I am currently coordinating an event on behalf of a most interesting London based client who has fantastic creative vision. I believe this stems from his time as a technician in the Royal Ballet, before he became a successful entrepreneur.
My brief was to find an unusual venue with an industrial or dilapidated aesthetic. I sourced a Victorian mortuary and coroner's court, and we are both delighted to be working with this beautiful and decaying space with it’s gothic features and somber history!
Working in a part derelict space always poses challenges. I am very much enjoying working with the technical team to solve problems for various issues arising, especially around the production of a complex but hopefully stunning lighting install.
The event is for Bristol VIP’s as well as local business owners and residents, and takes place on July 11th 2015.
For the third year running, I am programming and producing the circus and cabaret big top for Chelmsford City Council's Fling Festival. The show is always a little challenging to put together as there are over 30 entertainment changes in one day, each of which needs to follow and flow in specific ways. As cabaret acts are only 3-5 minutes long, having so many short acts in one day means constant quick changeovers to manage, so the day is fast paced to say the least, but this all adds to the fun.
I really like two things about working at Fling, the first is that the show takes place in a particularly beautiful big top. The second is that it’s a great opportunity for me to catch up with all of the artists I used to perform alongside, before I stopped to focus solely on production.
This is a publicity shoot I produced for the promo images for UTOPIA at Arnolfini. As an event does not really exist until the day, I believe evocative imagery is key to capturing the imagination of the public and giving a visual portal into the production. I chose to capture some rabbit ballerina characters which I had designed, as they make highly captivating visuals. The Rabbits are a good reflection of my fondness for the otherworldly and surreal, mixed with beautiful and classical sensibilities.
I worked with the highly talented fine art photographer Oxana Mazur. As soon as we started planning together I spotted that she was a dancer by an articulated arm movement, as I too have a background in movement and dance. It turns out that she is a trained ballet dancer, she is Originally from Russia where this is not unusual. Oxana’s dance training gives her an outstanding ability to create imagery with the human body.
As I had seen and very much liked Oxana’s work before, I gave her a completely free reign in creating the images, and was delighted with the outcome. Oxana directed the performers, giving them very specific instructions, especially for the final picture, which became the poster for the event. As with the UTOPIA event itself, I was also really happy with the contrast of the whimsical characters against the minimal modern background of the Arnolfini.
Talented Bristol based aerial dancer Abby Nenuphar also took part in the shoot, styled in her own costumes.