From 5th to 17th January 2016, we are in residency at the Watermans Arts Centre in Brentford, in the context of LIFT's Utopia Digital R&D. During these two weeks, a group of around 10 artists in London are working with around 10 artists in Gaza on a series of workshops exploring the possibilities of using video and software to collaboratively create live performance across digital and physical divides. Selected through an open call, the participants involved in the project come from a variety of disciplines - theatre, film, visual arts, architecture, photography - and this is the first time that they work together.
A free, public sharing of the results of the workshops will take place at the Watermans Arts Centre on Sunday 17th January 2016! This will include a live performance and audience in both cities simultaneously, linked by the internet.
Artists in Residence: Julian Maynard-Smith (Director, Station House Opera), Vivianna Chiotini, Taghrid Choucair-Vizoso
Participants in Gaza: Aya Abdelrahman, Abeer Ahmed, Isa el Alem, Seddiq Felfel, Ahmed Hamza, Ali Hassany, Mahmoud Madi, Mariam Nasser, Ismael Rozzi, Hamza Saftawy, Walid Tafesh, Amjad Abu Yaseen
Participants in London: Nora Adwan, Zoe Aiano, Tara Fatehi, Lia Ikkos, Yoko Ishiguro, Jenny Matthews, MH Sarkis, Gary Stewart, Steve Tiller, Owl Young
Producer: Victoria Lupton
Project Coordinator in Gaza: Najlaa Ataallh
Technical Director in Gaza: Hani Mortaja
With special thanks to: Artsadmin, Waterman Arts Centre, LIFT, Al Meshal Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, RCSSD, Jamal Abu Al Qumsan, Hossam Al Madhoun, Ragheb Besaiso, Jamal El Rozzi, Aser El Saqqa, Ahmed Masoud, Nikitas Papasimakis, Sian Rees, Mervat Shallouf, Paul Stroud
LIFT’s Utopia Digital R&D is a House on Fire project the supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union.