Hooligan Art Community
Hooligan Art Community is delighted to be returning to Snape Maltings one year since their emergency residency took place in summer 2022, when the team reunited after being displaced by war and developed their acclaimed show “Bunker Cabaret”.
This year the team will revisit themes from their 2019 show “Hooligan”, first developed at Kyiv’s Mystetskyi Arsenal. As a teenage football hooligan, Sam would fight in brutal “competitions” in forest clearings. At the same time, he was studying in the arts lyceum and dreaming of becoming an actor. He would cover his bruises with make-up and go on stage at the local opera house and present evenings of music, poetry and dance.
“Hooligan” explored themes of violence & vulnerability, as well as belonging, openness and collaboration, using movement and voice. Now the team will research the rest of the story. What happened to Sam’s hooligan friends, his firm and to hooligan culture in Ukraine? How did Sam’s community transform in the years since the outbreak of war? What choices did the hooligans face when confronted with the real fight for their country?
To tell this story Hooligan Art Community will create a hooligan band to open the topics through collective music-making.