bridget FISKE

Bridget is a dance and physical theatre artist who works across choreography, movement  direction and performance for the stage, digital environments as well as sited and outdoor contexts. Bridget engages dance as a collaborator, facilitator and story-teller working in professional, education and community contexts. Bridget’s work often combines with elements of theatre, digital design and music. Bridget currently works across the UK, Europe and Australia.

Most recently Bridget has worked as the choreographer for Belarus Free Theatre on their new work ‘Trash Cuisine’ that was commissioned by The European Cultural Foundation and presented in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. In 2012. Bridget has also collaborated with Chicago based visual and textile artist Anne Wilson on the performance work ‘Walking The Warp Manchester’ presented at The Whitworth Art Gallery as part of ‘COTTON: Global Threads’ (performed by students from The Lowry Centre for Advanced Training in Dance). Bridget also co-created and performed in the new music and dance work ‘revolve’ (a work for public spaces created by Out of the Blue Productions). Her work as part of the new music and dance theatre collective Out of the Blue Productions has enabled Bridget to co-create and perform sited work in partnership with BBC Philharmonic Orchestra for the gala concert launching their new studios at MediaCityUK and create work for eu-art-network that has been presented at Teatro La Fenice, Venice and Austrian Cultural Forum, London.

Bridget has been collaborating with digital artists since 2005 when she worked as both a dancer/choreographer and curatorial assistant on the the large scale, sited, international and intercultural project ‘Accented Body’ presented in the 2006 Brisbane International Festival. On ‘Accented Body’ Bridget had the pleasure of working closely with dance and interactive design artists Sarah Rubidge, Hellen Sky, Hyojung Seo, Seung-Hye Kim, Liz Lea and Cheryl Stock. In 2010, Bridget was commissioned by The Watching Dance Project and moves-International Festival of Movement on Screen to create the solo live and digital work ‘Red Rain’ that was presented at Kinesthetic Empathy: Concepts and Contexts International Conference and moves10 in Manchester as well as Midnight Special a series of events by Mercy at the Liverpool Biennial. Bridget now collaborates closely with interactive media, lighting and technical designer Andrew Crofts. Together they have made ‘On The Wire’ a commission for The Lowry Digitfest (performed by students of The Lowry Centre for Advanced Training in Dance), have delivered workshops for The Place, London on dance in interactive digital environments and most recently delivered the MA module ‘Creating Event Space’ at Roehampton University. In 2009 Bridget was a choreographic, performance and video collaborator on the inaugural TURN Prize winning immersive performance installation work ‘Three Crows on the Road’ by The GEF House Experiment. Bridget has also had the pleasure of doing some discrete motion capture research with Australian artist John Haag.

As a choreographer and movement director Bridget has worked for theatre director Shane Anthony on the play ‘The Oracle’, Sister Elements on ‘Sufi In The City, Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre on ‘SubCon Warrior: One’, Ludus Youth Dance Company as well as working on many independent projects.

Bridget’s solo work ‘Aquarist Nimble’, a dance theatre work for family audiences for outdoor festivals, has been successfully presented at Mintfest International Festival of Street Arts, Urban Moves International Dance Festival, Golam Bush, The Lowry Family Fest, City Steps and was used as the inspiration for Zion Art Centre’s entry into the 2011 Manchester Day Parade.

As a performer, across her career, Bridget has worked on research and performance projects with: Imitating The Dog, Joseph Lau, Buzz Dance Theatre (Paige Gordon, Carol Wellman & Felicity Bott, including state and national touring), Rosetta Cook, Wendy Wallace, Xanthe Beesely, Sarah Neville, Tarcisio Teatini-Climaco and Louise Deleur.

Bridget’s history of working with community and in education is incredibly extensive. From facilitating for higher education and vocational institutes, to working with young men across Greater Manchester on STRIDE, to teaching regular adult community classes for Expressions Dance Company, to her work with Buzz Dance Theatre that took her to places in remote Australia. Bridget has a great sensitivity to responding to each context and developing a process that supports and extends the individuals within these groups. Bridget has had the pleasure, amongst others of working for Queensland University of Technology, The Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts, University of Salford and The Lowry Centre for Advanced Training in Dance.

As a facilitator of training professional artists Bridget has delivered in guest and regular contexts for Expressions Dance Company, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Tasdance, Manchester Camerata Orchestra and Ludus Dance Company.

From 2005 to 2008 Bridget worked for Rio Rhythmics a large authentic Latin dance organisation in Brisbane, Australia. For Rio Rhythmics Bridget fulfilled the role of Special Projects Coordinator and developed their children’s programme Rio Jam.

Bridget’s creative and professional development activity has previously been supported by: The Australia Council for the Arts Foot in the Door emerging performers initiative, Creative Sparks a partnership programme between Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government via Arts Queensland, The National Lottery through Arts Council England and The Ian Potter Cultural Trust.

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