Summer artist residences

Summer 2017 Artist Residencies Announced

Published: Mon 20 Mar 2017

We are pleased to announce the following recipients for our Summer 2017 Artist Residencies. This programme offers each resident time in our Creation Space, allowing them to research and develop ideas for new work.

Ellie Dubois & Kim Donohoe

Performers and performance makers Ellie Dubois and Kim Donohoe are teaming up to create Little Top, an enchanting circus event for toddlers, which will be developed during their residency. This project encompasses Dubois’ background in devising contemporary circus and Donohoe’s experience in creating theatre for children. Their previous collaboration I hope you never love anyone as much as I love you, was performed at Buzzcut Festival, Forest Fringe and Beacons Festival in 2014, and as part of the Impossible Lecture tent and Sprint Festival at Camden People’s Theatre in 2015.

Idle Motion

Idle Motion are known for their highly visual theatre which reveals human stories at its heart. Over the last eight years the company has produced seven shows and toured extensively. They are a Resident Ensemble at the New Diorama Theatre and Artistic Associates at the Oxford Playhouse. Throughout this residency playwright Grace Chapman will develop Leave to Remain, a play exploring the UK’s response to the migrant crisis and the ripple effect of displacement. During this residency Grace will work with Director Nicholas Pitt, movement director Dan Canham and producers Ellie Simpson and Fiona Bradley, to hold workshops with charities who work with asylum seekers and refugees.

Ensemble Perpetuo

Founded in 2013 by English oboist James Turnbull, Ensemble Perpetuo is a collective of musicians who aim to bring chamber music to new audiences through exciting collaborations and innovative repertoire choices. Their debut recording was released in August 2016 by Champs Hill Records and during the same year the ensemble performed at Cutty Sark in Greenwich as part season of immersive, cultural events. The collective enjoy collaborative partnerships with composers, theatre and dance companies, artists, film makers and digital studios. As part of this residency, they will continue to explore new pathways in which to experiment and augment concert experiences through multi-art-form collaborations.

Manic Chord Theatre

Leeds-based Manic Chord Theatre was formed in 2012 by Sam Berrill, David Cartwright and Alex Monk. The company specialises in devising original works and are known for developing a distinctive visual and textual language with each project. In 2015 the company began Generate, a programme aimed at developing the skills of young artists throughout Yorkshire. The residency at artsdepot will be dedicated to the Research and Development phase of Manic Chord’s next major work This is Yesterday, a project which considers what dementia might reveal about our potential to live both in the present, and outside of it.