Charlie Dearnley is a non-binary, transdisciplinary artist who utilises dance, storytelling, illustration and music to share work as performances, as if plotting points on an ever changing map. Charlie’s work revolves around ongoing, lived research into religion, psychology, western esotericism and entheogens, asking how our inner-realities and belief systems shape the way we live and interact. None of us dream alone. All of us dream alone.

acharacter is a name waiting to be spoken by the sun, again. 


Jack is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, facilitator and technician, born and bred in County Durham.
After graduating with a BMus from Goldsmiths in London, he returned the North East to compose, perform and stage manage for a wide range of companies and artists including Theatre Sans Frontieres, Georgian Theatre Royal Richmond, Headway ArtSpace, Mad Alice Theatre, Lizzie J Klotz, Gareth Hudson and Alys North.
From his studio in Newcastle Jack produces tracks with heavy beats and soaring synthesiser lines under the moniker of Dog And Fox. His track ‘Who Gets The Cows?’ was released on Do You Records in 2018.

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Sean Cotterill conducts research into open source approaches to hybrid artistic practices. Recent projects include howto_co34pt_liveCode – extensive open sourcing of ongoing live coding practice as co¥ᄀpt, and sampler/sampler – an exploration of commonalities between sampling practice in electronic music and 16th century embroidery through programming.

Ian Garside (UK/ES) discovered contemporary dance through classical theatre. He completed his vocational training at Laban (UK) & P.A.R.T.S. (BE).
Since 2010 he has performed with the likes of Punchdrunk (Shanghai), Liquid Loft/ Chris Haring (Vienna) & the seminal DV8 Physical Theatre (London).
Alongside performing Ian teaches extensively. His passion for pedagogy is fed by the variety of experiences and approaches that people bring to the encounter.
His passion for performing comes from a desire to engage people in an experienced process of reception and reflection.

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Adam Goodwin’s practice is fundamentally involved with collaboration across the creative sectors. As the Director of The Occasion Collective, Goodwin seeks to facilitate projects of varying outputs including films, exhibitions, festivals, performance events, workshops and talks that champion interdisciplinary collaboration and provide a platform for emerging artists.

Shifting between the roles of artist, curator, director and producer, Goodwin aims to create a space for cross contamination between individuals from disciplines including dance, creative technology, animation, music, art and set design. He has worked with a number of institutions including the Laing Art Gallery, Channel 4, Durham Castle, The Baltic, Future Everything Festival and Newbridge Project. Currently his focus is on filmic output due to it’s innately accessible nature and the necessity for collaboration.

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Felix Kawitzky is a non-binary trans artist, writer and lecturer. They have an undergraduate degree in Fine Art, and a Master’s degree in Theatre Making (Performance Art) from the University of Cape Town (UCT). They have lectured in Performance Art and narrative theory at UCT, and are currently a PhD candidate at the University of York. Their research is in the fields of queer science fiction, fantasy, collective storytelling, and tabletop roleplaying games, and they design live action and pen-and-paper roleplaying games as part of their practice. They created the interdimensional tarot deck The Tarot of Many Doors, and have had their video, performance, and text-based work  featured in exhibitions such as Polymorph Other (IMT Gallery, London 2018), DEEP ANGER, TRUE LOVE, TENDER CARE (The Horse Hospital, London 2017) and Nothing is Impossible (No Show Museum, USA 2016).

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​Lizzie J Klotz is a dance and theatre artist based in Newcastle upon Tyne, working both regionally and nationally on a variety of projects as a choreographer, performer, facilitator and movement director.

Her work as a choreographer is driven by an interest in human behaviour, creating sensitive, humorous and thought-provoking dance theatre work.

Collaboration is key to informing her practice as a choreographer, working across art forms with companies, artists and collectives such as sculptor Joseph Hillier, dramaturg Rosa Postlethwaite and facilitator Alys North.

Most recently, Lizzie has worked as a movement director on Preconceived by Jonluke McKie and Luca Rutherford’s Political Party by Luca Rutherford.

As a performer, Lizzie has been working with Rosie Kay Dance Company, performing in the UK tour of MK Ultra in Spring 2017 and Autumn 2018.

Lizzie often incorporates participatory processes into her practice, within her own work as a choreographer and for other companies such as Cirque Bijou’s The Umbrella Project, Circus Central’s Youth Circus and Dance City’s Centre for Advanced Training.

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Michael studied in Fine Art, his main focus being figurative work, both 2D and 3D. His most recent series of works are an interpretation of improvised floor-based and aerial dance.
His roles include lighting design, relighting and production management. Michael was co-lighting designer for Ballet Lorent’s production of Rumpelstiltskin and has the same role for their new production of The Lost Happy Endings.
As relighter Michael toured with Ballet Lorent’s production of Rumpelstiltskin, Snow White and The Night Ball. This year he is touring with Aakash Odedra’s #Jesuis and Kneehigh’s Dead Dog in a Suitcase.

Rosa Postlethwaite is an independent performance maker, producer and dramaturg based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. She works across theatre, live art and dance with a background in producing feminist, queer and interdisciplinary performance.  

She currently produces the work of writer/performer Neal Pike, PUG performance club night and her own performance projects including regular workshop Coax and touring shows, Composed and An Evening with Savvy B.

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Growing up in a household where the disparate sounds of progressive rock ruled the airwaves, Adam’s musical personality was founded on just such an eccentric slant, cultivating an open-mindedness that has led him halfway around the globe in search of unfamiliar and exciting musical practices. Choosing drum kit as his instrument, he began this venture with trips to Morocco and Egypt to learn about various Arabic and North African styles, continuing with a very cold but rewarding year studying jazz in Montreal as part of his BMus at Newcastle University.
This insatiable rhythmic appetite has been subsequently served in his professional life with a varied array of groups, including the internationally touring LED drummers Spark!, the raucous improvisatory noise punk trio Taupe, and a host of folk fusion bands drawing on the traditional tunes of the British Isles in combination with modern jazz and rock.

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Artist, writer, performer, education & creativity researcher.

Associate lecturer and tutor in Fine art, Drawing & Architecture at Newcastle University in the School of Arts and Cultures and the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. Creativity workshops in a variety of community contexts.

Over 25 years experience in higher education, community arts facilitation, group work, collaborative praxis, cultural regeneration, event direction and production.

Founder and Director of the Arthouses Programme within Whitley Bay Film Festival since 2010.

Work is time, site and audience specific working across media boundaries and subject disciplines including drawing, video, painting, installation, book works and performance.

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