Today is People’s Day at the Stade Open Space, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings TN34 3FJ

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Hastings’ Stade Saturdays series – the outdoor events for everyone – takes a home grown twist this week, with the ever popular Eight Foot Square Day, presented by Parrabbola

This is the performance day for local people and groups. Whether it’s musical, dramatic, exotic or a little bit strange, see the people of Hastings and St Leonards take their chance to show what they can do – arts and performance wise – in a space that’s only 8 x 8 – the same size as the nearby iconic fishermen’s net shops.

There will be lots to see and do all afternoon – come and make puppets for stop animation films, try your skill at hula hooping. There will be circus skills from the Improbable Circus and why not get your face painted with Fran?

Our Eight Foot Square Stade Saturday begins with a guest performance from The Shout Project – a new type of performance that allows you to step into the world of young people who live in the town, discovering their stories, their dreams and their realities. It’s an adventure that will show you Hastings, trough different eyes. And it concludes in the evening with a flashmob Fitness Rave – a chance to get active, and performances from Hula Hooper extraordinaire Angie Mackman.

During the past few months, the Parrabbola team have been working with The Craftimation Factory to take puppet making workshops into local community groups. We’ve worked right across Hastings and St Leonards, with groups of all ages and have made some amazing characters. Now, we’re going to use the puppets we’ve made to develop some stop animation films, which we’ll screen on the day. So come and join in – make a puppet, make a film.

Musicians – there’s an open mike slot running through the day from 3.00 pm as well, just come down and we’ll put you on our Eight Foot Square stage.

And if anyone else has something they’d like to try in an Eight Foot Square space, then come and collect some marker ribbons and join in too – everyone is welcome, and best of all – it’s all free as part of the Stade Saturdays series, funded and commissioned by Hastings Borough Council and co programmed by Parrabbola.

Eight Foot Square activities start at 2.00 pm and before that there’s the Coastal Currents performance from Reckless Sleepers at 1.00 pm. Activities and performances will conclude at 8.00 pm.

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The Craftimation Factory proving you are never too old to enjoy making puppets!

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Over 60 designer puppets were made by folk of all ages on a gorgeous day at Alexander Park celebrating and promoting playtime. With grateful thanks to Janey Moffat & The Craftimation Factory for providing the knitted bodies and a great partnership. Meet some of the manypuppets made; here are Super Bonkers, the Secret Ninja, Bella and Monsieur Frog…

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Throughout August Eight Foot Square is visiting various groups and working with the public around Hastings with The Craftimation Factory making puppets. We have already visited The Isabel Blackman Day Centre on Old Town and spent the day making over 60 puppets at Alexandra Park’s National Play Day. Come and join us on Thursday 28th August for the family session held at The Bridge Community Centre 10-1pm or if you are aged 8-13 see you at Hastings Adventure Playground, Ore in the afternoon 3.30-5.30pm. All materials provided.

 

Eight Foot Square Puppet

 

Inspired by the fishermen of Hastings responded to the challenge of how to dry their nets in a limited footprint of 8ft square between the cliffs and the beach, building their huts three storey high, our project looks to see what other people in the area can creatively do in 8ft square.

Request your free 8ft long ribbon to measure out your own eight foot square space. Experiment; create your own performance, installation, exhibition or workshop, individually or in a group. Then book your square for SATURDAY 30th AUGUST 2014 on The Stade Open Space, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings. All good family friendly fun, everyone is welcome to join in.

To be sent a ribbon or make a booking please e-mail Jacqueline.Ede@hotmail.co.uk

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Some of the 30+ people getting involved with Eight Foot Square’s latest project to take part in workshops and make a free-running film with the Urban Shadows Parkour Team.

Come and watch the film premiere on Saturday 31st August at Eight Foot Square Day 1-5pm in our bicycle-powered cinema.

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Premiere your one-minute film through our bicycle-powered cinema at Eight Foot Square Day, on Saturday 31st August, 2013.

Footage can either be about how you see Hastings or what you can do in an 8ft square – contact us for a free ribbon to mark out your space.

Video on your mobile phone or use a film camera, then send to Jacqueline via J.Ede@occupationarts.org or text/ring 07922067608.

Popcorn provided!

