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WALES’ LEADING ARTS CENTRE GIVES BOOST TO EMERGING THEATRE TALENT Wales Millennium Centre will boost emerging theatre talent with a special project that offers intensive support to arts companies.

The Centre has chosen three arts companies to take part in this year’s Incubator Project, a programme which supports emerging dance, opera and theatre companies or an existing company wishing to produce a new piece of theatre.

This year Citrus Arts, Velvet Ensemble and ESP were selected to take part in the project from a large number of high quality applications from a diverse range of arts companies.

Each company will have access to Wales Millennium Centre rehearsal space for a period of intensive creative development. They will also be able to call on the Centre’s experienced staff for advice on technical production, and promoting their shows.

Founded in 2006, the Incubator Project aims to encourage fresh talent and the development of new work across a range of art forms that will perform in Wales Millennium Centre and could tour across Wales and beyond.

Citrus Arts, Velvet Ensemble and ESP have now entered rehearsals and will present their work in the Centre’s Weston Studio on 14 November 2009.

Louise Miles-Crust, Wales Millennium Centre Artistic Programme Manager said: ‘We chose the companies because they are original and have an innovative approach to devising theatre.

‘Each year the Incubator Project gives Wales-based companies the space and time to develop ideas into a piece of theatre. This year we have three companies with varied ideas and different experiences who will create a really special evening of new work.’

The Incubator Project has been a launch-pad for companies such as Theatr n’Ôg, which is now touring the UK with their new production, The Bankrupt Bride. Part of Wales Millennium Centre’s 5th birthday celebrations, the Incubator Project is among a host of activities and events taking place during the venue’s open weekend on 14 to 15 November 2009.

Incubator Project 2009
The three companies taking part in this year’s Incubator Project are:

Founded by James Roberts and Bridie Doyle, Citrus Arts will present Fly on the Wall, which uses aerial harness and counterweight work to create physical work in the air, on walls, upside-down as well as on the floor. Using ropes, pulleys, levers and other devices Citrus Arts will give a theatrical response to important news events that have provoked comment within society.

Velvet Ensemble focuses on telling women’s stories. Its new production challenges a director, a writer and five actors to explore new things, face fears, and revisit the past through the playful process of Never, Love, Fear?

ESP will present The Incubator, a new talk show. Britain has run out of money due to a global financial collapse. There’s no NHS and everyone has sold off their old gold and blown their cash. Thanks to a government initiative, people can plead their cases in front of a live studio audience. ESP was founded by Eloise Howe and Suzanne Phillips and specialises in event theatre and interactive performance.
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