Friday 12 November 18.00-20.00
Saturday 13 November 15.00-17.00
Freestylers present Everybody with Me, Always including live performance, films and activities in a relaxed environment. You can make noise, move around or just relax and enjoy the show.
Freestylers are an ever-expanding team of artists, person-centred and disability-led. Their work is about listening and learning from each other. The Freestylers team have longstanding creative relationships built on care, support and trust.
Core members are: Adam Smith, Abdul Sabir, DJ Hassan, Francis Majekodunmi, Sherrie King, Paul Davidson, Shola Cole Wilson, Roland Carline, Vicky Hawkins, Ben Myers and Rachel Gildea.
"We couldn’t work together in the studio this year and we wanted to see each other in real life, so we started going on walks together. The work is a journey. We are going on tour for the first time. We are meeting new people, finding out what we need and how we can help each other. Making more and more connections.
In the performance we will be sharing some films and live performances with you. As well as some activities in a relaxed environment. You can stand up, make noise, move around and join us if you feel like it. You can have a break when you need, or just relax and watch the show."
Workshop | Saturday 6 November 14.00-17.00 at Dance City, Newcastle
‘Freestylers’ workshop will be hosted by artists Dj Hassan, Roland Carline and Sunanda Biswas ahead of their upcoming performances at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead and Tramway, Glasgow.
‘We are really excited to meet performers local to Tramway and BALTIC who are part of a similar inclusive arts community. We want to get to know new people through creativity, performance and movement. We want to invite you to join our show, because we are going to change the world and we need your help!
Our sessions are movement based, with all dance styles celebrated, we also welcome spoken word and any other types of performance. The workshop will unfold in an organic and creative way- we will be responding to everyone's experience, skills and energy in the moment. We will be listening and learning from each other so we might invite you to take the lead and tell us what you want to do. You can decide how much you want to be involved, you might want to watch at first or be centre stage. It is your choice!' - Roland Carline
This workshop is specifically for performers with learning disabilities and those who identify as neurodiverse.
- BSL interpretation available, please notify us if this is an access requirement.
- Please come dressed in clothing that is comfortable to move in.
- Please bring some song choices with you if you wish.
- Some of the content of the workshop may be inappropriate for children.
"Freestylers (previously Depford Freestylers) is made of a team of people who have longstanding creative relationships built on care, support and trust. As our team is made up of artists with and without disability we are often interrogating the idea of care because we believe it goes both ways. We believe that everyone in our group is powerful, so we are passionate about finding ways to break down conventional power structures and share ownership of our work. We want to celebrate individuals but challenge individualism in the arts.
Freestylers provide a space where people can be seen if they choose to be, and become a part of a wider cultural conversation about race, class, identity, and gender which is shaping the future.
We use performance and film in our workshops to look for new and inclusive ways to communicate. We work in gallery spaces in the context of performance art. We want our spaces to feel relaxed and intimate. We want our audiences to be able to come and go, shout and make noise, and to join us when they want to."