Mukul is co-director of ambientspace, an artist-run studio in London that produces critical, intermedia work, often involving public participation. He plays predominantly with sound, language, and processes; past projects include an audio-visual performance based on the preparation of food, and a (playable) harp with strings of razor wire. As sound artist, he composes for experimental film (Manu Luksch, Isaac Julien) and dance (Shobana Jeyasingh, BalletBoyz). His writing ranges from film scripts (FACELESS, voiced by Tilda Swinton) to nonfiction in the realms of art, mathematics and technology – including books for children. Influences: the music of North India, early electronic music, Oulipo. Mukul has collaborated on 5 projects with Russell including a commission for Lyon Opera Ballet (2004) and the New Work for Bayerische Staatsballett (2014)..
Barry Adamson has been creating all of his life. Perhaps his greatest creation is himself as a multi-disciplined artist. The self-taught musician rose to prominence as the bass player in Magazine and toured extensively. His establishment as a solo artist came after a three year stint with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and heralded the release of his seminal first solo album, ‘Moss Side Story’. Critically acclaimed, it raised Adamson’s name as a composer of diverse complexity; able to tell a story with music, where the images were those supplanted in the minds of the listeners. Offers quickly followed and saw Adamson work with some of the film industry’s most intriguing mavericks including Derek Jarman, David Lynch, Oliver Stone and
Having released nine studio albums, including the 1992 Mercury Music Prize nominated ‘Soul Murder’, Adamson has continued to tour globally with his talents being in as much demand by new generations of artists, as he was after his first solo release. He is constantly sought across all art forms for commentary and contribution. His music being both the platform and background for documentaries, TV series, adverts, computer games and even an Olivier Award winning ballet performance by Sylvie Guillem and the Ballet Boyz.
It was always a logical progression for Adamson to move behind the camera and once again his brooding film noir style and dark comedy has seen him write, direct and score a number of short films. His latest offering, ‘The Swing The Hole and The Lie’, being shown at the Cannes Film Festival this year.
Rising phoenix like from the flames of his previous work, Adamson continues to push himself and blur the lines of film, music and art.
Earlier this year he returned to the studio to begin recording a soon to be released new solo album, which shows him embracing all of his diverse influences into a more commercial undertaking
Jan began working with moving image and post production after developing techniques in special effects for film and television at companies such as Glassworks and CFC- Framestore. He progressed into design and editing, employed as a motion graphics director for CCLab where he composed music, edited and animated content. He became senior in-house editor at Flynn productions and then began his independent directing career working with Onedotzero. Projects covered areas including live visuals, promos, installations, commercials and emergent technologies. Jan has worked with Lady Gaga, George Michael, Nitin Sawhney and Pet Shop Boys. He works from his studio in London as an image maker, video designer, director, filmmaker and animator.
Stevie Stewart first made her impact with the innovative and influential fashion label BodyMap which she co-founded with David Holah. Enjoying great success and cult status during the label’s heyday. Stevie has since gone on to work with top creative names in Fashion, Music, Film and Advertising, as a costume, set, production designer, a fashion stylist and often a combination of all of the above, bringing her range of talents to each project.
Stevie has a long standing relationship with the choreographer Michael Clark whom she first started collaborating with in 1984 creating memorable costumes for many of his productions, most recently 2012’s untitled Barbican show that received rave reviews.
Stevie has also worked with Oliver Award Winner and acclaimed choreographer Russell Maliphant, creating the costumes to compliment his renowned dance language of flow, form and dynamics.
Her film credits include: Production Designer and Costume Designer for Ruby Blue directed by Jan Dunn featuring Bob Hoskins and Josiane Balasko; Costume Designer for Baille Walsh’s Flashbacks of a Fool starring Daniel Craig; Costume and Production designer for Jan Dunn’s The Calling.
Stevie has been responsible for the costume design for several international music tours including Kylie Minogue’s Aphrodite Les Folies 2011 tour, KYLIEX2008 World Tour, previous Showgirl and Homecoming International tours, as well as The Circus Starring Britney Spears 2009 tour.
Stevie is a long term designer & collaborator for William Baker. Stevie’s BodyMap label is currently featured in the V&A’s Club to Catwalk Exhibition, a major show looking at the influence of club culture on the contemporary catwalk.
An Olivier Award-winner, Michael trained in dance and theatre at Dartington College and was awarded a bursary by the Arts Council to attend dance lighting workshops with Jennifer Tipton in New York and Paris. Over the last 20 years he has worked exclusively in dance, particularly with choreographer Russell Maliphant. Their collaborations have won international critical acclaim and many awards: Sheer won a Time Out Award for Outstanding Collaboration, Choice won a South Bank Show Dance Award, PUSH, with Sylvie Guillem, won four major awards including the Olivier for Best New Dance Production and Afterlight won two Critics Circle awards. Michael and Russell also collaborated on Broken Fall, commissioned by Ballet Boyz, which also featured Sylvie Guillem and won an Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production. In 2007 Michael’s and Russell’s work was the subject of Ballet Boyz’s Channel 4 documentary Light and Dance and The Daily Telegraph hailed their collaboration as ‘possibly the most important creative partnership in modern British dance.’
Michael has also worked with Ballet Boyz on their productions of Russell’s Critical Mass, Torsion and most recently on the highly acclaimed Fallen. He also lit the Ballet Boyz’s productions of Christopher Wheeldon’s Mesmerics and Liam Scarlett’s Serpent. Eonnagata, Michael’s collaboration with Sylvie Guillem, Robert Lepage and Russell Maliphant, for which Michael won the 2009 Knight of Illumination Award for Dance, opened at Sadler’s Wells and along with Afterlight led to Michael being nominated for the 2010 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance, and a second Knight of Illumination Award.
Michael has also worked over many years with Akram Khan on his pieces Fix, Rush, In-I his duet with Juliette Binoche, and most recently on his highly acclaimed full length solo DESH, winner of the 2012 Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production, and In the Shadow of Man. He is also working on Akram’s forthcoming work duet with Flamenco virtuoso Israel Galvan.
He has also worked with Javier De Frutos on the pieces Cattle Call, Paseillo, Los Picadores, Blue Roses, Elysian Fields and the controversial Eternal Damnation, and with Jonathan Burrows on The Stop Quartet, and on Walking/Music, commissioned by William Forsythe for Ballett Frankfort.
In 2009 Michael was delighted to become an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells Theatre and in 2010 his contribution to dance was recognised with his entry into the Oxford Dictionary of Dance. Michael was recently nominated for the 2012 Theatre Managers Association award for Achievement in Dance for his ‘brilliant contribution to lighting for dance; in particular for DESH, Torsion and The Rodin Project.’ In 2014, Michael was awarded the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance.
Michael is currently working with Russell on commissions for English National Ballet, Lyon Opera Ballet and Ballet Munchen as well as a new programme of work for the Russell Maliphant Company and Akram’s forthcoming duet with Flamenco virtuoso Israel Galvan.
Andy has been composing music for film and television for over 20 years. His first film, with BBC’s Modern Times, was for Lucy Blakstad’s LIDO. Since then he has composed on a wide range of projects including in contemporary dance for which he has received a Time Out Award. He has composed for numerous dance companies but most notably for Russell Maliphant on the award winning Push, a duet with Sylvie Guillem. Films include Babeldom by Paul Bush and Lay Bare, an animation which received best experimental film award in Tindirindis. His compositions for television include Penny Woolcock’s Tina and Simon Schama’s American History series. He as also worked on Wild Pictures’ prison series HMP Aylesbury on ITV and Century Films’ series The Railway on BBC2.