PREVIEW: Blue Rinse
You’d be correct in thinking that Newcastle has a pretty broad and exciting alternative scene, but when it comes to mixing art forms your selection is a little limited. Enter Blue Rinse – an experimental performance organisation that encourages a huge range of expression and inclusivity. Organisers run regular events at Bar Loco on Leazes Park Road and at Newcastle University’s Culture Lab, with non-genre specific, diverse live performances resulting in a contrasting mixture of entertainment.
Organiser Charlie Bramley is keen to stress that the nights choose to celebrate and maximise difference. “The aim is definitely to be as broad and as inclusive as possible, with special emphasis on the diversity of creative expression.” He says. “In this sense, it’s an explicit avoidance of allowing any one ‘genre’, ‘style’ or ‘scene’ to dominate the event.”
The events also have an ethical standpoint – something many events seem to overlook. “I try to avoid implicit bias, and the most obvious in this regard is gender inequality, and how most gigs end up being about macho boys playing guitars, sometimes without a thought having crossed the mind of the organiser, because they either don’t know many women in that area, or it’s just too easy because all their friends are male.”
Diversity is certainly a key element to the Blue Rinse nights, and added video and audio facilities at the Culture Lab add an extra dimension to performances. “Culture Lab provides us with a rich, technologically advanced space to allow performers to really experiment with the interaction between the audio and visual components of their work. The space is also very flexible, allowing performers to manipulate the size and components of the room. This means that it allows us to expand on the potential Blue Rinse has to not just be cross-genre but also cross-disciplinary, to feature varying styles of music, dance, film and theatre.”
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