Homepage Upcoming events Physical Education

Physical Education
CBSO Centre

Physical Education

Date: 21 Jun
Time: 19:30
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group Musicians

Robert Reid Allan
Sasha Balmazi-Owen
Richard Court

A new work by BCMG Apprentice Composer-in-Residence Robert Reid Allan

Physical Education is a new work by BCMG Apprentice Composer in Residence 2018-19 Robert Reid Allan, in collaboration with filmmaker Sasha Balmazi-Owen and actor/dancer Richard Court.

Childhood P.E. lessons are, for those without a natural capacity for sporting activity, oftentimes the site for cruelty and trauma. Hypermasculinity, unhealthy levels of competition and a focus on achieving 'the perfect body' creates an environment of violence, insecurity and self-hate for many of the children who partake.

Recounting memories of these times of our lives becomes in this piece a lens through which, on the one hand, the dynamics of violence, brutality and patriarchy are questioned, but also in which the need for physical intimacy and sexuality is explored. The piece also reclaims these dynamics: sporting imagery finds a new place in projected video on to the concert space, violent musical gestures sit alongside the physical gestures of the dancer, all the while the text weaves us through our nostalgia for the dreaded gym hall.

Physical Education lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Suitable for ages 18+

BCMG Apprentice Composer in Residence is generously supported by The Leverhulme Trust.

  Tweet   Invite Friend

CBSO Centre

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, recognised by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation, emerged from within the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 1987 and quickly established a reputation for exciting performances, innovative audience-building and learning initiatives, and a central commitment to composers and the presentation of new work.


This Event is at CBSO Centre

 CBSO Centre B1 2LF Berkley Street, Birmingham

The Centre provides a range of performance, rehearsal and meeting facilities, including The Justham Auditorium, a magnificent 300-seat fully flexible space. When not in use by the CBSO the Auditorium is available for public concerts, conferences, educational workshops, meetings, exhibitions, dinner dances, weddings and much more.


Just Added

These events have recently been added and have discounted tickets available

Birmingham Cathedral
Summer Music By Candlelight - Wed

Ex Cathedra

Date: 19 Jun Time: 20:30

Symphony Hall
Stephen Hough plays Beethoven (Evening)

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Date: 20 Jun Time: 19:30

Symphony Hall
Stephen Hough plays Beethoven (Afternoon)

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Date: 19 Jun Time: 14:15