We are delighted to announce seven local artists and companies have received a total of £61,000 of funding to create, develop and showcase brand new performances supported by Bradford Producing Hub’s Make Work grants programme.
Music Producer Josh Depass will be working on a new production Tale of 2 Estates, a compelling story of Bradford’s youth with drill artists, local singers and rappers. Artist JoAnne Haines will be creating a participatory performance Dancing with Colours, a show where audiences become artists and Yuvel Soria will create and present AJAYU Transitorio a live performance and installation inspired by the traditional celebration of the Day of the Dead in Bolivia. All three artists and companies have been awarded a grant of £15,000 to create, develop and present these brand new performances in Bradford.
Beth Knight from archipelago theatre collective received a £5,000 grant to collaborate with Laurence Young to research and develop Santa Must Die! A raucous new gig theatre show about zero hour contracts, written by Rosie MacPherson with music by Sean Ryan.
In her new project Fishing Net Soul artist and writer Letty McHugh was awarded a £5,000 grant to research how Viking traditions around storytelling and narrative textiles can be used to radically reframe the stories we tell about Multiple Sclerosis.
Playwright and poet Liz Mytton was awarded a £3,000 grant to collaborate with Marcus Lee in the research of Love in a Northern Town, a live performance comprising three plays combining music and video. The stories explore the enduring power of art and music to communicate the one thing that everyone needs and that is able to transcend language and ethic boundaries – love.
Musician Augustin Bousfield received a £3,000 grant to research the blueprint for Bradford Psychogeographical Synthesiser in collaboration with composer David Cranmer. They will develop a machine resembling a dramatic 3D relief map of Bradford and its surrounding region that not only contains a diverse archive of sounds from every corner of the city, but also enables anyone to play them by gesturing over an area or building and then manipulating with a variety of audio effects.
We are super excited to fund and support the creation and development of new performances in Bradford, and we can’t wait to unleash all of the creative work from this fantastic cohort of artists in the next few months.
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