SWG3 plays host to the official opening party for the Glasgow International 2020 Festival.


Glasgow International have partnered with David Roberts Art Foundation (DRAF) to present a performance programme to launch the 2020 festival, drawing on their shared history of developing and staging dynamic performance work. 

Taking place across the whole of the SWG3 complex, throughout the night a series of internationally-recognised artists will present performances that engages with the festival's theme of attention - whether through the flickering presence of dancers, plays on folk, pop and opera, or the sonic intimacy of club nights.

The programme includes Paul Maheke, who is showing a new performance commissioned by The Renaissance Society in Chicago; Lina Lapelytė, fresh from winning the 2019 Venice Biennale Golden Lion (with collaborators Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė and Vaiva Grainytė); and Nina Beier, who is presenting an extract of a major new performance commission taking place at MO.CO. in Montpellier in April.

The presentation at GI marks the beginning of a new phase in DRAF’s work, collaborating across the UK with institutional partners to share their work more broadly and to wider audiences.

Civic Room presents Hubris

As part of the opening night event, Glasgow not-for-profit gallery Civic Room will also present Hubris, a programme of performances exploring the human and the nonhuman, featuring new work by Christian Noelle Charles, Liv Fontaine, William Joys, and Wassili Widmer.

In ancient Greece, hubris signified an overreaching arrogance that angered the gods and led to the offender’s downfall. Here, hubris can be an act of transgression, one that challenges social norms in a way that may be inhumane or all too human.

Fontaine challenges patriarchal pride and the idea of hysteria; Joys – as a statue – is focused upon his own instability amidst social disruption; Widmer reflects on the promise of transhumanism and the limits of representation and desire; and Charles invites audiences on a fantastical joyride, offering an alternative route before arriving at SWG3 in time for the launch event...

SWG3 at Glasgow International 2020

THU 23 APRIL
Opening Party
Performances by Nina Beier, Lina Lapelytė and Paul Maheke, and a curated performance programme by Civic Room.

THU 23 APRIL - SUN 10 MAY
Georgina Starr: Moment Memory Monument
A large-scale sculptural performance installation in SWG3's Galvanizers by the London-based artist. Part of the Gi2020 Director's Programme. 

THU 23 APRIL - SUN 10 MAY
STEP
A new sculptural installation by Jacqueline Donachie exploring Glasgow's architectural heritage, and how we can continue to access it. 

SUN 10 MAY
Closing Party
More information to follow soon on how we'll close the festival...

Event information

This event is free but ticketed.
Advance booking is essential; to register, please join the waiting list here

Over 18s only.

Supported by 
Institut Français du Royaume-Uni, Justė Kostikovaitė at Lithuanian Culture Institute, Lithuanian Embassy in the United Kingdom and Theodore Gin

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