about
space
events
team
contact
EVENTS.

Upcoming


ATLAS AND STONE NEST PRESENT: GABRIELS

2 and 3 November 2021

TICKETS AND INFORMATION

Gabriels at Stone Nest


Theatre of Sound

Bluebeard’s Castle

4 - 14 November 2021

Ground-breaking new opera company Theatre of Sound launches in November 2021 with a radical retelling of one of opera’s great masterpieces – Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, co-produced by Opera Ventures and in partnership with Stone Nest. Usually presented as a Gothic horror story centred around an abusive relationship, this new, fully staged presentation reimagines the piece as a love story between a long married couple coming to terms with living with dementia. Sung in English in a newly-commissioned translation, the production features a stellar cast of star singers with soprano Susan Bullock, bass-baritone Gerald Finley, baritone Michael Mayes and soprano Gweneth Ann Rand sharing the principal roles of Duke Bluebeard and Judith under the dynamic direction of Daisy Evans, Stephen Higgins and their creative team. In a new chamber orchestration, players from the virtuosic London Sinfonietta accompany the fourteen performances conducted by Higgins. Theatre of Sound will also join forces with Live Music Now to facilitate a creative participation programme, Judith’s Castle. Created in collaboration with families living with dementia through a partnership with Rare Dementia Support, with dynamic young composer Electra Perivolaris, new work will be premiered on the set of the opera production at Stone Nest, featuring musicians from Live Music Now and the London Sinfonietta.

For information regarding Bluebeard's Castle please contact theatreofsound2020@gmail.com

TICKETS AND INFORMATION

Bluebeard's Castle at Stone Nest

Previous Productions


Bacchae Productions

Mythosphere

20 September - 9 October 2021

Mythosphere is a boldly ambitious international collaboration between Russia and the UK. Inspired by the writings of surrealist Leonora Carrington and fantasy writer Diana Wynne Jones, Mythosphere treads the dark path of the fairy tale forest that lies in the shadows of our imagination and the unexplored depths of our unconscious in this dazzling story of magic - the magic we have lost and the magic that is a forgotten part of our nature. Told through the experiences of a young girl who loses her magic powers trying to fit in and an old lady who discovers that her delusions are magic powers, this intellectually thrilling production explores nature, the supernatural, psychoanalysis, folklore and feminism. Created and directed by Russian director and film maker Inna Dulerayn, the production combines live theatrical performance, a chorus of singers and musicians alongside video projection, animation and film.


For information regarding Mythosphere please contact info@gba.live

TICKETS AND INFORMATION

Mythosphere at Stone Nest


Dante or Die

Skin Hunger

15 - 27 June; various times

Stone Nest is excited to announce that we are partnering with Dante or Die on Skin Hunger - a socially distanced performance installation, funded by Arts Council England. Skin Hunger interrogates the power of touch - an aspect of humanity that so many of us didn’t realise we vitally needed until it was restricted. Three performers swathed in plastic; three intimate, one-on-one experiences, directed by Daphna Attias. Pioneering writers Ann Akin, Tim Crouch and Sonia Hughes have created compelling monologues that explore the fundamental role that touch plays within our lives. Skin Hunger promises a powerful live theatre experience and a unique moment of reflection and intimacy, whilst so many are starved of touch.


TICKETS AND INFORMATION

Skin Hunger at Stone Nest

Valentina Korabelnikova


New Movement Collective

Project XO Remote

5 - 8 June; various times (ONLINE EXPERIENCE)

Interactive installation Project XO Remote will be available 5 – 8 June. In this experimental event, specially designed for online audiences, NMC invites you to discover, create and play. Using wearable technology Project XO Remote offers a new way of interacting with live performers and technology. #NewMovementCollective #ProjectXORemote

Project XO Trailer from New Movement Collective on Vimeo.


Concept, Choreography and performance: New Movement Collective
Creative technologists: Jon Rowe, Simon Haenggi, Kai Lab, FENYC
Project XO Remote electronic music and sound design Olga Wojciechowska
Trailer credits: Music: Högni Egilsson, Courtesy of Erased Tapes, Dancer: Malgorzata Dzierzon
Project XO Remote is funded by the Foyle Foundation, Arts Council England Culture Recovery Fund #HereForCulture and is presented with support from Stone Nest

Project XO Image


English Touring Opera

Digital Season

The season features new productions drawing on music from the 14th century to the present day - Guillaume de Machaut, Josquin des Prez, Dmitri Shostakovich and Elena Langer. The whole season will be available to watch on demand after broadcast on our new video platform, ETO at Home.
Details to be announced.

