WORKS

Here is a complete list of performative projects. It includes company works, commissions and residencies.

YES REF!

 

ABOUT

For the RSC’s premiere of ‘The Boy In The Dress’ by David Walliams, The RSC staged a family fun day for local families and audiences. 

 

YES REF! features 2 high energy, approachable, fun, physical, larger than life referees brimming with enthusiasm and charm. Their colourful get up and accompanying boom box playlist responded to another of the artists Megan Clark-Bagnall’s  Smash the Stereotypes celebrating the individual differences that make us who we are and changing narratives around footabll. 

 

Ron and Barry spent the day wandering round Stratford-Upon-Avon, breaking into circus skits, setting up spontaneous football games with passersby, and spreading a whole lotta energy.

CREDITS

 

Commissioned by:

Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC)

 

Creative Team:

LYNNEBEC

[Redacted] Night Tour

 

ABOUT

Seemingly just another event in the string of light-hearted Halloween activities, [Redacted] Night Tour looks to be just another after-hours adventure around the museum. As the tour gets underway, it quickly becomes clear there’s something amiss at the Lapworth. Combining all the twists and turns of a psychological thriller, [Redacted] Night Tour is guaranteed to push both the nerve and imagination of the audience to their limits, whilst discovering the delights of the Lapworth Museum.

 

[Redacted] Night Tour was our first Arts Council supported project. It led 200 audience members, (over two nights and split into four different tour groups) around hidden exhibitions, blending interlocking narratives, fact, fiction and physical theatre in a psychological thriller. 

 

The project was created through the incredible and generous support of the Lapworth Musuem and University staff and a 20 strong team including visual artists, choreographers, dancers, actors, writers and volunteers. 

This was created and performed in October 2019.

CREDITS

Set Design/Visual Artist

Laurie Ramsell 

Composer/Sound Artist:

Dan Cipicco

Videography & Photography:

Alex Earle (alexURL) 

Production Manager:

Elliott Mitchell 

Intern 

Emily Elwell Deighton 

Performers/Devisors (Live)

Sullivan Holderbach 

Robert Hemming

Sipho Ndlovu 

Eleanor Rattenbury

Performers (Video Trailers)

Jack Davies 

Emma Phelan

Volunteers:

Jake Adderly, Mariem Saavedra, Jazz Collins, Becky Pringle, James Blake-Butler, Francesca Hayman, Romy Ashmore-Hills, Misha Mah, Harriet Butler, Patrick McCool 

With Thanks to:

Jon Clatworthy, Lizzy Goodger, Aerona Moore, Sarah Jane Watkinson 

It Came From Outer Space!

 

ABOUT

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.

 

LYNNEBEC 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 hidden artefacts to help them reboot their ship before the evil Despines caught them. 

 

These artefacts  included a section of 4.6 billion year old meteorite, a 700 thousand year old dinosaur egg and some of the most amazing crystal minerals.

CREDITS

 

Commissioned by:

Little Earthquake

Partners:

Lapworth Geology Museum

Videography & Photography:

Alex Earle (alexURL) 

Script Support: 

Vita Fox

 

Performers/Devisors:

LYNNEBEC

Fashion Parade

 

ABOUT

The Migrant Festival is a short four day festival hosted by Ikon Gallery to showcase visual art, film, music and performance. 

LYNNEBEC were approached by Ikon Gallery to collaborate with Designer Osman Yousefzada to perform in a fashion parade through the city centre, featuring his spring/summer collection. LYNNEBEC worked alongside the designer and curatorial team to create a short section of choreography to pause the catwalk throughout different parts of the city.

 

This also featured mask work from Laurie Ramsell who created a large head piece inspired by the Hew Locke Exhibition that led the line of performers through the streets of Birmingham. The procession began at the bottom of the Rotunda and continued along New Street to Centenary Way, Centenary Square, and finally along Broad Street to Ikon.

This was created and performed in June 2019.

CREDITS

Commissioned by:

Ikon Gallery for the Migrant Festival 

Designer:

Osman Yousefzada

Videography & Photography:

Mark  Worrall 

Performers:

Bronagh Wyatt

Eleanor Rattenbury

Jimmy Van Hear

William Jackson

Sophie Barraclough

Hannah Northern

Emma Phelan

Laurs Oakley

Chun To Yeung

Performers/Devisors:

LYNNEBEC

Rosie Tee Album Launch

 

ABOUT

To celebrate the release of Rosie Tee's Chambers EP, there was a launch event on Thursday 28th March 2019. It took place in the unique setting of The Edge in Digbeth.

 

We were commissioned to open the event with a site-specific premiere that visualised the narrative of Chambers EP through performance. Using Rosie Tee’s lyrics as inspiration for each section of the piece, the choreography moved across the space integrating acrobalance, improvisation and resulted in the audience joining us to dance in the space. This was a collaborative project with local dancers Nathan Lafayette and Hannah Northern who assisted in the choreography and devising of the piece. 

