For a little extra PILOT Night. We joined forces with Fierce in October 2017 and presented an exciting programme of work kicking off Fierce festival 2017 at Stan’s Cafe venue @ AE Harris venue
Photos courtesy of Graeme Braidwood
We’re Right, You’re Wrong- Ginny Lemon and Meating People is Easy
Exploring themes such as queer politics, feminism, witchcraft, gender and pop culture through the power of propaganda. Let Ginny Lemon & Meating People is Easy open your minds, because we’re right and you’re wrong. Feeding your senses with delicious visuals and delectable live music. Meating people IS easy, fancy a slice?
HOMECOMING- Benedict Douglas Stewardson
Homecoming presents a retaliation against loneliness, a feral vindication of adolescent isolation. Crawling over brimstone and clawing up river banks, wolves are coming home to the static of the suburbs.
Homecoming places a monstrous queer avatar against an effigy of suffocating heterosexual domesticity, weaponising ugly emotions in a ritual act of sound and destruction to find a catharsis for loneliness; justice for the monster. For the Wolves. For the Witches. We are at the door.
Paris Hasn’t Stopped Burning- Danni Ebanks-Ingram
The mention of ball culture is often met with confusion, but the mention of Voguing
is met with misdirected appreciation of Madonna. ‘Paris Hasn’t Stopped Burning’ is
a physical piece that attempts to acknowledge ball culture and rebuild parts of the
community. Bring your vogue poses.
Speaking with the (oppressor’s) tongue- Selina Bonelli
From the premise that the English language is already biased and based on a
privilege of accessibility and Western notions of entitlement, I propose to embody
the idea of ‘speaking with the oppressor tongue’ via the writing of our Prime
Minister Theresa May.
Here Comes The Sun- Joseph Morgan Schofield
“freak weather. loneliness. economic catastrophe. ecological collapse. nobody loves me and the sun’s gonna kill me. how will you save me?”
A ritual to avert the apocalypse and fight back against the crises and anxieties of day to day life. With storytelling, lip-sync, evocative imagery and lots of glitter, Here Comes The Sun uncovers an ancient queer history, to reclaim the radical and magical potential of queerness.
Joseph Morgan Schofield is a live artist and club performer who uses ritual to interrogate contemporary experience.
Dorian Electra- Dorian Electra
Dorian Electra is a pop musician and music video director whose work focuses on
the history of sexuality and gender. Her music videos including the viral “Ode to the
Clitoris” and “2000 Years of Drag” have received over 8 million views online and
have garnered press from sites like the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Paper Magazine,
and Teen Vogue. Her music is a blend of pop, 80s funk, and house and her live
shows feature choreographed backup dancers, costume changes, props, video
projections and her gender-bending drag king persona.
Tom Thom- Tom Cassani and Thom Shaw
Tom and Thom have been doing things together for a while. Walking. Dancing. Holding. Hugging. We began spaced far apart from each other and spent a long time shuffling to find each other.
VENUE & CO-PILOT
Venue: Stan’s Cafe venue @ae harris
nitially Stan’s Cafe took a recently vacated portion of the A E Harris & Co (Birmingham) Ltd. factory for a six week period to stage Of All The People In All The World. Audiences responded so enthusiastically to the venue and Stan’s Cafe liked it so much that talks were initiated between theatre company and metal fabricators with a view to securing the space for performance on a long term basis.
The ambition was for this space to provide a location for devising, rehearsing and presenting Stan’s Cafe shows and to become a focus for the development of an independent theatre scene within Birmingham. For its first two years @ AE Harris operated under significant subsidy from Stan’s Cafe. Any hire fees went to off-setting rent or improving the venue’s facilities.
In November 2010 Arts Council England recognised the contribution AE Harris makes to the local theatre scene and agreed to provide a degree of financial assistance. An agreement is in place with A E Harris that the venue can continue until the site is finally sold for redevelopment.
Since 1997 Fierce has been capturing the imagination of the city with memorable public artworks such as the ‘Birdman of Birmingham’ – a giant nest with live-in birdman installed on the Bullring Rotunda and Luke Jerram’s soaring Sky Orchestra which put the CBSO Orchestra in hot air balloons as well as many legendary dark and messy parties of provocative performance art and avant garde cabaret that have earned them a reputation as one of the most daring and fun arts organisations in the country.