Skin Hunger at Stone Nest


King’s Head Theatre

Live stream: A Christmas Opera Concert

Opera’s most celebrated classics, in lovingly reimagined new versions accompanied by a live pianist. A wintry treat for opera connoisseurs and live music lovers alike. Streamed live and free to watch.

Skin Hunger at Stone Nest

Nigel & Louise

Research and development: Festival of Adventures

Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari make wild, bold, visual performance for people who don’t really like theatre, and unusual theatrical experiences for those who do. Festival of Adventures is an online live digital performance for children and families, in collaboration with a group of award-winning live artists and arts organisations from across the UK. Details to be announced.

Nigel and Louise

One of the founding fathers of Russian rock music, BG plays new songs written during lockdown, amongst old hits, accompanied by Irish musicians Brian Finnegan and Liam Bradley and bass-guitarist of the band Aquarium, Alexander Titov.

Boris Grebenshikov


Anastasia Ermolenko


HUNCHtheatre

Performance: A Hero Of Our Time

HUNCHtheatre is a collaboration between multi award-winning director from Belarus, Vladimir Shcherban, and award-winning playwright and actor from Britain, Oliver Bennett. Its ethos is to create a cultural exchange between European and British theatre. HUNCHtheatre’s adaptation of Mikhail Lermontov’s neglected 19th century masterpiece ‘A Hero Of Our Time’, is a thrilling dissection of the cruel and complicated games played by men, which lays intimate thoughts unflinchingly bare.

“A vision of what theatre should be”
The Spectator

HUNCHtheatre


Ben Wainwright


Nigel & Louise

Live stream: A Conversation

In 1927 Ethel Cotton wrote A Course In Conversation. In 12 easy lessons she promised a fascinating new way to win poise, charm and personality. Adapted from the stage for a live online platform, award winning artists Nigel & Louise open Ethel Cotton's book and take us on a dark journey into the etiquette of our colonial past.

"An oasis for anyone that thirsts for the live experience"
The Stage


"A biting and deeply complex work”
What's On Stage

Read about the process of remaking live performance for a digital platform in this blog post by Richard Williamson, Lighting, Video & Broadcast Designer HERE

Nigel and Louise


New Movement Collective

Research and development; performance; live stream: Project XO

New Movement Collective is a group of ten dance artists working together to conceive, develop and produce work that creatively responds to our rapidly changing world. Placing the performer and audience in the same arena, our aim is to create a distinct encounter with dance, stimulating the senses and activating the imagination. Project XO is a dance installation that invites members of the public to wear a robotic exoskeleton which moves their body in a precise choreography. The performance is a 3-way interaction between participant, performer and technology exploring themes of empathy, agency and power. With the Sadler’s Wells premier suspended in spring 2020 due to the pandemic, NMC were able to present Project XO for the first time live to a small, socially distanced audience at Stone Nest, and to host an online presentation of the installation as part of Pavilion Dance South West’s Dance and Tech Forum.

Watch the trailer HERE

New Movement Collective


Laurent Liotardo


Garefowl

Album: Cliffs

Garefowl is an international collective of musicians combining fiddle, viola, cello, mandolin, banjo, bouzouki, viola da gamba, erhu, vocals, and electronics. Cliffs features immersive, contemporary interpretations of the traditional music of St Kilda alongside modern tunes related to the island, in memory of the sadly extinct garefowl and released to mark the 90th anniversary of the evacuation of St Kilda.

"a very special thing"
Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 6

"a fascinating thing...a really atmospheric record"
Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

Listen HERE

Boris Grebenshikov


Cally Yeatman

Directed by the award-winning French-Colombian director Emmanuel G. Cuesta and choreographed by Arthur Pita, the short black and white film features compelling, sharply cut vignettes of dancers Natalia Osipova and Jonathan Goddard – often in extreme close-up - as they perform avant-garde choreography.

