Artists Residencies Announced

Published: Fri 31 Jul 2015

We are pleased to announce that the following companies have been selected for the second series of artists residencies. Each will be resident in the Creation Space for two weeks during Autumn 2015 / Spring 2016, researching and developing ideas for new work.

Sarah Butler & Rob Watt
Sarah and Rob are theatre makers who are dedicated to making quality and innovative theatre for young people. They have come together for the first time to adapt The Windvale Sprites by Mackenzie Crook, a fantastical story that offers young audiences a new tale of adventure and jeopardy. Their time at artsdepot will enable them to start to develop the story into a piece of theatre and explore the way the story will be told.

Certain Dark Things
Certain Dark Things are an award-winning theatre company who use physical theatre and puppetry to create visually exciting productions with a dark twist. The company's first production The Girl Who Cannot Die, premiered at The Brighton Fringe in May 2015 where it won the Best of The Fest Award. During their residency, the company will be working on their new show Melancholy, which tells the story of an inventor who treads the fine line between genius and insanity.

Uninvited Guests
Bristol-based Uninvited Guests create performances that combine high-tech with low tech, the visceral with the virtual. During their residency, Uninvited Guests will be working on their new show Rage Against the Dying of the Light (working title), an inquisitive look at anger, crisis and destruction in the world we live in. Following-on from the company's critically acclaimed, Love Letters Straight From Your Heart and Make Better Please, Rage will be also be participative and created with the audience who come to it.

BirdGang Dance Company
Founded in 2005, BirdGang Dance Company is led by a team of four Artistic Directors; Ivan Blackstock, Simeon Qsyea, Kendra J Horsburg and Ukweli Roach. BirdGang are recognised for a unique style of hip hop dance theatre that challenges stereotypes and explores the political and social contexts of modern society. In June 2015 BirdGang were announced as the first dance company to be made Associate Company at The Young Vic. During their residency, BirdGang will develop the themes and theatrical story-telling devices of Ivan Blackstock’s A Harlem Dream (2014), which will be restaged in 2016.

John Ross Dance
John Ross Dance was set up in 2011 to explore the connection between theatre and dance, and how the art forms can combine to tell stories through movement. John has won numerous awards for his choreographic works including The Matthew Bourne Choreographer Award in 2014, and in 2015 became one of the BBC's 32 Ones to Watch Fellows. During his residency, John will be exploring ideas inspired by American author Mitch Albom's book The Five People You Meet in Heaven, focussing on themes of influence, human connection and the power of even the smallest incidental meeting.

Amy Hodge
Amy Hodge is a theatre director based in London. She has directed work in venues across the UK including the Young Vic, the Tricycle, the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Hampton Court Palace. Amy was Studio Associate at the National Theatre 2013-14, Recipient of the Jerwood Directors Award 2007 and is about to join Headlong as Creative Associate. During her residency, Amy will be exploring the physical language of a piece of dance-theatre set in a home for the elderly, based on extensive research. This will be Amy’s second piece of dance-theatre having recently created 7-75 for The Place.

Pebble Gorge
South-East based Pebble Gorge produce ambitious, exciting, theatre-based events for children and families by sending them on adventures to discover more about the world they live in. They are interested in how the technology that children use every day can be used alongside theatre techniques to make engaging and exciting experiences. During their residency, Pebble Gorge will be developing a show for children aged 4 - 6 that will cast the audience as astronauts and take them on an interactive journey exploring space and the stars.

artsdepot has been awarded a grant by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation to support artist residencies over two years. The residencies provide companies with time and space to research and develop new ideas. Each company also receives a grant to support the work, and mentorship.

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