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ProjectAriadne and the Theatre of War symposium @AbbeyTheatre Dublin update!

Thrilled to say with ProjectARIADNE.com hat on, that the Theatre of war Symposium we co -programmed has been a huge success and inspiration.

A magical gathering of writers, cultural thinkers, journalists, musicians and theatre practitioners resulted in new plays, connections, ideas and creative fuel.

Thank you so much to the Abbey Theatre for bold programming and to cultural agitator and partner in crime that is Ariadne co Founder and superstar theatre director/ BBC Radio producer Susannah Tresilian. To the rainmaker that is Dominic Campbell and to all of our inspirational projectariadne.com fabulous directors. 

Photos below and see @AbbeyTheatre's photos here,  and see @projectARIADNE and @georgiewee for more. 

L – R: Frédérique LeComte, Iman Aoun, Hope Azeda, Dijana Milošević, Susannah Tresilian, Ruwanthie de Chickera and Georgie Weedon  

L – R: Frédérique LeComte, Iman Aoun, Hope Azeda, Dijana Milošević, Susannah Tresilian, Ruwanthie de Chickera and Georgie Weedon
 

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Georgie with Programmer Dominic Campbell 

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Georgie with Ariadne theatre director Ruwanthie de Chickera and Fiach Mac Conghail, theatre director and Director of the Abbey Theatre, Ireland. 

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Co founder of Ariadne and superstar theatre director/BBC RADIO 4 producer, Susannah Tresilian

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Belarus Free Theatre, Project Ariadne, Abbey Theatre and Amir Zuabi #tows2015 Happy memories! 

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Announcing Gingerwink Education with inaugural film workshops in Malawi

We're always making films, but for our latest film HEAR IN MALAWI, we were interested in meeting with some Malawian filmmakers. That certainly happened and it was a joy to meet both Malawi's first feature film director Shemu Joyah(Seasons of a Life, Last Fishing Boat) and Tawonga Nkhonkera(B'ella). 

We also held a one-day film workshop in Llilongwe for university students at ABC College and are now talking with other institutions about more workshops. 🎥👍

 

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Gingerwink Films' David Alexander and Georgie Weedon during one day filmmaking workshop. 

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"With knowledge and practical experience, Georgie and David connected well with our students here in Malawi, a wonderful example of their ability to train and facilitate learning in a multicultural environment."

W Michael Davis, ABC College, Malawi 

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Teachers:

GEORGIE WEEDON 

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Georgie Weedon is an award-winning Executive Producer and filmmaker. She was the third employee at the launch of global international news and programmes channel Al Jazeera and as Head of Acquisitions and Commissioning Editor conceived and developed Witness the daily documentary programme. Some of her commissions and global co-productions have been selected for festivals and won awards. In 2008 Georgie launched Gingerwink Films.

Georgie is trained in Playback Theatre which uses theatre to dramatise true stories through improvisation. She has worked with the UK charity Kids Company and Channel 4 to teach practical filmmaking through making series of short films written and produced by 10-16year olds about their experience of violence and street gangs. The resulting short films were broadcast on Channel 4. 

She is on the advisory board of the UK's Sheffield DocFest Documentary Festival, was a judge at the Warsaw Film Festival, had her first short drama film funded by the UK Film Council was selected by BAFTA in their top talent showcase and in 2010 was selected as one of the UK's top emerging female producers and sent on a government bursary to the Berlin Film Festival. She is a Cambridge University Climate Leadership alum. She also co-authored the book Offscreen: Four Young Artists in the Middle East(Booth Clibborn, 2004) and co-founded www.projectAriadne.com profiling women making theatre for social change in postconflict zones. 

 

DAVID ALEXANDER

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Since making his first short film in 2006, award winning filmmaker David Alexander has been mentored by Academy award-winning director Kevin MacDonald and BAFTA nominated director Iain Softley. He’s been selected for talent development initiatives run by the Tribeca Film Institute, the Berlin Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival, and developed projects under the guidance of the UK Film Council, Film London, BBC Films and Film4. Additionally he’s worked with Cineclub: The Young Filmmakers Network as a film tutor and mentor for over seven years, and lectured at Regents College, the ABC College Malawi and the Royal Shakespeare Company. 

