+ + + We are very proud that we were successful with fundraising (Grants for the Arts ACE, Groundwork, Arnolfini) and so You & Your Work (Y&YW) is back! Hey! This time in partnership with Arnolfini,The Wellspring Healthy Living Centre and The Walled Garden Project in Bristol, we'll be producing our ninth festival entitled ‘Here and There’ presenting and exploring risk-taking participatory performance in relation to shifting locations and contexts. The festival will take place on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th of June 2012, so do put these dates in your diaries! Watch out this space for more info or just go to our blog.

++ +  Today it's still top secret news, but on Monday it will be official: I've been made an IBT Associate Artist in Bristol, W O W !! So come along on Monday 16th April to IBT's launch event at the Thekla, where it will all become official and we can raise a glass (or two..)!!

+ ++  I am very happy to let you all know that I was successful with my Grants for the Arts ACE funding application, and so you will see me soon on the road for my little tour of I guess if the stage exploded..., hurrah! Here some details of the showings in spring:

★ Sat 28th April 2012 at ICIA Bath, 7.30pm

★ Fri 18th May 2012 at 8.30pm at The Basement, as part of Brighton Festival

★ Tues 15th May, 11am - 1pm, as part of Caravan Showcase in Brighton
This will be a 15min pitch presentation only, to international delegates.

I would love to see you at one or the other showing, but if you can't make that, there will be more performances taking place in autumn 2012 and I will post more details soon!

++ + I presented Imagine Us on Thurs 16 Feb 12 at ICIA Bath on their University campus (follow this LINK for details) and it was great to see how students would stop and watch and soon a big group of audience had built up, who were up for joining in and taking part. I even had several students dance with me a waltz wearing my bear head mask! A M A z  i nG ! !!

+++  I've been invited to take part at Caravan Showcase 2012 in Brighton, taking place 13th - 15th May 2012. That's so brilliant brilliant brilliant as I will receive training and mentoring sessions to get my work ready for international touring... I think I should better start and sort out my passport yay!! 

+ ++ The next showing of Imagine Me To Be There will take place on Sat 5th Nov 11 as part of Platform Plymouth. Here all the details (or follow this LINK for a full listing):

+++  I am really pleased that I will be performing Imagine Me To Be There  on two upcoming festivals/ platform events: on Sunday 16th October as part of Hatch:Fresh in Leicester and on Friday 21st October as part of Show Time at Riverside Studios LondonI've never been in Leicester before, how exciting!! 

Both performances will be presented amongst a great line-up of extraordinary performance works and artists. Here some more details:

Sunday, October 16, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 11:15 PM (GMT)

Embrace Arts
Lancaster Road
LE1 7HA Leicester
United Kingdom 

Free event

PLEASE NOTE: This event starts at Embrace Arts, the University of Leicester’s arts centre on Lancaster Road, next to the fire station - most of the performances will take place there between 6pm and 9pm. After a short walk, the event will end up at The Y Theatre (opposite the train station) and finish there with the performance of Frontman by Action Hero.

2 days of Theatrical Experiments at Riverside Studios

Friday 21st October – 7.45pm
Spoiling It For Everybody Else – Rachel Mars
ATOMKRAFT – Greg McLaren

Saturday 22nd October – 6pm
30 Cecil Street – Dan Canham
Legs 11 – Tom Marshman

Saturday 22nd October – 8.30pm
The Beginning – Michael Pinchbeck
Projector/Conjector – Mamoru Iriguchi


£10 (£8 concs.)
£18 (£15 concs) - two day pass

Box Office: 020 8237 1111

Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, Hammersmith, London W6 9RL
(Nearest Tube: Hammersmith)

+ ++ A video trailer of Imagine Me To Be There, filmed and edited by Kate Rowles, has just been presented at Yokohama Triennale 2011/ Ginko Pier, as part of Squartist installation. My first showing ever in Asia! Hopefully more to follow...

+++ Imagine UsI am in the process of developing this exciting new site-specific performance, which will be presented on Sat 24th Sept 11 in Plymouth as part of the Art Fringe accompanying British Art Show 7. Imagine Us will explore possibilities of interaction with the wider public by working with the BBC's Big Screen on Plymouth city centre's piazza.

There’s a woman sitting quietly on a bench in a busy city centre. She observes the passers-by and responds by typing on a laptop
Ll l lllll ll lllllll lll    tt tt t  t    ttt tt t ttr rrrr r r r rrss ssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
The words appear live on a large screen.
The woman wears a brown fluffy full body bear costume and bright red high heels a bright red top and blue jeans.
A loose narrative starts to evolve, situated somewhere between the real and the imagined.
Please STAY just a little bit longer…

By addressing passers-by via the Big Screen, Imagine Us aims to heighten our awareness of the physical and thought spaces we pass through. Whilst exploring ideas of presence and mediation, the live encounter is also concerned with bringing public space alive.

Imagine Us is a site-specific variation of my staged performance Imagine Me To Be There, which has been presented at a variety of festivals and venues in Britain and Europe over the last year.

I really enjoyed the implication of the audience, the complicity that is required at some level in all performance, being re-presented and played with. Rich, layered and delightful. Thanks.    Audience member 'Imagine Me To Be There', IBT Festival 10

Imagine Us will be presented on Sat 24th September 11, at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm (for approx. 40min)
Meet at the BBC Big Screen, Plymouth City Centre Piazza, Armada Way
Free event.

Supported by Arts Council England, Residence and The Basement.

++ + I've recently become a Supported Artist at The Basement in Brighton and am now taking part in a 2-year structured programme of support and professional development. So I am travelling quite a bit between Bristol and Brighton right now. The Basement are showing a fantastic programme of performance, theatre and Live Art and I really look forward to seeing the one or other show there!! 

++ + I am also in residence at Arnolfini in Bristol as Platformed Artist 2011.