Watch HERE

The Mother


Kenny Mathieson

The Mother


Kenny Mathieson


Fertile Ground

Performance: Twilight Dances

Twilight Dances is a dance and music collaboration between Fertile Ground and Montréal based Quatuor Voxpopuli. Choreographed by Artistic Directors and former Rambert dancers Malgorzata Dzierzon and Renaud Wiser and performed to Schubert's String Quartet No.14, Twilight Dances explores the eternal quest for the one thing that we cannot have - immortality. Featuring a new musical performance composed by Voxpopuli's Artistic Director Patrick Mathieu and a new film commission Trying to Make Sense - Make Sense of It by celebrated movement and theatre artist Wendy Houstoun.

The Mother


Breach Theatre and Artemisia Films

Film: It's True, It's True, It's True

Breach is a multimedia performance company that collaborates with actors to create politically engaged formally exploratory shows that blend drama and documentary. Centuries after it shook Renaissance Rome, the 1612 trial of Artemisia Gentileschi is dramatised in this award-winning verbatim production devised by Breach Theatre. Blurring the line between historical court transcripts and parody, this compelling, and at times visceral, feminist drama was captured at the Stone Nest in 2020 and subsequently screened on BBC4.

Watch HERE

Breach Theatre and Artemisia Films


Carlton Dixon


The Stanislavski Centre for Contemporary Practice

Seminar: Anatoly Vasiliev's Dialogues with Theatre Pedagogues

A series of seminars by internationally acclaimed theatre director Anatoly Vasiliev for theatre pedagogues from leading UK institutions, organised in association with Stanislavski Centre for Contemporary Practice at Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance.

The Stanislavski Centre for Contemporary Practice


Simon Annand

The Stanislavski Centre for Contemporary Practice


Simon Annand


Jonathan Goddard and Lily McLeish

Research and development: While You Are Here

While You Are Here ​is a compelling new dance play by Eve Leigh, that makes us question our relationship to environment, and the connections, legacies and inheritance passing through the centuries.  The performance combines dance, text and animation in an unpredictable collage to show time as an ever-evolving puzzle.

Jonathan Goddard and Lily McLeish


Joe Walkling


Dante or Die

Research and development: USER NOT FOUND

What happens to your digital life after your death? If there was a magic button, would you choose to delete your online history? USER NOT FOUND is about our digital identities after we die. This site-specific play immerses you in both the private and public, provoking surprising considerations of our online afterlife and shifting notions of connection and community.

“There is immersive theater, and then there is theater so immersive that re-entering the world afterward comes as a shock, because you did not realize it had taken you so deep into another reality.” The New York Times

User Not Found: A video podcast – watch HERE

Performance: Portrait of Humans

Portrait of Humans is an experimental performance installation created by the Masters students of the Architectural Association Interprofessional Studio (AAIS). In a deconstructed landscape of future visions and past theories, the piece investigates the notion of what is human in our ever-changing world. This is a durational performance, audiences are invited to enter, move around and explore the space.

Performance: Portrait of Humans


Leo Zhu

Performance: Portrait of Humans


Theo Lorenz

Filthy Lucre puts on events that move from concert to gig to club night. Tied together by artistic concepts, such as cultic rituals and urban sprawl, our events are not determined by genre constraints but by a cohesive artistic vision. Focusing on ambitious contemporary music, Filthy Lucre has performed music from Scott Walker to Fausto Romitelli and collaborated with film makers, dancers, visual artists and many more.

Performance: Portrait of Humans


Michael Grittani


James Cousins

Performance: Until We Stand

Torn apart by flames. Rebuilding in the ashes. A city, divided, too often devastated, silently holds us. We come and go, our transient encounters non-binding, but in tragedy, we know where we stand. This new work for the 45 dancers of the London Contemporary Dance School third year explores community - thriving, surviving, grieving, rebuilding - in a unique immersive performance in the heart of the city.


Requardt & Rosenberg

Research and development: Dead Club

Torn apart by flames. Rebuilding in the ashes. A city, divided, too often devastated, silently holds us. We come and go, our transient encounters non-binding, but in tragedy, we know where we stand. This new work for the 45 dancers of the London Contemporary Dance School third year explores community - thriving, surviving, grieving, rebuilding - in a unique immersive performance in the heart of the city.