From the students- 

"I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to come and speak to us at ABC campus on October 31, 2014.  It was one of the best seminars I have ever attended.   I enjoyed every moment of it and I will live to remember it.  You guys inspired me greatly and I know that I will pursue my dream of filmmaking.  Wishing you all the best.

- Mwayi Angel Kapeleta, ABC College Malawi 

 

 

 

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Creatives in Malawi!

Hello from Blantyre, Malawi!

We're researching Malawian Musicians for collaboration on the Sound Seekers documentary, raising awareness around hearing loss in Malawi and the work of Sound Seekers. 

Sharing some very rough notes! 

 

MALAWIAN MUSICIANS 🎶

Agorosso

(Traditional acoustic Malawian music) 

 

Peter Mawanga 

(AfroJazz and collaborator on Stories of Aids) 

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Ben Mankhamba

(Clan Chief and champion of passing on traditional Malawian musical and story culture) 

Theo Thomson

Music producer and Radio Station, Blantyre

 

MALAWIAN FILM DIRECTORS 🎬🎥

Tawonga Nkhonjera "Bella" 

http://timesmediamw.com/bella-movie-impresses-vera-chirwa/

 

Shemu Joyah "Seasons of Life" "Last Fishing Boat" 

Joyce Mhango Chavula

http://www.nyasatimes.com/2014/09/02/new-malawian-film-no-more-tears-launched/

 

ARTS/MUSIC FESTIVALS 📚🎼🎶

 

Blantyre Arts Festival - Early October

http://www.blantyreartsfestival.org

 

Lake of Stars - Late September 

http://www.lakeofstars.org

 

THEATRE + ARTS PROJECTS✏️📣💃💭

Nanzikambe Arts

http://nanzikambearts.org

Voice Flame "I see you" - Stories from women in Malawi and USA. 

http://voiceflamewritersmalawi.blogspot.com/?m=

 

follow the journey

@gingerwink

@SoundSeekerd

@Samarious4

 

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Creatives in Malawi!

Hello from Blantyre, Malawi!

We're researching Malawian Musicians for collaboration on the Sound Seekers documentary, raising awareness around hearing loss in Malawi and the work of Sound Seekers. 

Sharing some very rough notes! 

 

MALAWIAN MUSICIANS 🎶

Agorosso

(Traditional acoustic Malawian music) 

Peter Mawanga 

(AfroJazz and collaborator on Stories of Aids) 

Ben Mankhamba

(Clan Chief and champion of passing on traditional Malawian musical and story culture) 

Theo Thomson

Music producer and Radio Station, Blantyre

 

MALAWIAN FILM DIRECTORS 🎬🎥

Tawonga Nkhonjera "Bella" 

http://timesmediamw.com/bella-movie-impresses-vera-chirwa/

 

Shemu Joyah "Seasons of Life" "Last Fishing Boat" 

Joyce Mhango Chavula

http://www.nyasatimes.com/2014/09/02/new-malawian-film-no-more-tears-launched/

ARTS/MUSIC FESTIVALS 📚🎼🎶

 

Blantyre Arts Festival - Early October

http://www.blantyreartsfestival.org

 

Lake of Stars - Late September 

http://www.lakeofstars.org

 

THEATRE + ARTS PROJECTS✏️📣💃💭

Nanzikambe Arts

http://nanzikambearts.org

Voice Flame "I see you" - Stories from women in Malawi and USA. 

http://voiceflamewritersmalawi.blogspot.com/?m=1

 

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Creatives in Malawi!

Hello from Blantyre, Malawi!

We're researching Malawian Musicians for collaboration on the Sound Seekers documentary, raising awareness around hearing loss in Malawi and the work of Sound Seekers. 

Sharing some very rough notes! 

 

MALAWIAN MUSICIANS 🎶

Agorosso

(Traditional acoustic Malawian music) 

Peter Mawanga 

(AfroJazz and collaborator on Stories of Aids) 

Ben Mankhamba

(Clan Chief and champion of passing on traditional Malawian musical and story culture) 

Theo Thomson

Music producer and Radio Station, Blantyre

 

MALAWIAN FILM DIRECTORS 🎬🎥

Tawonga Nkhonjera "Bella" 

http://timesmediamw.com/bella-movie-impresses-vera-chirwa/

 

Shemu Joyah "Seasons of Life" "Last Fishing Boat" 

