Take Me Somewhere is 'a celebration that allows us to consider, know, see and feel our present moment'
- Gareth K Vile
- 1 May 2019
Festival of contemporary performance returns with a programme that celebrates diversity and conversation
Created in response to the closure of Glasgow's Arches in 2015, Take Me Somewhere extends the legacy of alternative performance traditions in its third annual incarnation, spreading across multiple venues to remind Scotland that other visions are not only available but vibrant and crucial to the health of the arts and society.
Leading with an 'Afrofuturist performance party' (Browntown Abbey, a celebration of intersectional artists promoting the sanctity of art), a Fringe-busting autobiographical analysis of abuse and gendered violence (Cock, Cock … Who's There?) and a critique of pop culture inspired by Grace Jones' exhilarating gigs (100% Pop), Take Me Somewhere is a reminder that performance not only reflects the cultures that inspire it, but presents new ways of thinking, being and considering them.
'We like to think of it as a festival of "journeys", encouraging us to move physically through the city and beyond,' explains artistic director LJ Findlay-Walsh, 'from Tramway's iconic main stage, to gardens, urban back alleys and mountain ranges, from libraries to nightclubs, from Gothic churches to disused post office buildings. Across the festival, the multitude of artists provide a sense of the scope of modern live art, a genre that does defy boundaries and definitions, even by its own shifting and fluid definition.'
Although the contemporary performance practice that is at the heart of the curation can seem daunting, Take Me Somewhere demonstrates the flexibility and inclusivity at its core: as likely to be a party or gig as a scripted play or familiar choreography. The event celebrates diversity and conversation, an explicit statement of the possibilities of joining together in a public space: as Findlay-Walsh concludes, 'it's a coming-together, a celebration that allows us to consider, know, see and feel our present moment, informing how we move toward our future.'
Various venues, Glasgow and beyond, Sat 11 May–Sun 2 Jun.