Hand Of presents… The Illustrious One
On a windy night in Sheffield art-fans braved the queue to see The Illustrious One, Hand Of’s latest venture in contemporary dance and live electronics. Once inside, the lucky punters were treated to a selection of hip popping beats provided by Sheffield’s own Liam Mitchell. The intimate gallery soon filled as attendees crowded around the empty stage.
After an hour of eager anticipation, and months of preparation, the performance began. To the sound of Alex Wright and Tom Rozwadowski’s fizzing electronics the dancers’ made their masked entrances. The piece, choreographed by performers Deniz Atli and David Kam, retold Brecht’s fable The Good Person of Szechwan with affecting grace. We watched the story’s protagonist, the ‘Prostitute’ (danced wonderfully by Sophie Owen), fall from happy naivety to tragic cynicism as her hopes and dreams disintegrated. Alongside her the ‘Townspeople’ (Ruth Greenhill and Laura Howells) crawled around the stage in a fantastic savage frenzy.
All the while, Wright and Rozwadowski packed the room with their bittersweet electronics. The composition varied from crackling beats to moving piano melodies, all played completely live on a vast set-up.
Following the success of the show, the audience migrated over to DQ where the boys at Banana Hill treated us to superb sets from Manchester’s D/R/U/G/S, Leeds’ James Welsh and Sheffield-based Jägerverb.
Thank you to a few fine people especially: Sarah Blome (whose gorgeous work you can see more of here), Jade Richards, Stuart Gresham, S1 Artspace and to everyone who came and made it such an amazing evening.
Thank you especially to Andrey Vasilyev for manning the flash gun with such expertise, the complete collection can be viewed here. Enjoy.
Sounds and interviews will soon be available to listen to, so do keep an eye out.
Talk to either Jack Browne (writer) or Louise Snape (curator) if you’d like to find out more: handof[dot]Sheffield[at]gmail[dot]com.
Hand Of presents…
THE ILLUSTRIOUS ONE
Black Market Ballet
Hand Of presents a new venture in live electronics and contemporary ballet, based on Bertolt Brecht’s ‘The Good Person of Szechwan’.
Combining an old folk tale with innovative electronic music and contemporary dance.
Thursday 10th May 2012 || S1 Artspace|| 7:30 pm
120 Trafalgar St, Sheffield, S1 4JT
*** Early-bird tickets £4 SOLD OUT || Advance tickets £5 || Door tickets subject to availability ***
BANANA HILL AFTER-PARTY @ DQ
Line-up to be released this weekend!
Ticket holders entitled to £2 entry
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November 21, 2011 at 9:25am
Acoustic delights @ Portland Works
In Sheffield the time has come to button up against the cold and dig out that trusty winter coat. This was wholeheartedly embraced by all those who attended the Hand Of session of acoustic delights once again in the infamous Portland Works. But huddled together under the light of flickering jam jar lanterns, sipping on pints of Sheffield brewed ale, thoughts of the cold were lost in the fine sounds and energetic chatter of the evening.
The friendliest people anyone will ever meet, Mellow Peaches, administered a healthy dose of slide guitar, masterfully picked passages and bad jokes. You can listen to more of their soulful stuff here and if you ask nicely, they’ll teach you how to play the spoons.
The usually alternative/electronic Puzzles dicarded the synths and concocted a mixture of flavourful tones. Make sure you follow them while they go big.
And A Shadow Line captivated the crowd with gutsy beats, poetic lyrics and winks like gold dust from frontman Zygmunt Day.
Thank you to all three.
Thank you also to Emily and Rob and Christina, to Martin especially, all the good souls at Portland Works and Andrey, who always makes us all look beautiful.
VEX 11/06/2011 @ Portland Works
Hand Of presents VEX
Sheffield is a metropolis of old, dirty and disused buildings. Beautiful little fortresses with smashed glass, rusted iron and damp bricks loom intimidatingly over the city. But despite their complete beauty, they’re also deeply sad. Once teeming with activity and life, they are left to rot with no purpose at all.
Portland Works is a metal trades complex hidden off London Road and is an especially stunning building. It is a rare example of a still functioning complex, providing low-cost workshop space to small manufacturing businesses, independent artists and craftspeople. The Portland Works committee began a campaign early in 2009 to save the Works from being closed and converted into flats.
Because Hand Of likes good causes and fell in love with this one, we decided to hold VEX, a night of explorations in live electronic music and visual delights, at the Works.
VEX exhibited a selection of electroacoustic compositions and performance art by artists from Sheffield and elsewhere. Glitches, drones, whirrs and succulent bass tones were provided by Tom Rozwadowski and Alex Wright, both Sheffield music graduates. Electronic composer and incredibly humble man, Alex McLean fascinated the crowd with ‘f**kable’ live coding beats. You can see more of his rather excellent stuff here and here. Listening to expertly knitted beats from Liam Mitchell, spectators milled around the building during the interval, peeking into sawdust covered workshops and climbing the rusty stairs to enjoy the views from the rooftop. The second half saw William Cheshire, a very talented young man studying composition at Guildhall who supplied a melt-in-the-mouth drone set. You can listen to more of his delightful stuff here. The night finished with Joe Snape’s performance of Lärmlicht, a piece for percussionist, 4 channel audio, 8 lightbulbs and 4 volunteers. The illuminated faces in the photos say it all really. Awe.
Thank you to the fine young composers who performed. To Andrey Vasilyev for his beautiful pictures. To the people at Portland Works for their enthusiasm and support. And to the people who came and parted with their money for such a worthy cause. Watch out for more Hand Of at the works!
Hand Of now owns a share in Portland Works, here’s the proof:
Ceiling Club #2
Ceiling Club returned to Division Street, this time to screen the Sufjan Stevens film The BQE. A cinematic suite inspired by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and the Hula-Hoop. Oh my, it was wonderful!
Little films included Carmen Elektra’s Bonesong, Gold Panda’s Marriage, Ólafur Arnalds’ Hægt, kemur ljósið and an acoustic performance of Go Do by Jonsi and Nico Muhly. They were really very lovely.
A special thanks to Gabriel Benn for providing such tasty beats at half time and also to Andrey Vasilyev and Ronit Patel for taking such nice photographs. You can see them all here.
The first of the exclusive Hand Of 10 minute mixes. Kindly brought into existence by Joe Snape.