Always and Totally Forever is a devised musical about teenagers made by Sam Halmarack and friends. It's a lament for what's gone and a chaotic celebration of what's to come. 

The show aims to get the audience to feel like teenagers by immersing them in a riotous mosaic of song, dance and video art. Sam has been working with teenagers from different backgrounds with the support of pioneering research-art atelier Mammalian Diving Reflex. 

halmarack.com 

If you would like to find out more about Always and Totally Forever, please contact Kate

A Million Tiny Glitches

An electronic musical.

 

This is a world where death exists. Loss is hard. Grief is like a river. It's powerful and you can't hold it back.

This is the story of a woman who goes looking for her friend – a friend who has vanished inside a city of his own imagination. Both have lost someone they love and it's cracked the landscape of their lives. A Million Tiny Glitches is a weird and emotional dream quest through those fractures.

A Million Tiny Glitches has grown from our personal experiences of grief over the last few years – vivid and mysterious; you feel it in your heart and your gut. We believe songs can hold emotion very directly, so we thought we'd make a musical that goes deep and feels modern; that embraces sadness without being sombre. Something that's influenced by Björk and ANOHNI, Haruki Murakami and China Miéville. And yeah, there'll be a band.

We're on the look out for presenting and commissioning partners so, if you're a programmer interested in presenting or commissioning the work please contact Kate.

 

Photos from july 2017 research & development

Photos by Jack Offord. Performers: Timothy X Atack, Kayla Meikle, Simon Mokhele, Zoe West.

 

Tonight we come together, to look each other in the eye and dance.
We have time on our side and we’re making a space to call our own.

Made in collaboration with an extraordinary group of young performers SESSION is a battle cry and a love song, celebrating community, youth and belonging.

In this explosive outdoor gathering Still House join forces with Tottenham’s Steppaz Performing Arts Academy and North London’s Afrobeats powerhouse, Empire Sounds to create an exhilarating night of dance and live music where everyone is welcome.

Soaring up above the streets of Tottenham, this visceral performance will be part-gig, part-social, and part-dance party as it moves across hip-hop, contemporary folk and afrobeats vocabularies to create a new movement completely owned by its makers.

“The complex choreography, unstoppable spirit and commitment of these young performers is beyond impressive.” ★★★★★
— To Do List London

Credits:

A work by Still House, Steppaz, Empire Sounds

Direction - Dan Canham

Choreography and staging - Odilia Egyiawan, Abena Noel, Dan Canham

Associate consultant & guidance - Laura Dannequin

Performed by - Steppaz Elites and Mini-Elites

Music - Empire Sounds - Josh Donkor, Mike Akrofi, Desty Engele, Tim Pabifio, Aaron Donkor

Company stage manager: Tanya Williams-Griffith

Steppaz CEO - Stacey McKnight

Production Manager - Ethan Hudson (Tottenham), Mekel Edwards (on tour)

Produced by MAYK and LIFT

 

Co-commissioned by LIFT, Attenborough centre for Creative Arts, Bristol Old Vic Ferment & Pavillion Dance South West.

Presented by LIFT and Bernie Grant Arts Centre.

SESSION is supported by Arts Council England. SESSION is a LIFT Tottenham Original, made in collaboration with artists and communities from Tottenham. LIFT Tottenham is supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Foyle Foundation, Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust.

0F1A2549-21.jpg

 

The show's Crowdfunder was generously supported by: Jeremy Taylor, Helen Edwards, Kaite O’Reilly, Catherine Morgenstern, Joe Alessi, Stephanie McMann, Louise Tanoto, Thomas Dannequin, Flora Wellesley Wesley, Felix Hayes, Amanda Jones, Ruth Holdsworth, Isabelle Cressy, Ella Knight, Jessica Macdonald, Beth Powlesland, Phillip Zarrilli, Tanuja Amarasuriya, Craig Leo, James Wellesley Wesley, Liz King, Michael Vale, Ali Robertson, Victoria John, Peggy and Michel Dannequin, John Leader, Wendy Sherlock, Will Dickie, Charlotte Spencer, klhall90, Polly Davis, Tilly Webber, Jonathan Harper, Jennifer Bell, Claire Skelcey, Emma Rice, Tim Atack, Donna Martin, Emma Gladstone, Jason Darnell, Carrie Rhys-Davies, Lilith Wozniak, Lucy Tuck, Sarah Jane Murray, Carla Mendonca, Dom Lawton, Ruth Hecht, Jean Goubert, Seth Honnor, Olivia Winteringham, Fliss Cook, Parkey, Kate Bassett, Hannah Nicholls, Matthew Austin, Rachel Cartwright and a massive thank you to all of our anonymous supporters – you know who you are!

'We must no longer be objects of desire, but subjects of our own desires’ – Susan Sontag.

Jo Bannon will create a new group performance work called We Are Fucked, a new large scale performance and participatory project exploring the internal and external experiences of female desire, sexuality and neoliberalism. Led by leading female disabled artist Jo Bannon as director/choreographer and performer, We Are Fucked will bring together a diverse company of performers and participants who identify as female to contribute to the work.

As well as a large-scale performance, Jo Bannon will create Sex In Public Places – a participatory programme of events, podcasts and publications further exploring the research process behind We Are Fucked.

Jo Bannon is a UK artist making live art and performance. She has presented her work internationally, including The Barbican, Art Gallery Western Australia, Itau Cultural and the National Theatre. Jo’s work is concerned with human exchange and encounter and attempts to unpick the ways we look, hear and sense our immediate environment in order to make unfamiliar these intrinsic behaviours. Her performances often manifests as intimate encounters designed for single or small audiences alongside staged theatre work and installations.

We Are Fucked is currently at research and development stage. It will premiere at Mayfest 2018.

If you would like to find out more about We Are Fucked drop Kate a line.