Nir Meiri


Requardt Deadclub


Studio Nir Meiri

Exhibition: London Design Festival - The Elegant Dance of Sea and Light

Studio Nir Meiri is a multidisciplinary design studio performing on the border between art and industrial design. This solo show is a result of an exploration of the sea, its surroundings and materials, with the environmental context constantly present. The natural as well as man-made changes have been a tremendous inspiration on re-thinking materials originating from the sea and developing new working techniques.

Nir Meiri


Nir Meiri

Nir Meiri


Nir Meiri


Borough Welsh Choir

Concert

An intimate concert with London’s Borough Welsh Choir, directed by Mike Williams.

Borough Welsh Choir

Don’t Look at the Finger is a major new moving-image work by artist Hetain Patel. The film follows a ceremonial ‘fight’ between two protagonists, a man and a woman, in the grand architectural setting of a church. The way the characters communicate is a feat of choreography that combines Kung Fu with signed languages to express a ritualistic coming together.

Hetain Patel, featuring Victoria Shulungu and Freddie Opoku-Addaie


Nick Matthews


Complicité and Sasha Milavic Davies

Workshop: everything that rises must dance

everything that rises must dance is a dance project celebrating female relationships, an ode to the way women have danced throughout history, and a living archive of contemporary female movement. Stone Nest hosted a workshop run by leading dance professionals for 50 women of all backgrounds, ages and abilities.

Complicité and Sasha Milavic Davies


Sarah Ainslie


Jonathan Goddard and Caroline Williams

Research and Development: You Do Not Have to Say Anything

The work explores how the experiences we have shape the way we see the world. Using verbatim interviews from an anonymous policeman in the MET criminal investigations unit to explore themes of violence, unconscious bias and fear. The project uses dance to explore his personal experiences and ask important questions around what power and fear amplifies in us.

Complicité and Sasha Milavic Davies


Mahogany Sessions: Tom Walker

Music video: Fly Away With Me

2019 Brits British Breakthrough artist Tom Walker, recorded for Mahogany Sessions. Watch HERE

Mahogany Sessions: Tom Walker


Tom Walker


Mulatu Astatke

Film

Filming of Mulatu Astatke, the father of Ethio-jazz.

Mulatu Astatke


Mulatu Astatke

Short Dance Film created for Channel 4’s Random Acts. An unlikely candidate finds that things are not quite as they seem when he arrives to try out for a traditional Chora band. Pressed into playing a possessed tambourine, the world around him quickly spirals out of control.

Watch HERE

Mulatu Astatke


Sweetshop Revolution

Film: I Love You and I Loved You

Supported by Coreo Cymru and National Theatre Wales, Sweetshop Revolution (choreographer Sally Marie and composer Brian Ellsbury) created a dance theatre work about the life of extraordinary Welsh composer Morfydd Owen (1891-1918), who was a member of the congregation at the Charing Cross Welsh Chapel (now Stone Nest) during her time as a student of the Royal Academy.

Watch the trailer HERE

Mahogany Sessions: Tom Walker


Danilo Moroni


Vaults

Vultures

Music video for Vultures, by British electronica band Vaults, composed of Blythe Pepino, Barney Freeman, and Ben Vella.

Watch HERE

Mahogany Sessions: Tom Walker


Dante or Die

Research and development: Handle With Care

Handle With Care is an immersive play, staged in self-storage buildings, about the things we hold onto, their value and how they tell our individual stories. Seen through the eyes of a young woman as she gets older, the performance is an intimately personal, fly-on-the-wall experience through the corridors and units of self-storage buildings. The show studies how we accumulate objects, the meaning that we place on those seemingly banal belongings and how they can give us a sense of home.

Dante or Die


Peut-être Theatre

Research and development: The Tin Soldier

A new-minted tin soldier stands on a single leg, having been the last one cast from an old tin spoon...nearby, he spies a paper ballerina, also standing on one leg, and the soldier falls in love. But the course of true love cannot run smooth and the soldier falls into an adventure to test and melt the bravest of hearts. Live music, dance, colourful characters and a breathtaking story combine in this enchanting show.

