Commissions

AlgoRHYTHM! @ The Bramall and Thinktank Science Museum

 

AlgoRHYTHM! is an educational, high-energy & interactive performance, using dance and theatre to bring to life analytical chemistry & steroid mass spectrometry for older children & their families. With killer 80’s costume and a WWE wrestling match style approach, it aims to address outdated gender stereotypes in science by working with a female led team to present a performance that portrays research of steroids, mass spectrometry and cancer diagnosis.  

 

The audience enter the ring as a heavy weight competitor against the Algorithm, they are greeted by two vibrant hosts who guide them through the performance.  Audiences actively engage in the event by diagnosing through dance, with 3 test samples of 'urine' (represented as dance routines) and a spot the difference in the final dance. Post-show, performers and a real life scientist are on hand to discuss the research that has influenced the show & how this impacts the public on an everyday basis.


AlgoRHYTHM! was commissioned in November 2019 by the Institute for Systems & Metabolism Research (IMSR) to form part of the annual BBC airing of the RSI Christmas Science Lecture series. It was performed in the Bramall Building (UoB) and Thinktank Science Museum, December 2019. The show reached over 200 people respectively and was well received by audiences.

Collaborators/Performers: Scientists from the IMSR Dept 

Photography: Jon Mueller

Videography: Rachel Bunce (RB Films)

This was created and performed in November & December 2019

It Came From Outer Space FOR MoonFest

 

July 2019 marked the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission. The brilliant theatre company, Little Earthquake, curated a whole programme called Moonfest dedicated to all different kinds of space related fun and activities in and around Birmingham. As part of the festival, Little Earthquake commissioned LYNNEBEC to boldly go where (almost) nobody had gone before — behind the scenes at the Lapworth Museum of Geology.

 

In just under a week we developed an escape room style tour in the archives of the Lapworth where 99% of their artefacts are stored. Groups of 15 joined two aliens, Agent 1 and Agent B in the archives, to find three essentials power sources to communicate their location to planet Neptune before they were caught by the evil Despine Team. With a little help from the public, the three power sources were found: a 4.6 billion year old, 700 thousand year old dinosaur egg and the ever-glowing Franklinite.

 

Show Copy: We’re inviting you to tag along for a theatrical guided tour, led by Birmingham-based company LYNNEBEC, which lifts the lid on some of Lapworth’s most prized specimens. Step through to a rarely glimpsed space, lined with magical moving shelves, all packed with marvels from deep underground and some stunning extra-terrestrial treasures.

But if we dig even further beneath the surface, what secrets might we uncover — not just about the objects on display — but also about the mysterious tour guide…?

This event coincided with Lapworth’s Family Fun Day on the theme of Celebrating Geology Today and formed part of the Museum’s wider programme of entertaining, inspiring and educational family activities which run regularly throughout the year.

Photography and Videography: Alex Earle (alexURL)

Dramaturgy & Scriptwriting: Vita Fox

This was created and performed in July 2019

Untitled @ Barber Lates

 

‘Untitled’ is a piece that plays on the classic contemporary art troupe of leaving works of art, titleless. However, for the protagonists of this project, that has always been their fate. The Barber Institute of Fine Art commissioned LYNNEBEC to take over the galleries and create a piece responding to an exhibition about the exploitation of animals in art. 

 

The portrayal of animals in classical art traditions has always been slapped with a heavy human metaphor/anthropomorphic focus. The exhibition that inspired the piece, focused heavily on the servitude of animals during the industrial revolution, and their untold work that helped progress human advancement. 

 

We approached creation using 3 examples of animal exploitation:

 

  • Horse racing 

  • Fox hunting

  • Intensive farming 

 

We explored the space looking at what the gallery space offered to support the movement quality, and identifying how the gallery was similarly littered with aesthetic or decorative features, that depicted animals in metaphorical symbols of beauty and power. 

Incorporating these elements we choreographed 3 sections that travelled across the gallery spaces, that could be active during the Barber Lates event for which this piece formed the only performative part. 