AIDA's Stage Drawing

From absolute beginners to experienced pros all are welcome to take their turn at this year’s Eight Foot Square Day, Saturday 31st August, 2013. Our 8ft by 8ft square stage will be available in front of the Eat@TheStadeCafe all afternoon, PA system provided. Find it at The Stade, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings. Contact Jacqueline at J.Ede@occupationarts.org or text 07922067608 to book your time.

The Stage is Set

Inspired by how the fishermen of Hastings responded to the challenge of fitting huts to dry their nets on an 8ft square footprint between the cliffs and the beach, building their huts three storey high, our project looks to see what other people in the area can creatively do in 8ft square.

Back for our third year, request your free 8ft long ribbon to measure out your own eight foot square space. Experiment; create your own performance, installation, exhibition or workshop, individually or in a group. Then book your square for SATURDAY 31st AUGUST 2013 on The Stade Open Space, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings. All good family friendly fun, everyone is welcome to join in.

To be sent a ribbon or make a booking e-mail Jacqueline.Ede@hotmail.co.uk

YOUR BODY FOR ART?

Posted: July 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

Do you want to be part of an internationally renowned and groundbreaking work by choreographer Willi Dorner? Are you fit, flexible with great balance and lots of enthusiasm? Then come along to audition!

BODIES IN URBAN SPACES BY WILLI DORNER
Coastal Currents Arts Festival, Hastings & St Leonards 2013

Deadline for applications is 12 noon on the 5th August 2013.

Presented around the world, this unique dance work sees human bodies squeezed into the most unlikely nooks and crannies of urban and street architecture, creating a fast moving, sculptural trail of human bodies.
Bodies in Urban Spaces by Austrian choreographer Willi Dorner will be presented in Hastings as part of the Coastal Currents Festival on the 21st and 22nd September 2013.

So if you are a dancer, actor, circus or acrobat enthusiast, parkour runner, yoga or martial arts expert or just a gym enthusiast then please do come along to audition.
This is a brilliant professional development opportunity; creating and performing an internationally renowned and groundbreaking work with other professional artists.

Selection for the project will be by audition, which will take place on Friday August 9th at the Concordia Hall in St Leonards, Church Road, St Leonards, East Sussex, TN37 6HB. The nearest train station is Warrior Square, which is a 10 minute walk away.
The times of the audition are 6 – 9pm.

Professional dance experience is not necessary, but a good level of physical strength and fitness is essential.
 

Coastal Currents is managed by Creative Coast and home live art on behalf of Hastings Borough Council

Did this giant dream-catcher in the Ore Adventure playground help us find our fortune today? Not quite, but old, new and foreign coins, a foil- wrapped shell, bulldog and hair clips, a paintbrush, half a marble and a ball containing metal were unearthed from The Bridge Community Gardens today. For more metal-detecting fun join us at Eight Foot Square Day on The Stade Open Space, Rock-a-nore Road, Hastings 1-6pm to hunt for treasure on the beach.

Children, parents and grandparents got stuck into Steve Barbe’s Junk Percussion Workshops today with Eight Foot Square. Experiment with rhythm and rhyme, bash and beat with Steve when he joins us on The Stade Open Space, Rock-a-nore Road, Hastings, for Eight Foot Square Day, Saturday 18th August, 1pm – 6pm.

 

1.00pm – 6.00pm FREE FAMILY FUN – Click here for more information
Have a go at chalk-art, junk percussion, metal-detecting on the beach and sand-sculpting, have a shed load of fun with Daddy Papersurfer and more @ The Stade, Rock-a-nore Road, Hastings. As the evening draws in, support those walking on hot coals for the H20 Charity or sign up in advance for the challenge of a lifetime.

7.00pm – 9.00pm FIREWALKING ON HOT COALS – Click here for more information and how to sign up!

 

 

Sand-sculptor Zara Gaze of www.sandalism.com fame led our free 8ft square event last Sunday 22nd July at the packed out, World Guiness Record setting, Hastings Pirate Day in glorious sunshine.

More free sand sculpting fun join us on The Stade Open Space, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings, TN34 3DW Saturday 18th August from 1pm.

Inspired by how the fishermen of Hastings responded to the challenge of fitting huts to dry their nets on an 8ft square footprint between the cliffs and the beach, building their huts three storey high, our project looks to see what other people in the area can creatively do in 8ft square.

