LS functions as a creative hub for collaborations between specialists in different art forms and media. Each show is created in partnership with a variety of fantastic artists, all of which are credited within the projects they were involved in. Our more regular collaborators can also be found here:
Ira Brand – associate producer
Darren Perry – web developer / technician
Ana Rachel – graphic designer
Jane English – stage manager / performer
Theodora van der Beek – singer / performer
Sonya Cullingford – singer / performer
Ellie Showering – stage manager / singer
Jenny Minton – singer
Lina Jungergård – aerialist
Edgar de Oliveira – video artist
Alasdair MacLeod – production assistant
Natalie Clarke – performer
William S Huntley – video artist / set builder
Hannah Standen – associate producer
Natalie Richardson – executive producer
Janina Rajakangas – choreographer
Ira is a writer, performer, and theatre-maker working primarily in London and Bristol. She likes using tasks and instructions to generate material, and employing scientific and research-based sources as a creative stimulus. Her work frequently seeks to use and represent the contrast between the factual and poetic, the mundane and extraordinary.
Ira is excited by a text that develops through collaboration and by writing as a live and performative process, rather than a necessarily solitary act and the notion of a script as something ‘prior’. She likes theatre that creates something touching and beautiful through simple means; she is inspired by contemporary puppetry and object animation – by how audience and performer invest objects with life, and the economy of materials that these forms employ. Ira is a founding member of collaborative performance company Tinned Fingers, and has also worked with the People Show.
Darren is the technical director and web admin for Living Structures and joined the group for the 2009 showing of Cart Macabre at Shunt in London.
Darren is an interactive media software developer and is studying towards an MA in Digital Arts researching interactivity in data visualisation. Other work includes sound and lighting engineering, teaching digital arts at University College Falmouth and performing on guitar.
A graphic designer born in Brazil, living in London since 2005. In 2003 Studied Psychology in Brazil and later Graphic Design at London College of Communication (1st Class Hons), she has been an assistant for Richard Hollis since 2009 and is also a freelance designer. Passionate about hands-on techniques such as screen printing, letterpress and bookbinding, but also interested in other forms of art and design such as photography and video. Ana has been responsible for the visual identity of the company as well as the design of this website. She is proud to be part of the Living Structures team.
Jane is a performer and theatre maker based between London and the West Midlands.
Jane trained at Birmingham Theatre School before studying at Dartington College of Arts where she graduated with a BA in Contemporary Theatre and Community Practices. Since graduating Jane has continued to nurture her passion for socially engaged arts practice. She currently works within Learning and Participation at mac in Birmingham and for Jigsaw Youth Theatre in Dudley, mentoring young artists and devising sustainable projects to increase opportunities for young people to engage with the arts.
Jane has previously performed with Letters to Eric and SHOUT festival’s young LGBT company. She is amember of female performance collaborative The Antique Women and one part of the comedy musicduo Fanny Jam. Jane has been an associate artist with Living Structures since 2008.
Theodora van der Beek
Theodora is a theatrician based in London. Having graduated from Sussex University in English Literature (BA) and Creative Writing and Critical Theory (MA), she now performs regularly across the land in different disguises. Her work seeks to rediscover an oral tradition by developing fresh methods of storytelling and entertainment. Drawing on aspects of physical theatre and the absurd, she works tirelessly and thanklessly to reinvent the everyday as spectacle, and explores the extent to which the two are the same. Site specific installations in non theatre spaces and improvisations are key to an audience involvement which asks for the emergence of an inner clown. She works regularly with arts based organisation The House of Fairy Tales and immersive theatre company the You Me Bum Bum Train, and is one part of performance duo The Scribble Collective. She is also co-founder of The Bureau de ‘Change’, a pop-up office which advises interviewees on methods of affecting real lasting change (‘Changing you is our highest priority’) and the Institute of First Impressions, which administers first impressions to lucky passersby.
Sonya is a London based dancer, musician and performer. She trained in ballet, contemporary and performing arts at the Arts Educational School, Tring from 2000-07, where she also achieved Grade 8 in violin, piano and singing. She then went on to join Laban’s graduate contemporary company Transitions, which toured performing works by Allison Brown, Miguel Pereira, Lost Dog and Rudolf Laban.
Since graduating, Sonya has been working as a freelance contemporary dancer, and has had a wide and varied range of performance experiences. Being a sirenesque sea-serpent in Eclectic Opera’s Beowulf, climbing the walls of the Queen’s House in the Docklands Festival, and playing the violin for the London Gay Men’s Chorus’ annual concert are a few of her favorites. She was also based in Portugal with Codigo Dance Project earlier this year, and has been performing regularly with Tim Blowfield.
Sonya is performing and collaborating with the ‘Antique Women’ at the moment, and is performing with Living Structures for the second time after ‘Biosphere’ last Christmas.
Ellie Showering is a London based singer, composer and performer. She studied at Dartington College of Arts and graduated in 2009 with a BA Hons in Music Performance.
Ellie has been collaborating with Living Structures since 2009 and was a performer in Cart Macabre in Shunt and Biosphere in Area 10. She is also a member of the Antique Women, a collaborative of young women who blend performance, writing, movement and acapella singing, who are currently working on a piece called Muliebrity. As part of this collaborative she has performed in venues across London, Reading and Brighton and will soon be performing at the Ladyfest Festival in London in November and at the Millennium Centre in Wales in March of next year. Ellie was also a performer in the immersive You Me Bum Bum Train in Bethnal Green 2010.
Classically trained from a young age, Ellie now incorporates contemporary folk, jazz and acapella styles in to her individual practice. Ellie can be seen across east London performing both on her own and in a duo with artist and musician Ben Jones as a guitarist, singer and drummer. She is also a member of the satirical comedy music duo Fanny Jam, with fellow Antique Woman Jane English, who have performed in Area 10 in London and at the Dartington College of Arts festival.