Dante or Die


New Movement Collective

Performance: NEST

NEST was commissioned by Stone Nest to mark a new chapter in the building's history. Inspired by Homer's epic poem 'The Odyssey', New Movement Collective, in collaboration with Studio Weave and Marshmallow Laser Feast, present a unique promenade performance within one of London's most iconic disused buildings. Dance, architecture, animation and interactive light technologies combine to create a tapestry of exploration and adventure.  With the freedom to create a journey of your choice, movement, structure, and live music draw a path around the striking spaces of this disused former chapel.

Watch the trailer HERE

Watch the performance HERE

New Movement Collective


Laurent Liotardo

New Movement Collective


Barney Steel


Ariel Efraim Ashbel and Friends

Research and development: ALL WHITE PEOPLE LOOK THE SAME TO ME

An experiment in 'fictional anthropology'. In his German debut, director Ariel Eshraim Ashbel embarks on a journey with anthropologist Romm Lewkowicz and an international group of performers, musicians, a hypnotist and an invisible choir to trace the evolution of performative invention of alterity. Robbing a wide range of historical, textual, visual and musical references, the piece exploits various modes of spectacle making – from Völkerschauen to contemporary documentary theater – as the gaze shifts from the examined to the examiners.

Ariel Ashbel


Arale


Swamp Motel

Online experience: The Kindling Hour

Founded by multi-award-winning theatre and experience makers, Swamp Motel creates entertainment that blurs boundaries between theatre, film and gaming. By giving audiences a pivotal role within story-worlds, Swamp Motel’s innovative productions are always live, social and thrilling whether experiencing them from your sofa, your desk or in an unexpected venue. Their online experiences combine the artistry of immersive theatre with the thrill of an escape room, made for the internet.


Kerry Ellis

Performance & podcast : Keep Calm and Kerry On - Wicked Special

Live version of West End star Kerry Ellis’ popular podcast series 'Keep Calm and Kerry On'


Body Intelligence

Research and development: Digital Umbilical

Body Intelligence is an interdisciplinary collective made of 6 members; we are the first UK winning team of Dansathon, a connected, collaborative, European dance and technology hackathon that explores innovation in making, performing and experiencing dance. Digital Umbilical is a dance performance exploring organic connection between individuals and its amplification through the use of technology. Through a responsive interactive system, bio-data from both audience members and performers are fed back in real time, impacting the soundscape and lighting environment.

Watch the trailer HERE


IJAD Dance Company

Workshop: Open Online Theatre 2020

IJAD’s Open Online Theatre (OOT) 2020 artist development programme, developed in response to challenges faced by performing artists in lockdown, offered six artists the chance to take part in workshops in sensography, live-streaming choreography, co-creation, video production and business entrepreneurship.


Mechanimal

Research and development

Mechanimal is an award-winning devised theatre company, led by Tom Bailey. Each project involves collaboration with a range of different artists and researchers. The company makes touring live performance that explores life on a changing planet. Details to be announced.


Orwell Foundation

Performance and film: Down and Out in Paris Live

As part of UCL’s Festival of Culture, George Orwell’s classic book on 1930s poverty in Paris and London, is brought to life in an immersive, live theatrical event combining performance, music, film, poetry and story-telling for the first time at Stone Nest.


LIFT

Fundraising event

An evening of cultural activities to raise funds for London International Festival of Theatre.


Ariel Efraim Ashbel and friends

Workshop: Do The Right Thing

A workshop for performance practitioners who are interested in methods of stage composition learned through practice, who like to work with a group (as directors or performers) and wish to be familiar with contemporary tendencies in European performance practice and their links to radical theory. Conducted by Ashbel alongside London-based musician Yoni Silver and NYC-based anthropologist Romm Lewkowicz, organized in collaboration with Alex Eisenberg (LADA).


Nick Field

Research and development: Biscuit & Field’s Paid Fantasist and Unicorn Party

Nick Field is an artist who works across mediums of text, performance and image. His work is characterised by a searing honesty, a drive to explore and question, and delight in the possibilities of creating. He is particularly interested in rituals of human connection, the socio-politics and histories of places and lived experiences, and the cultural body.