Yannis Kyriakides – Composer
Yannis studied under Louis Andriessen at the Hague Conservatory, since when he has established himself as an international composer and electronic musician, collaborating regularly with ensembles such as ASKO, Maarten Altena Ensemble and Icebreaker as well as theatre and dance groups such as Hollandia and Leine and Roebana. His own group Circadian perform regularly in festivals around Europe and he is active in the live electronic music scene as an improviser, specializing in live processing. In September 2000 he won the Gaudeamus composition prize for his large scale work a conSPIracy cantata and in September 2006 Wordless was awarded an 'Honorary Mention' at Prix Ars Electronica.
Daniel Danis – Libretto
Daniel’s work has achieved international acclaim with his first play, Celle-là (That Woman) being awarded the 1993 Governor General’s Award and named best new play by the Syndicat Professionnel de la Critique Dramatique et Musicale (Paris). Cendres de cailloux (Stone and Ashes) won first prize at the Festival International de Maubeuge (France) and was named best new play at the 1994 Soirée des Masques (Montreal). Its English version, by Linda Gaboriau, won the 1996 Governor General’s Award for literary translation. Le Chant du Dire-Dire (Thunderstruck or The Song of the Say-Sayer) was named the 2000 best new play by the Syndicat Professionnel de la Critique Dramatique et Musicale (Paris). Le Langue-à-Langue des chiens de roches (In the Eyes of Stone Dogs) was awarded the 2002 Governor General’s Award, and his last play E, roman-dit won the Grand Prix littéraire dramatique 2006 (France).
Cathie Boyd – Director
Cathie studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and as the founder of Cryptic in 1994 she has produced and directed all their productions to date. Her work includes numerous international collaborations and has been presented at festivals in Europe and throughout the Americas. Her opera credits include Faust, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Simon Holt’s Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm?, Sciarrino’s Infinito Nero, and Kurtág’s Scenes from a Novel. In 2000 she produced an international festival, Beckett Time. She directed the openings of the Royal Museum of Scotland, Glasgow’s Imax Cinema and Science Centre and the Glasgow City Halls with the BBC SSO. Last year she created live interactive visuals for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s performances of Stravinsky’s The Firebird in Baltimore and Washington, with future performances in Germany and Poland in 2008. In 2001 Cathie was made a Fellow of NESTA (National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts) to develop the visual staging of music through new technologies. She has also been awarded Outstanding Young Person Award Junior Chambers of Commerce 2003, European Woman of Achievement for the Arts 1999, and an Edinburgh Festival Fringe First for her production Parallel Lines in 1996.
Since 1980 the Dutch MAE, formerly known as the Maarten Altena Ensemble, has developed itself from an improvisation collective into an ensemble that explores new musical and multidisciplinary territories. Straddling a broad spectrum of experimental traditions, the ensemble of nine musicians has built up a repertoire of over 150 works written for its particular instrumentation by composers such as Robert Ashley, Richard Ayres, Allison Cameron and Steve Martland. 18 LP's & CD's have been published and performed worldwide. Under the new artistic leadership of Yannis Kyriakides and Roland Spekle, the focus has shifted to a deeper exploration of the possibilities of expanding the sound world of an acoustic ensemble through live electronics and a desire to experiment with the way music is experienced through new performance contexts and the use of digital media.
John Otto – Set & Costume Design
John trained in London on the Motley Design Course. His work for opera includes Carmen for the Nationale Reisopera, Holland; I due Foscari, La Traviata, Fidelio and Peter Grimes all directed by Monique Wagemaker; Wet Snow by Jan van de Putte, Der Freischutz directed by Marcel Seym, Handel’s Alcina for Vancouver, Idomeneo for Firenze, Belle Helene for Wurzburg, Ariodante for the Wexford Festival, Ireland, and Die Konigen von Saba by Goldmark for the Dortmund Opera. His most recent design for dance includes Sweet Spell of Oblivion for Royal Ballet Flanders, and Das Verschwundene and Bruckner for Dresden Ballet.
Zerlina Hughes - Lighting
Zerlina graduated from Goldsmith's College in 1991 and also has an MA in Architectural Lighting. She has worked in theatre, opera, architectural lighting, television and film where she was assistant director to Mike Leigh. Theatre lighting designs include the National Theatre, the West End, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, Lausanne, Citizens Theatre Glasgow, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Nottingham Playhouse, Cheek by Jowl, and Actors Touring Company. Opera productions include Norrlands Operan in Sweden, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Reisopera in the Netherlands, Scottish Opera, Almeida Opera, London Sinfonietta, Opera Northern Ireland, Covent Garden Festival, Cardboard Citizens and Grange Park Opera.
Ben Duke – Choreographer
Ben is the co-founder of ‘Lost Dog’ who were awarded the Bonnie Bird new choreographers’ award in 2005. Their work has been performed by the Phoenix Dance Theatre, From Here to Maturity, Edge, and Transitions Dance Company, as well as at the Edinburgh Fringe where it was nominated for a Total Theatre award. In 2006 Lost Dog were invited to be choreographers in residence at the MADE in Umea Festival, Sweden, their work was shortlisted for the Oxford Samuel Beckett award and they were invited to perform at the Sadler’s Wells Gala evening. Their most recent work, Hungry Ghosts will be touring nationally in autumn 2008.
Ben has also worked with the Oily Cart children’s theatre company, Maresa von Stockert’s Tilted Co., Punchdrunk, and the Gate Theatre; he has collaborated with Carrie Cracknell, artistic director of the Gate Theatre, on the critically acclaimed production of The Sexual Neuroses of our Parents, and in 2008 he will be working on Scottish Opera’s production of Falstaff.
Julia Bardsley – Video Artist
Julia has worked as a filmmaker, visual artist, performer & director. From 1991-4 she was joint Artistic Director of the Leicester Haymarket & Young Vic Theatres. Her installations include Punishment & Ice-cream, The Error Display, Field, Avalanche Thoughts and the 12/stages Projects. Julia's films have been screened at the Edinburgh & Madrid Film Festivals, WWVF Amsterdam, Image Geneva, VAD Girona, 2nd Media Art Festival Armenia, and ActArt5 London; she also art directed Rolf Hind’s 2006/7 Solo Spotlights series for the SPNM; and has created three solo projects incorporating photography, video, object and performance. She was video, set & costume designer for Simon Holt’s Who Put Bella In The Wych Elm for Almeida/Aldeburgh Opera.