Southbank Centre’s WOW – Women of the World 2012 ~ Wednesday 7 – Sunday 11 March 2012

16 February 2012 at 8:37 pm

Coinciding with International Women’s Day (Thursday 8 March) Southbank Centre’s WOW Women of the World festival is led by Artistic Director Jude Kelly. The festival includes a series of performances with gigs, films, comedy, classical music, theatre, poetry and readings alongside debates, talks, networking, mentoring opportunities, workshops and many free, participatory events.

WOW – Women of the World festival is supported by Bloomberg.

There will be a number of performances as part of the festival, as listed below.

For more information, press images and review tickets please contact Katie Toms  katie.toms@southbankcentre.co.uk  / 020 7921 0926
Ticket line: 0844 847 9910
Website:  www.southbankcentre.co.uk/wow
Twitter: #WOW2012
Facebook: www.facebook.com/womenoftheworldfestival

Contemporary Music

 DUODORT: QUANTULUM – FRIDAY LUNCH
Friday 9 March, 1pm, Central Bar at Royal Festival Hall, Free

Formed in 2003 by pianists Kate Halsall and Semra Kurutaç, Duo DorT specialise in contemporary music combining the powers of piano duo, keyboard and electronics in any combination. They have performed and commissioned music from a wide range of leading composers of today. Their intriguing new project Quantulum features commissions from six young female composers – Kerry Andrew, Christine Abdelnour, Ailís Ní Ríain, Helena Gough, Yuko Ohara and Elo Masing – and is supported by Arts Council England and PRS for Music Foundation. The name Duo DorT is a fusion of the pair’s combined British and Turkish roots. Duo, meaning a partnership of two players and dort (or dört in Turkish) translating as the number four; two pianists, four hands. Their first EP Triple Point has just been released on the Squeaky Kate label.

SARAH GILLESPIE – FRIDAY TONIC
Friday 9 March, 5.30pm, The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall, Free

Musically Sarah Gillespie’s sound is a melting-pot of urban-folk and middle-eastern blues. Described as “streetwise and romantic, tender and tough” by the Daily Telegraph, her lyrically driven songs are conveyed with a powerfully sensuous voice and deft finger-picking guitar. With her distinctive delivery, Gillespie is a passionate and formidable storyteller – wrestling with the toils of life, love and yearning in a style that blends everyday banter with raw poetry. Performing with her quartet for WOW, Gillespie creates a mix of emotive ballads, raucous gypsy swing, blues and vaudeville – not to mention some wild Arabic-infused flourishes courtesy of regular collaborator Israeli-born Gilad Atzmon. However, within all of this, the influences of Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and the Velvet Underground can clearly be heard. “Totally original music… Sarah Gillespie is brilliant, the bee’s knees” – Robert Wyatt.

SOUTHBANK CENTRE PRESENTS EQUALS LIVE: WITH KATY B, ANNIE LENNOX, JESS MILLS AND EMELI SANDÉ
Friday 9 March, 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall

To celebrate International Women’s Day, EQUALS and Southbank Centre again present a unique concert showcasing the power of British female recording artists. Hosted by Annie Lennox, Southbank Centre presents EQUALS Live will feature Katy B, Emeli Sandé and Jess Mills performing on stage with Annie in a unique night of music that steps up the call for equality between men and women. The concert will celebrate the strength and unity of women across generations and mark the 101st anniversary of International Women’s Day – raising awareness of the inequalities and challenges that women still face and inviting a new generation to come together and call for gender equality.

BIRDS EYE VIEW SOUND AND SILENTS – MARY PICKFORD REVIVED
Friday 9 March, 8pm, Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, £15

Birds Eye View, the UK’s leading celebration of women filmmakers, returns with another programme of specially commissioned live music to silent film. Celebrating screen icon and movie mogul Mary Pickford (1892 – 1979), three new female composers (Tanya Auclair, Anna Meredith and Roshi) premiere new scores live to three silent films. Canadian born Mary Pickford was the first female actor not only to produce her own work but also to have complete control of advertising, choice of directors and final cut. She co-founded the American film studio United Artists and throughout the 1910s and 1920s, Pickford was believed to be the most famous woman in the world due to her prolific acting career. Three films from Pickford’s career – The New York Hat (1912), The Female of the Species (1912), and Amarilly of Clothes-Line Alley (1918) will be screened to a live score by three contemporary female artists: Anna Meredith is an in-demand composer/performer of acoustic and electronica, Welsh-born Roshi absorbs Iranian influences in her experimental folk, and multi-instrumentalist Tanya Auclair merges British, Rwandan and Canadian roots. Audiences can expect the unexpected as the sounds of today meet the pictures of a century ago in this rich and exciting line up.

SINÉAD O’CONNOR PLUS SUPPORT
Saturday 10 March, 7.30pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall, £22.50 / £27.50

Irish-born icon and iconoclast, Sinéad O’Connor has been making music, rejecting stereotypes and defying expectations for more than a quarter century. This year she performs from her new album, How About I Be Me (And You Be You)? which will be released on 21 February 2012.

EMMY THE GREAT
Sunday 11 March, 8pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall, £16/14

Two years after her critically acclaimed debut album First Love, Emmy The Great returns to WOW with songs from her new album Virtue. Taking the form of a series of personal myths that she refers to as ‘digital medieval’, Emmy confronts her life without fear accompanied by a string section that creates a strange, ambient, twisted and atmospheric music.

