Anna Beecher and Rachel Lincoln begin their Creation Space residency

| Fri 1 May 2015

As they begin their Creation Space residency, Anna Beecher tells us about what she and Rachel Lincoln will be working on during the next two weeks.

Can you tell us about your company?

Hello there, Anna here. My collaborator Rachel and I are both performance makers. I work primarily with words (storytelling, poetry, theatre texts) and Rachel trained at L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq and specialises in work which is physical and visual. We both like to throw in a splash of song! We’ve worked a lot together through FAT CONTENT, the theatre company we created with Daniel Redfern in 2007, as well as separately as individual artists. You can find out more about us at www.annabeecher.com and www.racheltheatre.com

How would you describe the work you create?

Both of us want to make work which invites audience to look at the world in unexpected ways. Our approach is playful. This means we might experiment with the sensory environment, using smell and touch as we often did with our company FAT CONTENT, explore form, as Rachel did last year with her show Lie Back and Think of England which lead audiences through a story without words, or try and take on a subject from an unexpected angle, as I did last year with Living Things at Battersea Arts Centre, exploring death through poems, song, autobiography and a big web of sellotape!

Our work at artsdepot will be a new departure for us because we’re making work specifically for babies under one and their adults. We’ll be approaching this work with the same ethos as our work for purely adult audiences, a desire to take audiences on an unexpected journey. We are really excited about the unique possibilities created by making something for this group and know we’ll be creating something very tactile and interactive.

What will you be working on during your residency at artsdepot?

Nest is a new work for babies under one and adults. Evoking each season through the senses, the smell of mint and oranges, touch of feathers and ice, sound of scrunching paper, breath and song and sight of changing light, we want to take our audiences on a journey, making babies feel curious about what is around them and evoking for adults the feeling of being in the world for the first time. Rachel and I have both worked extensively with babies and families alongside our performance making and we're really excited about bringing some of that knowledge to this piece. We're still developing Nest but audiences can expect a magical tent like space, music, poetry, interactive play and strange and exciting things to touch, listen to and see.

Which elements of the project will you be developing while you’re here?

We'll be focussing on structure, both in  terms of how we flow from moment to moment within the piece and more literally, as we'll be creating a structure in which to perform!  We’re lucky to be collaborating with the designer/maker Kirsty Harris on this project, who will be helping us to realise our ambitions for the space. The time and space artsdepot have given us are completely vital for bringing a piece like this to life because working physically and creating a unique environment are huge parts of the work. We also want to work with the families that use artsdepot, talking to them about what they would like to see in the work and getting their feedback on what we develop.

What the most useful thing to have with you in the rehearsal room?

Curiosity.
 

www.annabeecher.com | www.racheltheatre.com
Twitter: @AnnaBeecher | @Rachel_Theatre

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This residency is supported by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.
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