Why do a work-in-progress?

Shabaka Hutchings: Spitalfields Re-Sounded, Village Underground, 10 June 2015.

For artists, the opportunity to test new work whilst it’s still in development is invaluable. It gives them space to explore and enables them to take risks, try out different ideas and get feedback from audiences which will shape the development of their work. As the audience, it gives you a chance to see the early stages of an artist’s creative process, find out more about their ideas and have input into the next stages of the project.

This Winter you can get involved in three works-in-progress through our new initiative Open Call. We invited music creators to apply for laboratory-style commissions offering the opportunity to challenge their compositional practice, explore working in new ways and provoke dialogue between artists and audiences.

You can come and test scenes from Jackie Walduck’s opera The Migration Game, solving puzzles and clues as you negotiate the journey of migrants to London. Or take part in Ailís Ní Ríain’s intimate music theatre piece I used to feel exploring experiences of deafness, questioning the essence of communication and what contributes to its breakdown when you experience sensory impairment. Or join Timothy Cape as he shares reflections on the value of ‘hard work’ from people working in Tower Hamlets.

Join us for the Open Call works-in-progress:
Ailís Ní Ríain – Monday 5 December, The Hoxton, Shoreditch (6pm, 6.30pm, 7pm, 7.30pm or 8pm)
Timothy Cape – Friday 9 December, Shoreditch Church (7.30pm)
Jackie Walduck – Sunday 11 December, Brady Arts & Community Centre (4pm & 6pm)


Open Call is supported by PRS for Music Foundation and Spitalfields Music’s New Music Commission Fund.





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