Request your free 8ft long ribbon to measure out your own eight foot square space. Experiment; create your own performance, installation, exhibition or workshop, individually or in a group. Then book your square for SATURDAY 18th AUGUST 2012 on The Stade Open Space, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings. All good family friendly fun, everyone is welcome to join in.

To be sent a ribbon or make a booking e-mail Jacqueline.Ede@hotmail.co.uk

Ahoy me hearties! Join 8 foot square for some free pirate themed sand-sculpting 11am – 5pm at the Stade Open Space, The Stade, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings this Sunday as part of Hastings Pirate Day.

Dress as a pirate to help Hastings attempt to reclaim the Guinness World Record for “Largest Gathering of Pirates” at 1.00pm on the beach.

With pirate music, stunt action sword fighting, a pirate market, real pirate wedding and spectacular finale by the Royal Air Force Red Arrows as they conduct a full display over the skies of Hastings for the first time in nearly a quarter of a century.

For details and a Treasure Map showing you where you can find all the events see www.hastingspirateday.org.uk.

For anyone who is in or around Hastings – or who feels like a trip to the seaside – on Wednesday June 6 Parrabbola will be hosting the first staged reading of a new play by Brian Abbott, ‘Half a Cod a Day’, based on conversations with the Hastings fishing fleet. It’s a fun piece looking at serious issues which affect fishing communities, and we plan to tour it later this year.

Wednesday June 6th at 8pm in the Stade Hall, Rock-a-nore Road, Hastings.
A free event with refreshments!
Hope to see you there

If you are aged between 12 and 20, come along and enjoy a day of free dance and music workshops with Hofesh Shechter’s leading modern dance company. Just turn up, parental permission forms can be completed on the day. For further details click to view flyer Hofesh Shechter Workshops and Stade Saturday Performance Flyer or email publicart@hastings.gov.uk or call 01424 451105.

Wed 6 June 11am – 4pm
Hollington Youth Centre
1 Wishing Tree Road North
St Leonards TN38 9LL
Thurs 7 June 11am – 4pm
Ore Centre, 455 Old London Road
Ore TN35 5BH
Fri 8 June 11am – 3pm
Croft Road Dance, St Clements
Church House, 2 Croft Road
Hastings Old Town TN34 3HJ

Sat 9th June Free Performances at 5.30 and 7.30pm
Hofesh Shechter Dance Company perform “Uprising” and an extract from “Political Mother”                               Stade Open Space, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings TN34 3FJ

Get involved in the Stade Saturdays Programme with Bicycle Ballet

Bicycle Ballet needs up to 100 local performers (could this be you?) to take part in this spectacular performance on 29th September 2012.

Bicycle Ballet is a spectacular, 30 minute dance performance on bicycles, originally conceived and produced by Karen Poley for Car Free Day 2006 and directed by choreographer Virginia Farman. 

The show is a celebration of cycling, exploring the highs and lows of cycling: the sheer joy of swerving downhill on a bike, the wind behind you and the sun on your face, tempered by the gritty reality of urban cycling – manoeuvering amongst traffic, pollution, theft and vandalism.

Bicycle Ballet has been a hugely successful project (touring to Brighton, London, Manchester and Lille) and has been funded by Arts Council England and partners to tour as part of the Cultural Olympiad celebrations in 2012, to (Skegness, Edmonton, Hadleigh, Hastings, Preston and Exeter), and WE NEED YOU AND YOUR BICYCLE to take part here.

Come along to our taster day on Tuesday 10th April
YMCA Hastings, St Pauls Road, St Leonards On Sea, TN37 6RS

15.00 – 17.00: Audition for Rehearsal Directors
Two rehearsal directors will be required to initially learn the choreography in a two day residential workshop led by the Choreographer and Producer and then deliver the material during rehearsals with the cast.  For more details, check out the rehearsal directors JD or email stadesaturdays@hastings.gov.uk

18.30-21.00: Taster Session for Participants (and their Bikes!)
Got mad skills or want to learn some cool tricks and choreography?  If you can ride a bike without training wheels, come on down and find out how to get involved!  If you’ve got basic skills, you’re primed to learn.  If you have cool signature moves, we can include them.  Mountain bikes, BMX, folding bikes, ladies bikes, bikes with baskets on the front…. Bring them all!

