (JAPAN)
TUES 11TH JUNE, 7.30PM
Real, Nostalgic, dreamlike memories all intertwine, collide, and dissolve in this powerful, physical performance, exploring ‘Shoes’ in gender and racial politics. Incorporating traditional Japanese performance styles and puppetry, Izumi Ashizawa’s creates a hauntingly beautiful performance.
“SHE’S BOLD. SHE’S IMPRESSIONISTIC, AND SHE’S DEMANDING OF YOUR ATTENTION.”
Washington DC Metro
BUTT KAPINSKI (USA)
TUES 11TH JUNE, 9.00PM
& THURS 13TH JUNE, 8.30pm
Think it’s a solo show? Think again. The international sensation of gender trickery and audience immersion is back in England for a very limited run. Private eye Butt Kapinski invites you to co-star in a choose-your-own-adventure murder mystery. The ensuing funny, filthy ride is riddled with sex, sin, shadows and subterfuge. No seat is safe! ADULTS ONLY.
★★★★★ “A TOUR DE FORCE OF CHARACTER COMEDY AND CLOWNING.”
★★★★ “COMPLETELY UNIQUE, BRILLIANT, INSANE, SURPRISING AND FUNNY.”
“TERRIFICALLY INVENTIVE AND INVARIABLY HILARIOUS… A MASTER CRAFTSWOMAN AT WORK.”
THE CAPSTONE THEATRE
WED 12TH JUNE, 7.30pm
500kg of clay, a 70kg human body. Live music.
Internationally renowned, Catalan circus company, Animal Religion explore the relationship between clay and body, constantly transforming, with their trademark surreal humour, acrobatics and stunning circus skills.
KILL A WITCH OR DIE TRYING
FEMALE ARTIST - FEST BURSARY AWARD 2019
THU 13TH JUNE, 4pm
PAY WHAT YOU DECIDE
From the days of burning at the stake to slaying the successful woman on Twitter, Women are being demonised for speaking up and standing out. “Kill a Witch or Die Trying” is the new visually captivating, belly laugh inducing dance theatre work by Meraki Collective. Journey through the depths of “Monstrous Woman” and celebrate with us the formidable power of Woman.
ROWENA GANDER - THE TEN INCH HEELS
FEMALE ARTIST - FEST BURSARY AWARD 2019
FRI 14TH JUNE, 5.30, 6, 6.30, 7pm (15 min)
PAY WHAT YOU DECIDE
Do objects have the capacity to make you feel empowered or objectified? What is that object for you? “The Ten Inch Heels” explores the extrinsic value of sexualised and exaggerated femininity, questioning how engagement with high heels can either promote or dissolve female subordination.
FRI 14TH JUNE, 7.30pm (£10/8)
3 extracts of new work. 1 night. Come and witness exciting work from across Europe in clown, bouffant and physical theatre. Featuring; Teatro Pomodoro, Madame Señorita and the Reetta Honkakoski Company:
Teatro Pomodoro – Fish out of Water: A Shipwrecked Odyssey
Blends clown, live music and dark comedy to playfully turn Ancient Greece upside down. Welcome to a world where the Sirens are the unsung heroines and Odysseus can never find his way home. After “Cabaret From The Shadows” went from Physical Fest 2016 to become a Brighton Fringe 2017 award winner, touring nationally and internationally, Teatro Pomodoro have brought in Petra Massey to help devise this new show.
Madame Señorita – Paula Valluerca (SPAIN)
ESPOUSA is the attempt of a clown to find and experience Perfect Romantic Love. Although her interpretation of that might be slightly different than what we would all expect… Paula Valluerca an award-winning theatre maker and comedic performer trained in LISPA and in clowning with Phillipe Gaullier, Dr. Brown & Nikole Kehberger.
Reetta Honkakoski Company (FINLAND)
A girl, three bears and the power of imagination: this is a disjointed tale of growing up in a society run by men. Set in the surreal state between waking and sleep, this hypnotic show explores the subversive capacity of the subconscious in transforming our world. The company, known for their exquisitely intense shows, collaborate with a talented international cast of Corporeal Mime actors, and the full show premieres in October at Jacksons Lane in London.
JAMIE WOOD - NARKY SIZZLE AND THE COCONUTS
SAT 15TH JUNE, 2pm
£8/£5 - Preview!
For children aged 4-9 and their families.
Narky Sizzle, rock star extraordinaire, has arrived in your town. He’s ready to perform – with out-of-this-world jumping music, leg- jiggling dancing and costumes to make your eyes pop.
But wait… Where are the Coconuts?
Their instruments are here but the band is nowhere to be seen…
What will Narky do? Maybe you can help. Will you join Narky’s band? The show must go on!
★★★★ “JAMIE WOOD IS A PERFORMER TO FALL IN LOVE WITH.”
Exeunt on O No!
WICKED WOMEN - TMESIS TRAINING COMPANY
TIMES AND LOCATION COMING SOON- FREE
SAT 15TH JUNE
A company of 14 female performers stage a new outdoor performance piece, celebrating extraordinary women from history that changed the world.
A fast paced, bold and dynamic physical spectacle suitable for all ages.
Tmesis Training Company is a professional performance project for emerging physical performers directed by Elinor Randle (Artistic Director, Tmesis Theatre.)
SMASHED - GANDINI JUGGLING
SAT 15TH JUNE, 7.30pm
HERALD ANGEL AWARD WINNER.
The dark art of juggling.
80 apples, 9 performers, 4 crockery sets. You are cordially invited to a tea party that you will never forget.
At the forefront of contemporary circus for over 20 years, and having performed in over 40 countries, Gandini Juggling bring their award-winning sensation SMASHED. A mesmerising mix of circus and theatre, inspired by the work of Pina Bausch, this is a rare opportunity to catch this global SMASH hit.
★★★★ “A BRAVURA ENTERTAINMENT FOR ALL AGES, THIS IS A JUICY TREAT FROM FIRST BITE TO ITS MID-AIR CORE.”
Unity Theatre, 1 Hope Place, Liverpool, L1 9BG
Capstone Theatre, 17 Shaw Street, Liverpool, L6 1HP