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Phoenix Dance Theatre/Pics

Some photos from the Phoenix Dance Theatre Choreographers and Composers Lab in Leeds.

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Phoenix Dance Theatre/Choreographers and Composers Lab

Phoenix Dance TheatreI was absolutely delighted to be one of four composers selected for the Choreographers and Composers Lab 2015 – a two-week intensive residency with Phoenix Dance Theatre in Leeds.

The residency was led by  Sharon Watson and Ken Hesketh (RCM), with guest speakers – Robert Cohan, Peter Weigold, Zoé Martlew, Dr Jo Butterworth, Mike Dixon, Didy Veldman.

Choreographers
Adrienne Hart, Mbulelo Ndabeni, Claire Lefèvre and Sandrine

Collaboration: Mbulelo Ndabeni + Nichola Scrutton

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Composers: Roberto David Rusconi, Nichola Scrutton, Sarah Westwood and Eloise Gynn.

Dancers:  Hannah Bateman, Francesca Caselli, Andreas Grimaldier, Joshua  Harriette, Carmen Marfil, Marie Astrid Mence, Ben Mitchell, Vanessa Pang, Alice Shepherdson, Sam Vaherlehto , Prentice Whitlow.

Musicians: Hara Alonso, Oliver  Dover, Sean  Hamilton, Becky Yen-Huan

Collaboration: Claire LeFèvre + Nichola Scrutton

 

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Dougie Strang/Teine Èiginn/Need Fire

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I composed a soundscape for Teine Èiginn/Need Fire – an installation created by performer and artist Dougie Strang for the Hidden Door Festival 2015.

The teine èiginn or need fire was lit as part of a protective ritual, enacted during times of illness amongst people and/or livestock. Records show that the ritual was still in use in remote communities in the Scottish Highlands up until the end of the nineteenth century.

See and read more here.

Selected Performances

2015
Hidden Door Festival, King’s Stables Road, Edinburgh

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Theology CATS Award Nomination

Very exciting news – Martin O’Connor’s Theology has been shortlisted for a CATS 2013-14 award in the Best Music and Sound Category. Announcements will be made on 8th June 2014. See details and the full listings at CATS.

Here are some reviews of the recent performances at the Pearce Institute for Behaviour Festival:

**** Joyce MacMillan The Scotsman

Mary Brennan The Herald

Gareth Vile The Vile Blog

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Martin O’Connor/Theology

Theology – written and performed by Martin O’Connor

Theology was nominated for a CATS Award 2013-14  in the Best Music and Sound Category

I was composer/sound designer with Martin O’Connor on the soundscape for A Govan of the Mind/TheologyThe show was first on at The Pearce Institute, Govan as part of The Arches Behaviour Festival in April 2014.

The show is in two parts: Part 1, Theology is a Glaswegian-dialect version of the Catholic Order of Mass, with composition by Oliver Searle, performed with a local male choir brought together for the production; and Part 2 A Govan of the Mind is a non-narrative epic poem celebrating the beauty of our everyday language.

Design: Rachel O’Neill, lighting design: Kate Bonney, choir leader: Matt Regan. See here for full team and more info.

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