Dynamic Dance Music and Film


Rachael O’Neill

Participate, Production

Stories from a Crowded Room is now in it’s second week of R&D so it is more than about time we introduced you to one of our apprentices:

First up is the incredibly talented Rachael O’Neill.

Rachael, originally hails from Glasgow, but graduated from Northern Contemporary Dance School (with a 1st Class Honors) and went on to perform in Verve, the postgraduate performance company 2013/14 where she toured works by Ben Duke, Lea Anderson and Jamaal Burkmar nationally and internationally.   Following that she managed to squeeze in working for Watkins Dance, doing the R&D for Four Walls, before coming to join us in the beginning of September.  A busy summer, but she did have this to say about her successfully achieving one of the three Earthfall apprentice positions:

“I’m very much looking forward to working with Earthfall to explore their creative process, meet new and exciting people and to be part of this new project.”

And we are certainly enjoying working with her creativity and enthusiasm.  She is not only a talented young dancer but also a keen blogger and you can find out more by going to her blog http://rachaeloneill.com/ 

Remember to keep following us on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest updates straight from the studio.  #StoriesRD

Stories from a Crowded Room


Next week see’s the first stage of Stories from a Crowded Room begin with a four week research and development stage.

This initial period will work with 5 of the Earthfall company, Rosalind Haf Brooks, Alex Marshall Parsons, Iaine Payne, Beth Powlesland and Lara Ward.  They will be joined by three new apprentices, Sara MacQueen, Rachael O’Neill and Tal Weinstein. These three new graduates from Northern Contemporary Dance School will work with the company as part of Earthfall’s paid apprenticeship scheme.  Alongside these 8 performers Earthfall are joined by 2 new musicians; Rhi Williams Eric Martin Kamosi.  They will work with Artistic Directors Jessica Cohen and Jim Ennis to explore the themes of  spacial confinement, sensory, sensuality and spontaneity within explosive and intimate virtuoso dance and interactive narrative.

The final production which goes into rehearsals in Spring 2015 and will tour Spring and Autumn 2015, aims to be an all embracing immersive experience for the audience.  Earthfall will embed the audience within the action; the choreography, fully surround film and live music and investigates the blurring of boundaries between spectator and performer with empathy and humour.  Through the use of interactive digital technology audiences will be able to interact with the structure, performers and musicians, providing guided stimulus throughout the piece.

The final company will consist of 8 performers, 2 musicians and 2 technicians.

Keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter for photos and videos from the rehearsal rooms.

Poland 2014

Participate, Plus, Production

Earthfall are taking part in  RetroPerSpektywy Festival in Ludz, 21-24 August 2014.


Poland 2014

Artistic Directors Jessica Cohen and Jim Ennis along with Earthall dancers Alex Marshall Parsons and Lara Ward are continuing Earthfall’s long standing relationship with Theatr Chorea; they will deliver a number of talks and workshops based around Earthfall’s past productions.

Find out more and see a gallery of their activity in Poland here.

Apprenticeship Scheme Audition Notice

Participate, Production


Earthfall is looking to appoint three apprentice dancers in September / October 2014 for the rehearsal and development period of their new production ‘Stories from a Crowded Room’.  

The apprentice dancers must be classified as soon‐to‐be or recent graduate (completing studies after June 2013).  They should be someone that will benefit from the experience of working with a professional company during the creative process of making new work.

The apprentices will work alongside the company to directly contribute artistically, and will develop their technique through Earthfall’s ethos and

You can find out more by downloading the information packs here:

Thank you to Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru | Arts Council of Wales for funding this position.





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