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DUENDE

DUENDE is an international collaboration of performers committed to ensemble work.

DUENDE is directed by John Britton

DUENDE’s work is:

international

interdisciplinary

physical

ensemble

DUENDE is committed to the continuing training of performers and is entirely focused on the creation of passionately LIVE work.

DUENDE’s work is based on John Britton’s approach to training physical performers in ensemble (http://ensemblephysicaltheatre.wordpress.com)

You can find more information at http://www.duende-ensemble.com

DUENDE is made up of the following artists:

John Britton: Artistic Director

Eilon Morris: Associate Director (Australia/UK)

Aliki Dourmazer: Associate Director (Greece)

Eva Tsourou: Associate Director (Greece)

Jo Leishman: Associate Artist (Australia)

Alexandra Tsotanidou: Associate Artist (Greece)

Luke O’Connor: Associate Artist (Australia)

Rico Wu: Associate Artist (China)

Hannah Dalby: Associate Artist (UK)

Stacey Johnstone: Associate Artist (UK)

DUENDE’s first production was ‘The Shattering Man’ (2010)  – a fractured retelling of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’

DUENDE second show was ‘Echo Chamber’  (2011) a solo show created and performed by John Britton. ‘Echo Chamber’ opened in UK in Autumn 2011, and toured internationally to Melbourne, Athens, Chania (Crete) and Thessaloniki in 2012 and to India in 2013.

DUENDE worked in May 2012 with 85 students at the University of Huddersfield (UK) to create “Re:Occupation” a large-scale performance event which performed over two nights. The project was repeated in 2013 – this time the stimulus was Mary Shelley’s great novel ‘Frankenstein’

DUENDE is currently exploring ‘Collision’, a four-year journey to the heart of ensemble performance, combining improvisation with  script and choreography  and live music. ‘Collision’ looks at aspects of community – meetings, exclusions, belonging, communicating, rituals and the relationship of people to the spaces they inhabit. It charts the journey from ‘I’ to ‘Us’. ‘Collision #1′ – the first performance in this continuing series, took place in Mytilini, Lesbos (Greece) in July 2012.

DUENDE is also developing a number of smaller projects and is always seeking venues, promoters, communities and artists to collaborate with.

DUENDE also runs a large number of workshops and a smaller number of intensive residential training workshops, including, in 2012, in rural France and on the edge of the sea in a remote part of the Greek Island of Lesbos. In 2013 DUENDE ran both residencies and workshops in India, Mexico and the USA as well as extensively in Europe

http://www.duende-ensemble.com

This blog will follow the development of DUENDE’s work, as seen through the eyes of Artistic Director John Britton.

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