'...Intelligent, emotional and with some powerfully strong and distinctive choreography...the connection between Fiske and Lau is compelling, and Fiske especially moves so wonderfully that the pair are engrossing to watch.'
— The Public Reviews on 'Inner Terra'
(Australia / United Kingdom)
Choreography. Direction. Performance. Facilitation. Producing.
Bridget has an accomplished and recognised international portfolio of roles in performance, choreography, 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 perceive, experience & cohabitate in the world: engaging with what is challenging & what is wonderful. 19 years in contemporary dance & 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.
CHOREOGRAPHY / DIRECTION / PERFORMANCE
Co-creator/Choreographer/Director & Producer of 'They Gather' an international, interdisciplinary and multimodal independent project recently presented at Supercell Festival Of Contemporary Dance (Brisbane, Australia) 2019. Further development and presentation in 2019 and 2020.
Choreographic and Rehearsal Director on 'Counting Sheep: Staging A Revolution' at the VAULT Festival (London) 2019.
Movement Director on 'Trustees' a Malthouse Theatre and Melbourne International Arts Festival production and 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', (winner 2016 ‘Best Ensemble’ Off West End Awards and listed in the New York Times 'Best Theatre of 2017'), ‘Trash Cuisine’, (winner 2013 Impacto Totale Award), ‘Red Forest’, (including undertaking research in Bangladesh, India, Nigeria and Australia on the impacts of man-made and environmental disaster on vulnerable communities) and a Young Vic parallel production.
Bridget's work reaches a breadth of audiences internationally at festivals, in galleries & museums, in public spaces, at major events and in venues including: 'Because Of Gravity' for The Future a partnership between Rambert and The Lowry, 'The Body Of Us' a major new project developing performance and engagement activity presented at festivals in the UK (Dance: Sampled) 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, Manchester International Women's Festival, moves - International Festival Of Movement On Screen, Liverpool Biennal, Illuminating York, Supercell Festival Of Contemporary Dance and many more
As a performer working with other artists Bridget has: worked on Cheryl Stock’s international, intercultural and interdisciplinary project ‘Accented Body’ (presented 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, Rio de Janeiro, 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.
Bridget has received commissions to create works across festivals and for projects that engage with a diversity of audience and participants. This has included:
> a large scale BeSpectACTive! EU residency project engaging current asylum seekers (in and out of detention), Roma youth and artists, people 'erased during Slovenia's independence, activists and worker's rights advocates,
> live and digital commissions from Illuminating York (FISKE & CROFTS), The Lowry Digitfest and The Lowry CAT, and moves - international Festival Of Movement on Screen and The Watching Dance Project,
> Dance Manchester's intergenerational flash mob for Manchester International Women's Festival,
> a mass performance as an Associate Artists of Company Chameleon engaging hundred's of young people in a pitch performance for Rugby League Cares - Join The Momentum at St James's Park for Rugby League Magic Weekend,
> being an inaugural Moving Dance Forward associate, and
> as part of The GEF House Experiment being awarded the inaugural TURN Prize for 'Three Crows on the Road'.
As a respected 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, Dance North & Ludus Dance Company.
higher education training institutes - The Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts, University of Roehampton, University of Central Lancashire, University of Salford & Queensland University of Technology.
> youth vocational Centre for Advanced Training programmes (CAT) at/for- The Lowry, National Centre for Circus Arts, The Place & Yuva Gati (South Asian CAT).
> community & youth projects - 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' & 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 & The Place Summerhouse.
Bridget has also delivered extensively in early and secondary years education contexts as a dance specialist.
Bridget Fiske & Co is a banner for creative and producing work of dance & movement artist 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.
FEATURED WORKS / ENGAGEMENTS / COMMISSIONS
WORKING WITH BRIDGET
Whilst still actively performing, Bridget's strong, rigorous and sensitive practice as a choreographer, facilitator and producer enables Bridget to:
> movement 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 sessions drawing upon a wide breadth of creative & movement practices, and
> collaborate, mentor and consult in a range of areas.
Photographers who's work appears across 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, Stephanie Pan, Jana Sedláčková, Brian Slater, Sammie Williams and Aaron Veryard.