'..was a slow burn of articulate fury and extraordinary ensemble physicality....'
Vulture, Sarah Holdren, The 10 Best Theatrical Productions of 2017
'The severity of the show's content... is counterpointed, by the grace, athleticism and skill of its eight performers...'
The Guardian, Michael Billington, 2013
- On works with Belarus Free Theatre.
Fiske's role Choreographic & Rehearsal Director -
Bridget has an accomplished and international portfolio of roles in performance, choreography/ direction, movement & rehearsal direction, teaching & facilitation in community, education and professional contexts as well as producing & dance development (including initiatives prioritising the artist’s voice in strategic sector development).
As an artist Bridget strives to respond to underlying conditions of how we experience, create meaning & cohabitate in the world: engaging with what is challenging & what is wonderful.
20 years in contemporary dance, theatre & interdisciplinary collaboration, in Australia, the UK, Europe and internationally, has reflected this philosophy and has defined responsiveness, embodied considerations, shared experience, discourse and rigour as central to Bridget's practice. These interests have opened opportunities for Bridget's artistic work to tackle a broad range of subjects including: urgent human rights issues, cultural identification and tensions and areas of scientific research. As a consequence, each work/project reveals unique processes and sensibilities that emerge from a desire to: be authentic to the subject matter and context, and engage with audiences and participants on kinaesthetic, conceptual, imaginative, social and emotional levels.
Co-creator/Choreographer/Director & Producer of 'They Gather' an international, interdisciplinary and multimodal independent project.
Choreographic and Rehearsal Director of the highly acclaimed 'Counting Sheep: Staging A Revolution' at the VAULT Festival, London, 2019.
Movement Director on 'Trustees' a Malthouse Theatre and Melbourne International Arts Festival production. Directed by Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin (Belarus Free Theatre).
Choreographic, movement and rehearsal director with Belarus Free Theatre, collaborating and working on international touring productions: ‘Burning Doors' with Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina (winner ‘Best Ensemble’ Off West End Awards and listed in the New York Times 'Best Theatre of 2017'), ‘Trash Cuisine’ (winner 2013 Impacto Totale Award) and ‘Red Forest’ (including undertaking research in Bangladesh, India, Nigeria and Australia on the impacts of man-made and environmental disaster on vulnerable communities).
Bridget's work reaches a breadth of audiences at festivals, in galleries & museums, in public spaces, at major events and in venues including: a Be SpectACTive! EU residency project commission engaging with individuals and families seeking asylum (in and out of detention), Roma youth and artists, people 'erased during Slovenia's independence, emigrant workers activists and Romanian youth, 'Because Of Gravity' for The Future (a partnership between Rambert and The Lowry), 'The Body Of Us' presented at festivals in the UK (Dance: Sampled at The Lowry) and Australia, several projects as a collaborating co-founder, choreographer & performer with new music and dance collective Out of the Blue Productions including projects in partnership with BBC Philharmonic and eu-art-network as well as works/projects in Manchester Day, Rugby League Magic Weekend (choreographer of large scale youth performed work as an associate artist of Company Chameleon), Manchester International Women's Festival, moves - International Festival Of Movement On Screen, The Lowry Digit Fest, Liverpool Biennial, Illuminating York, Supercell Festival Of Contemporary Dance and many more.
As a performer Bridget has: worked on Cheryl Stock’s international, intercultural and interdisciplinary project ‘Accented Body’ (2006 Brisbane International Festival, , been a company dancer with Australia's premier company making work for children and young people as audience Buzz Dance Theatre performing works by Paige Gordon, Carol Wellman Kelly and Felicity Bott, performed the role of 'Weird Woman' as part of touring cast of imitating the dog's 'Hotel Methuselah' to Cena Brasil Internacional, as well as research projects and performance works by Rosetta Cook, Joseph Lau (including the 2010 TURN Prize-winning work 'Abandoned Things'), Xanthe Beesley, Tarcisio Teatini-Climaco and Louise Deleur.
As a respected creative, facilitator & teaching artist Bridget has worked in many community, education and professional contexts. Guest and regular delivery and facilitation engagements have included amongst others with:
(companies) - Expressions Dance Company, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Dancenorth Australia and Ludus Dance Company.
(higher education training institutes) - The Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts, University of Roehampton, University of Central Lancashire, University of Salford and Queensland University of Technology.
(Centre for Advanced Training programmes) - The Lowry, National Centre for Circus Arts, The Place and Yuva Gati (South Asian CAT).
(community & youth projects) - 'Baby Fever' by Contact Youth Company, STRIDE a Greater Manchester young Men’s Dance project (Dance Manchester & Company Chameleon), UDance (North West youth dance festival), Powerkids (Brisbane Powerhouse), The Out Of the Box Festival, Rio Rhythmics 'Rio Jam' and Dance Manchester's sessions for home educated children.
(adult and professional training organisations / activities) - Expressions Dance Company, MAD Dance House, Rio Rhythmics Latin Dance Academy, River City Dance and The Place Summerhouse.
Bridget Fiske & Co is a banner for creative and producing work of Bridget Fiske.
Through this identity the significant role of collaborators, collectives, community and partners in the realisation of projects and artistic works is celebrated, valued and acknowledged.
WORKING WITH BRIDGET
Whilst still actively performing, Bridget's strong, rigorous and sensitive practice as a choreographer, director, facilitator and producer enables Bridget to:
direct and choreograph for events, stage and screen as well as interactive live & digital projects in artistic and commercial contexts,
design and deliver creative & training based workshops for a breadth of contexts,
design & direct creative projects in response to community, venue, organisation or festival and event aspirations & needs,
deliver wellbeing through dance and movement sessions drawing upon a wide breadth of practices, and
collaborate, mentor and consult in a range of areas.
Photographers who's work appears on this site
Ekua Bayunu, Maureen Billeau, Victor Isabel Bueno, Lisa Cullen, Costin Chesnoiu for Teatrul National Radu Stanca Sibiu, Christine Fiske, Jessie Giraud, Joseph Lau, Matt Kowalczuk, Stelios Manousakis, Nadia Milford, Stephanie Pan, Jana Sedláčková, Brian Slater, Eamonn Sweeney - CreativeImageworx and Sammie Williams.