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 Fevered Sleep

FEVERED SLEEP

  (1996 - )

Nationality:    British
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Fevered Sleep was founded in 1996 by David Harradine and Samantha Butler. We make new work in performance, publication and visual art, for children and for adults. all our work is design-led and devised collaboratively. the work is grounded in ideas and in research, not in form, and each project might be radically different from what has gone before it. We create environments and encounters that allow audiences to make a discovery about themselves, or to see the world in new and unexpected ways. We show our work across the UK and internationally, through touring, and through partnerships with a wide range of venues. We are based at the Young Vic in London, where we are an associate company. Our work is produced in association with Fuel.

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        (Once In A Blue Moon) Ball, The         Above Me the Wide Blue Sky         And the Rain Falls Down         Bounce, The         Brilliant         Carpel And Stamen         Dreaming Place, The         Dusk         Exquisite Moments And Imperfect Endings         Fantasy Party         Feast Your Eyes         Field Of Miracles, The         Fleet         Forest, The         Inamorata         Infinite Line, An         Light Chat, A         On Ageing         Orlando         Shore         Some Short Exercises In Love         Still Matter         Stilled         Summer Subversive, The         Time Of Our Lives         Weather Factory, The         Written With Light - Or, How To See In A Chamber Things That Are Not         Yarn



(Once In A Blue Moon) Ball, The

Synopsis:
a series of performances and installations commissioned by LIFT as part of their 2003 Family Friendly season, the (once in a blue moon) Ball transformed the whole of BaC into a spellbound winter wonderlandŽin the middle of a London summer. Created for children aged 6 to 10, the evening began with a ritual of the children putting their parents to bed, before going out for an evening of adventure, entertainment and dancing.

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Conceived And designed by Samantha Butler And David Harradine

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Above Me the Wide Blue Sky

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A man whose memories are carried by birds. A woman whose children have grown with the trees. A family whose garden is the fathomless ocean. If who we are and what we call home is interwoven with nature, what happens when everything starts to change? the critically acclaimed Fevered Sleep transform the Young Vic with their longawaited follow-up to 2010's On Ageing. Set within a stunning multi-screen film installation, with a captivating soundscape of birdsong, electronic music and a new score for string quartet, Above Me the Wide Blue Sky draws together tales of love, loss and belonging from an ever-changing world, created from real stories. Prepare to be transported.

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conceived by David Harradine & Sam Butler

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And the Rain Falls Down

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Imagine a world where every drop of water has a life of its own. . .a world where rainbows form from umbrella, where fountains spout from plugholes, and where eventually the rain really does fall down. Revel in puddles of fun in this magical treat, featuring rather a lot of water! Created especially for 3 and 4 year olds, and the Rain Falls Down

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a Fevered Sleep and Lyric Hammersmith co-production

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Bounce, The

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Created specially for the Big Dance Bubble, an inflatable pavilion touring London as part of Big Dance 2010, the Bounce was inspired by the architecture of the performance space.

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Potters Fields PArk, Tooley Street, London    20 May 2010

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Fevered Sleep at the Big Dance Bubble

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dance piece

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Brilliant

Synopsis:
Imagine it's bedtime. Imagine it's time to turn out the light. Imagine the moon outside, and the stars, bright. Imagine the flickering of a thousand candles, or the sparkle of a grand chandelier. Imagine being in a place that is made of light. Imagine how brilliant that would be. Combining live music, beautiful lighting, movement, and captivating imagery. For 3-4 year olds.

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Stratford Circus, Outer London    11 Mar 2008

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Carpel And Stamen

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a site-specific gardening performance.

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Dreaming Place, The

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Commissioned by theatre Royal Bath to celebrate the opening of the egg, a purpose built theatre for young people, the Dreaming Place was a playful response to the idea that the imagination of a child  like theatre  is a place where impossible, magical and brilliant things can happen. Performed by two adult actors and a nine-year-old boy, the performance was structured as a series of improvisations accompanied by a live music score.

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Dusk

Synopsis:
It's Dusk, the time when everything changes. Come with us to celebrate the wide, wild world around you. Nestled together in the heart of a hand-built forest, a group of creatures with furry tails are watching and waiting for someone to arrive. Their friend has a long way to travel, many things to discover and huge challenges to face. Dusk interweaves film and live performance to create a magical experience in which your child will play a central role. So put on your tail, prick up your ears, and get ready for Dusk. Dusk has been created for 4-7 year olds. Older children are welcome. Tails will be provided.

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Concept, Story & Direction by David Harradine and Sam Butler. Comprises of "The Film" and "The Performance"

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Stratford Circus, London    29 Sep 2014

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Exquisite Moments And Imperfect Endings

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How do you begin a show that is all about endings? Building on the past success of Yarn and Shore, Fevered Sleep return to BaC with a show to end all shows. Part meditation, part parable, part elegy for times already lost, exquisite Moments and Imperfect endings is a playful and poetic reminder that time never stops. Combining storytelling, live music and images of aching fragility, watch the performance slowly disappear as the lights fade, the curtain falls and time washes us away.

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Fantasy Party

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a site-specific performance and party which took place in a domestic space.

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Feast Your Eyes

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the story unfolds with the audience playing an active and integral part in what happens. a narrator/storyteller introduces the audience to the fact that they are Kings and Queens who have been invited to a feast which is being given by a gluttonous Queen who simply won't share her food. Worse still, there's a hungry giant, and he's looking for children to eat. Feast Your eyes is a gloriously gory, magically messy and fantastically funny performance in which the audience gets a starring role. the show features music, puppetry and colossal costumes. theatrical etiquette is thrown away as the children in the audience are asked to contribute to show from start to finish. age 4-7

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Field Of Miracles, The

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Commissioned by Artsdepot, London as part of their inaugural season, the Field of Miracles was an interactive gallery installation for everyone aged four and above, inspired by the story of Pinocchio.the project consisted of a room-sized wooden hand, which was filled with a strange collection of objects inspired by and drawn from Pinocchios story. exploring the hand by torchlight, the spectator caught glimpses of this story and reconstructed it as his or her own.

