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Julie is an experienced dance and drama artist, having run performances and community workshops for various ages and levels of ability in schools and the community. Julie has performed in the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002 and supported groups to participate in the Cultural Olympiad celebrations in 2012. She has also worked with local youth groups who performed pieces about Remembrance Day and The Olympics at The Lowry Theatre, Manchester. Her specialism outside of musical theatre is around working with disability groups to develop their inclusion in the arts.
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Artist/Designer is pleased to be working with community groups on Manchester Day for the sixth year. I enjoy the creative and collaborative process that brings the day’s events to life. Trained as a textile designer and artist, my career covers arts projects, exhibitions and includes commissions for multi-media,illustration, stained-glass, costume and textiles. www.redmaple.site88.net
Malachi Simmons is a freelance dance artist, affluent in Contemporary and Streetdance. Malachi has been a member of 12 degrees north Graduate dance company and EdgeFWD Undergraduate Dance Company. He has also worked in projects with Boy Blue Entertainment and Dance Touring Partnerships. In addition to Manchester Day, Malachi is currently working with The ASH Company (Teaching Streetdance),Window on Warrington (with Warrington Wolves) and is touring a duet of his own choreography ‘Tomorrow’s Yesterday’ (Performed at Turn, in Manchester, and Burst, in Leeds)
Naomi Parker is a Costume Designer and Maker based in Leeds. This year she is making costume for Jelly Dance and collaborating again with artist Ian Broscomb on a giant mobile image for the front of the parade. She is also involved with the Elevate project- collaborating with artist Vicky Richards on costumes for the WoW crowd.
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Pareesha is a freelance costume designer and recently began her own project, Artistic Achievers, which is the beginning of her dream to share skills and talent with other young people in the community. Over the time she has been active, she’s created four big costumes on various themes, two of which are award-winning carnival costumes for Leeds West Indian Carnival. She is only just starting her journey but, from recently working alongside some of the most inspirational carnival artists, will bloom into something amazing!
Pif-Paf create high quality theatre with a big heart and take it to the places it doesn’t normally go. Based in sheffield we tour nationally with a blend of intimate and spectacular visual theatre. Trademark mix of humour, pathos, science and renowned design. www.pif-paf.co.uk/
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Rose Miller is a visual artist. Working predominantly in the medium of free hand machine embroidery, her work draws from the natural world from inspiration.Originally from Brighton, she now lives in Manchester and is currently working freelance in prop making, puppetry, carnival and community arts.
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I am first and foremost a contemporary dance artist. I specialise in Outdoor, Sited and Site-Specific dance work – this work is created, and tours, under the project company name of Axial Dance. Axial Dance outdoor work has been booked and performed at many of the major festivals including Greenwich and Docklands, Mintfest, Isle Of Wight Festival and Festival No 6. Former Axial Dance commissions have come from Lakes Alive, Waiblingen Festival of Light, Germany and Urban Moves International Festival.
I have created a wealth of outdoor and parade choreographic work (often including delivery of Master classes) eg working on Manchester Day Parade and choreographing several sections each year since inception.
I choreograph for theatre and deliver movement for actors. I have choreographed over 50 professional theatre productions at theatres such as York Theatre Royal and Sheffield Crucible.
I teach and facilitate dance and movement in educational settings- eg currently at University of Manchester Theatre Department and delivering on an MA in Music Therapy at The Royal Northern College Of Music.
I teach and facilitate dance and movement in community settings – eg currently running Ad Hoc Dance ( an adult community dance company I set up 23 years ago, now resident at Manchester Art Gallery) and working for Parkinson’s UK.
I also teach private dance/movement/Laban lessons in my home dance studio: The Loft Dance Studio
I have returned to performing after a 6 year break. I am presently touring in Tea Club and Trixie and Tilly Go Cycling ( outdoor Axial Dance projects) I bring a new level of experience, maturity and new found enjoyment to my role as a dancer. https://twitter.com/choreoruth
In addition to the above, I am engaged in dance and arts project management.
Sarah Dicks is a versatile Set and Costume Designer for Theatre. She also likes to dabble in Puppetry, Education and visiting all the piers the UK coastline has to offer. She graduated with Distinction from her Master of Arts in Costume for which she designed award-winning costumes for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Events in Weymouth. She regularly designs for Cirque Bijou, Angel Exit Theatre, Tessa Bide Productions and specialises in Circus, Physical Theatre, Outdoor Events, Children’s Theatre, Dance and Devised Theatre. Sarah also loves to share her passion for creation by running workshops in a variety of art and craft activities in a wide range of settings including schools, youth groups, charity events and hen parties.Sarah worked with Walk the Plank last year designing processional costumes for Ar Waith Ar Daith, the 10th anniversary celebrations for the Wales Millennium Centre and is very excited to be involved with Manchester Day 2016. www.sarahdicks.com
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Sarah has been a designer, scenic artist and prop maker for 15 years, creating sets, costumes and all manner of weird and wonderful things for theatre, television and film. Sarah has designed many youth and community productions and her work has taken her all over the country. This is Sarah’s fifth Manchester Day parade and she’s very excited and ready and raring to go! www.sarahoxley.com
Simon Williams studied visual arts at DeMontfort University, focusing on a mixed media approach to the artistic process, collage, assemblage, and film/VHS video collage. He later spent 18 months travelling, on return, dispelling his technophobia ventured into digital arts, making film and animation, digital graphics, interactive media and magazine creation. Becoming a self-employed artist in 2010, he also began freelancing with Walk the Plank. In 2013 with fellow artist Hannelora Johansson he won a commission to build an interactive kinetic light and shadow installation they called Shadowplay which continues to be performed at winter light nights and festivals.
