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We are looking for performers for our Rough Mix 2022 residency at Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling from 17-28 January 2022.
We're creating an ensemble of six flexible, open performers from theatre, performance and dance backgrounds. The performers will be working with artists from different artforms trying out new ideas or new ways of working. Experience of improvisational or development work would be helpful; an open mind and a willingness to get stuck in are essential.
We are looking for a mix of skills in the ensemble, including performers from a text-based theatre background, physical theatre performers, dancers, and performers who can sing or play an instrument.
Performers will be paid a fee of £550/week. Working time is 10am-6pm Monday-Friday, plus the end of project sharing on Friday 28 January.
We are particularly interested in hearing from performers who are based in Stirling or Stirlingshire.
For full details, download the guidelines here.
The deadline for applications is 10am on Monday 29th November 2021.
Rough Mix is a paid creative lab for early-stage ideas and practice development: a two-week practical opportunity for artists to try out new ideas or new ways of working. It brings together a small core group of practitioners from different disciplines and gives them time to start developing new projects in a supportive and collaborative atmosphere. Rough Mix 2021 began on 25 January 2021 and is presented in partnership with the Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling.
The new work created was shared on Friday 5 February 2021 in an online event.
I’m writing this in the middle of the coronavirus lockdown, which makes this reflection even more poignant. It was only a few months ago that I spent two incredible weeks at Summerhall working with a brilliant bunch of artists on Rough Mix. In case you don’t know, Rough Mix is Magnetic North’s annual opportunity for 5 experienced artists to workshop their ideas alongside 2 emerging artists and a group of performers.
In January 2020 I took part in Magnetic North’s Rough Mix Residency, where I was given the opportunity to collaborate with artists from varying practices on a new work. The other artists were Flavia Hevia, Uther Dean, Gavin Glover, Greg Sinclair, Kol Sigfúsdóttir, Rachel Drazek, Apphia Campbell, Claire Willoughby, Elspeth Turner, Marion Geoffray, Nicholas Alban and Sean Hay.
Leading up to the residency, I was really unsure about what I wanted to explore, with different projects tumbling around in my mind, I felt a real pressure to pick the ‘right’ one, and to come out of the residency with a really solid WIP. I was also a little unsure of how to use the main resource available to us: six performers, especially as I was still unclear about what form I wanted to explore.
There are paid opportunities for experienced artists, early-career artists, and performers to take part. It is open to artists and performers from any art form. Applicants from Scotland with experience of puppetry will also be able to apply to take part in the Scotland-Quebec Puppetry Exchange programme being run jointly by Magnetic North, Puppet Animation Scotland, and Casteliers, Montreal.
Experienced and early-career artists should download a PDF with full information, including links to the online application forms, here.
Performers should download a PDF with full information, including links to the online application forms, here.
The deadlines for applications are:
1pm (UK), 23rd September 2019 for experienced and early-career artists (including Scotland-Quebec Puppetry Exchange).
1pm (UK), 7th October 2019 for performers.