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Conceived And designed by Samantha Butler And David Harradine

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artsdepot, London    Nov 2004

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Fleet

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Commissioned by the Lowry at Salford Quays for the gallery exhibition. the art of White, Fleet was an installation of paper boats and specially commissioned soundscapes, inspired by the history of the Quays as a departure and arrival point for countless ships, boats and barges. the boats, each hand folded from a single sheet of paper, were suspended high above the public foyer space at the Lowry. as spectators moved through and around the space the installation offered multiple points of view before revealing that the individual boats sailed as a fleet, itself echoing the shape of each individual vessel. Spectators also wore infra-red headphones which tuned in and out of connection with a series of soundscapes that combined an original music score, a deconstruction of the shipping forecast and a specially commissioned poem to evoke the bustle and chaos of the quays when they were still an industrial workplace.

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Forest, The

Synopsis:
Fevered Sleep's work is a piece of physical theatre for young children that explores the landscape of the forest using dance, music, light and sound. It is immediately engaging, cleverly funny and thoughtful.
- Sandra Giorgetti, British theatre Guide

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dance piece Youth audience

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Inamorata

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a visual theatre piece inspired by angela Carter's the Bloody Chamber

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Infinite Line, An

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This is not traditional theatre, by a long chalk. It is more like a fractured poem, a piece of music, an installation. Like light itself, it is reflective, and not just when the giant glitter ball spins or squares of mirror tilt.
- Lyn Gardner, Guardian

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Brighton Basement    -

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Brighton Festival

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Light Chat, A

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Fevered Sleep will talk about their experiments with light. Ideally, you should have seen Lux before taking part.

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On Ageing

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From the moment we're born, we're growing, we're ageing. Nothing ever stays the same. as an empty room fills with memories, a group of extraordinary performers create a portrait of a lifetime over the course of a show. With playful energy, wry humour and brutal honesty that come only from children, On ageing builds a landscape of words and images, to explore living as a journey of endless change. Performed by children for an audience of adults, On ageing is the latest in a series of acclaimed performances by Fevered Sleep that unravel and reimagine the fabric of everyday life.

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Orlando

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a free adaptation of Virginia Woolf's novel.

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Shore

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Visual theatre looking at the power of the sea to a soundtrack of the shore, bodies in motion and amusement arcades.

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Some Short Exercises In Love

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Commissioned by the University of Winchester as a launch event for the Performance Gymnasium  a purpose built performance space housed in the former college gym  Some Short exercises in Love is a spectacle of acrobatic mathematics and physical formulae, blending live music, visual theatre, conkers, kissing and chalk.

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University of Winchester, UK    Nov 2004

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Still Matter

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Does the body still matter? a performance piece raising questions rather than offering answers.

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ICA, London, UK >>>    21 Jul 1998

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Stilled

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Stilled is a durational dance piece (performed for between 3 and 12 hours) and an exhibition of pinhole photographs. the dance is performed not only for a human audience, but also for an audience of pinhole cameras. During the performance, these cameras take long exposure photographs of the movements taking place, which are developed and then displayed as part of the event. In Stilled, the audience witnesses the performance taking place, and they see the strange, often abstract images that bear witness to earlier improvisations. Stilled is a meditation on the nature of perception: of taking time to become visible, taking time to be present, taking time to look, and taking time to see.

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Wellcome Collection in London    2008

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dance piece

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Summer Subversive, The

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the Summer Subversive is an ongoing research project exploring how imaginative spaces can be created through a collaboration between artists and children. Seeking to explode the conventional model of summer Arts activities, the Summer Subversive is a place for creative dialogues, for playful imaginations, and for a little bit of anarchy.

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Time Of Our Lives

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an installation in a North London shopping centre that was created in collaboration with a group of old people.

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Weather Factory, The

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You get all sorts round for Christmas. Guests you welcome with open arms, guests who seem to stay forever and guests dressed in red who arrive bearing gifts. But this Christmas, Fevered Sleep and National theatre Wales have invited a very unusual guest to a house in Pen-y-groes. Step through the front door to join us for a midwinter gathering, and discover what might happen if the weather came to visit. Created entirely on location in a house in Pen-y-groes, the Weather Factory packs a years worth of weather into one ordinary yet magical place, celebrating the natural geography that makes Snowdonia the engine room of the Welsh climate.

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ali Beale Design; David Harradine Creative direction, design & text

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Penygroes, Gwynedd    40519

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National Theatre Wales in association with FUeL

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Written With Light - Or, How To See In A Chamber Things That Are Not

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WORK: Written With Light ; 1839. a year of invention, discovery and marvel. a year that changed the way we look at the world. the year of the birth of photography. 2002. the present day. a journey in the chambers of a broken mind. the story of a photographer who has lost her memory and who discovers a heartbreaking secret through a single snapshot. Written with Light, will be set in a transparent world in a sea of sand. It will combine Victorian illusion, childhood memories and live photographic processes revealed here for the first time. PRODUCTION: Or, How to See in a Chamber Things that are Not the audience will initially be allowed to wander amongst the outer chamber of the Undercroft where they will discover rooms housing strange and unexplained secrets: a field of poppies; a six foot rabbit; a room full of school desks. the second section tells the story of a young photographer who has lost her memory. Through her archive of photographs she tries to piece her life back together, discovering in the process a terrible secret.

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Yarn

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a warm, sensual world evoked where a story is told through texture, tast, smell, noise and touch.

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