Dynamic Dance Music and Film


Week 1 #EFstories


Stories from a Crowded Room is under way, with the first week of rehearsal taking place down at the WNO rehearsal rooms.

Returning from the R&D period in Sept/Oct 2014, we have our 5 Earthfall Dancers:

They are joined by previous Earthfall dancers

We are also delighted to welcome back

  • Rachael O’Neill who worked with us as an apprentice for the R&D and now returns as a professional Earthfall dancer.

Alongside them will be

Our two wonderfully talented musicians who worked with the dancers during the R&D.  You can find out all about them by visiting our Biography page.

Week 1 has been an intense period for the dancers, and team.  This is the largest production Earthfall have worked on and the piece is a new style of performing with the dancers moving fast and close around audience who are in the space with them

Great to be back in rehearsals and we can’t wait to tour Wales in May. See full tour dates and book tickets here.


Meet David Johnson


IMG_2019My name is David Johnson; I have just taken over as Touring and Development Officer here at Earthfall. I have been engaging with the arts for most of my life. As a lifelong musician I have performed as part of many

projects across the UK. I spent many years living in Manchester where I was able to develop some great community art projects. While studying at University I initiated a community Samba project; we delivered workshops in Primary Schools and Young Offenders Centres and regularly played sets at some of Manchester’s club nights. I also took advantage of Manchester’s vibrant arts scene and ran a regular night of music, poetry and drama.


I used these experiences to spend three years working with Manchester City Council. The focus of my role was to deliver music workshops to adults with a wide range of learning disabilities in one of Manchester’s most deprived areas. I am passionate about increasing access to the arts for people with disabilities. I have worked with some amazing artists who are committed to making sure the arts do not become inaccessible to vulnerable groups.


I have recently returned from living in Barcelona for two years. During this time I was able to learn Spanish and work as a language teacher and a proof-reader. I also linked up with a Spanish Language theatre company and developed the score for their production 9 Metros. I returned to the UK absolutely committed to working for a creative and challenging company, which shared my passion for creativity and community engagement. I am thrilled to have joined the team at Earthfall; I am inspired by their previous works I am very excited by their plans for the future. I was drawn to Earthfall for a number of reasons. Their work is energetic, unusual and challenges the audience to interpret the narrative themselves. I love the more experimental side of film, music and theatre and was impressed by Earthfall’s use of fantastic live scores and progressive work in film.

Everyone at Earthfall has been really welcoming and I am enjoying discovering Cardiff and all it has to offer in the arts.

Follow David on Twitter @davidJonson_

Gill Banks – Artist in Residence


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.”

You can find out more about Gill at her website: http://gillbanksartstudent.tumblr.com/or follow her on Twitter @gillbanksart

Work for Earthfall

Participate, Plus, Production

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:



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:  jobs@earthfall.org.uk.  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.

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