Unknown magazine presents: SLAP Festival! 20.02.2019- 23.02.2019

By Rose Mckean

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SLAP Tickets

This February the much-anticipated SLAP Festival is coming to York!

Over the coming month Unknown will be collaborating with SLAP: York’s first pay-what-you-can contemporary performance festival. Created by the wonderful 70/30 Split (Lydia Cottrell & Sophie Unwin) SLAP festival will weave together a diverse array of exceptional performances. From dance and cabaret to spoken word and theatre, SLAP will bring a number of exciting live performances and workshops to a web of locations around the city.

The FAUN Project- a contemporary dance performance. The choreographic process is a conversation between millennials and their predecessors.

“After a series of pop-up events and collaborations with other festivals in the city, 2019 sees SLAP’s first outing as our own stand-alone Festival. We are so excited to programme such a wide range of local, national and international artists to present their work in York. Being artist-led, our main aims are to provide a supportive environment for artists to create new work. Our main aim for audiences is for them to experience new contemporary performance in an accessible and non-exclusive way. A big part of our ethos is that art is for everyone and we want everyone to feel welcome during all of our events.” -Lydia Cottrell

Click the image above to see a gif of the upcoming performances.

Throughout the festival Unknown will be in conversation with SLAP,  creating a series of reviews and essays in response to the remarkable array of pieces on show. Together, we will work to dispel the perception of performance art as inaccessible, unapproachable and elitist. Here at Unknown your response matters to us! We would like to offer this as an open opportunity to share your own interpretations. If interested in contributing please email unknownmagazinesubmissions@gmail.com.

Though staged in a variety of different venues around York, SLAP are committed to making the events open and accessible. Information on access to venues can be found here and in the list below this article.

Themes discussed in the festival’s programme range from gender expression and queer identity to our cultural obsession with zombies. Each venue has a relaxed atmosphere and you may enter and leave as and when you wish. For more information about each event and their full line-up see here.

Highlights include:

SOFTCORE BOUNDARIES- An immersive Live Art performance exploring the politics of the queer body.

Pink Suits Workshop– exploring the resistance to gender roles in partner dance. Participants will develop a gender-neutral improvisational language that can reform how we dance with one another.

Fat Girl Singing, with Emma Geraghty – A funny, uplifting and compelling solo show for those who have ever felt that their body is up for debate.

DRYHUMP – queer cabaret. Dryhump is the perfect blend of amusement, carnage and lots of dancing; showcasing a range of performance acts, music and games.

The Mesmerist – A family friendly contemporary dance show that portrays the importance of friendship.

Access performances:

Fat Girl Singing – BSL interpretation

SOFTCORE BOUNDARIES – Captioned
Ballad of Isosceles – 4:00pm & 4:30pm Captioned
Theseus Beefcake – BSL interpretation

Here is accessibility information for each venue:
YSJ Spark Community Theatre
Address: Spark York CIC, 17-21 Piccadilly, York, YO1 9PB
Street access: Wide wooden ramp with gentle incline
Location in the venue: The YSJ Spark Community Theatre is located on the upper floor. It is at the back left of the site.
Stairs: The performance space is accessed by either on flight of stairs or lift.
Toilets: Accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, gender neutral.
Food & Drink: There are a range of different food and beverage vendors. SLAP will provide free water

Map

York Theatre Royal Studio
Address: St. Leonard’s Place, York, YO1 7HD
Street access: Flat access from the street.
Location in the venue: The studio theatre is located toward the back of the ground floor.
Stairs: The performance space is accessed by either 7 steps or lift.
Toilets: Accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, gender neutral.
Food & Drink: There is a cafe and a bar that sell a range of refreshments. Water is available.
Map

John Cooper Studio at 41 Monkgate
Address: 41 Monkgate, York, YO31 7PB
Street access: Flat access from the street. The entrance is down the left hand side of the building.
Location in the venue: The studio is located on the second floor of the venue.
Stairs: The performance space is accessed by either a flight of stairs or an elevator.
Toilets: Accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, gender neutral.
Food & Drink: There is a bar that serves a range of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages. Free water is available. This venue is cash only.
Map

De Grey Rooms
Address: St. Leonard’s Place, York, YO1 7HD
Street access: Two steps at the front of the venue. Flat access from side of venue. There will be attendants on hand to help you.
Location in the venue: The ballroom is on the first floor of the venue.
Stairs: The performance space is accessed either by a flight of carpeted stairs or lift.
Toilets: Accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, gender neutral.
Food & Drink: You will be served a drink as part of the performance. Free water is available. Further refreshments are available from York Theatre Royal.
Map

The Crescent Community Venue
Address: 8 The Crescent, York YO24 1AW
Street access: Two steps or ramp.
Location in the venue: The performance area is towards the back of the venue.
Stairs: All performance areas have flat access.
Toilets: Accessible, gender neutral.
Food & Drink: Two bars with a range of beverages and snacks. Free water available.

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