 

The show is performed by two distinct groups: 
Up to 50 local cyclists and performers in THE CHORUS perform the bulk of the show’s choreography – spectacular formation routines, intimate character stories, pastiches and pyrotechnic effects. 

You will need to be a competent cyclist and commit to approx 6 x 3 hour weekly, evening sessions and 3 weekend rehearsals in the weeks before the shows, and the performances.

Up to 60 people in THE MASS, punctuate the show by sweeping across the performance space, en mass, in giant formations performing Mass actions – coughing, laughting etc – and making a bit impact.

Mass participants will need to attend 2 x 3 hour session in the week before performances, and a rehearsal and performances on the show day.

No experience necessary.  All ages welcome, although a level of cycling proficiency is required – minimum Level 2 Bikeability/National Standard is suggested.

You will need to: bring your own bike and wear a black top, trousers and shoes for the performances

For more information and to register, email:  Stadesaturdays@hastings.gov.uk or call Cat Denning on 01424 451986

Additional information at www.bicycleballet.co.uk

Did you take part in the Eight Foot Square events this Summer? Perform on our open stage? Do something in our squares?  For one night only we will be creating an 8ft square cinema at The Stade Performance Space, Rock-a-Nore Road. Come and see yourself and spot people you know on film. Also view our Pop-up Museum displaying the artefacts from Metal-Detecting on Hastings Beach, work with Hula Specialist, Angie Mackman and her illuminated hoops, plus watch Harrison Shaw and friend’s BMX tricks. All welcome, see you there!

 

 

After a successful 6 days our 8ft squares are having a well-earned rest. A big hearty thank you to all who joined in with our events and to all others who supported Parrabbola in staging them. We will be back on The Stade for the end of Coastal Currents Arts Festival on 30th September where we will be showing a short film with footage from all our recent work, have a pop-up musuem of our metal detecting findings from Hastings beach and holding an illuminated hula-hoop dance performance with residents from Hollington and the Ore Valley. Watch this space, more information coming soon…

Dancing in an 8ft Square -1st Sept

Posted: September 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

LauRen from Respond Academy with Lydia and Brilliant got people dancing at The Stade. The picture below shows the scooter routine that included plenty of jumps, hops and scooter spinning!

More locals took to the 8ft square stage to entertain us with their skills. From Respond Academy singer (top left), singer and street dancer Lydia (top right), and Hayley Jay (mid right). We also had the talents of beat-boxer, free-runner and bmx-er Michael Close and entertainer Alan Leigh playing the didgeridoo.

Posted: September 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

Join our choreographer and strut your stuff on the 8ft square. Come down to The Stade Performance Area (the large open space between the Stade Hall, Eat at The Stade Cafe and the Lifeboat Centre), Rock-a-Nore Road, between 1pm and 6pm and learn some new moves!

The entertainment continued in full sunshine today as locals took to the 8ft square Open Stage to demonstrate their ample skills. MC Adam Fisher (top left), singer and guitarist’s Ursi Evans (top right) and singer Mister Mikul (mid left), Lynda Murray on alto sax (mid right), singer and guitarist’s Harry (bottom left) and Gemima (bottom right). Come and see more tomorrow same place The Stade Performance Area Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings, same time 1pm-6pm.

 

Posted: August 31, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

From washing-up bowl drum-kits to plumber’s piping flutes, Hastings got creative by making musical instruments from everyday items. What could you do in 8ft square?

Listen to our hang player and make your own instruments out of junk. Plus see more talented local musicians on our 8ft square Open Stage. Join us from 1pm – 6pm on The Stade Performance Area (the large open space between the Stade Hall, Eat at The Stade Cafe and the Lifeboat Centre), Rock-a-Nore Road.

Yesterday afternoon saw more fantastic local musical talent on the 8 ft square Open Stage at The Stade with Hastings residents: Ziggy (top left), Gerri Brodie (top right), Michael Wells (middle left), Ryan Harman (middle right) and Devon (bottom right). Join us on Aug 31st and Sept 1st between 1pm and 6pm to enjoy more.

       

Getting the Stade in a Spin

Posted: August 30, 2011 in Uncategorized

Were you one of our spinners today? Angie Mackman led the crowds to play around with the hoops, learn how to hula and spin toothbrushes…. you had to be there!

