Becoming British Research & Development - December 2022 & February 2023
As a resident artist at Sheffield Theatres I am running 2 weeks of research & development into the idea of 'Becoming British'. Inspiredd by the artworks as part of the exhibition (which ran June 2022 and you can read more about here) I will be working with 5 performers with an experience or heritage of migration, dramatug and sound designer to create... something! We're excited by the possibilities presented to us and will be sharing with an invited audience on Thurs 09 February 2023. If you're interested in attending or knowing more email email@example.com
A look at the idea of social frontiers through performance, visual art, conversation and debate. The work is a result of a collaboration between Professor Gwilym Pryce and 'Life at the Frontier' researchers at the Sheffield Methods Institute, myself as a Bulgarian-born, Sheffield-based artist/cultural producer & Rotherham based visual artist Uzma Rani. The event ran on 21 Sept 2022, but is currently being developed andd will return.
Social frontiers arise when there are sharp differences in the demographic composition of adjacent communities.
As a performtive exhibition has taken place in 4 countries across Europe (Czech Republic, Romania, Germany & Britain)
With the support of Sheffield Theatres I am now developing Becoming British into a devised theatre piece. You can read more about each iteration through the links below.
If you are interested in having Becoming run at your venue, or Becoming British exhibit at your space please email firstname.lastname@example.org
These presentations happened with the support of Perform Europe as part of the Becoming [...] project.The project is produced by Claire Gilbert.
Perform Europe is an EU-funded project aimed to rethink how performing arts works are presented across borders in a more inclusive, sustainable and balanced way by testing new touring and distribution practices and providing policy recommendations for a future EU support scheme. This 18-month journey includes a research phase, launching a digital platform, testing a support scheme, and designing policy recommendations.
Perform Europe is funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and co-managed by a Consortium of 5 organisations: IETM – International network for contemporary performing arts, the European Festivals Association (EFA), Circostrada, EDN – European Dancehouse Network, and IDEA Consult.
Becoming British is funded by the Necessity Fund, developed with initial support from Sheffield Theatres and supported by SBC.
Becoming British - Migrant Artist Fund (click to view)
I took part in a 6 month peer-led group hosted by Stella McKenna using the Enrol Yourself methodology. My learning questions was: how do I bring all the things I do under one cohesive umbrella? Which morphed into: How to work less and create more?
The exploration culminated in a public showcase on 18th November in Sheffield.
Global Voices Theatre
I am ⅓ of Global Voices Theatre, a female and non-binary, immigrant led theatre compnay that introduces international theatre by historically marginalised creatives in the UK. We most recently ran Global Jewish Voices at the Bush Theatre in London and ran an Anti-School semester of Political Theatre from 24th November to 15th December 2021.
Check it out here.
The Snake bites the Hardest when it knows it is Dying
The Snake is my latest performance project. A documentary theatre piece, it narrates in a fragmented way what happened to two Bulgarian women who opposed big business and the ruling party. Their story is still unfolding.
Watch our March 2021 online R&D (starts from 24min)