Classical Music

MIRTH CONTROL: MARCH OF THE WOMEN 2012
Sunday 11 March, Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm, £25 / £20 / £15

One of the highlights of last year’s festival, Mirth Control: March of the Women 2012 is back in the bigger venue of the Royal Festival Hall. Sandi Toksvig once again hosts a night of comedy, stories and music inspired by great women featuring an all-female orchestra playing the music of overlooked female composers including Clara Schumann, Dame Ethel Smyth, Lili Boulanger, Hildegard of Bingen (reimagined by Stevie Wishart) and Amy Beach. Sue Perkins and Jane Glover will conduct, with music from pianist Lucy Parham; comedy from Jo Brand and vocals from women’s choir Gaggle and female members of Southbank Centre’s Voicelab.

Theatre

BESIDE THE SEA
Wednesday 7 – Thursday 8 March, 7.45pm Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, £15

Beside the Sea is a one-woman play about a mother who is driven to extremes of mental and physical despair, performed by Lisa Dwan. Taking on the theme of infanticide with tenderness and bravery, this is a story of irrational fear, where love crosses the border into violence. Adapted from Beside the Sea by Veronique Olmi, translated into English by Adriana Hunter. Directed by Steven Atkinson. In association with Peirene Press.

PHENOMENAL PEOPLE: FUEL
Friday 9 – Sunday 11 March, 11am-3pm Fri, 11am – 7pm Sat and Sun, White Room at Royal Festival Hall, Free with festival pass

In an installation created by Natasha Chivers, Lizzie Clachan and Melanie Wilson, guest artists will tell their stories of inspiring women, and digital artist Stef Lewandowski will transpose them to an online space, in which audiences across the digital realm will be able to interact, as participants, with the stories and dedications created by the event.

DRY ICE
Saturday 10 March, 6 – 7pm, Blue Room at Royal Festival Hall, Free with festival pass

A one-woman show with 17 characters, written and performed by Sabrina Mahfouz and based on her experience of working as a waitress in a lap-dancing club.

SPEAKER’S CORNER
Free with festival pass

Shabnam Shabazi tells the true story of an artist who lived in a car after being forced to flee her home at the height of the Iranian revolution of 1979, aged just nine.

LINDA MARLOWE PERFORMS THE WORLD’S WIFE
Sunday 11 March, 3.30 – 5pm, Blue Room at Royal Festival Hall, Free with festival pass

An adaptation of Carol Ann Duffy’s poems, imagining the wives’ perspective of famous men. From Mrs Faust and Frau Freud to Queen Kong and Mrs Midas, this darkly funny show slices through history and myth, whilst also casting an astute glance over the modern world. Laced with dark humour and acerbic wit, this passionate exposé will enthral lovers of Duffy’s poems and newcomers alike.

Comedy

COMEDY WORKSHOP WITH FUNNY WOMEN
Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 March, 2 – 3pm, Level 4 Bar Green Side at Royal Festival Hall, Free with festival pass

Fancy yourself a comedian? Want to improve your confidence, presentation and networking skills by using humour? Drawing from Funny Women’s 10 years of comedy experience from founder Lynne Parker, you’ll get a taste of how you can use comedy onstage, in business, or as part of your everyday life.

FUNNY WOMEN AND THE PAN ASIAN WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION PRESENT A SHOWCASE OF PAN ASIAN COMEDY
Saturday 10 March, 5-6pm, Front Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Free with festival pass

A showcase of smart and hilarious Asian stand-up comics that are sure to defy the traditional submissive stereotype of Asian women. Including former Funny Women Awards finalists and some of the best new and established female comedy acts from across the UK.

MIRTH CONTROL: MARCH OF THE WOMEN 2012
Sunday 11 March, Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm, £25 / £20 / £15

One of the highlights of last year’s festival, Mirth Control: March of the Women 2012 is back in the bigger venue of the Royal Festival Hall. Sandi Toksvig once again hosts a night of comedy, stories and music inspired by great women featuring an all-female orchestra playing the music of overlooked female composers including Clara Schumann, Dame Ethel Smyth, Lili Boulanger, Hildegard of Bingen (reimagined by Stevie Wishart) and Amy Beach. Sue Perkins and Jane Glover will conduct, with music from pianist Lucy Parham; comedy from Jo Brand and vocals from women’s choir Gaggle and female members of Southbank Centre’s Voicelab.

Film

BIRDS EYE VIEW SOUND AND SILENTS – MARY PICKFORD REVIVED
Friday 9 March, 8pm, Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, £15

Birds Eye View, the UK’s leading celebration of women filmmakers, returns with another programme of specially commissioned live music to silent film. Celebrating screen icon and movie mogul Mary Pickford (1892 – 1979), three new female composers (Tanya Auclair, Anna Meredith and Roshi) premiere new scores live to three silent films. Canadian born Mary Pickford was the first female actor not only to produce her own work but also to have complete control of advertising, choice of directors and final cut. She co-founded the American film studio United Artists and throughout the 1910s and 1920s, Pickford was believed to be the most famous woman in the world due to her prolific acting career. Three films from Pickford’s career – The New York Hat (1912), The Female of the Species (1912), and Amarilly of Clothes-Line Alley (1918) will be screened to a live score by three contemporary female artists: Anna Meredith is an in-demand composer/performer of acoustic and electronica, Welsh-born Roshi absorbs Iranian influences in her experimental folk, and multi-instrumentalist Tanya Auclair merges British, Rwandan and Canadian roots. Audiences can expect the unexpected as the sounds of today meet the pictures of a century ago in this rich and exciting line up.

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