During the autumn 2015 tour of ‘Stories from a Crowded Room’, as part of our audience development project, we were shadowed by Catherine Gomez, a Bristol-based film-maker.
Originally her brief was to film the company on tour and make a documentary about the creation of the production, and the life of a touring dance/physical theatre company. However, just as Catherine was starting to make the film, we received notice from the Arts Council of Wales that we would not be part of their new Revenue Funded Portfolio from 1st April 2016. The documentary then gained a life of its own as current performers, previous company members and collaborators contacted us and wanted to take part.
Stories from a Crowded Room went on to win the Wales Theatre Award for Best Dance in 2015, and the production sold out at venues across Wales and England.
Celebrating over 25 years of making live performance and film, this documentary looks back at an incredible archive of work, features interviews with company members, collaborators, and our two Artistic Directors, as well as behind-the-scenes footage of the Autumn tour.
The Documentary will receive its premiere on Saturday 2nd April 2016 at 1830 at the Atrium Building, with the kind support of the University of South Wales. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion examining the future of making dance for film, Chaired by Matthew Gough (University of South Wales), with Chris Lewis-Smith (Bath Spa University), Catherin Gomez, Film-maker, and Jessica Cohen & Jim Ennis, joint-Artistic Directors Earthfall.
Tickets are FREE and can be booked via the following link: https://earthfall.eventbrite.co.uk
Dance and Live Music Jam Session
This is an opportunity to join Jessica Cohen (Joint Artistic Director) and company performers for a dance and music jam session.
Friday 4th March, 17.00 – 20.00, Earthfall Studio at Chapter Arts Centre
Friday 11th March, 17.00 – 20.00, Earthfall Studio at Chapter Arts Centre
Open to final year students and professional dancers and musicians.
The jam session will take the form of structured improvisations both by the dancers and musicians. The aim of these sessions is to understand a mutuality between live music and movement and have fun while doing it.
Please note these classes are FREE to attend and places are limited. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place.
These classes are supported by the Arts Council of Wales
Are you a Creative Producer?
Earthfall are looking to appoint a freelance Creative Producer to work with the joint Artistic Directors and the Board on the next stage of the company’s development.
Ideally, you will have experience of working across the UK and in mainland Europe. For full details please download the recruitment pack.
The closing date for expressions of interest is noon on Monday 29th February. Please ensure you submit your application before the deadline as we will be unable to accept late applications.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Simon Lovell Jones, Chair
This site location film is a companion piece to the original stage production ‘Chelsea Hotel’ which toured the UK in spring and autumn of 2013. The production won a Wales Theatre Award for Best Small-Scale Dance, and was nominated for Best Dance in the Manchester Theatre Awards. The film was shot whilst on tour at an ‘infamous’ hotel in the North of England.
Directed by Jessica Cohen and Jim Ennis
Camera and Editing by Mike Blackwood Barnes (Tallmanfilms.com)
Rosalind Haf Brooks
Alex Marshall Parsons
Composition and Music:
Click through to the Production Archive for more information about the production, behind the scene footage, soundtrack and gallery.
Chelsea Hotel was supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of England and the Performing Rights Society Foundation.
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