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Bridget Fiske

Bridget is a multi-faceted artist working with choreography as an expanded practice and working in directorial, collaborative, producing/curation, facilitation, and mentoring roles. With a 25-year international portfolio career, Bridget creates and collaborates on dance, theatre, interdisciplinary, moving-image, film, digital and participatory works.

 

Recent credits from Bridget’s portfolio includes:

 

Since 2012, Choreographic, Movement and Rehearsal Director and International Researcher with BELARUS FREE THEATRE, including on the New York Times listed 'Best Theatre of 2017' and 'Off West End' award winning production 'Burning Doors' with Pussy Riot’s Maria Alokhyna, 'Trustees' (Malthouse and Melbourne International Festival), 'Counting Sheep: Staging A Revolution (VAULT Festival London 2019 headline production), 'Trash Cuisine', 'Red Forest' and more touring the UK, Europe, North America and Australia.

 

Choreographer and Performer on/in, 'IRON BUTTERFLIES’, a hybrid documentary about the downing of flight MH17. World Premiere Sundance World Documentary Competition 2023, European Premiere Berlin International Film Festival 2023, Winner RIGHTS NOW! Main Prize at Docudays 2023 (UA), and screening at festivals around the world.

 

Co-Creator, Co-Director, Co-Choreographer and Co-Producer of 'THEY GATHER', an independent multi-year, international, multi-modal interdisciplinary project reaching audiences in cultural, festival, public and digital spaces in Australia, the UK and the Netherlands.

 

Co-creator with Ukrainian Film Artist Roman Liubyi on 'THE CORRESPONDENTS', a moving image research project, produced by Babylon'13 (UA) and Project Auske (UK), and supported by the European Union under the House of Europe.

 

Co-Artistic Director on the UK/Pakistan collaboration project ‘ON THE HOUR: DANCE KAHANYAN’, supported through The British Council's ‘New Perspectives’ project.

 

Movement Director and Director on research and development of 'THE BELL CURVES', a new play by writer Keisha Thompson.

 

Bridget has also received commissions from: the EU consortium BeSpectACTive! (for the project 'YES Move. NO Move. (Moved?)’, Creative Europe funded), Illuminating York (for 'The Ice, the Land and the Sea', FISKE & CROFTS), moves - International Festival of Movement of Screen and the Watching Dance Project (for 'Red Rain', including presentation in Liverpool Biennial), Moving Dance Forward (Dance Manchester, MDI, Contact, The Lowry, University of Salford, Unity Theatre), University of Salford, TURN Prize (Dance Manchester, hAb, greenroom for The GEF House Experiment), and Dance Manchester and the Science Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub (SEERIH) at the University of Manchester (to collaborate with leading British Astrophysicists).

 

As a self-organising, collaborating and engaged artist, Bridget has presented work at venues, initiatives and festivals that includes: The Lowry, 'Dance Sampled' (by The Movement - a Sadler’s Wells, Birmingham Hippodrome and The Lowry partnership), The Future (a The Lowry and Rambert partnership), The Place and Chisenhale Dance, Rewire International Music Festival, Modern Body Laboratory, Supercell Festival of Contemporary Dance, Urban Moves International Dance Festival, Mintfest, Manchester Day, Teatro La Fenice with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Queensland Arts Gallery and more.

 

As a performer and collaborator Bridget has worked with: Buzz Dance Theatre (company dancer performing works by Paige Gordon, Carol Wellman Kelly and Felicity Bott), Joseph Lau (including in the TURN Prize winning work 'Abandoned Things), Cheryl Stock, Helen Sky and Sarah Rubidge on 'Accented Body (Brisbane International Festival), imitating the dog (touring cast to Cena Brasil Interncional), Louise Deleur, Tarcisio Teatini-Climaco, Kristen Bell, Xanthe Beesely, Wendy Wallace, and Rosetta Cook.

 

Bridget has undertaken roles in advocacy, development, producing, curation, fundraising, project management, coordination and arts administration including with: Contact, Phluxus2 Dance Collective, Manchester Dance Consortium (Manchester Choreoab 2017), North West Dance Artist Led for Artists Network and Dance Consprtia North West, Vanhulle Dance Theatre (Trustee), Dance Manchester, Rio Rhythmics Latin Dance Academy, Director/Producer Cheryl Stock on 'Accented Body', and Ausdance QLD.

 

Bridget also have an extensive portfolio in teaching and mentoring in community, education, prevocational training, and professional contexts, with e.g. Phluxus2, The Lowry Centre for Advanced Training, The Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Roehampton University, Queensland University of Technology, The Place Summer House, University of Salford, University of Central Lancashire, HWY Festival La Boite Theatre Company, Dancenorth Australia, Expressions Dance Company (now Australian Dance Collective), MAD Dance House, Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre and more.

 

Background. Education. Training:

 

Bridget was born and grew up on farms and in small towns in rural Northern, Victoria, Australia. Places that are on the ancestral lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung People and Yorta Yorta People. 

 

After training with Jacqueline Kornmann and Susan Eacott, being given opportunities to take on creative and teaching leadership roles in her community, and many trips to Naarm (Melbourne) to extend her skills, Bridget boarded a Greyhound bus in early 1997 and traveled the 24 hours to Meeanjin (Brisbane).

 

Here Bridget completed a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) at Queensland University of Technology. During her second year of studies, Bridget took on an additional unit in ‘Physical Theatre’, where she was introduced to Viewpoints (following the methods of Anne Bogart), the Suzuki Actor Training Methods, and Butoh practices. 

 

In 2001 Bridget returned to full-time studies and completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours). During this post-graduate year, Bridget completed the practice as research project and thesis "Going Solo At The Disco" with a focus on solo performance. Through this process, Bridget worked with Nik Hills on the solo ‘Holding The Baby’, Cath Childs on the solo ‘For Lease’, and created the solo ‘In Blood’.

Additional Training:

  • Core Skills in Coaching for Advisors, Mentors, and Teachers with Guildhall.

  • Arts Awards.: Explore, Bronze, and Silver Advisor

  • Various years: First Aid at Work (one-day and three-day courses), Senior First Aid, Emergency First Aid. Behaviour Management Training.  Safeguarding training.​

 

www.bridgetfiske.com

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