Arnolfini and Mayfest present five works as part of the festival in 2014.
See mayfestbristol.co.uk for the full programme at Arnolfini and across the city. Here's some of the selected highlights:
Action Hero, Slaptalk:
Inspired by the self-aggrandising of boxers at the pre-fight weigh in, Slap Talk is a verbal sparring match that is both a linguistic version of the fight itself and a reflection upon the violence present in everyday language.
Greg McLaren, ATOMKRAFT:
ATOMKRAFT is a work in progress performance event that continues to explore the many layers of power production and distribution in our world.
Deborah Pearson, The Future Show:
The Future Show tells the story of performer Deborah Pearson's future, starting from the end of the performance and going until the end of her life. An existential twist on the autobiographical monologue, the script expires the moment it is spoken, and is rewritten for every performance.
Silvia Gallerano in La Merda, by Cristian Ceresoli:
Winner of six major awards, La Merda caused a big sensation at its 2012 Edinburgh Fringe World Premiere, returning in 2013 for a sell-out Fringe run. A 'young', 'ugly' and literally naked Silvia Gallerano captivatingly reveals her revolting secrets, as she struggles with obstinacy, resistance and courage for her own celebrity breakthrough in the society of Thighs and Liberty.
Laura Dannequin, Hardy Animal:
A tender solo that looks at chronic pain and human resilience, Hardy Animal is a goodbye letter to a former self and an ode to dance. Concerned with the human body and its failings, it tells of a dancer's journey into immobility. Interweaving text and movement, it retraces a brutal journey of loss, and hope, and looks at our need to create meaning in a baffling world.
Mayfest across the city:
Alongside the Mayfest programme at Arnolfini, you'll find further theatre taking place including: The Roof (Millennium Square), The Worst of Scottee (The Cube), Landscape II (Tobacco Factory Theatres), The Ted Bundy Project (Bristol Old Vic), Gym Party (Bristol Old Vic Studio) and I Wish I Was Lonely with Hannah Jane Walker and Chris Thorpe (The Island) & much more...