WHO ARE THEY?
LYNNEBEC are a multidisciplinary performance company making work for outdoor and unusual spaces. They are interested in creating spaces and experiences that are joyful, that empower, that share stories and ideas clearly and unpretentiously.
LYNNEBEC was co-founded by Cat Butler and Jessica Barber in 2018. It was formed
on a shared love of movement, physical theatre, devising, and collaboration. They are
consistently curious about the ways dance and movement can connect us, challenge
our inhibitions and celebrate self expression.
CAT BUTLER - CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: Cat is an artistic director, facilitator, producer and creative entrepreneur. Her experience combines devising performances and events for outdoor or site-specific spaces; creating new contexts for collaborations between artists and communities; and planning multi-disciplinary festivals, showcases and events.
Cat has been living and making work in the Midlands since 2013 and has had the
pleasure of collaborating with people and organisations such as Birmingham
Hippodrome, BE FESTIVAL, Imagineer Productions, Appetite Stoke and Fatt Projects.
Cat loves work that makes for a good night out, sparks conversation and leaves you
with a new way of viewing or interacting with the world. She’s interested in the ways art can innovate, connect and inspire social change.
JESSICA BARBER - CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: Jessica is a community-led creative; specialising in physical theatre, ensemble work and multidisciplinary performance. She grew up in Sheffield where she discovered her love of mass participation at the Sheffield People's Theatre. Jess moved to the West Midlands in 2013 to study Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham followed by a course with the National Youth Theatre. After graduating, she worked in several freelance roles including Volunteer Coordinating, Project Management and Facilitation for Birmingham based festivals and organisations, combining her love of working with people and creating spectacle work.
Alongside LYNNEBEC, Jess is a Dance Artist with Critical Mass and is preparing for the
Opening Ceremonies for Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022. Jess is passionate
about working with young people, and aims to empower them to create, move and build