Sofie Layton is an Artist/Designer who creates and devises, theatre, installation and large-scale site-specific performance. Projects include For the Best which won the TMA award for best Children’s Theatre – Unicorn Theatre 2009 Liverpool Everyman 2010, Lick – Birmingham Rep 2008, Dainty Dish – Tower of London, 2004 Charabanc – event of the week in Time Out and The Independent June 2002. Sofie has devised and designed installations and exhibitions at Royal Festival Hall, Kew Gardens, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, and National Portrait Gallery such as “Ironman”, “Against the Tide” and “The Garden”– Graeae Theatre / Strange Fruit 2009 – 2011 National Theatre & Greenwich and Docklands Festivals (GDIF), Run – (GDIF) Kevin Finnan/ Motionhouse 2008, Mirage – (GDIF) with Oposito 2007. Costumes /puppets for The Olympic Torch Relay South Bank Centre 2008, Notting Hill Carnival and St Patrick’s Day Parade Dublin, Factory of Dreams and Un Peu Plus with Christophe Berthonneau/Groupe F as part of London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT). www.sofielayton.co.uk
The Sophie Tyrrell Studio operates out of Artwork Atelier, a growing hub of creative professionals in Manchester city centre. Our studio leverages and builds upon the techniques of the costume and theatre designers who came before us to create spectacular outfits, moving structures and creatures. www.sophietyrrell.com
Tanya Raabe-Webber is an acclaimed disabled artist challenging the notion of identity within contemporary portraiture, often creating portraits of high profile disabled people during live sittings in high profile public art galleries and venues.
The winner of Ability Media International Award, Visual Arts in 2010 and DaDa International Festival, Visual Arts Award 2008, Tanya has also appeared on the BBC programme The Culture Show, undertaking a live televised portrait of the actor, musician and performance artist Mat Fraser and was recently shortlisted for The National Diversity Awards Lifetime Achievement.
Her recent collection Revealing Culture : HeadOn – Portraits of the Untold was delivered through a partnership between Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Wolverhampton Art Gallery, where live portrait sittings took place during a series of residencies in these venues, sitters including Tom Shakespeare Sociologist – Bioethicist, Baroness Jane Campbell of Surbiton, D.B.E, Active Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords and Sir Bert Massie CBE Former Chair of the Disability Rights Commission.
She has worked on many commissions including Architects Inside Out: Tate Modern and Art Matters: Tate Britain and most recently co-presented her collaborative research with Project Ability at the Contemporary Outsider Art: the global context conference in Melbourne Australia.
Thingumajig Theatre is visual theatre company based in West Yorkshire which specialises in innovative puppet plays and interactive giant puppets. The artists who have designed and constructed the giant puppet for Manchester Fire and Rescue are Kathy and Andrew Kim. Thingumajig.info
Trixi is based in Manchester and works as a performer and choreographer in various Dance styles including Contemporary, African, Bollywood, Latin and Street. She gained a BA Hons in Dance and Music Technology and then went on to study a PGCE in Dance. Trixi has been Teacher in Charge of Dance in a secondary school for 9 years and has a passion for working with young people. Whilst teaching she developed a keen interest for Boys Dance and created a boys only Dance group called Company Flex, this became Trixi’s focus for her MA in Creative Education where she was awarded a distinction.
Tsubi is an Australian artist now living in the UK. Her previous work includes Designer for the Adelaide Fringe opening night parade and Head Lantern Maker for the Ozasia Moon Lantern Parade. Previous incarnations have also seen her perform as a freelance circus performer. This will be her third time working on the Manchester Day parade.
Having graduated last year from the Costume with Textiles degree at the University of Huddersfield, Vicky has been working as a freelance costume maker, designer and embroiderer ever since. She is also part of Global Grooves Future Leaders programme, which is helping her to focus her skills into the exciting world of carnival arts. This is her fourth year working on the parade, and the first time she’s been able to work on a section from start to finish.
Wendy Meadley is a Cheshire-based freelance designer/maker for all theatrical occasions. One of her areas of expertise is flags and banners. Wendy has been using flags and banners to effect temporary space transformations for nearly 30 years and has been lead artist on projects making flags with a wide range of people. She has also created several large scale flag installations. Wendy is responsible for the site decor in the four squares for Manchester Day. www.flickr.com/workingwiththewind
New Orleans meets 90s club classics…a rave funeral without the body. In New Orleans, funerals are celebrated in style, with noisy brass bands processing through the streets. The main section of the parade is known as First Line, but the real fun starts with the Second Line, those who follow the band to enjoy the music, marching with the musicians and twirling parasols or waving handkerchiefs. Welcome to Second Lining. A rabble of mischievous northerners, Mr Wilson’s Second Liners form a traditional New Orleans Second Line. However, this is no sombre occasion: Mr Wilson’s expend their collective musical talent paying homage to the diehard days of the Hacienda, 90s club culture and its greatest hero, Mr Tony Wilson. These revolutionary genre bashers knock the First Line sideways, opting for upbeat dance tracks over traditional slow hymns. Proudly stepping out in uniformed style, they channel the spirit of the 24 hour party people and get audiences dancing wherever they play.The vision is an anarchic, street extravaganza, bursting with colour and sound, rallying impromptu raves on street corners and rousing audiences young and old into a joyful frenzy. www.mrwilsons.org.uk