Marc Rees / R.I.P.E (Rees International Projects Enterprise)
c/o mes:a International Performance Collective
|current production | past productions|
|phone | ffôn||07779 794044|
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|web site | wefan||www.r-i-p-e.co.uk|
|Creative Producer mes:a Sian Thomas|
|Marc Rees is one of Wales’s leading exponents of contemporary performance and installation. His innovative interdisciplinary artworks are known for their flamboyant, humorous and often extreme interpretations of history, culture and personal experience.
In addition to working with some of Britain's foremost physical theatre companies (Brith Gof, Earthfall and DV8) and Germany’s premiere choreographers (Angela Guerreiro, Thomas Lehmen and Tanz Compagnie Rubato) his own extensive body of work includes the solo stage works ‘Iddo Ef’ / ‘Caligula Disco’ / ‘Male Herd Monologues’ /’Tombola Domestica’, the installation / performances ‘The House Project’ / ‘RevolUn’/ ‘Shed*light’ and the BBC film ‘A Very Gladys Night’.
He has lived and worked in Amsterdam, Montreal and Berlin and has initiated under his company R.I.P.E (Rees International Projects Enterprise) several artistic alliances with furniture designers, film makers, authors, architects, composers and choreographers across Europe and North America
R.I.P.E acts as a platform for these solo and collaborative performance projects, exploring issues of cultural and sexual identity in an inventive, idiosyncratic style. Fusing movement work with narrative, voice, sound, video and visual design, these projects frequently revisit the intimate landscape of Rees’ upbringing in the Swansea Valley, weaving together autobiography, local history and popular culture.
Rees' most recent international commissions and site specific events include 'Casgliad Gwydr Cambrian a Chabinet/Cambrian Glass Collection and Cabinet' for the National History Museum at St Fagans, Cardiff, March - September 2007; 'Comfort Zone' for Recontres Internationales, Paris, December 2006; 'Sx3 duet' for SINOPALE, Sinop, Turkey, August 2006; 'Vaseline Machine' for VERBO, Galeria Vermehlo, Sao Paulo, May 2006; 'Adagietto Ara Deg' for the 51st Venice Bienale, 2005 and Shed*light: 'Norman Behaviour' for ARCO 05, Madrid.
His latest work ‘Gloria Days’ is a multidisciplinary performance based on the extraordinary 5th Marquis of Anglesey, Henry Cyril Paget. Known as 'The Dancing Marquis', Paget challenged and subverted Edwardian notions of class, gender, decorum and theatrical propriety. His fantastical lifestyle and subsequent unglamorous downfall provide the focus for this unique solo work that premiered as part of the Swansea Festival in October 2007 before transferring to Wales Millennium Centre for a sell-out run. ‘Gloria Days’ has also been selected for British Dance Edition, Liverpool, 2008.
PRESS QUOTES ‘Gloria Days’
‘An arresting and thrillingly sensual combination of dance, film and sound’
The Guardian, October 2007 **** Elisabeth Mahoney
‘A superlative production that has to rank as one of the most persuasive and utterly magical pieces of contemporary dance for some time’
The Western Mail, October 2007 **** Graham Williams
‘This mesmerising and sensual dance is quite stunning’
South Wales Echo, October 2007 **** Mike Smith
|Marc Rees is one of Wales’s leading exponents of contemporary dance. His innovative interdisciplinary performances are known for their flamboyant, humorous and often extreme interpretations of history, culture and personal experience.
In addition to working with some of Britain’s foremost physical theatre companies (Brith Gof, Earthfall and DV8) as well as Germany’s premiere
choreographers (Angela Guerreiro, Thomas Lehmen and Tanz Compagnie Rubato), his own extensive body of work includes the solo stage works
Iddo Ef / Caligula Disco, the installation/performances RevolUn / Manoeuvres XII and the BBC Wales film A Very Gladys Night.
He has lived and worked in Amsterdam and Berlin and has initiated under his company R.I.P.E (Rees International Projects Enterprise) several
highly successful International collaborations with furniture designers, authors,filmmakers, composers and choreographers across Europe and North America.
