I've been working with Rosie Kay Dance Company again for the latest production MK Ultra. The work is a high energy, supercharged mash-up of thrilling dance, music and imagery inspired by the bizarre realm of pop culture mind control conspiracies. The soundtrack for MK ULTRA is a pulsating mash-up of trap, footwork, electronic sounds and manipulated samples. It’s music that makes you want to move and drives forward the dancers’ movements, much like the all-controlling MK ULTRA programmes supposedly dictating the actions of today’s celebrity icons. The score fluctuates between the fast [...]
I am looking forward to presenting work later this week as part of SLIP, brought to you by Fierce Festival! Across two days, eight artists will present new or existing work for the usually closed-to-public women’s slipper baths cubicles at Moseley Road Baths. They will be accompanied by a programme of short films curated by Kino 10. I will be taking over a cubicle in the slipper baths and presenting La Piscina, a site specific installation created from, as the title suggests, sounds recorded in a swimming pool. SLIP is co-organised with Friends [...]
I am getting set for a short residency at EMS Elektronmusikstudion, Stockholm from 10-14 August 2015. I will be working on developing material for a new multichannel work using material recorded on a field recording expedition to College Valley in Northumberland, earlier this year. I will also be armed with recording equipment and am looking forward to exploring the Stockholm archipelago during my stay.
FULL OF NOISES PRESENTS:WORKINGTON AND BEYOND – MULTI-CHANNEL WORKS BY BRONA MARTIN + CATHY LANE + KAREN POWER + ANNIE MAHTANI My piece Past Links was included in this 'Full of Noises' programme curated by Brona Martin. Brona was commisioned to marke a new work for the Hub - the UK's only public outdoor 3D ambisonic sound system responding to industry, community and the environment around Workington, an industrial town on the edge of the Lake District. The piece premieres at the 2015 Full of Noises festival in Barrow in Furness, and the [...]
I am currently working with Rosie Kay Dance Company on the forthcoming production of 5 SOLDIERS. 5 SOLDIERS is a moving, dramatic and unique work that looks at how the human body remains essential to war, even in the 21st century. 5 SOLDIERS premieres at Birmingham Rep on 23 April 2015 and tours around the UK including to, London, Manchester, Oxford and York, from April to June. Full tour details can be found at 5soldiers.co.uk
In August 2014 I was commissioned by Birmingham Hippodrome to perform live alongside Néle Azevedo's installation of Minimum Monument, part of the City’s commemorations for the centenary of World War One. Néle’s work deliberately celebrates the common man; the exhibition honoured not only those who fought in WW1 but all those that contributed including families who made a sacrifice. You can read more about the project in my earlier post. Below is a short video documenting the creation and the event.