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LEAPS (Live Experimental Arts Performance Society) is based in Cambridge, UK and exists to promote new work, new performers and new collaborations -- LEAPS events are typically eclectic hybrids of technology, media, music and performance. Since 1999 LEAPS has put on events at venues in Anglia and beyond including The Junction CDC, Kettle's Yard and Cambridge Museum of Technology.

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Last update: February 2006

special event:
kettle's yard
free association

sunday 19th february 2006
kettle's yard new music morning
kettle's yard
castle street
12 noon-1pm
admission free

This year's LEAPS New Music Morning event coincides with a major retrospective on the experimental Black Mountain College `Starting From Zero'. The college brought together the likes of John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, Buckminster Fuller and Merce Cunningham who collaborated on interdiscplinary performances as well as innovating in their own fields. Cage's 4'33" was one of the products of this environment. The college's brief existence links the arts and crafts ideas of the Bauhaus with the happenings of Fluxus and beyond.

`Free Association' includes new work and collaborations from LEAPS and Cambridge-based artists and works inspired by the Black Mountain College exhibition, taking in video, sound art, improvisation, instrumental, electronic and computer music using Csound and MAX/MSP. Artists featured include Jo Roberts, Cos Chapman, Kate Newell, Guy Avern, Chris Rogers, Robb Appleton, Alex Sullivan, Sharon Sullivan, Jeremy Henty and J. K. Brook.

new music at kettle's yard >>
Black Mountain College exhibition >>

regular events:

held at
cb2 basement, norfolk st

You are cordially invited to present your ... masterpieces, works in progress, finely honed performances, improvisations, creations and abominations in a relaxed atmosphere to an appreciative audience.

Poets, musicians, filmmakers, comedians, photographers, composers, writers, sculptors, video artists, visual artists, performance artists, software engineers, cooks, sound designers, playwrights etc. all welcome.

Whether you're an experienced artist who wants to try out something new or you've never allowed the public to see or hear what it is you get up to in that room, this is your chance to get it out there!
And don't forget to bring your friends.

Contact Miss Roberts on 01223 560066 or by email for more details.
Also, see rude mechanicals site>> for updates.

related artists:
the rude mechanicals
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LEAPS founder members Miss Roberts and Cos present absurd rock cabaret.

The Rude Mechanicals started out playing as a scratch band at LEAPS events in Cambridge. It is through LEAPS that the other members came across Miss Roberts performing her surreal and absurd poetry/performance art.

They describe their music as Absurd Rock and their performances are often very theatrical having included such things as lessons in toe sucking, the mythology of Derek: the man who lives in the loft, and instructions on DIY flying.

For further information, upcoming activities, instructions and objects of desire see the rude mechanicals site>>.

related artists:
upcoming events
[leaps 2006]

Several LEAPS-related artists take part in Sonic Arts Network's Annual Expo this year being held in Manchester, 24-26 June 2006.

Visual artist Jo Roberts and sound artist Cos Chapman collaborate on a site-specific installation for the Victoria Baths in Manchester, previewed at the Free Association event at Kettle's Yard.

UM and Ascoltare play live 23/6/06.

Full details from:
sonic arts network >>

For upcoming events by some LEAPS-related artists, check the following sites:
man from uranus/philip joseph >>
um >>
darkroom >>

Cambridge listings:
cambridge event listings >>

LEAPS acknowledges the support of Awards for All, the Performing Right Society Foundation, Cambridge City Council and The Junction Digital Studio.

Awards for All Cambridge City Council The Junction Performing Right Society Foundation