Theatre preview: Ueinzz Theatre Company at Arika Episode 7

Theatre Preview: Ueinzz Theatre Company at Arika Episode 7

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Formed in a psychiatric institution Ueinzz push the format beyond expectations, offering something not experienced before in Scotland

Within Arika's Episode 7 (We Can't Live Without Our Lives), the appearance of Ueinzz Theatre Company draws a remarkable connection between caring and performance. The company were formed in 1996 inside a psychiatric institution and their shows sit somewhere between an open rehearsal and a live 'happening' dictated by the moods of the actors. While many companies boast that they challenge accepted ideas about theatre, Ueinzz roam into territory that questions the boundary between art and life.

Arika's attempts to define the company (they are offering workshops and performance over the weekend) encourage the idea that its foundation as part of a support group has defined their working practice. The 'origin myth' – that they were given their name by a usually silent member, and its meaning is elusive – speaks to the abstract, almost mystical nature of the company. While their performances do use some traditional fixtures of theatre – even a script at times, or the narrative from a classical text – they have a strikingly flexible attitude that permits sudden changes.

Ueinzz are not merely an example of how Arika is constantly evolving beyond music into performance, but also their willingness to make alliances with artists who push the format beyond expectations, offering something not experienced before in Scotland.

Tramway, Glasgow, Fri 17--Sun 19 Apr.

ARIKA15 Episode 7: We Can't Live Without Our Lives

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All Fictions are Biographical – Ueinzz Context

An open conversation about the history and practices of Ueinzz Theatre Company.

No Ready Made Men – Open Rehearsal

An open rehearsal from Ueinzz Theatre Company, as they prepare for the evening performance of No Ready Made Men.

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The Brazilian theatre company presents its work in performance.

Cartography of Exhaustion

A talk by Peter Pál Pelbart of Ueinzz Theatre Company on power, community and resistance.

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