Company members are Janine Fletcher, Sarah Grange, Ellan Parry, Jo Silverston and Jeannie Skelly. Although many of us have ongoing collaborative relationships with one another, Snowblind is our first work as an ensemble.
Janine Fletcher is a dancer, devisor and choreographer specialising in cross-disciplinary collaborations. She trained in Dance & Visual Arts at Brighton University and studied under seminal dance maverick Professor Liz Aggiss. She is a founder member of performance duo The Two Wrongies (voted Most Controversial Act at the Edinburgh Festival 2011), and an Associate Artist at both Ovalhouse, London, and The Basement, Brighton. She has presented her own work at platforms including The Spiegeltent, Edinburgh Festival, The National Review of Live Art, Latitude and Glastonbury Festival, and performed internationally with companies and artists including parkour collective The Urban Playground, Lizz Agiss, Joe Murray and Lucid Incident, and legendary Brighton provocateurs Voodoo Vaudeville. Choreographic work includes Bicycle Ballet, and her current solo show Trace Elements (Ovalhouse). Janine is also an Assistant Programmer at the Nightingale Theatre, Brighton. Previous collaborations with Ellan Parry include Sap (Nightingale Theatre, Brighton), Incipient Impediment (NRLA, Glasgow) and The State of Mind of Ghosts (Chelsea Theatre).
Sarah Grange is a writer, performance-maker and sound artist specialising in sonic art and text for performance. A graduate of the Central School of Speech & Drama’s Advanced Theatre Practice MA where she co-founded live art collective Stella*, Sarah has presented her work at the Green Man Festival, National Review of Live Art, Latitude Festival, Battersea Arts Centre and the National Theatre’s Watch This Space season. Recent work includes The Observatory, a multi-sensory opera for deaf and hearing audiences, performed at Tete a Tete Opera Festival and Greenbelt Festival, (librettist, co-devisor, producer), and If You Are Not Here, You Do Not Exist (as a Supported Artist at the Rosemary Branch Theatre). Previous collaborations with Ellan Parry include The Observatory, Me If You Lose (an interactive live art village fete – co-devisor / performer), Gallathea (Bridewell Theatre – co-devisor / co-director) Bellerophon – a site-specific folk-opera in an abandoned Cornish quarry (co-devisor, co-designer, performer. Sarah has worked with Jo in the context of production company Knifedge, and plays music regularly with Jeannie.
Ellan Parry is a set, costume and video designer for theatre, opera and dance, with a background in devising and site-specific work. She trained at Wimbledon and Motley, and is a previous winner of the Jocelyn Herbert Award for Scenography, and a Linbury Prize Finalist. Recent theatre and opera includes The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes, dir. Nicolas Kent, Arcola Theatre, a new production of John Adam’s opera-oratorio El Nino, dir. John La Bouchardiere, Spoleto Festival USA, the world premier of new opera Neige, dir. Catherine Kontz, Grand Theatre de Ville, Luxembourg, The Miser, dir. Nancy Meckler, Watermill Theatre, Electric Hotel, dir. David Rosenberg & Frauke Requardt, Fuel/ Sadler’s Wells (costume designer), and Without You, dir. Steve Maler, Menier Chocolate Factory and Panasonic Theatre, Toronto. Her previous collaborations with Janine Fletcher include The State of Mind of Ghosts, Chelsea Theatre, which she designed and co-devised, and Incipient Impediment at the National Review of Live Art, Glasgow. Previous collaborations with Sarah Grange include The Observatory and Gallathea.
Jo Silverston is a multi-instrumentalist, performer, songwriter and composer. A classically trained cellist, she also plays banjo, bass and musical saw, and builds experimental soundscapes using electronic looping techniques. She has created music for television and film (Wallander, The Shadow Line), performed at the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony, and played internationally with a diverse range of contemporary bands and musicians including Emily Barker & the Red Clay Halo, Frank Turner and The Unthanks. Jo is committed to genre-spanning collaborations, and keen to create new works with artists from different, non-musical disciplines which challenge traditional notions of both creating and experiencing music.
Jeannie Skelly is a singer-songwriter working independently. A self-taught musician, she has performed both with bands and as a solo artist. She writes and performs her own music, playing regularly at a variety of live music venues. This will be Jeannie’s first foray into a more theatrical performance context, and she is looking to investigate new processes and practices in both collaborative and solo contexts.