Experimental performance for the curious is how NewVolutions at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre has been described.
The micro-season of new works in progress by regional and national performers, dancers, and artists will be available for audiences to enjoy, free of charge, on January 15-19 – returning for its second year at the venue. The six-day showcase will be of new performance, readings, plays and dance, all at various stages of development, where the audience get to feedback directly to the artist if they want to.
LPAC's artistic director Craig Morrow says: "The NewVolutions micro-festival is my favourite time of the year here at LPAC as it's one of those rare opportunities when we get the chance to throw open our doors to all of the amazingly creative artists working in Lincolnshire and the region, and to give them the space to come in and try out those ideas that have been bubbling away but they've found difficult to really focus on.
"For some artists the piece is almost fully-formed and just needs that final push, for others it's an opportunity to create something from scratch, from just an idea as simple as "hey, I'd really like to do something with a drum kit" and then taking it from there. Sometimes these are the most thrilling pieces where I haven't a clue what they'll come up with when we first discuss it, but by the end of the festival the artist shows the most intriguing and exciting piece of new performance.
"Crucially, this testing out of ideas is done in partnership with the public through work-in-progress presentations, where the audience have a chance to give feedback on what they've just seen – 'I really liked that bit', 'I'd like to see less of this, more of that' – it's a dialogue that we feel is really important for ensuring art remains relevant to the communities it serves. It's also why this festival is free. There's absolutely no risk to the audience, only half an hour or so of your time, during which you get the chance to see something really special. In these straitened times whatever LPAC can do to help support artists' creativity has to be a good thing, and the fact that Lincolnshire's audiences get to see things right at the start of the development is a fantastic opportunity."
Each day the programme will focus on a specific art form, New Writing comes off the page on Wednesday, January 16, Dance starts on Thursday, January 17, while Theatre is the theme on Friday, January 18, and includes Lincolnshire playwright Jimmy Osborne's new play Maisie Says She Loves Me.
Then on Saturday, January 19, Lincoln Art Programme has co-curated a day of Live Art and Contemporary Performance with highlights including Nottingham-based performer Michael Pinchbeck showing his one-man work-in-development The Middle as well as Priya Mistry's Experiments in Performing Sound.
NewVolutions will also see a number of thought provoking workshops and discussions on the role of performing arts in Lincolnshire's arts ecology. Open Space on Tuesday, January 15, will allow practitioners and audiences space to answer the question "How can we nurture a creative ecology that produces new, innovative performance projects in the region?"
NewVolutions sets out to provide an environment to test out new ideas, and audiences are encouraged to give feedback on what they are watching.
January 15-19. Free Entry. All welcome. Please book in advance. To book tickets and for more information visit www.lpac.co.uk
Full programme schedule: January 15, Open Space, 6pm; Open Mouth, Spoken Word Night, 8:30pm. January 16, Script This! New Play Cabaret, 6:30pm; The Midnight Coup, 8:30pm; January 17, New Moves, LSPA Dance Showcase, 6pm; Everything Beautiful Is Stolen, 7pm; The People Next Door, 7:45pm; Clothe/Uncolothe Instant Dissidence, 8:30pm; January 18, The Architect Of The Idiot, 6pm; The Robot, Shooting Fish 6:30pm; Maisie Says She Loves Me, 8pm; Room 105, 8:30pm; January 20, Cat in Hell, 3pm; Fortune, 4pm; The Middle;p, 4:30pm; Experiments in Performing Sound, 4pm; New Voices, 6pm; Maisie Says She Loves Me, 7pm.