2014 sees the launch...
...of a pan European performing arts agency Konzept led by Producer Natalie Richardson supported by Dugald Ferguson and Stephanie Koeniger.
Leviathan by Living Structures
finally hits the stage this July at the enormous Hackney Downs Studios. A limited number tickets will be available for a 2 week run of this immense live art/performance installation incorporating theatre, haunting live music and ritual madness.. Book your tickets here
Congratulations to Hanna and Heidi
from h2dance who have received great funding news for the creation of their new piece Time Bomb. Work starts at the beautiful Pavilion Dance residency in Bournemouth in May, it’s been a fantastic last 2 years for the company and this year is shaping up very nicely too.
Following the great success...
...of his solo piece BLOOD last year, Jean Abreu heads to China this month to start development on a brand new piece with the kind support of both the British Council and Arts Council England. First stop Beijing followed by a residency and networking at the China Art Academy, Hangzhou. Congratulations also for the latest funding success, he’s on a roll.
Maverick theatre maker
Silvia Mercuriali touches back down this week after a trip to Brisbane Australia as part of their World Theatre Festival and a mini tour of Belgium with her brilliant and bonkers video goggle show The Great Spavaldos….look out for more dates coming up in the UK this year including a London run in November.
- Blood - Photographer: Paul Scala
- Leviathan - Photographer: Angela Alegria
- Blood - Photographer: Paul Scala
- Vortice Dance - 'Your Majesties' - Photographer: Sergio Claro
- Leviathan - Photographer: Angela Alegria
- Leviathan - Photographer: Angela Alegria
- Leviathan - Photographer: Angela Alegria
Konzept Arts & Ideas is a brand new performing arts management company led by London and Berlin based producer Natalie Richardson.
We support the development and creation of some of the best multi disciplinary performing artists currently working in the UK. Our portfolio includes creative companies working in choreography, theatre, movement, sound, video and installation all making visionary cross cultural and cross discipline live performances in partnership with the best UK venues and festivals for the arts.
We oversee and co manage the production of new installations, shows, UK and international tours, fundraising, marketing and many other other areas of production.
Our management portfolio includes the following companies and collectives
Darren Johnston/Array (UK)
Jean Abreu Dance (UK/BRA)
Living Structures (UK/GER)
Silvia Mercuriali/Il Pixel Rosso (UK/IT)
Producing and Project Management
Konzept works closely with creative organisations and individual artists to realise theatre, dance and live art productions and projects from concept to delivery. We can oversee each element of project management, from developing your company strategy, fundraising, casting, managing the budget, brokering partnership agreements and co productions, recruiting and managing admin and production staff through to site visits, marketing plans, generating policies, health and safety paperwork and all artist contracting. Full evaluation service post project.
Company and Business Development
Konzept will work with you to develop your business with a mid to long term plan, focusing on ambition and strategy, fundraising, finance systems, staff recruitment , contracting, management and administration systems.
With extensive venue contacts across the UK and Europe, Konzept can book your small or mid scale tour, raising your profile in your specific sector and reaching new audiences.
Event Production and Management
With over 10 years experience in venue and events manageement, Konzept can manage both large and small scale theatre productions, music concerts, literary events, club nights and private functions. We can plan your event from start to finish, bringing together technical and production services and personnel, suppliers and artists, musicians and caterers.
Training and Consultancy
Bespoke training packages for emerging start up companies including:
- How to Start a Performing Arts Company
- Booking a Tour
- Producing Masterclass
- Finance & Budgeting for Artists
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Klaus Kruse - Artistic Director Living Structures.
"Natalie’s work for us has had a hugely positive impact on Living Structures. She helped us to achieve greater professionalism in the running of our company and to source funding for our two most recent projects 'Cart Macabre' and 'Leviathan'. She has also majorly contributed to us making the step to tour this work internationally."
Emily Gray - Artistic Director & CEO Trestle.
"Natalie has the tenacity and determination to secure venue bookings, a good grasp of budgets and extensive experience of working with artists; she has the rare ability to balance a clear understanding of artistic process with the administrative and organisational detail needed to manage a successful production and tour."
Rosamunde Hutt - Trestle Visiting Director & Freelance Theatre Director
"Your unstinting, tenacious and inspiring work on the tour has been a huge factor in this success. What a gifted Producer you are!"
"Natalie Richardson has undertaken 20 months of inspirational work at the Hat Factory. Both as an Associate Producer and programmer she has helped to transform the artistic programme and delivery, inspiring new artists to greater heights and enabling them to showcase a wide range of new work. She has an excellent knowledge of the sector."
'Zero Point' (2014)
Known for controversial, multifaceted work that blurs the boundaries between dance, theatre and the visual arts, the British choreographer puts his innovative software through its paces for a new installation. Using motion-sensing technology, it bathes the bodies of dancers with graphic texture and light.
Expect a kaleidoscope of projections, choreographed performance and electronic soundscape from a piece presented mid-creation.
