‘Futures’ explores way forward for Performance

Posted on October 11, 2011

The first stage of an intriguing project involving Manchester Camerata – researchers from the Royal Northern College of Music and two Manchester based dancers is currently underway. The ‘Futures’ project has been launched as part of Camerata’s commitment to continuing development and innovation.


This pilot project was funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and will run for five years and plans to explore how new approaches to performance can develop the ways musicians look at themselves and communicate within the ensemble and also with audiences. 

The first period of workshops took place in September, led by Manchester-based dancers Joseph Lau and Bridget Fiske, working with a core group of Camerata players, alongside Head of Creative Programming, Manus Carey, and the project researcher Jane Oakland.  

  Dancer Bridget Fiske    Dancer Joe Lau 

Using the Viewpoints method, developed by theatre director Anne Bogart, the workshops used simple movements to explore all the aspects of awareness and focus that create performance.  The techniques were then applied to playing instruments.  A second group of workshops on improvisation and movement will take place in November led by the cellist Matthew Barley. The project builds on the cross-genre performance and learning work undertaken by Manchester Camerata in recent years.  The results of the research could have potential for national significance to be shared with other orchestras and institutions


Bridget Fiske is a dance theatre artist working across performance, choreography and facilitation for theatre, outdoor/sited contexts and also works in collaboration with new media. Bridget has worked across company, major international and independent projects. 

Joseph Lau is an artist across Dance and Theatre, having performed with Buzz Dance Theatre, Opera Queensland, Dance North, Dynion Pro, Slunglow and Barking Gecko Theatre Company as well as on many independent projects. Joseph also works in choreography, dramaturgy and facilitation. 


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