 

Collaborators: Nathan Lafayette, Hannah Northern

Photography by Helen Ingram

This was created and performed in March 2019.

CREDITS

Commissioned by:

Rosie Tee

Videography & Photography:

Helen Ingram

Performers/Devisors:

Nathan Lafayette

Hannah Northern

Untitled

 

ABOUT

‘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 X music. After racing the horses to exhaustion it seamlessly transitioned into Dolly Parton 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 Fitzgerlad 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.

 

This was created and performed in January 2019.

CREDITS

Commissioned by:

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Production Manager:

Elliott Mitchell 

Videography & Photography:

Flavia Guro

Performers/Devisors:

Nathan Lafayette

Hannah Northern

Eleanor Rattenbury

Chun To Yueng

Ink & Strike

 

LYNNEBEC along with 10 other emerging artists and 3 guest practitioners worked together over a 3-week residency to create a site-specific performance. In the final week, each artist created 1 or 2 short pieces inspired by the space.These pieces were linked through a promenade performance.

STRIKE

 

Strike was inspired by the working men’s social club (in the upstairs of the Loco) where workers would come to play a game of skittles.  With the audience sat in traverse, the piece took form in a game of skittles in the 80’s, with union workers as the skittles and the players as Tory Government/Maggie Thatcher, all to the sound of the Village People’s YMCA.  

 

As the game goes on, the union workers relentlessly get knocked down and back up again, the Right keep scoring cheated points and so the piece ended with the union workers striking. 

INK 

In the ash pit tunnels, where the trains carry letters, cargo, people into Bristol, we explored the untold stories of the space, the unseen moments and the lost letters. 

Centring around the lost letter of a lovers affair, the piece interjected moments of still life in the station and the Bristol riots in 1831. The narrative was pre-recorded and projected through 2 speakers, whilst two performers in white boxer shorts and vests, danced (with acrobatic moments), the love affair in the letters. 

 

Above them, a postal bag/hessian sack dripped blue ink onto the bodies of performers and the letters that the performers slowly pulled out of the crannies of the space. 

CREATION

 

SpaceCraft Residency at the 

Loco Klub/ Bristol Tunnels

September 2018

Practitioners involved:

Invisible Circus

Sarah Fielding

Adam Peck
Impermanence Dance 

University of Bath Music Department

Minatour Mind
 

ABOUT

In April 2018, LYNNEBEC joined singer-songwriter Iora in Cirencester to film her debut music video. After a couple of consultation sessions, we choreographed the single ‘Minotaur Mind’.

 

This was a conceptual piece that focussed on the lyrics in the song, battling with the voices in your head that say you can or can’t achieve something. 

 

IORA’s music is a combination of vocal and instrumental harmonies, married with electronic samples and sounds, intriguing the audience with its originality. IORA tells stories, fascinating in their melodies and musical delivery, with a blend of folk tones. She has a unique, versatile voice, singing her own haunting arrangements, which are a mix of electronica, pop and trip-hop. The live loops and electronic instruments build to create songs that will stay with you and are instantly memorable.

 

IORA has been championed by BBC introducing Manchester and BBC Radio Manchester. IORA's debut single, Thieves' Den, has been selected to be a part of BBC introducing Radar playlist curated by Sigrid (Winner of BBC Sound of 2018). IORA was also mentioned on BBC Radio 2 as an ‘artist to watch for 2018’ from Manchester. Thieves ‘ Den has also had a recent play on Tom Robison’s show on BBC6 Music.

This was created in April 2018.

CREDITS

 

Musician & Lead Artist: 

IORA/Holly Phelps

Videography:

Abigail Henry 

Stage Management Intern:

Elliott Mitchell 

Performers/Devisors:

LYNNEBEC

Epicene
 

ABOUT

Epicene was our first piece together. We are still working it out, or it’s still working us out. 

 

Either way, we settled on it exploring, the breath and celebrating connectivity. On average, the human attention span lasts approximately 8 seconds, we sometimes forget that our bodies will just keep living for us – almost without us. Knotting together ambitious movement, circus, blindfolds, sound and film, we enlisted the help of Oxford-based sound artist Harriet Butler to explore the possibilities of sound and movement. Epicene was an open, playful exploration of how we pay attention to our bodies.

 

Epicene which was created for De-Stress Festival at Attenborough Arts Centre Gallery, February 2018. We performed it again at Old Joint Stock in March 2018. 

CREDITS

 

Photography at Old Joint Stock:

Emma Jones 

 

Photography at Attenborough: 

Matthew Cawrey

 

Dramaturgy:

Vita Fox

Eleanor Rattenbury

G Sian

Videography & Photography:

Alex Earle (alexURL) 

Stage Management Intern:

Elliott Mitchell 

Performers/Devisors:

LYNNEBEC

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