Autumn 2018 Season

16th August 2018 at 14:56

Lancaster Arts’ autumn season celebrates some remarkable anniversaries in our collective calendar; some universally acknowledged, some closer to home. Such moments offer us the opportunity to acknowledge and reflect on their significance, and reimagine what they might mean for our future.

2018 marks the Centenary of Women’s Suffrage, giving some women the right to vote for the first time, but did you know that it’s also 250 years since the world’s very first circus performance near Waterloo in London? Circus is reinventing itself, introducing dance, music, visual art to tell new stories and tackle contemporary issues.

We are delighted to be offering an almost entirely female season and in particular, four distinctive womens’ circus companies. Ellie Dubois’s No Show, subverts expectations of the big top, while Mimbre’s aerial feats will make you gasp, whatever your age. Sigma will captivate with a blend of South Indian dance and breath-taking juggling and Marisa Carnesky returns to the North West with her provocative and hilarious feminist cabaret spectacular, Dr Carnesky’s Incredible Bleeding Woman.

In 1988, the Peter Scott Gallery opened with an exhibition of works from the collection of botanist Irene Manton, later bequeathed to our own collection. Thirty years on, the gallery presents “Art is meant to be lived with”, inspired by Manton’s ideas about art and the everyday, featuring some exceptional works from across our collection. Preceding this exhibition is Vincent Dance Theatre’s Virgin Territory, a remarkable film installation exploring digital culture and its impact on young women.

We are also celebrating the 50th anniversary of our Classical Concerts series, presenting Bach’s ultra-dramatic St Matthew Passion and an extraordinary performance of Karl Jenkin’s mass for peace The Armed Man, both showcasing the wonderful singers of Lancaster.

Our season brochure is the beginning of a new look for Lancaster Arts, which will continue to evolve in print and online over the next few months.

All in all, a spectacular season to question ideas and bring joy for all ages. We all hope you enjoy our season on Women & Circus.

Jocelyn