Five members of Breathing Fire took part in Tina Gue’s 'This Is Us’ portrait exhibition showcasing images of 150 older women in the South West to mark the centenary year of (some) Women’s Suffrage. The exhibition featured in central Bristol in the lead up to International Women’s Day received great acclaim for the range and depth of the portraits and in its celebration of older women.
Six members of the group were fortunate to go out to Martinique in the Caribbean for an opportunity to extend our learning. We benefitted from a series of dance master classes that included drumming and performance skill. We returned refreshed to embed this learning into our playback performances. We gave two performances while in Martinique which were successfully received by audiences that had never seen playback before. We valued the trust audiences had in us to share some poignant stories and we feel privileged that we were able to honour them. We were also honoured to be invited by Josiane Antourel international dance artist to a private rehearsal of her dance performance prior to her devised show.
October/November We Are Warriors with 'Inbetween Times' - A sound and light installation created by Helen Cole.
Amid our hectic ‘Windrush’ tour of performances and gigs we delivered around the country throughout Black History Month, members of Breathing Fire undertook training in Digital Technology learning new techniques to improve storytelling and how this could enhance our craft. This was a form of training we had not previously received and we are now considering how we develop it further to bring another exciting layer to deepen our performances and creativity.
Tuesday 30 Oct 'Windrush' workshop and performance, Leeds, and also a workshop and performance at STUN@ Z-Arts in Manchester.
Wednesday 31 Oct 'Windrush' workshop and performances in Kirklees and Calderdale.
Thursday 25 Oct 'Windrush' workshops and performances, Huddersfield and Bradford.
Monday 22 Oct 'Windrush' workshop and performance, Falmouth University, Cornwall.
Saturday 13 Oct & Sunday 14 Oct Performance for Black History Month, Peckham, London, and Ashfield Prison, Bristol.
Sunday 7 Oct Performance Black Women 100 event. Recognising black women's contribution to the suffrage movement. Arnolfini, Bristol.
Thursday 4th Oct Poetry performances in collaboration with UWE and Bristol black poets, Bristol.
Sunday 22 July 2018 Being Romeo and Juliet, with South West Dance Theatre, at Trinity Centre, Bristol. Playback meets dance theatre - love, hate, fear, hope, duty, desire....The Trinity Centre, Bristol southwestdancetheatre.co.uk
May – June 2018 Members of Breathing Fire have been conducting research on trauma in relation to the experiences of migrant communities. Findings from our individual research will be used to inform our interactions with audiences and the creativity expressed in our up and coming performances.
7 June 2018 Black Artist on the Move Presented Ecletic on Thursday 7 June at The Quaker Meeting House, in collaboration with @ Bristol Refugee Festival. Breathing Fire Theatre Company performed “The Place I Belong”, a show celebrating the resilience and strength of Bristol’s refugee and asylum seeking Communties.
17 March 2018 Sistas in the Spotlight! The Malcolm X Centre, Breathing Fire and Tan Teddy - Jamaican Folk Culture Group, host a showcase of female performance artists. Spoken word, song, theatre, music and dance! Celebrating International Women’s Day and recognising 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage in the UK. Market stalls; food and drink available for purchase; prize draw for ticket holders on the night.
13 March 2018 BSN (Bristol Survivors Network - Campaigning to Improve Mental Health Services), Bristol, UK. AGM at Unitarian Chapel, Brunswick Square. Breathing Fire performance from 3 pm. Service Users and Carers are warmly invited to 'Mental Health interACTions'. All welcome to watch and take part, or put topics up for discussion. A lively and stimulating afternoon.
15 - 25 Febraury 2018 An Arts Council funded Washington DC tour in partnership with Playback Theatre sistah company Hissing Black Cat. We partnered with our Washington DC based sister company, Hissing Black Cat to deliver four playback performances and were pleased to have made links with a High School and a women’s writing group to deliver two additional performances.
We performed again with our sisters in Hissing Black Cat on our reciprocal visit following on from their joining us on our UK tour in 2016. February was Black History Month in the USA and we benefitted from our interactions with communities and people especially around the way Black History Month is celebrated and acknowledged in America. We performed in a range of settings to different community groups. We aimed to honour our audiences with their stories on issues, experiences and moments that are most relevant to them and their cultural perspectives.
We were keen to further develop our own skills, knowledge and experience and to widen our repertoire by taking the opportunity to learn and grow from the range of stories shared and themes explored during our performances, workshops and practices, and through our training with Hissing Black Cat. Check out our journey in more detail here!