A new “Why Rush?” One night only showcase: September 12th 7pm-midnight

Aug 23, 2015 by     No Comments    Posted under: Events, What's On


We are starting our 2015-2016 season with an evening about our creative vision for Temple.Works.Leeds. Extreme. Excellent. Passionate and challenging performances. In the Joiners Bar and the Open Loading Bay we’ll have five short pieces. This is an in-house night, and we want all you TWL supporters to come. We are at a cusp of new TW ownership – which we fully support – and we want you along for the ride. Read on, and please support our artist- benefit!

London – German – USA Anna Frisch has been part of our TWL project since 2008   working with us on site potential and artist engagement… and appeared at the first “Why Rush?” in 2012 with her famous, outrageous, Pole Dancing Minnie Mouse. You won’t have forgotten it. Through her company “Irreverent Sideshows” (“…short sharp bursts of highly stimulating politically charged work…”) and earlier Shunt residency, she has gone on to much more outrageous and timely pieces nationwide, North and South, and duck now, folks, as she brings back two separate, shocking and delightfully amusing performances on September 12.

A couple of lines from Anna about her short pieces …


‘Reservoir Ducks’ ruffles the feathers of Tarantino’s chauvinistic tipping scene (from his film Reservoir Dogs).


‘Duck and Cover’ was inspired by the 1951 American Civil Defense movie of the same title.

Young Ukrainian-born Russian, Newcastle-based IveL Goverda also performed at “Why Rush?” with her cast, a location-based play for TWL “Matryoshka” – a chilling, infamous and true-story grave robber tale: the first “nekropol”. She comes in two guises: a single one-off sound piece… and also as unforgettable DJ Urban Geisha. She and Anna have both been “Shunt” in London… Shunt having advised us on our performance and business vision. IveL and Urban Geisha are “True North” in every way: from Ukraine and Russia to Newcastle and Leeds.

A couple of lines from IveL about her short pieces:


“Exile” is a site-specific ritualistic audio-visual performance for Temple Works, in the Open Loading Bay.


Urban Geisha fuses acid, breaks, grime, dubstep, electro, experimental electronica and rock (to name just few). As an artist and vocalist I mix eclectic ideas from many genres, incorporating poetry, movement and art in my theatrical appearances.


Our new collaborator is  choreographer –  dancer – performing artist,  Leeds-based Filipino Julius Ebreo – known mainly worldwide for his work on so many international shows it is too many to count… from Disney and the National Theatre, to Buckingham Palace, London Fashion Week  and Ministry of Sound… but also  known locally in Leeds for his considerable educational and agency work.  He is creating a short TWL site-specific collaborative work of live and projected dancers beaming in from around the world. This is both “True North” and international.

A couple of lines from Julius about his short piece:


BARE is a physical, movement, dance and sound sense piece and asks the artists to expose their quiet times, personal space, and their lives from the moment they wake up until the moment they sleep (or not sleep) … it’s about breathing, staring, stripping and moving.

We’re delighted to be attracting such high quality performance work again – along with our continuing great quality music and film. It’s a time to be setting the gauge for what we are about, as the new owners – CITU, (subject to contract) work hard to restore the place long-term, toward a shared vision to benefit South Leeds as part of their big multi-faceted regeneration project. It will take few years, but we are all confident.


Over 18’s only – £5.00 tickets on door

We will be posting more about each artist over the next few days. We’ll have a bar and BBQ as usual at TWL, so come hungry and thirsty please and support our project.



(Images 1-3 for Irreverent Sideshows by Pascal Ancel Bartholdi)
(Image 4 for IveL Goverda by Karolina Maciagowska)

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