‘If there was a Turner Prize for dance, Darren Johnston would undoubtedly be on the shortlist’ The Times
‘Zero Point’ is a work in progress performance installation in residency at Lakeside Theatre (Colchester), the Barbican (London), Norwich Arts Centre and DanceEast (Ipswich) in spring 2014. Supported by Arts Council England and Kochi Museum of Art Japan.
Darren Johnston is a UK-based director,choreographer, video and sound artist. He is also the founder and Artistic Director of [array].
Growing up through the eighties and early nineties electronic music subcultures, Darren was heavilyinfluenced by electronic music and performed aticonic events such as Raindance 91(Jenkins Lane). Pursuing his own distinct blend of performance and choreography,he was awarded a scholarship to study contemporary dance and graduated from the world-renowned LABAN School in 1999 with the Centre's award for outstanding choreographic achievement.He was awarded first prize at the 2000 International Choreographen Concoursin Groningen Holland and at the 1st International Competition for Choreographyin Bornam,Belgium.In 2001/2002 he won The Bonnie Bird Choreography Award. In 2005 he was presented with a prestigious Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh International Festival for his full-scale installation piece,Ren-Sa, which combined an immersive blacked out bus journey,live performance,video and soundinteraction in a specially created venue on Edinburgh's docks. Darren has also been Artist in residence at The Southbank Centre,The Place and The Roundhouse.
Darren's distinct style of live performance and passion for electronic music has led him to collaborate with a number of established artistsincluding Aphex Twin/ Chris Cunningham, Squarepusher,Jamie lidell and Cristian Vogel.He has made live performance work for The South Bank Centre as well as independent commissions for lV and film,including The BBC and Channel 4.The diversity of his work reaches out beyond conventional spaces into the realms ofinstallation and site specific.Recently Artist in residence at The Roundhouse in Camden Darren created 'Underdrome' the first site specific piece for the iconic London space. The production featured a 100 piece choir,music by Warp Records and live music from The London Contemporary Orchestra. Darren has since undertaken a research residency at the Berghain in Berlin,continuing his research on projection environments and immersive audience experience.
Existing in a place beyond the rational.Darren's work isinfluenced by surrealism, psychology and the subconscious mind to create a distinctly altered theatrical world. His work has reached wide audiences from Europe to Japan with sell out shows throughout major International Auditoriums,Galleries and festivals.close
'And The Birds Fell From The Sky'
'The Great Spavaldos' (2014)
'And the Birds Fell from the Sky'
An immersive video goggle performance for two people, combining cinema and instruction based theatre to cast the audience as main character in a wild journey to the world of the Faruk Clown.
Anarchic, dreamy and dangerous, 'And The Birds Fell From the Sky' takes you on a joyride inside your head all the way to the edge of civilisation.
'The Great Spavaldos'
An immersive theatre piece for 2 people at a time. Fitted with video goggles and headphones and following instruction to a tightly choreographed series of movements the participants are cast to become the central characters in a multi-sensory cinematic experience in the role of a circus performer.
From New York to Bombay, from Paris to Abyssinia, the Spavaldo brothers performed their flying trapeze daredevil stunts without a safety net for over a quarter of century before their mysterious disappearance. Now they are back to tell their story and dare audience members to join them inside the big top, high up on the flying platform.
il pixel rossois the combined creative forces of Silvia Mercuriali, artist and devisor from internationally renowned theatre company Rotozaza who pioneered the ‘Autoteatro’ style of performance and Simon Wilkinson multi-award winning artist and film maker.
The 'Autoteatro' series explores a new kind of performance, whereby audience members perform the piece themselves, for each other. Using simple technology, participants are given instructions - often via headphones - about what to say and do. There is no actual 'audience' beyond the other participants.close
DUET investigates the two P’s; pairs and power.
Being on the verge of a breakup, Hanna and Heidi have decided to take up couple therapy. After 13 years together the two choreographers take a brutally honest look at themselves revealing a confused and disillusioned relationship. The constant quest for power and admiration has taken its toll. Will they still be together after the Place Prize? Will there even be a show?
DUET is a humorous and provocative investigation into life as a twosome.
DUET was commissioned by The Place Prize sponsored by Bloomberg and is available for touring nationally and internationally throughout 2014. Download tour pack here.
h2dance (founded in 1999) presents the joint choreography of Artistic Directors Hanna Gillgren (Sweden) and Heidi Rustgaard (Norway). Together they produce provocative performance work that addresses political issues with humour and emotion. The company often works in collaboration with interdisciplinary teams and local communities to create evocative performances that challenge and respond to the audience. Together they have created a body of touring work including “SAY SOMETHING” (2011), “To Die For” (2007), “Silent Movie” (2004) “Faked” (2003), “Butterfly Belly” (2002) and “Ostrich" (2000). Their work has been performed throughout England, Sweden, Norway, France, Germany and Belgium. h2dance is currently Place Prize Finalist with their piece “DUET”.
