The Third Chamber in Leeds

September 25th, 2015
by Hamish MacPherson

The Third Chamber is something that Gillie Kleiman and I created as an appendix to the House of Lords and the House of Commons in 2014. During each sitting (there have been three to date), members of the public can write to a Member of the Third Chamber (MTC) or they can volunteer to become an MTC and answer one of these letters. When the Third Chamber was hosted in Leeds by Ludus early this year, MTCs responded on a huge range of topics covering immigration, social awkwardness, park safety, Sep Blatter, and misogyny.

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The Third Chamber

June 16th, 2015
by Alison Andrews

Over the last two weeks (June 2015), Ludus Festival Leeds has been inviting people in the city to say what they think.  ‘The Third Chamber’ is a place where people can correspond with each other about their opinions, ideas, experiences and hopes – on any subject.  Across the city tables were set up with writing materials, refreshments and a comfortable seat – for you.

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Pavilion presents: Free Individual / Free Society

May 11th, 2014
by Gill Park, Director of Pavilion

Showing: 13 May, 6.30-7.30pm at Hyde Park Picture House
In the late 19th century, before the advent of radio, telephone lines enabled remote audiences to listen to live performances and concerts. Artist Grace Schwindt will use this rudimentary method of communication to connect the cinema audience to a one-off performance she will choreograph in an empty theatre. Based on a passage from Schwindt’s forthcoming film, Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society, and featuring dancer Monique Smith-McDowell and a text prepared for the occasion by Bridget Crone, the event will interrogate ideas of liveness, detachment and community as they relate to the body of both performer and spectator.

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Aria – Mesmerising

April 1st, 2014
by Alison Andrews

Taking up temporary residence in the car park at Bramley Baths, ‘Aria’ By Emma Critchley has become part of the extraordinary community to be found in the area.  Bramley Baths has been run by the people for the people since 2013, and everyone is extremely proud of what has been achieved.

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White Cane

March 21st, 2014
by Isabel Jones

Salamanda Tandem’s White Cane is designed to generate creative dialogue between visually impaired, blind and sighted people – as both performers and audience – and to place the blind and visually impaired person’s experience as central to the aesthetic of the work and its process. We are developing this idea through transmitting the world as seen, heard and felt through the rolling ball of the long white cane as it explores the ground.

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White Cane Recce

March 20th, 2014
by Mick Wallis
Mick Wallis

Mick Wallis by Mik Artistik. Black ballpoint on brown paper bag

I spent a great day on Friday with Isabel Jones and Mickel Smithen from Salamanda Tandem, working on White Cane. The show is scheduled for Victoria Gardens this June.

The first thing was for Mickel to get a good sense of the space – exploring textures, places and boundaries with his long white cane, feeling the warmth coming off the stonework of the Leeds Arts Gallery, tuning in to the ambient sounds.

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March 7th, 2014
by Alison Andrews

Alison“What are you up to these days Alison?” an old friend who’s just back in Leeds asks when we bump into each other on Briggate.  “Working on a festival – it’s called Ludus – it means Play – playing in the city, looking at different spaces where we can mix things up, including on the edges. There’s a strap line: ‘performance, place, possibility’ and the programme does what it says on the tin.  We’re playing in a shipping container in the garden at Bramley Baths, we’re playing in  a Life Boat in Cross Flatts Park. Read More »