On 2 February Andrew Jones, Senior Programme Manager for the British Council’s Theatre and Dance Department, will be giving an informal presentation on current trends in contemporary UK performance, highlighting the ways investment in emerging artists and experimentation contributes to a vibrant cultural ecology, enriches our communities and ultimately contributes to economic growth. Featuring video interviews with ‘cutting edge’ artists who each create their work very differently, the session offers insights into the diverse practice the UK defines as ‘theatre’ in the 21st Century; and explores the ‘mixed economy’ model of funding and physical infrastructures that underpin one of the world’s most successful theatre industries.
The theme of the presentation will be “Сurrent trends in contemporary UK performance”. The participants will also have an opportunity to ask questions.
Location: Aurora Space (Baiseitova St 55-57), Almaty
Time: From 14.00 to 15.30
Entrance is free. Registration is required due to a limited number of spaces. Please use this link to register.
We invite Kazakhstani theatre professionals and everyone interested to take part in the public talk.
About Andrew Jones
Andrew is currently Senior Programme Manager for the British Council’s Theatre and Dance Department, where his role revolves around the development and delivery of innovative performance, collaborative and education programmes in 34 countries across Central and Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. In addition Andrew co-curates the British Council’s biennial Edinburgh Showcase and has participated as a curator, adviser and mentor on several external showcases and conferences including Caravan, Made In Scotland, British Dance Edition, Decibel, IETM Glasgow, the 2015 Stockholm Summer Festival and the Hull 2017 Year of Culture.
Andrew was previously Co-artistic Director of the award-winning Volcano Theatre Company between 1987 and 1998; and was also responsible for the lighting, set and costume design, and technical management of the 21 shows produced by the company during that time. These included L.O.V.E., How to Live, Manifesto, After the Orgy and Macbeth – The Director’s Cut; all of which toured extensively in the UK and abroad. Continuing to work as a freelance Lighting Designer on occasion, Andrew’s most recent collaboration was with Director Mick Gordon on Sherman Cymru’s multi-award-winning production Deep Cut.