Arika  Archive Menu
Accessibility Settings

text size

colour options

monochrome muted color dark

reading tools

isolation ruler

Arika have been creating events since 2001. The Archive is space to share the documentation of our work, over 600 events from the past 20 years. Browse the archive by event, artists and collections, explore using theme pairs, or use the index for a comprehensive overview.

Filter the Archive

150 Results for Improvising | Testing

Here we’re grouping documentation of the many performances of improvised music that have taken place at our festivals over the years but also work that tests out a hypothesis in real time. Current highlights from this collection include William Parker and Daniel Carter’s freewheeling duo exploration, John Tilbury and Wadada Leo Smith’s meeting across traditions and Howard Slater’s talk about individual and collective practices in free jazz.

21 June 2023

Open Stage/ Screen/ Mic

Our Zooms are unmuted, our mics are open, and our hearts and bodyminds are receptive. We give the floor online and in person to you…

I wanna be with you everywhere 2023
boychild raises hands to the air open palm toward ceiling, head tilted upwards
23 November 2019
Tramway

Untitled Hand Dance

boychild

“Hidden in the hands an alluvial transcription of reach and embrace. The final flickers of the body’s expression, caress and touch.” – boychild

Episode 10: A Means Without End
Fernando stands facing boychild who holds grasps elbow with opposite hand
23 November 2019
Tramway

Borders between Mathematics, Gestures and Dance

boychild Fernando Zalamea

How do we gesture to the invisible, the trans or the obscure? A performative conversation between boychild and Fernando, a sharing of gestures, and a bodily back and forth between mathematician and dance artist.

Episode 10: A Means Without End
A member of Ueinzz wears a blue head wrap and looks out to sea
21 November 2019
Tramway

Mobedique Hors Acvé

Ueinzz

A community of those without community, for a community to come. A schizo-scenic video-collage of the disturbing ‘normality’ of Moby Dick.

Episode 10: A Means Without End
Other Worlds Already Exist: text in pink on blue background
16 – 19 November 2017
Tramway Kinning Park Complex Many Studios

Episode 9: Other Worlds Already Exist

4 days of performances, discussions, workshops, screenings with mutant dancers, prison abolitionist poets, transfeminist revolutionaries, haunted noise, science fiction, sex worker resistance, crip erotics, radical pornography and militant fiction.

arika-episode-9-hi-613
19 November 2017
Tramway

Improvisation, Make-up and Lip-sync

boychild

Underground movement legend boychild hosts this workshop—on improvisation, cosmetics, movement and lip-sync.

Episode 9: Other Worlds Already Exist
Storyboard P and Project X dancing on stage
18 November 2017
Tramway

Speech Captions Body Language

Storyboard P

In which Storyboard P and members of Project X pick a song, freestyle to it, chat with us about what dancing means to them, then pick another song, freestyle, chat, repeat…

Episode 9: Other Worlds Already Exist
Untitled-2
17 November 2017
Kinning Park Complex

Storyboard P at Kinning Park Complex

Storyboard P

During Episode 9 we made this clip with Storyboard P at Kinning Park Complex. Video by Ash Reid.

Episode 9: Other Worlds Already Exist
Storyboard P blurred in movement surrounded by darkness
16 November 2017
Tramway

The Body is a Sanctuary That Floats

Storyboard P

A performance by Storyboard P – one of the greatest Afrofuturist dancers on the planet.

Episode 9: Other Worlds Already Exist
ARIKA_NO_TOTAL_2015_BM_IMG_0040
28 May 2015
Artists Space Books & Talks

No Total

Amalle Dublon Arias Abbruzzi Davis Constantina Zavitsanos Emma Hedditch Jordan Lord Morgan Bassichis

Three days of discussions, performances, actions, dancing and food – continuing No Total’s ongoing contemplation of ways of being together and the ways Arika have been entangled in those, ever since Episode 4.

Amiri Baraka reads poetry at a mic and Henry Grimes plays a double bass bass
21 April 2013
Tramway

WordMusic

Amiri Baraka Henry Grimes

A dialogical meeting of Baraka’s radical poetry and Grimes’ free jazz syncopation.

Episode 4: Freedom is a Constant Struggle
A large industrial fan is backlit
21 April 2013
Tramway

Unfree Improvisation / Compulsive Freedom

Mattin Ray Brassier

How do you know what you want? Should freedom be doing what you ought, not doing what you want? How might a philosopher and artist turn this thinking into an enabling condition in the context of noise and improvisation?

Episode 4: Freedom is a Constant Struggle