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Phoenix Dance Theatre/Choreographers and Composers Lab

I 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 Monin.

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

Collaboration: Mbulelo Ndabeni + Nichola Scrutton

 

 

 

 

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

Collaboration: Sandrine Monin + Nichola Scrutton
Team: choreographer – Sandrine Monin, composer – Nichola Scrutton, dancer – Lisard Tranis, musician – Hara Alonso.

Dougie Strang/Teine Èiginn/Need Fire

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

The teine èiginn, or need fire, was lit during a ritual enacted in 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 about the installation performance here.

 

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

Martin O’Connor/Theology

Composer/sound designer with Martin O’Connor for A Govan of the Mind/Theology, performed at The Pearce Institute as part of The Arches Behaviour Festival in April 2014.

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

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.

Adrian Howells/National Theatre of Scotland/Lifeguard

Govanhill Baths Cubicle

Lifeguard is a site-specific performance created and performed by Adrian Howells, in collaboration with Mike Brookes, Minty Donald, Rob Drummond, Ira Mandela Siobhan, Jane Mason, Nick Millar and Nichola Scrutton. Produced by National Theatre of Scotland and The Arches in association with Govanhill Baths Community Trust.

Exploring the emotional and psychological effects of water, from its therapeutic qualities to our overwhelming fear of it, lifeguard re-evaluates the place of swimming in our lives as a health-promoting and life-saving activity.

Performances

5th – 27th October 2012, Govanhill Baths, Calder Street, Glasgow

Curious Seed/Code Butterfly

Curious Seed\'s Code Butterfly

Joint composer with Erin Scrutton for Code Butterfly, a site-specific performance created by Curious Seed Dance Company for the Leith Festival, Edinburgh, (involving 5 professional performers, (dancers/ aerial artists, singer) and 15 young women from the Leith area. Performances: Out Of The Blue, old Drill Hall. Edinburgh (2007).

Directed by Christine Devaney
Designed by Karen Tennant
Production Manager: John Riddell
with Jennifer Patterson, Skye Reynolds, Kaela Rowan