Introducing Gill Banks
Gill Banks is a talented artist working on inspiration from Earthfall’s 25 year archive of image, film, dance, notes, photos, stories and interviews with Artistic Directors Jessica Cohen and Jim Ennis.
Earthfall have a history of working with Visual Artists from University of South Wales (previously University of Glamorgan) and this year we are delighted to be hosting the wonderful Gill Banks as an artist in residence. (See The Factory / At Swim Two Boys)
As this is our 25th year, we thought it would be a great project for her to look at the history of Earthfall and create a piece of artwork based on this as inspiration. Gill has spent a long time going through videos, images, notebooks, stories, personal histories as well as interviewing our Artistic Directors Jessica Cohen and Jim Ennis. The placement takes place over three month from Dec 2014 – Feb 2015 and will culminate in a presentation of her work through digital channels with the potential of an exhibition.
In her own words:
“I hesitate to describe myself as a mature student. My art is a long way from being mature. Finally free to pursue my passion, I’m at last a student, joining the University of South Wales at its birth. So, here we both are, the University and I, both old and new at the same time.”
Earthfall is seeking a new member of staff to join the core team.
Earthfall enters its 25th year of activity in 2014/15 and is seeking a creative thinking Development / Touring Officer to join the producing team. In 2015, the company will be producing a new mid-scale work, which will tour the UK (including a London season), with potential mainland European touring.
The Role would suit someone who has some experience of working in the arts and wishes to develop their experience in a general management / producing role. Earthfall is committed to providing personal and professional development opportunities for its entire staff.
Click below for full role and personal specification:
DEVELOPMENT OFFICER ROLE (word)
Please send a full CV and a covering letter by email only, outlining your reasons for wanting to work with Earthfall, along with your professional experience and how it relates to the role, to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put the title DEVELOPMENT OFFICER in the subject line.
CV’s and accompanying letters must be received by noon on Monday 5th January 2015.
Stories from a Crowded Room R&D Video Footage
Earthfall led a week long residency with Coleg Ceredigion performing arts students, involving dance, physical theatre and music.
Over a period of five days, students under the direction of Earthfall’s artisitc team, devised a body of physical performances entitled Time is Constant. The team leading the project included Jessica Cohen, Co-artistic Director, Daniel Connor (At Swim Two Boys) , Rosalind Haf Brooks (Gravitas, Gig, The Factory, Chelsea Hotel, Stories from a Crowded Room) and musician and technician
The performance is based on the students’own personal family trees and what they would put in a box that they wanted to leave as a memory of themselves including their most treasured items. The work discusses themes such as ‘what would be their last words when they only had a little breath left?’, and the work also took into account different conflicts from around the world, such as current struggles in places like Ukraine and Syria.
“This is the second year running that we have been lucky enough to distract Earthfall from their busy international schedule to get them to work alongside our theatre and dance students to create a show,”explained Ashley Wallington, curriculum manager for the performing arts at Coleg Ceredigion. “Once again the experience has been incredible for all involved – the process and performance work has been exciting, cutting edge and life changing. Together they have created everything from scratch in a week, including choreography, lyrics, design and all of the musical composition. None of the students will ever make a show in the same way again.”
Jessica Cohen, artistic director of Earthfall commented: “It was great to come back for a second year and once again the students were absolutely fantastic to work with. Enthusiastic, talented and hard-working, we couldn’t have asked for a better group. We get just as much out of it as we hope they do, and we are looking forward to continuing our relationships with Coleg Ceredigion in the future. The work we do with these students directly help us feed into our next production Stories from a Crowded Room, which will tour from Spring 2015 onwards.”
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