Dynamic Dance Music and Film


2016 Wales Theatre Awards


Earthfall’s 2015 immersive touring production, Stories from a Crowded Room, was presented with the Best Dance Production Award at the 2016 Wales Theatre Awards.

Speaking after the awards ceremony in Cardiff, Jessica Cohen said: “The company took a risk presenting such a large-scale work, with ten performers on stage and live music, especially in the current climate.  Our audiences and critics provided amazingly positive feedback during the tour and I’m proud that we took the risk – after all, Arts Council of Wales subsidised companies are encouraged to be risk taking.”

Earthfall founders and joint Artistic Directors Jessica Cohen and Jim Ennis also received the Special Achievement Award.

Jim Ennis accepted the award, saying “Jess and I have been creative partners for over 25 years.  Thank you for this award and congratulations to all the nominees and all those performers, directors and creative individuals who just get up and do it despite this climate of adversity.”

A press release on each of the awards can be downloaded from the links:

Best Dance Production Award 

Special Achievement Award 

group winners

The Award Presenters and Winners

Jim & Jess

Earthfall Joint Artistic Directors Jessica Cohen & Jim Ennis


After 25 Years of Producing


After 25 years producing award-winning productions and film, not just in Wales but across the UK and many other countries, Earthfall will not be included in the Arts Council of Wales portfolio of revenue funded organisations from April 2016.  In late October we were informed by an independent assessor appointed by ACW, that we were unable to appeal ACW’s decision, or their assessment process.

Whilst our current production Stories from a Crowded Room was touring this autumn across Wales and England, to sell-out performances, the board and staff have been considering this decision.  Earthfall will continue to deliver education and participation activity, and produce high quality touring work.

As a result of this reduction of core funding, our Board have made the decision to scale down the core operation and release all staff from their contracts from 31st March 2016.  We are upset to be loosing such a talented and creative team of people and, if you are interested in employing them, please do get in touch.

As a result of this scaling down, our opportunities for continuing to be an employer of a large number of performers and creative colleagues will be limited.  Earthfall will no longer have access to a permanent office space or the benefit of a consistent administrative, marketing and education/participation infrastructure. Therefore, we will also be unable to continue to offer emerging artists free R&D/production support, free technical equipment, loan of vehicles and mentoring as the resources to provide this support will be focussed on our core activity of producing work.  The development of new work will be funded on a project basis and our education and participation will no longer be subsidised.  We are continuing to help develop the next generation of performers during their professional training via our partnerships with Universities in Wales and England.

Over the last 25 years Earthfall have employed over 300 creative individuals, freely supported 35 emerging artists, produced 28 new touring productions (always commissioning new music, performed live at every performance), and three of the company’s films have been screened across the world, one winning a prestigious BAFTACymru award.

Earthfall would like to thank our audiences, colleagues and people across the world who have written to express support for the company at this time and have supported the company during the last 25 years.  Earthfall will continue to create new productions, tour, and work with highly creative and inspiring individuals– just in a different way.


Autumn Tour closes in Birmingham


Thank you to everybody who attended a performance in Birmingham, and a special thanks to the Front of House and technical staff. We hope Sam, who was on work experience, enjoyed his time at mac and gained an insight into how a touring dance company operates. It was a great way to end the autumn tour, with the park outside mac looking wonderfully autumnal – a perfect setting for Bonfire Night.

The post show talk was our busiest of our tour; it’s always special to hear our Artistic Directors talk about their creative process. We love talking to people about our work, if you couldn’t make our post show talks but have questions please let us know using the #EFstories hashtag, and keep your eyes peeled for answers on Facebook and Twitter.

Take a look at the photo gallery of our time in Birmingham below:


Stories from a Crowded Room Study Pack


Earthfall have produced a free digital resource as an accompaniment to Stories from a Crowded Room. It is a multi media resource for anybody who wants to find out more about the company, devising process, or individual show segments; including a chance to explore some of the creative tasks that the company went through to create the production.

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Download the FREE iBook


There are also study packs from previous productions on our website.

The company have been in the studio this week recording the Stories from a Crowded Room soundtrack. Keep an eye on our Soundcloud to download the soundtrack for free.

Contact Kelly Barr at education@earthfall.org.uk for additional education and participation opportunities.


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