He is currently establishing a new collective under the name mes:a with fellow Welsh artists Eddie Ladd and Sean Tuan John and his latest
project, Shed*Light is a collaboration with Berlin architect Benedict Anderson for which Rees received the Arts Council of Wales major
Creative Wales Award.
“Marc Rees is one of the most interesting and talented creative artists working in the UK today.” Michael Kelligan, Theatre in Wales web, May 2004
rhai cynhyrchiadau'r gorffenol
| Iddo Ef , solo (1995)
Fist, a Docks drama , group collaboration with Sean Tuan John/John Rowley (1998)
Caligula Disco, solo collaboration with Angela Guerreiro ( 1999 )
Willows III - waiting for take off, group collaboration with Superamas, (2000)
RevolUn, solo collaboration with Benoit La Chambre (2002)
The House Project, group collaboration with Michael Toppings (2004)
Shed*light, collaboration with Benedict Anderson (2004-05)
THE HOUSE PROJECT
24-27 March 2004
Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
A labyrinthine walk-in novel where the text written on the walls, ceilings and floors of a domestic house was brought to life by some of Wales’ most charismatic, innovative and diverse performers that included soap stars, poets, sonic artists and lap dancers: Alex Alderton, Matt Cook, David Greenslade, Richard Lynch, Sharon Morgan, Caroline Sabin, AndrÃ„ Stitt and Marc Rees himself.Also featured guest artists from Canada: Tammy Forsythe, Martin Belanger and Nikki Forrest
The House Project like its predecessor RevolUn was also part of the Wales/Quebec cultural exchange programme organised by the W.A.I (Wales Arts International). Marc Rees / R.I.P.E acted as the projects curator and producer in close association with Chapter Arts Centre, where it was presented over four nights in March last year. The event was an absolute sell out, received huge critical acclaim and was heralded a total triumph.
‘The House Project will become a fabled event in Welsh Art mythology’
Hugh Adams - Western Mail, March 2004
‘It should be there for a month, not just a few days. I want to go back again and again...’ David Adams - Western Mail, March 2004
‘I wanted it to remain here forever, so that I could walk through it more slowly and more frequently and invite all my friends...’
Michael Kerrigan - Theatre Wales web site, March 2004
The House Project was conceived as a means to render the novel through various artistic disciplines and to formally address the image and the word, reading and seeing and ultimately the act of publishing. The text was taken from the novel ‘7 rooms, a Prologue, a Bridge and an afterward’ by Michael Toppings and The House project was first presented as ‘A reading of the walls’ in Regina, Saskatchewan in 2000.
A catalogue of The House Project is available upon request
30 May - 2 June 2004
Tanagnte, Montreal, Canada
Enigmatic, distinctive and versatile, the Welsh performer Marc Rees presents a stunning performance installation of video, sound and movement in collaboration with the controversial Montreal based choreographer Benoit Lachambre, one of the leading representatives of the New Dance movement in Europe.
Personal, evocative and extreme, Rees’ visceral performance is a work of memory of the 70s living room carpet of his parents house, interwoven with the infamous naked male wrestling scene from Ken Russells ‘Women in Love’ and classic archive footage of the iconic Welsh singer Shirley Bassey. These powerful sequences are deconstructed and manipulated along with other film elements such as ariel shots of his parents home and
close-ups of the carpet as the backdrop to an intricate and intense performance of the naked body.
‘Rarely have I seen an artist so determined to give. To give to his audience, with such an intricate intensity so deeply of his
imaginative, evocative and creative power......a remarkable work of art.’ Michael Kerrigan Theatre in Wales web site 2002
‘RevolUn’s true subversion lies in the audacity of the choreography and the extraordinary power of its interpretation.' La Presse, Montreal 2002
cynlluniau at y dyfodol
|Future projects: An adaptation of Shed*light for Escena Cotemporanea, Madrid presented at the ARCO International Art Fair. The installation will include a replica of a Swansea Valley dynamite shed covered in erotic flocked wallpaper, a reconstruction of a Cardiff blocked up toilet, the fuselage of a DC9 aerolplane and a brand new performance intervention entitled ‘Norman Behaviour’ for an estimated audience of 250.000 over three days.