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Fan Yma

5 Lisburne Terrace
SY23 2EQ

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phone | ffôn 01970 612880 or 07792 834882
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Ailsa Richardson
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Ailsa Richardson is a performer and director of site-specific and collaboratively devised performance which has a strong relationship to audience. She is particularly interested in structures for devising and training that expand perception, awareness and the process of re-membering. Many of her works are performed in outdoor locations and non-theatre spaces though some pieces are deliberately re-located to studios and gallery spaces - operating across disciplines as performance, mucic, installation and video. Other current interests are states of ecstasy, performance and transformation, and creative communities. She trained in Fine Art in Bristol and Theatre (MA) in Aberystwyth. Since 1997 she has worked with By Word of Mouth, Kneehigh Theatre, Richard Gough and the Centre for Performance Research, the de Quincey company (Australia), UmanZoo and her own company Fan Yma. Ailsa is in ongoing training in Bodyweather - a performance training devised in Japan by Min Tanaka. She is currently associate artist with the Centre for Performance Research.


In 2005 and 2006 Ailsa has been working on a few writing /presentaion projects:
an article pro-found and impossible for the centre for performance research journalís forthcoming book a performance cosmology.

a presentation of work: the site as anchor - a root/route to presence, including documentation of work 1997-2006.

a short essay for the Arts Council of Wales - is there no place dance canít go written in collaboration with Donald Hutera (writer and dance critic for The Times).

a re-presentation of re-member as a video and textual soundtrack for three voices

Exstasis: research and development of a new collaborative performance (funded by the Arts Council of Wales) April - August 2005 and ongoing...

devised solo re-member - a collaboration with video artist Mel Shearsmith - performed at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Dublin Fringe Festival, Towards Tomorrow and Articulate Practitioner conferences, UWA Aberystywth: April - July 2004/5 and the Nastional Library of Wales, 2006

Fan Yma: director of site-specific performance where the sky begins performed on and around the public sculpture la scala funded by the Arts Council of Wales and Aberystwyth Arts Centre: Aug. Sept. 2003
selected past productions
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Centre for Performance Research: performer in The Last Supper - a site-specific installation performance at the Fabrica Europa festival, Florence, Italy: May 2002

U Man Zoo Theatre: performer in The Water Banquet - Theatrsiop Cymru, Aberystwyth Arts Centre: Oct. 2001

Chico Lavishe and Company: performer in a roaming dance piece - Streets Alive Festival, Bristol: Sept. 2001

In Between Time - Festival of Live Art, Arnolfini Live and Site Gallery, Sheffield - assisting on durational performances of Feeling Poorly a live installation by Sophia New and Cat Large: Feb. 2001

Economies of Scale: artistic director and coordinator of from both sides - a
site specific performance on teh harbourside as part of the Workplace festival, Bristol: Oct. Nov. 2000

Kneehigh Theatre Company: performer and musician in productions of Mannelís Mango and Ghost Nets 2 (Cornwall) : July - Sept 99

By Word of Mouth: co-director of Dreaming of Flying (performance at arilway station) and associated installation

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