 

  

 

 

From hula-hoops to toothbrushes – get physical and have fun learning the arts of twisting and turning. Come down to The Stade Performance Area (the large open space between the Stade Hall, Eat at The Stade Cafe and the Lifeboat Centre), Rock-a-Nore Road, between 1pm and 6pm to get spinning.

 

From a mermaid’s ruler to Frankenstein’s bolts, submarine periscopes and an alien’s ear-ring, Doctors Abbott and Barry presided over the many artefacts found today by people metal detecting on the seashore by The Stade. After scientific examination, items were identified, labelled and put in secure forensic pockets (sandwich bags) before being displayed in our 8ft square Pop-up Museum.

Question: How many people can fit into an 8ft square to sing? Answer: 32 people!

Singing teacher Carol Prior successfully organised 32 people, or 64 feet, onto our Open Stage today to sing “24 Hours from Hastings” and “Deep in the Heart of Hastings”. What could you do in an 8ft square?

Did you hear the highly talented Beth Evans of the Respond Academy playing an acoustic set on the 8ft Square today? Enjoyed by many on The Stade Performance Space, one new-found fan said, “absolutely brilliant, she made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up with her voice, fantastic”. Beth will be back on Thursday 1st September for more. Over the next 3 days a host of local Hastings musicians are to play on our Open Stage from 1pm onwards. Come and join us at this series of live music events.

Between 1pm and 6pm try your luck with our metal detectors on Hastings seashore. Maybe find your fortune and put your treasure in the spotlight with our eight foot square stage (see below) transformed into a pop-up museum.

Have your found your hand yet?

Posted: August 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

Come down to The Stade Performance Area (the large open space between the Stade Hall, Eat at The Stade Cafe and Lifeboat Centre), Rock-a-Nore Road, between 1pm and 6pm until 1st September to pick out yours.

Did you make a sand sculpture on the eight foot square today? Enjoy these pictures of some of your creations and see if you can spot yours.

Harbour any secrets?

Did you pay 10p and share your burden on the eight foot square?

Many in Hastings are experiencing a newfound peace of mind having told Rosie Blackburn their deepest, darkest secrets as part of her inventive once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.


Why not join Christo Squier at The Stade Performance Space, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings and try your hand at sand sculpting? The Performance Area is the large open space between the Stade Community Centre, Eat at The Stade Cafe and Jerwood Gallery. What could you do in eight foot square?

 

 

Yesterday our professional storyteller Kevin Graal entranced Hastings, taking them on adventures of magic and derring do!

 

People stopped and stayed to take in the contents of local resident Michelle Taylor’s unique ‘Museum of Me’ at yesterday’s Spotlight, launch event of Coastal Currents Festival. Packed with curiosities on the eight foot square stage, this installation really captured people’s imagination. What would you put in a show of your life?

 

 

Be inspired by our professional story teller Kevin Graal the pied piper of stories, songs and wicked rhymes. Become an author by writing a line for our community tale on the 8 foot square at The Stade Performance Area, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings between 5pm and 8.30pm today. The Performance Area is the large open space between the Stade Community Centre, Eat at The Stade Cafe and Jerwood Gallery…. see you there!

Our Eight Foot Square Open Stage is now fully booked on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August. However, there are two slots left on Bank Holiday Monday 29th August and we have some availability scattered across Tuesday 30th, Wednesday 31st August and Thursday 1st September. Use this blog or contact Jacqueline on J.Ede@occupationarts.org to book.

What could you do in 8ft square at The Stade Performance Area, Rock-a-Nore, Hastings?

The first ribbon recordings were made today at the Ore Valley Festival, including some of those who performed in Respond Academy’s outstanding Talent Show. Many others signed up to demonstrate their skills on the Eight Foot Square Open Stage at the Coastal Currents Festival between 27th August and 1st September. Places are filling up fast so blog to book or e-mail J.Ede@occupationarts.org to get your spot.

Park Ore

Posted: December 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

If you’re keen to see the film made of the 8FS Free Running workshops held earlier in the year, it’s now up on the Parrabbola Vimeo site.

http://www.vimeo.com/parrabbola/channels

Enjoy – it’s great fun