The Producer Farm is a joint initiative from Dance Umbrella with Bristol Old Vic Ferment, In Between Time, Fuel and Coombe Farm Studios.
Responding to a need for support and on-going training for arts producers, the residency provides time and space in an invigorating environment for contemporary performance producers to refresh their current practice, and consider their future potential.
Participants in Producer Farm programmes now hold senior roles at National Theatre of Scotland and Manchester International Festival.
This 2018 speakers included Rachel Nelken, Head of Creative Programmes at The Albany, London, Isabel Carlisle, Founder of the Bioregional Learning Centre, Totnes, artist duo LOW PROFILE (Rachel Dobbs and Hannah Jones) and Selina Thompson, artist and performer, with Emma Beverley, producer, at Selina Thompson Ltd, Leeds, as well as representatives from partner organisations.
The following individuals took part in the 2018 Producer Farm for a four-day intensive at Coombe Farm Studios in Dittisham, Devon, from Sunday 24 to Friday 29 June 2018: Martha King, Daniel Kok, Danielle Rose, Sarah Sharp, Kirstin Shirling, Alyssa Simmons, Karl Taylor, Ros Terry, Jude Udueni and Anastasia Witts
Watch the video from Producer Farm 2018: https://vimeo.com/307681846
Dance Umbrella is London’s international dance festival, celebrating 21st century choreography across the capital. Since 1978 it has reached audiences of over one million, and supports artists to present great work in interesting spaces. Our aim is to entice audiences, nurture artists, innovate practice and stimulate interest in the power of the body in motion.
Bristol Old Vic FERMENT is the artist development department of Bristol Old Vic and is curated by Emma Bettridge. Ferment supports a huge community of theatre-makers from Bristol and the South West to develop exciting and adventurous new work. Within this ‘ferment’ it is our job to create a playful structure through which the best of these artists can explore their theatrical ideas in an on-going dialogue with audiences.
In Between Time is an international producer creating extraordinary events and the biennial IBT Bristol International Festival. Respected as a global pioneer of contemporary culture, IBT work across art forms to tell stories that inspire, awaken the imagination, or act as a catalyst for change.
Coombe Farm Studios is a rural centre dedicated to growing creativity. For over thirty years it has been a place for making & showing work, for meaning-making and for learning supported by a beautiful environment, great food and people who actively enable the creative process.
"A truly inspirational cohort of speakers, provocateurs and fierce facilitators…. A hugely useful reorganisation of priorities and values that will impact the rest of my career."
Sarah Sharp, 2018 Participant
"Producers often don't have an opportunity to step back and consider, plan and navigate their own journey and this was a great moment in time to have a breather and rejuvenate what we do."
Daniel Kok, 2018 Participant