14:00, SUNDAY 5 JULY 2020
Join three international practitioners to ask your questions about how to work in different countries, how to create an international tour and the global landscape of the arts after Coronavirus.
Christina Dionysopoulou is a London-based female dance artist, holding a BA (Hons) Degree in Dance from Kingston University and is centered in both the hip hop theatre & community outreach sector. Christina has cemented her reputation as an artist whose language is formed through both street dance and contemporary dance resulting in an experimental approach to movement research, which has gained attention from UK’s leading Hip-Hop theatre choreographers.
‘’A serious artist, that pushes the boundaries of her body to create a distinctive movement language and a remarkable performance.’’ – Savannah Saunders
Christina has worked with Olivier award- winning choreographer Botis Seva on his Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban Compass Commission (Woman Of Sun), Hip-Hop theatre practitioner Lee Griffiths on her East Wall commission from Hofesh Shechter & East London Dance (Burnt Scorpion). She also worked for National Portfolio Organization Boy Blue Entertainment under artistic direction of Kenrick Sandy as part of their wrap around activity at The Barbican on their latest production Blak Whyte Gray, Joseph Toonga’s Supper Room at Greenwich Dance, Paul Sadot’s touring production BLOCK and Body Politic on their touring production (THEM).
James Berlyn is a performing artist of more than thirty years experience. Trained in dance at VCA, he has worked in dance, dance-theatre, theatre and community art across the country as a performer, creator, director, curator and lecturer. He has presented his works in Perth for Perth Festival, PICA, Awesome, Blueroom, DADAAWA and Artplay. As a performer, some of his recent collaborations have been with Sue Healey and Company, Hydra Poesis, Matt Lutton & WA Opera and Maybe Together. His award-winning one-on-one theatre work & installation Tawdry Heartburn’s Manic Cures (2009) has been seen at major festivals across the country including Perth International Arts Festival, Sydney Festival, Brisbane Festival, Ten Days On The Island, WOMAD, Enlighten and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. His latest one-man show I Know You’re There had a sold-out world premiere season at the 2016 Perth International Arts Festival.
He has made numerous children’s work for WA’s Awesome Festival and PICA’s Spark_Lab program, which have toured nationally. He is the instigator and co-founder of Proximity Festival, Australia’s first festival of one-on-one performance. He was a co-founding director of Tracksuit, WA’s adult disability performance group. James has been a guest lecturer at WAAPA in movement and devised performance since 1990, most recently directing Memory Bones for the 2nd Year BPA students at His Majesty’s Theatre. He is currently the Artistic Director/Executive Producer of WA Youth Theatre Company, for whom he created and directed the multi-award winning hit at the 2018 FRINGE WORLD festival, yourseven and REST in 2019 which was the “stand out hit of the Fringe” winning five awards including best Theatre and the Martin Sims award as well as a national award at the Australian Museums and Galleries Awards.
Gabriela Dumitru is the artistic director of TAG theatre Bucharest. The only private theatre in Romania with a daily training program. An inovative space, a laboratory where she brings actors, musicians and dancers to create and self improve every day. She is a theatre director with an unique directong and acting techniques. One of her latest shows is Dean Peachfords Footloose, a big hit musical production with over 40 people on stage. Working as a director in some of the main theatres in Bucharest, she staged various plays from commedia del Arte at the Comedy Theatre till the award winning 39 steps at the Little Theatre Bucharest. Now preparing in her own venue John Hodges Collaborators and a new musical based on Cardenio, Shakespeare’s lost play.
These live webinar sessions will take place on Zoom at the time listed at the top of this page. Please register using the link above and keep an eye on your emails as you will receive a confirmation link with the login details.
Please note, these events have a limited capacity and we ask that if you do register to attend that you let us know if you can no longer use your place so we can reallocate it to someone else.
This webinar is part of Creative Youth’s So You Wanna Work In The Arts? programme, a series of free sessions aimed at helping young people gain an insight into the professional creative industries. The workshops will be bring together experienced arts practitioners and inspiring young creatives to explore the future of the arts.
Supported by Arts Council England, Kingston Council and Kingston University.
Please note these sessions will be recorded so we can make the resources available to other young artists in the future.
Due to Covid-19 this year’s festival has been created as an online experience. We hope you enjoy the festival and are inspired by the talented artists who are adapting to these challenging times. If you would like to see more of the international collaborations that have been demonstrated during Digifest, please consider making a donation to the charity here.
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