ICIA New Season Announced: Winter – Spring 2010
ICIA, University of Bath, announces its new winter / spring season of dance, theatre, music,
exhibitions, talks and films. The programme has been selected in response to ICIA’s new theme for
2010: the place of work, and features artists who explore the workplace and the part work plays in
our lives. Highlights include three commissions by ICIA as part of its commitment to supporting new
work. Pianist Catherine Laws premieres a new composition by Damien Harron and selects
particular pieces that demonstrate the range of the piano. Artist Margareta Kern’s exhibition Guest
draws on the personal stories of 'guest workers' who left Yugoslavia to work in West Germany in
the late 1960s. Artist Deborah Robinson’s exhibition Fish – Eye - I is the result of a residency in the
University’s Department of Biology and Biochemistry’s aquatic laboratory.
The season also includes an extensive range of classes and workshops in dance, art and music. A
new strand in the music programme is a series of one-off participatory workshops run by musicians
at the top of their field. Classes and workshops are open to all and take place on campus as well as
in Bath city centre. The programme also includes a number of productions and concerts staged by
Theatre & Dance
ICIA’s theatre and dance events feature some of the UK’s most highly respected companies.
Bonachela Dance Company kicks off with The Land of Yes and The Land of No (Sun 7 Feb),
choreographer by the award-winning Spanish-born Rafael Bonachela. Widely acclaimed, it explores
how we live in a world controlled by signs and symbols. It was hailed as ‘the best work of his career’
by The Guardian. National Dance Network follows with Dance3, a triple bill of new work
showcasing the country’s most talented up-and-coming choreographers (6 March). Lone Twin
Theatre returns to ICIA following their remarkable community event Speeches, which took place in
Kensington Meadows last September. Their new show, The Festival (27 March), is a love story
where chance and coincidence play a part, told with the company’s usual distinctive, playful
ICIA’s music programme kicks off with a concert by Catherine Laws (18 Feb). Hammered! & other
things explores the expressive vibrancy of the piano, demonstrating this complex machine’s
versatility. The evening features contemporary composers and includes the premiere of a new work
by composer Damien Harron, commissioned by ICIA. A post-concert discussion with the composer
follows. Vibrant seven-piece band Spirit Talk Mbira follows (11 March), fronted by singer and
master mbira player Chartwell Dutiro. Playing inspirational sounds from Zimbabwe blended with
elements of the west, Dutiro toured with Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited for eight
years before forming his own group. ICIA’s singularities acoustic music series continues with a
performance by rising folk star Tobias Jacob (6 May). Currently captivating audiences at festivals
across the UK, this solo gig puts Jacob’s melodious voice, finely crafted songs and musicianship
Music Workshops with Visiting Artists
Renowned for delivering inspiring music workshops, Creative Sound Factory runs its first weekend
workshop at the University (19-21 Feb). Seven professional musicians guide up to sixty talented
participants through improvising and composing an original piece of music, leading to final
performance on the Sunday evening. All types and levels of musicians are welcome, from aged 16
upwards. Aspiring conductors have the chance to learn the craft at a Conducting Workshop with
Richard Gonski. A leading UK conductor, Gonski currently works with the Torbay Symphony
Orchestra and Exeter University Symphony Orchestra (17 Feb, 4-6pm). Choral Singing brings
dynamic conductor/composer and BBC Proms regular, Ronald Corp, to Bath (3 March, 7.30-10pm).
Corp has over 20 CDs to his name, including the award-winning series of British Light Music Classics.
Prior to his gig with ICIA, Chartwell Dutiro presents Zimbabwean Song (10 March, 6-8pm),
introducing traditional Shona songs and culture. Dutiro is a regular performer and workshop leader
for WOMAD. Sightless master musician and singer songwriter, Hassan Erraji presents Moroccan
Melodies (21 April, 6-7.30pm). Renowned for his skill on the oud, hand-drums and other
instruments, Erraji introduces the polyrhythmic traditions of southern Morocco.
Two exhibitions showcase student talent. Swindon College presents Lines of Enquiry 6, featuring
work by graduates of the BA Fine Art Drawing at the School of Art & Design (21 Jan-19 March). The
University of Bath & Photosoc Photography Exhibition follows, displaying the winning entries and
runners-up from this year’s annual competition (11 Feb-26 March).
ICIA presents the work of two artists currently ‘in- residence’ at the University of Bath. Bosnian and
Herzegovina born artist Margareta Kern presents Guest (4 March-18 June). Kern's new installation
is inspired by her visit to Berlin where she investigated the mass migration of workers from socialist
Yugoslavia to West Germany in the late 1960. Artist Deborah Robinson is in-residence in the
Department of Biology and Biochemistry’s aquatic laboratory, a fish facility which houses with 500
tanks and 10,000 fish. Her exhibition, Fish - Eye – I, captures the strange poetic beauty of this see-
through world – from fish, water and tank to the lens of the camera itself (22 April-11 June).
Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
ICIA presents two films selected in response to its theme. Pulitzer prize-winning photojournalist and
filmmaker, Raymond Depardon captures the lives of a dying breed of French farmers in his
acclaimed Modern Life / La Vie Moderne (24 Feb). Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Venice
Film Festival 2007 and the 2008 César Award for Best French film, Couscous / La Graine et le Mulet
is a moving family drama centred around an ageing North African émigré’s dream of opening a
restaurant, following redundancy from the shipyard (17 March).
Classes and Workshops
ICIA offers a range of workshops and classes across art forms. Visual arts classes include ceramics,
sculpture, drawing, painting, life drawing, portrait studies, stained glass, botanical illustration,
digital art and photography. Dance classes are available in contemporary, street dance, jazz dance,
ballet, flamenco, tap, belly dancing and samba. Music includes weekly classes in DJ Skills, samba
drumming and a string workshop for those with grade 6 and above. Classes are open to all, with
concessions available, and take place on campus and in Bath city centre. The new term starts from 8
February, enrolment opens from 11 January.
Student societies present performances, concerts and exhibitions on campus and in the community.
The programme includes concerts by the Choral and Orchestral Society (20 Feb & 21 March) and
the Chamber Choir (20 March). Theatrical presentations include the Student Musicals Society
(Footloose, 17-20 March), Student Theatre (And Then There Were None, 5-7 March), (You Never Can
Tell, 25-27 March), (Encore Review, 3 May) and BodySoc (A Night at the Movies, 15-17 April).
Cultural events include the Students Union’s Global Evening (12 March) and the Chinese Student
Society (Cultural Evening, 21 March). The University’s juggling and circus skills society, Gravity
Vomit, run a one day juggling convention, Bath Upchuck 2010 (27 Feb).
Booking opens from 11 January
ICIA Box Office: 01225 386777