New screen print paper collages- March 2016

I was revisiting recently some screen prints I made a few years back now, I looked at them in a new way, with new ideas informing my thinking right now. They are all original screen prints worked on with paper and card. I have been thinking about the meeting point of abstract forms and representative forms as I work on the new Two Destination Language piece Declining Solo. More coming soon….IMG_20160313_133748

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LANDED : Two Destination Language

Hello WORLD! My May has been mad!

We ( Alister and I from Two Destination Language) conceived, made and designed our new show LANDED! LANDED is an intimate outdoor piece based on memories of love and falling in love. Working with four non professional performers over the age of 70 we created a beautiful performance encounter where the intimacy and magic of theatre melt your heart and break any notions of age, love and what it is to find yourself back on your feet! Below are some images of the set/installation.

Originally commissioned by and presented at Salisbury International Arts Festival in 2015, it has toured to Eastleigh Unwrapped, Arts by the Sea Festival Bournemouth, Ageing Well Festival Brixham Devon, Hat Fair Winchester, Elland Yorkshire and Landlines and Watermarks Piece Hall Halifax.

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Salisbury Playhouse: work and design with young people

I am pleased to say that the two plays I designed for Salisbury Playhouse’s young company Moonfleece and Discontented Winter are looking smashing and there is yellow, pink, red and blue a plenty. I am very happy with the set which was essentially a scaffolding construction I had designed. To me however, it makes it even more exciting because it’s recyclable- its cheap to hire and we don’t have a lot of set to throw away or store, so in my green book- that’s definitely a winner! The costumes, I doubt will be easily reusable as they are quite wacky and specific, but then again- perhaps someone out there is looking to hire a dog costume, pink crazy tutus, geometric tops and well lots of props made from cardboard- guns, knifes, mobile phones and binoculars!

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Moonfleece & Discontented Winter
Moonfleece & Discontented Winter set

Two award winning shows at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014

I am just back from a fantastic month at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival . This year’s Festival was extraordinary! I return to England with TWO AWARD winning shows, both costume and set designs by me, Katherina Radeva!

– Falling in Love with Frida by Caroline Bowditch won a Herald Angel Award

– Near Gone won a Total Theatre Award for Innovation, Experimentation and Playing with Form.

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Falling in Love with Frida by Caroline Bowditch
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Near Gone by Two Destination Language

Dusty Feet begins!

As Falling in Love with Frida by Caroline Bowditch continues to tour- and if you haven’t seen it already, you really should- it’s a juicy performance, I have started designing the print for the Dusty Feet exhibition! Dusty Feet will open on 17 July 2014 at Salisbury Library! Its an exhibition exploring meanings and the evolution of language and its a project ran by Wiltshire Council and Two Destination Language. So, I am designing plinths, the print for the exhibition, the general lay out and all the little nuts and bolts that will string the show together.
You can get involved too http://www.twodestinationlanguage.com/?page_id=1196
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Falling in Love with Frida

So, Falling in Love with Frida by Caroline Bowditch is touring now! Go and see this jem of a dance theatre show!
7-8 March 2014 at CCA, Glasgow
20 March 2014 at Basement, Brighton
30 March 2014 at Skanes Dan’s Tester, Malmo, Sweden
16 May 2014 at Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth
12-17 August 2014 at Dance Base, Edinburgh Fringe Festival

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World Stage Design 2013, Cardiff

I have just had an absolutely amazing week at WSD2013 in Cardiff. Brilliant designs from all over the world- a very inspirational time- thank you Sean Crowley, Fiona Watt and everyone in the the amazing team who made the event happen and the week run like water!

I was there with Two Destination Language’s piece A Journey of a Home- a one on one audio performance walk, a piece I designed in 2011 which is still happily touring in the UK and abroad. Here is a few images of the Booth and journey cards.

 

May- keeping it simple!

Two Destination Language have been making their new show Near Gone– a piece about survival against all odds.

All along we knew that for Near Gone we wanted to keep things simple, I start with a stage full of floating fake fishes and real ones in glass jars but in the end we ended up with fake flowers, and now we are looking into the budget to find some spares to use real flowers. Yes, that’s right- four hundred white fresh carnation for each show. I know, it will be pricey but also very beautiful, so here is how Near Gone is shaping up- keeping it simple as I said.

Near Gone, photo by Alma Haser