Joyce Mhango Chavula

http://www.nyasatimes.com/2014/09/02/new-malawian-film-no-more-tears-launched/

ARTS/MUSIC FESTIVALS 📚🎼🎶

 

Blantyre Arts Festival - Early October

http://www.blantyreartsfestival.org

 

Lake of Stars - Late September 

http://www.lakeofstars.org

 

THEATRE + ARTS PROJECTS✏️📣💃💭

Nanzikambe Arts

http://nanzikambearts.org

Voice Flame "I see you" - Stories from women in Malawi and USA. 

http://voiceflamewritersmalawi.blogspot.com/?m=1

 

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Press: Women making theatre in war study launched

Georgie Weedon filming in Burundi for Project Ariadne

Georgie Weedon filming in Burundi for Project Ariadne

A new project is to investigate the women making theatre in places of conflict across the world.

University of Manchester’s In Place of War, Manchester Alumna, theatre director and BBC radio producer Susannah Tresilian and filmmaker Georgie Weedon of Gingerwink Films, launch ARIADNE with a first mission to Rwanda and Burundi.

Tresilian connects back with her former Manchester Professor James Thompson, at IPOW, to launch the global arts project.

While there, they will meet with Hope Azeda - theatre director based in Kigali, Rwanda - and Frédérique leComte - Belgian theatre director based in Bujumbura, Burundi.  Tresilian and Weedon will be allowed unprecedented access to their work and their theatrical process.  

They will conduct in-depth interviews to find out how they work, where they work, why they work, and what their work means to them.

Around the world, some hidden in remote corners, some creating high-profile waves, around the world there are women who have chosen theatre (or theatre has chosen them) as their medium with which to engage with the environment they live in in a post or current conflict zone.  Who are these women?  What theatre are they making? 

Highlights of this first project will include:

•    a performance of Amakuba (in Kirundi and French) in a public garden in Bujumbura (directed by Frédérique leComte)
•    a rehearsal of the stadium performance being prepared for the 20th anniversary commemoration of the Rwandan genocide (directed by Hope Azeda)
•    a performance of Bridges of Roses (directed by Hope Azeda)
•    a workshop Susannah will give with the actors of Bridges of Roses

Tresilian and Weedon are working in collaboration with In Place of War to create an online digital resource - films, interviews, blogs and photos - profiling each of these amazing women. Supported by the Arts Council England, they plan to develop it to include female theatremakers in Colombia, Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone, Palestine and Serbia, and then on.   Future plans include a festival bringing together these extraordinary women and their work in one place, and to create a network between them.  

Tresilian said, “I first encountered In Place of War whilst at university studying my BA and MA in Drama.  I worked with Professor James Thompson then, and was always inspired by the way that he connected theatre and the arts with society – either through TiPP (Theatre in Probation and Probation) or In Place of War.  I am so glad that we’ve been able to work together on ARIADNE, and the support from James, Ruth Daniel and the In Place of War team has been absolutely invaluable.“ 

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Project Ariadne Chapter 1: Rwanda and Burundi

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 ARIADNE: female theatremakers in (post/)conflict zones

led by Susannah Tresilian and Georgie Weedon

 Ariadne gave the thread that led out of the maze. 

 Women across the world are making theatre either because of the wars they have lived through, or in spite of those wars.  We want to find out their stories.

Theatre director and BBC radio producer Susannah Tresilian joined together with filmmaker Georgie Weedon of Gingerwink Films, and In Place of War, to launch ARIADNE, with a first mission to Rwanda and Burundi.  Whilst there they will be meeting with Hope Azeda - theatre director based in Kigali, Rwanda - and Frédérique leComte - Belgian theatre director based in Bujumbura, Burundi.  Tresilian and Weedon will be allowed unprecedented access to their work and their theatrical process.  They will conduct in-depth interviews to find out how they work, where they work, why they work, and what their work means to them. 

Around the world, some hidden in remote corners, some creating high-profile waves, around the world there are women who have chosen theatre (or theatre has chosen them) as their medium with which to engage with the environment they live in in a post or current conflict zone.  Who are these women?  What theatre are they making?   