The performers moved around the space with abstract animalistic qualities and would settle in the space around the decorative animalistic elements previously identified. 

The climax of the piece was a horse race in the main hall set to Greig, Hall of the Mountain King. After racing the horses to exhaustion it seamlessly transitioned into Dolly Parton's 9-5, where the performers broke into pairs with a jive inspired choreography about intensive dairy farming. This melted into fox hunting waltz choreography, to Ella Fitzgerald’s I’ve Got You Under My Skin. The foxes are slowly picked off one by one whilst still trying to maintain a facade of calm. Finally, the animals returned to the theatre from which they had emerged, contained in a space of metaphor and meaning, unable to escape the human eye. 

 

Collaborators: Nathan Lafayette, Eleanor Rattenbury, Chun To Yueng, Marcus Paragpuri,

Production Manager: Elliott Mitchell 

Photography: Flavia Guro

This was created and performed in January 2019

deepfake @ Lapworth Lates

 

In an age of touchscreens and wireless, we are able to seek out and retain a wide range of information from powerful search engines and social media. These technological advances work wonders for our medical industry and keep us connected worldwide; but what happens if these new, high-tech systems keep advancing and we can’t keep up? 

 

deepfake was commissioned as part of the Lapworth Lates, an evening dedicated to artist-led work presented in the museum. Inspired by the brief to portray ‘Monsters’, we decided to explore the perceived monsters of technology in modern culture; A.I, the internet and censorship, and how technology is shaping the way we communicate in contemporary society.

 

The piece included highly choreographed movement, circus skills, projection and a new piece of composed music. Storyline highlighted snapshots of social media addiction, artificial intelligence, and our relationship with technology in the 21st century. We used the main exhibition space of the Lapworth Museum of Geology, playing off certain structural and exhibition elements to project and move on throughout the piece. 

 

Collaborators: Eleanor Rattenbury, Chun To Yueng, Satya Baskaran, Laurs Oakly, Natalie Rowe

Composer: Dan Cippico

Projection and Videography: Alex Earle (alexURL)

Production Manager: Elliott Mitchell 

Photography: Greg Milner

This was created and performed in November 2018

Taste Tapestry @ Lapworth Lates

 

Taste Tapestry was our first commission by the University of Birmingham Public Engagement Dept and Lapworth Museum of Geology, to form part of the Lapworth Lates. 

 

Inspired by the brief, ‘Dinosaurs in Popular Culture’, we explored that impulsive moment when you walk into a museum and you want to taste the exhibition or taste what the dinosaurs tasted a billion years of incomprehensible time ago. Linking this to paleo/modern cultural obsession with eating clean and fresh and thinking like the dinosaurs.

We became fascinated with trends like the paleo/caveman diet which led us to the discussions of superfoods such as Spirulina and Cacao. How have we created a full 360 in our diets and were now considering eating foods like spirulina, one of the oldest inhabitants of the planet, appearing 3.6 billion years ago, it provided an evolutionary bridge between bacteria and green plants. So often we enter into a museum and we can look and listen to the different artefacts, but what if we had the chance to taste and smell them too? 

 

We had smorgasbords/canopes of plant’s that would have been around the time of the dinosaurs (or things that replicated plants) for people to try. We also had rocks for people try as that also formed part of the diet. These were mixed with the raw superfoods that people eat today as part of the paleo diet. 

 

After the boards, performers dressed as creatures emerged and began interacting with the audience and the space. Using the idea of animalistic territory and space, survival of the fittest, 

Ever wondered what a fossil might taste like? Taste Tapestry was a multi-sensory experience that combined food and beautifully crafted movement. The piece was durational and explored the link between superfood trends in modern society and the diet of herbivore dinosaurs.

 

Collaborators: Eleanor Rattenbury, Laurs Oakley, Marcus Paragpuri

Production Manager: Elliott Mitchell

Photography: Greg Milner

This was created and performed in July 2018

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