Artist Incubation Residency - Week 2

Artist Incubation Residency - Week 2

This week's artist in residence, Emmy Lahouel, gives us a look in to her week at the Octagon

Emmy Lahouel is a Manchester based director, dance theatre maker and producer.

Her career, to date, has allowed her to work in both devised, interdisciplinary and new writing works that spans from contemporary theatre to physical and dance theatre.

Her portfolio of work includes Assistant Director for Selina Thompson's Salt on its international tour to the Public Theatre New York; Associate Director for Eclipse Theatre’s 2nd national tour of Black Men Walking; as well as Assistant for the UK tour of Princess and The Hustler a co-production by Eclipse Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and Hull Truck Theatre.

Most recent works includes Magic Bus for Elevate Festival and Kill a Witch or Die Trying which was unfortunately cancelled due to Covid-19.

Production image from Kill A Witch Or Die Trying. Image credit Ingrid Turner Photography.

She also creates her own work with her company Meraki Collective whose focus is to make interdisciplinary work that is current, vibrant and relevant. Meraki Collective’s work has been commissioned by HOME, Waterside, Unity Theatre, The Lowry and supported by Arts Council England.

Check out the gallery below to see Emmy's week, in pictures:

Emmy has used her week at the Octagon to experiment, develop and research a new Covid safe interdisciplinary dance theatre performance piece, experimenting with digital technologies and newly developed approaches with long time collaborators: Digital Artist and Production Manager, Sean Clarke; musician Alan Keary; and dramaturg, Ali Wilson.

the space between (working title) at its core is a story about finding a way to radically persist through life's various ambiguities including race, grief, truth and fiction, looking at personal identity and where one’s place is in the world.

On her time at the Octagon, Emmy said: “I'm very humbled to be amongst the first people back into The Octagon since its transformation, I have been so warmly welcomed here it's made the whole experience even more brilliant.

“This residency has been, I’m sure for all of the artists involved, a much needed lifeline in what has been a very tough year for us all, it really affords us the support, time and space to experiment and explore new ways of working that are adaptable to suit ongoing changes.

“Personally this week has given me room to learn, experiment and develop by having the chance to finally begin working on a new project that has been with me for a very long time.”  

The Artist incubation residencies is the latest project from the Octagon to support local artists.

For all the latest opportunities visit the new Artist and Freelancer section on our website.

All artist incubation weeks are taking place under strict covid-secure guidance including social distancing and household bubbles.