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International Agatha Christie Festival

directed by James Tyson

Taz was the Co-ordinator for this festival.

The Agatha Christie Festival in Torquay was celebrated for the first time with an international twist in 2018. Directed by James Tyson and based at Torre Abbey, the festival this year aimed to see Agatha Christie the woman behind the books; an enthusiastic traveller and whose visits abroad inspired many settings for her books. The festival brought together lecturers and enthusiasts who have been participating in the festival for many years, alongside new artists from all over the world.

For more information, visit: https://www.iacf-uk.org

3 Stages for Lazarus

by Christopher Leith

Taz was a Producer for this performance, which was shown at the White Rock Theatre in Hastings in July 2015 and at JW3 in London as part of the Suspense Puppetry Festival 2015.

Combining live puppetry, acting, music, and using the story of Lazarus (minus Jesus), 3 Stages for Lazarus explores issues of life, death, illness, transformation, and investigates notions of creativity. It was written by master puppeteer Christopher Leith, who sadly passed away a couple of weeks before the performance at the Suspense Puppetry Festival after living with Motor Neurones Disease for 3 years. This project was as much about the development of Christopher as an artist with a degenerative illness and how his creative ideas continue to have a voice.

Find out more:
http://www.facebook.com/ChristopherLeith.Lazarus/
http://hastingsonlinetimes.co.uk/tag/the-3-stages-of-lazarus
http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/nov/08/3-stages-for-lazarus-review-puppetry-christopher-leith

Photograph by Guy Dartnell.

Henry V

by Passion in Practice

Taz was the Master of Shadows for this performance, which was shown at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and Tanner Street in summer 2015.

Directed by Ben Crystal, Passion in Practice's Henry V was performed in OP (original pronounciation) to a sell-out audience at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse as part of the Globe Education's Shakespeare inspired season.

More info: www.passioninpractice.com

Photograph by Aslam Husain

International Performance Festival Cardiff

directed by James Tyson

Taz was the Co-ordinator for this festival.

The International Performance Festival Cardiff was celebrated for the first time in 2014. Hosted by Chapter Arts Centre, it brought together both international and local artists over a three-week period. Each of these artists brought with them work that was developed in response to certain communities across the world. The festival included workshops, discussions, small and large scale performances in venues ranging from restaurants in the city to Chapter Arts Centre itself. 

For more information, visit: www.intagiblestudio.co.uk/ipfc

Aomori, Aomori

by Sioned Huws

Taz was the interpreter, one of the dancers, and contributor to the producing, stage managing and marketing of this project on three of its international tours.

 

Performed with a company of 10 dancers from across the world along with Japanese Tsuguru shamisen-players and Minyo singer, Aomori, Aomori is a dance project choreographed and conceptualised by Sioned Huws. Inspired by the landscapes of Aomori in Japan and Snowdonia in Wales, the piece explores ideas of memory, place and movements of everyday.

For more information, go to: http://sionedhuws.net/aomori/ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKBoP1H5gws

Photograph by Simona Fossi.

Who Killed the Elephant / A Dialogue

directed by Matilde Lopez

Taz worked as Assistant Producer on this evening of events, and also performed in "A Dialogue".

Who Killed the Elephant / A Dialogue was an event of live arts, including thearte, short film and two performance texts held at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff. The centre piece, Who Killed the Elephant is an award-winning play be Vee Leong which rethinks such concepts as discipline, mass, identity, state surveillance and development in Hong Kong. The evening began and ended with performance texts A Dialogue, and two short films.

For more information, go to: http://intangiblestudio.co.uk/who-killed-the-elephant/

Photograph by Jorge Lizalde