During 2016 the Creation Space will continue to play host to a number of exciting and bold companies and artists as they undertake research and development on their latest projects. From daring contemporary dance to stunning aerial art and mind-boggling circus, The Point’s on-site creative hub is the perfect space, equipped with a double-height ceiling, sprung floor, and rigging points, meaning 20 artists and companies can be versatile and daring in their development of new work.
These 20 new commissions come as The Point celebrates its 20th birthday, looking back at two decades of fantastic contribution to the arts. The venue has, more importantly, put Eastleigh on the cultural map, and artists now flock to the Borough each year to focus on developing innovative new productions. It’s of total importance to the venue to support artists and incubate established and emerging talent; the Creation Space is a brilliant environment in which to do this.
The 20 artists and companies working in collaboration with The Point this year include Associate artists, established theatre-makers and emerging integrated companies:
- Scarabeus Aerial Theatre – Depths of My Mind
- Kill the Beast – Don’t Wake the Damp
- Sole Rebel Tap – Spatterdash and Blushed
- Indepen-dance4 – A:Version
- Two Destination Language – Declining Solo
- Gameshow – Dancing Bear, Dancing Bear
- Igor & Moreno – CAN’T
- Acrojou – All at Sea
- Verity Standen and Dan Canham Cutting Teeth
- Frozen Light – Home
- Yvon Bonenfant – Curious Replicas
- Tangere Arts – Follow Me
- Silvia Mercuriali – Macondo
- Luke Brown – Princess
- SharkLegs – The Inevtiable Heartbreak of Gavin Plimsole
- Dumbwise – Captain Corelli’s Madolin
- ZoieLogic Dance Theatre – Severance
- Laura Dannequin – As Yet Untitled Duet
- Pirates of the Carabina – Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine
- Theatre Re – The Nature of Forgetting
“Every year, we support the development of 20 productions across theatre, dance and circus. Think of the Creation Space as a performance laboratory in which artists are encouraged to innovate, to take risks and to break new ground. If British artists are going to stay at the forefront of artistic excellence, it cannot happen without spaces like this.” – Owen Calvert-Lyons, Artistic Director at The Point.
The Creation Space offers artists the chance to explore unique creativity which often translates into innovative and inspiring performance. The Point is proud to connect closely with companies during pivotal times of creating work, offering them a space in which they can not only undergo research and development but stay. The Creation Space is attached to on-site accommodation, meaning artists can cook, eat, sleep, and access the main rehearsal room whenever inspiration should strike.
Many of the 20 artists creating new work in collaboration with The Point will share their progress as part of Open Space. Since the behind-the-scenes series began in January, the public have been invited into the Creation Space to see sharing’s from Kill the Beast, Sole Rebel Tap and Indepen-dance4. In June Acrojou, Sole Rebel Tap and SharkLegs will all perform at Eastleigh Unwrapped, with the former a family favourite at the day event in 2014.
To find out more about the line-up for this years Unwrapped festival visit: www.eastleighunwrapped.com.