For further information about the Antique Women collaborative please visit their Facebook page
Jenny Minton is a singer, composer and musician based in London. She studied Music Performance at Dartington College of Arts and since graduating in 2009 she has been working with fellow Living Structures artists in another group, The Antique Women, devising their show Muliebrity. In July 2010, she was the solo vocalist in Lucy Cash’s project Sewing Your Shadow for the Create Festival 2010. Her vocal repertoire includes contemporary classical, folk, world and a cappella harmony. Jenny has previously sung with The Shout, Helen Chadwick and as a member of Streetwise Opera’s chorus at the Royal Festival Hall.
Lina is a performer & aerial choreographer. She studied at Växjö Athletic and Theatre School, and then moved to London to study at the Desmond Jones School of mime and physical theatre, where she sought to combine the physical with theatre. Her interest in the physical in performance grew and she continued her studies at Circomedia, the renowned circus and physical theatre school in Bristol. On completing her studies she continued her own research within performance and dance, looking at techniques like butoh, yoga, release technique, contact improvisation, and clowning. She works primarily with Psychological Art Circus of which she was a co-founding member, and has also worked with companies such as La Fura dels Baus and Ear Cinema.
Edgar de Oliveira
Edgar de Oliveira is a video artist, at the moment living in Lisbon but working between Lisbon and London where he was based for twelve years. Having graduated from Sussex University in Fine Art, he has participated in several exhibitions with video installations.
He has worked with Psychological Art Circus and Oily Cart theatre company as video artist and performer.
He is interested in media, not in what the media can give you but how media can manipulate you.
He is interested in the future present.
His work goes through photography, video, installation and performance.
Alasdair works as a librarian at Kingston College supporting students studying art, design, fashion and media.
Alasdair met the founding members of Living Structures whilst working as a trainee librarian at Dartington College of Arts where he took part in their first performance of Cart Macabre in 2007.
Since then he has continued to work with Living Structures and performed in Cart Macabre at Battersea Arts Centre (2008), Shunt Vaults (2009) and in Biosphere at Area 10 in 2009.
Alasdair is also an assistant stage manager for Shunt’s critically acclaimed production Money, and a duty manager for the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill.
Natalie Clarke is a Dartington College of Arts graduate. She is 26 years old, lives in south-east London and is a performance-maker, writer and occasional live-artist. She enjoys small, intimate performance events, and brings this element into much of the work she makes. She loves collaborative work and has devised with several theatre companies including Station House Opera, PanicLab, Possibility Archive and Living Structures. For money she works as a freelance producer/administrator for several arts organisations.
William S Huntley
William S. Huntley is a graduate of Dartington College of Arts. Living in London, William manages a film production company, Small Eye Films, which creates creative arts video documentation for theatre companies, artists and arts charities as well as their own short films. Many of these have been shown in festivals around the UK and abroad, such as at the Chelsea Space, Dot Dot Dash Dot and The Colour of London. William has produced promotional films for contemporary theatre companies such PanicLab and Living Structures as well as working with institutions like the University of East London and arts charities like Akademi.
Hannah is Associate Producer at Artichoke. Working primarily in production since 2008, Hannah has helped to deliver projects including La Machine in Liverpool, Antony Gormley’s One & Other and Lumiere in Durham.
Hannah’s other experience includes working for Salisbury & Bath International Arts Festivals; the National Campaign for the Arts; New Arts Centre, Roche Court; Demos; the BBC; Dartington International Summer School, LIFT, Bonnar Keenlyside, Larmer Tree Festival and the International Guitar Foundation.
Natalie is a freelance performing arts producer based in London and Berlin with a strong interest in physical theatre, circus theatre, live art and contemporary dance theatre. Passionate about supporting emerging artists and excited by new companies whose work crosses many art forms. Natalie is working with Awake Projects, Living Structures, h2dance and Wildheart & Lyric and is developing an international tour booking service. She is currently representing clients Jean Abreu Dance (UK/BRA), Vortice Dance Company (P) and Earthfall from Wales. She is developing a new company called Reboot (UK) with renowned Director Melly Still and Musical Director Jonathan James launching in 2014.
Janina is a choreographer and performer based in London. She has performed for Iztok Kovac/En-Knap, Frauke Requardt and Robert Clark among others. Her latest choreographic commissions are Last Dance before The End of The World for Zodiak Centre for New Dance in Helsinki (November 2011) and Wonderful and Fine (April 2012) for The Regional Dance Centers in Finland.
Beth is a musician, composer and performer. She has performed as a cellist from a young age, but discovered a passion for the table whilst studying music at The University of Sheffield and went on to specialise in Indian Music Performance. For the past 3 years, along side her studies of music, Beth has musically directed, composed, and performed for London based theatre company ‘Strip Theatre’. Involvement with this company has lead her to perform regularly in London theatres, at the Edinburgh Fringe, and Brighton Fringe festival. Beth has performed with a variety of musical outfits. More recently she has worked with a Chinese orchestra, founded and performed with a touring Serbian folk band and composed and performed a live electro-acoustic set to accompany Strip Theatre’s contemporary play ‘Conversations with God’. Beth is currently in India for a year pursuing a career in Hindustani music.
Jojo is a performer and theatre maker working in London and Cornwall. She graduated from Dartington College of Arts and University College Falmouth with a First Class honours degree in Theatre with Choreographic practices in 2011 and has been performing with Living structures since December 2010.
She is currently devising with her theatre duet ‘Touch and Meet’ who work with the morbid, the ridiculous and the fine line between laughing and crying. Their comedy cabaret act ‘The Gogglettes’ has toured across the UK. She is part of the performance collective [CLUSTER BOMB].