They have received commissions from Surrey Dance Collective (2013), North Kent Local Authority Arts Partnership (2011), The Place (2010), BIG Dance (2008), Värmlandsoperan, Sweden (2005) Guardians of Doubt (2004), LUDUS (2002), Norrdans, Sweden (2001) and The Wapping Project (2003 and 2000). In 2003, they collaborated with film-maker Rachel Davies on “GOLD”, which won the prestigious IMZ Dance Screen Award, 2005.
h2dance were Associate Artists at The Place (2001-02) and have taken up residencies at DansIT, Norway and Dans i Värmland,
Sweden(2013), SEANSE, Norway (2011), NES artist residency, Iceland, Union Scene, Norway and Säffleoperan, Sweden (2010), Scenerommet,
Norway, Devir Capa, Portugal and The Place, London (2009), Taipei Artist Village, Taiwan (2007) and Gaara Dance Foundation, Kenya (2001).
h2dance is currently Escalator dance artists.
Inspired by the intensely beautiful images of Gilbert and George’s Fundamental Pictures collection that depict microscopic images of bodily fluids, BLOOD will utilise cutting-edge motion-capture technology and animation to heighten the audience's experience of the body in motion.
This ground-breaking new solo will be created with an outstanding team of collaborating artists including: Italian software artists Mirko Arcese and Luca Biada, award-winning production designer Alan Macdonald, critically-acclaimed composer Paul Wolinski of 65daysofstatic with whom Jean collaborated on INSIDE, voice coach Nia Lynn and dramaturge Lootie Bibby-Johansen.
BLOOD is a Royal Opera House London co-commission and is available for international touring. Download tour pack here.
(Artistic Director / Choreographer)
Jean Abreu graduated from the Laban Centre in 1999 and was quickly singled out as a unique and exciting contemporary dance talent.
He choreographed his first work in 2003, and has since toured throughout the UK (including London Dance Umbrella and the Southbank Centre); as well as to the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Brazil, Ukraine, Croatia and Mexico.
Winner of the prestigious Jerwood Choreography Award (2003), Jean has been an Associate Artist at The Place and an Artist-in-Residence at Dance East.
In 2008 he collaborated on the Young Vic Theatre‘s production Amazonia and in 2009 he premiered The Boulevard of Broken Dreams in collaboration with Mavron String Quartet, touring it in England and Wales. Jean is currently an Associate Artist at Swindon Dance and the Hat Factory.
'Chelsea Hotel' (2013)
Earthfall reveal the poetry and tragicomic events from this iconic hotel and its place in contemporary culture. A voyeuristic discovery of its inhabitants’ lives, loves and longings.Continuing on their New York journey the multi-award winning Earthfall blaze a trail from Warhol to Kerouac and Dylan Thomas to Patti Smith, where several stories, true and false, interplay through radical dance, live music and film, capturing significant moments in the history of this rebel artist mecca.
"Check in" to Chelsea Hotel, where every room has a story to tell.
The company is based in Cardiff and rapidly established itself as an outstanding exponent of pioneering dance theatre. Earthfall's issue based work is concerned with seeking a personal honesty, passion and economy in physical performance to produce quality work of depth. Earthfall has performed throughout the world in many major festivals and has featured on numerous TV and radio broadcasts.
The company has received several awards for its live performance and film work, including the BAFTA Cymru Award winner for Best Short Film for "Too Old To Dream". Earthfall was nominated for a BAFTA Cymru Award for Best Short Film in 2010 for "GRAVITAS – POSTCARDS".
'Dracula' - 'Your Majesties' - 'Soliloquy'
Cláudia Martins and Rafael Carriço are the directors and choreographers of Vortice Dance Company, founded in 2001.
One of the most prestigious Portuguese companies, Vortice Dance Company has received more accolades abroad than any other Portuguese company.
Their choreographic style is marked by an intense and physical way of moving that integrates strong emotion and passion.
Vortice Dance Company’s work has been acclaimed by audiences and critics alike from various countries including Japan, France, Romania, Spain, Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Brazil, Latvia, Hungary, Italy, Marocco, Portugal and Macedonia. This is a perfect opportunity to be amongst the first to introduce this innovative, young and vibrant Company to UK audiences.
'Leviathan' (2012 - 2014)
Mentoring and producing for the company's second and much anticipated performance installation Leviathan (inspired by Moby Dick). The production was made with the grateful support of Arts Council England, Teatro Espanol Madrid, The Old Vic Tunnels and University Falmouth at the Matadero old slaughterhouse in November 2012 and the company are now preparing for their London run in 2013/2014. Research and development of the third production Varyon will start in 2013/2014."IN THIS JOURNEY THROUGH THE UNDERWORLD, YOU FEEL BOTH TERRIFYINGLY POWERLESS AND UNEXPECTEDLY LIBERATED"
CHARLES SPENCER, THE TELEGRAPH
Watch 'Leviathan' Trailer
London and East of England based artists’ collective founded by Artistic Director Klaus Kruse in 2007 with four key collaborators including Ula Dajerling, Dugald Ferguson, Verity Standen and Dani D’Emilia. The company operates as a multi lingual international collective of talented artists, each working across several disciplines including performance, installation, movement, design, lighting and scenography. Cart Macabre (Old Vic Tunnels, December 2010) is the company’s first full production and a new show called ‘Leviathan’ is in a research and development phase, premiering in London in 2013.