Parallel Play at THE NIGHTINGALE
8 January – 30 July 2011, Brighton

Parallel Play was a pilot programme adapting the basic Rules and Regs model (see below) to a peer-support group structure over a term of seven months. The programme involved both artists and arts-workers (e.g. curators, producers).

Participants:

Facilitators:

Parallel Play participants documented the programme via a blog. This included the rules they made for each other, the rationale behind them and their individual experiences in following their rules. Read the Parallel Play blog at http://parallelp.wordpress.com.


THE PROGRAMME:

Parallel Play aimed to cross the borders between artists and producers/promoters/curators by focusing on the common ground of working in the arts. Artists and non-artists were defined as peers, with equal input and without traditional hierarchical structures (in which resources are given by one to the other, often with a disproportionate influence on the relationship).

The group met monthly to discuss issues around the creation and presentation of performance. Three broad topics were addressed over the course of the programme:

In addition to networking, group discussion and access to outside speakers, participants gained experience in facilitating the development of others, specifically through the R&R model. The group periodically broke into pairs and worked within a facilitated structure to give each other rules - related to the topics under discussion - to follow in the course of their everyday arts practice. These rules and their impact informed the ongoing discussion of each topic. The rules changed with each topic.


THE NIGHTINGALE:
The Nightingale exists as a residency, development and performance space for theatre and dance artists from Brighton and beyond to inhabit without fear or expectation – and without the fear of expectation. We aim to provide a ‘comfortable’ space conducive to carrying out all aspects of artistic activity, which we try to run with the needs of the artist at the forefront of a flexible strategy. We are particularly interested in piloting the Parallel Play development model as it offers a longer-term support structure to (and determined by) the participants, does not require a pre-determined outcome and is open to both artists and arts-workers expanding the traditional model of peer review / support to include the whole sector. Please visit www.nightingaletheatre.co.uk for more information.


RULES AND REGS:
Rules and Regs creates innovative programmes supporting artistic and professional development. Previously open only to artists, R&R's development model is based on devising rules for artists as a challenge to explore new ways of working. The rules are created by a curator in response to participating artists’ practices and revealed to the artists only when the programme begins.

This project is a co-production of The Nightingale and Rules and Regs.

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