Category Archives: Workshops

The Mango Tree: Performance this Friday (20th June)

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Please come to our magnificent, marvelous, mind boggling Mango Tree…

2014-05-12 The Mango Tree flier - front - final printed version

The Mango Tree – Click on the image to see full sized version.

Be mesmerised by the dancers, enchanted by the princess and beware of the demon…

See you on Friday 20th June 7pm at the Leeds College of Music, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7PD.

You can purchase tickets from the Leeds College of Music box office (0113 222 3434).

Musical ARC are performing a rendition of a classical Indian folk tale, The Mango Tree.

2014-05-12 The Mango Tree flier - rear - final printed version

The Mango Tree – Click on the image to see the full size version.

The performance will be signed.

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The Mango Tree

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Musical ARC are performing a rendition of a classical Indian folk tale, The Mango Tree.

2014-05-12 The Mango Tree flier - front - final printed version

2014-05-12 The Mango Tree flier – front – final printed version

The Mango Tree is the fantasy tale of an Indian king who loses his beloved princess to a demon and yearns for her return.

As a result of a grant award by the Arts Council, Musical ARC, a charity for disabled musicians, has put together a production that combines a mix of musical and visual performances in an innovative way. The story is narrated by artistic director, Lorraine Cowburn and is accompanied with music performed by Musical ARC members. On stage is a large shadow screen on which puppets and live contemporary and traditional Kathak Indian dances are played out. The production will merge shadow and dance; dancers will become shadow puppets, puppets will become dancers in a seamless fusion between what is in front and behind the screens.

The shadow puppetry is devised by Rebekah Caputo. Contemporary dance is arranged by Amy Manancourt. Traditional Kathak Indian dance is by Jyoti Manral.

The performance will be on Friday 20th June 2014 at the Leeds College of Music, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7PD.

The performance will be signed.

You can purchase tickets from the Leeds College of Music box office (0113 222 3434).

2014-05-12 The Mango Tree flier - rear - final printed version

2014-05-12 The Mango Tree flier – rear – final printed version

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The Mango Tree performance is part of the 2014 Yorkshire Festival.

Look forward to seeing you there. 🙂

Stanningley Primary School Christmas Performance

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During December 2012, Musical ARC returned to Stanningley Primary School to perform ‘World on a String’ in its entirety for all the children and staff previously engaged in Musical ARC workshops.

Using a new double screen technique, professional puppeteer Rebekah Caputo was able to tell the ‘Crows and the Serpent’ story on one screen whilst Musical ARC members took a turn as puppeteers, using specially designed head puppets to bring the story even more to life on the second large screen. As the photos show, the rabbit puppet from the ‘Whale and the Elephant” story was a firm favourite amongst staff and children alike.
As always Musical ARC composed and played the accompanying soundtrack and also played live before and after the performance. A fantastic end to the year for Musical ARC.

Shehnaaz drumming whilst the shadow of an elephant is cast behind her.

Shehnaaz drumming whilst the shadow of an elephant is cast behind her.

Stanningley Primary School - Musical Arc members

Stanningley Primary School – Musical Arc members

Stanningley Primary School - Musical Arc members and audience

Stanningley Primary School – Musical Arc members and audience

Stanningley Primary School - Martin and other Musical Arc members

Stanningley Primary School – Martin and other Musical Arc members

We received some lovely endorsements from the children at the school about the performance that can be viewed on our Testimonials Page.

Equal Sound

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2012 Workshop at Hunslett Carr - Playing to assembled group

Our current project is entitled “Equal Sound” We have been developing our workshop model to take into the community. We have successfully led two workshops in Leeds Primary schools with equal emphasis on two factors – Music and creativity and the promotion of disability equality. The workshops have gone really well and our work is proving to produce amazing results.

2012 Workshop at Hunslett Carr - Talking to Shehnaaz

We restart our regular meetings in September 2012 after our well earned Summer break.

2012 Hunslet Carr Workshop - James and inquisitive child