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Eddie Ladd moves in to virtual performance space!     

One of Wales's most successful multi-media performers has been awarded a 2-year NESTA [National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts ] Fellowship of £69,000 to develop her talent primarily within the medium of the web. She will combine live and recorded performance using a range of performance techniques to create an entirely new way of presenting art over the Internet. Eddie Ladd, former presenter of the TV arts programme The Slate, will receive the money at a ceremony in London on Tuesday.
It is the latest stage in a multi-faceted career of the performer from west Wales, who has worked in television and has been part of a pioneering theatre company. The award from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) underlines Ladd's reputation and commitment. She will be living on £13,000 a year.

Earlier this year, bilingual Welsh poet Gwyneth Lewis was awarded a £75,000 grant to research and make an inspirational sea voyage.

The director of Cardiff's Chapter Arts Centre, Janek Alexander, has been a keen supporter of Ladd's work over the years. And fellow dancer Margaret Amesm from Dawns Dyfed, based in Aberystwyth, thinks she has a style all of her very own.

After graduating in 1985, Eddie Ladd has worked consistently and in many areas in the Welsh media. As an actor, she appeared with Cardiff-based companies Moving Being, Y Cwmni, and Hijinx; Swansea-based physical company Volcano Theatre; and Welsh-language classical company Theatrig.

She became noted as the controversial presenter of S4C¹s Fideo 9 from 1989, and presented the arts magazine The Slate for BBC Wales from 1993. She has been a core member of the internationally-respected performance company Brith Gof since 1991 and has toured with them to France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Catalonia and Argentina with productions such as Camlann, Los Angeles, Patagonia, Prydain, Tri Bywyd and Hafod.

She has also devised and performed her own physical work, including Callas Sings Mad Scenes, Unglücklicherweise and Once Upon a Time in the West.
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