Highlights of this first project will include:

-  a performance of Amakuba (in Kirundi and French) in a public garden in Bujumbura (directed by Frédérique leComte)

-  a rehearsal of the stadium performance being prepared for the 20th anniversary commemoration of the Rwandan genocide (directed by Hope Azeda)

-  a performance of Bridges of Roses (directed by Hope Azeda)

-  a workshop Susannah will give with the actors of Bridges of Roses

Tresilian and Weedon are working in collaboration with In Place of War to create an online digital resource - films, interviews, blogs and photos - profiling each of these amazing women.  Supported by the Arts Council England, they plan to develop it to include female theatremakers in Colombia, Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone, Palestine and Serbia, and then on.   Future plans include a festival bringing together these extraordinary women and their work in one place, and to create a network between them.  

For more information follow:  www.inplaceofwar.net/ariadne
or on Twitter at @ProjectAriadne   

BIOGRAPHIES 

SUSANNAH TRESILIAN is a theatre director and radio producer.  She has directed at theatres in the UK, Italy, Cyprus, Norway, France and Croatia. As Associate Director of Nottingham European Arts and Theatre Festival 2011 and 2014 she worked with artists from Kosovo, Serbia, Czech Republic, Ukraine and Bulgaria.  She is a freelance producer on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, and is currently producing a documentary for BBC Radio 4 on feminist theatre called Theatre of the Abused. www.susannahtresilian.com 

GEORGIE WEEDON is a filmmaker and author. She was the third member of the launch team of Al Jazeera English, where she developed the daily documentary show, Witness. She has made films in various countries including Somalia, Palestine and Kosovo and previously co -authored the book, Offscreen: Four Young Artists in the Middle East. She currently runs Gingerwink Films (www.gingerwinkfilms.com).

IN PLACE OF WAR is developing a new living archive and social media space.  It is a project based within the University of Manchester that researches creativity in sites of armed conflict and has, over the past 7 years, developed extensive international networks of artists and creatives making theatre, street art, music, spoken word and more in response to war. www.inplaceofwar.net 

LATEST

We've arrived in Rwanda, and already been over to Burundi. We head to Gisinyi tomorrow wiith In Search for Common Ground. 


Our latest In Place of War blog can be found here: 
http://www.inplaceofwar.net/ariadne-3-burundi-and-theatre-et-reconciliation

Sundowners: Georgie Weedon  with actors Prospero and Jean Claude, from Theatre et Reconciliation, in Bujumbura, Lake Tanganyika, Burundi

Sundowners: Georgie Weedon  with actors Prospero and Jean Claude, from Theatre et Reconciliation, in Bujumbura, Lake Tanganyika, Burundi

Jean Claude from Theatre et Reconciliation, Bujumbura

Jean Claude from Theatre et Reconciliation, Bujumbura

Susannah Tresilian with Jean from Theatre et Reconciliation, Bujumbura, Burundi

Susannah Tresilian with Jean from Theatre et Reconciliation, Bujumbura, Burundi

Rwandan director Hope Azeda, describing what theatre is to her

WHAT IS ARIADNE?

ARIADNE is a global arts project that is working with female theatre makers around the world who are working in areas of conflict. Our project is to meet these women, interview them, see their work and learn about why they work, how they work, and what works for them. WHO ARE WE?Susannah is a UK based international theatre director and BBC radio journalist, and Georgie is a UK based international film and documentary maker.

WHAT WILL WE DO?

Together we will film these encounters and create an evergrowing online resource that will provide an invaluable living archive of female theatremakers and their work. Georgie and I start our project in Rwanda and Burundi - we leave in three days' time - where we will be collaborating with Hope Azeda in Rwanda and Frédérique le Comte in Burundi. 

HOW CAN WE FIND OUT MORE?

We will be regularly updating our In Place of War ARIADNE pages with information, videos, photos, blogs and general thoughts about our journey. And also on Twitter at @ProjectAriadne. Do follow us and join us on this journey!More information very soon!AND OUR THANKS TO...We are very grateful to be working in association with In Place of War, and supported by the Arts Council England for the first chapter of this project. 

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5 Amazing things happening at Gingerwink Films

2014 SO FAR...

In summary the past couple of weeks have been a hive of activity here at Gingerwink Films!  

We went into production with Gabi Menezes' second film, about Ballet and Beauty, Gabi writes about the inspiration for her latest film here. Gabi got to have a go with the c300 (thank you Sarah at Feral Equipment, and Henry Tempereley for hooking us up.) Thanks also to our partners on the film Sophie Edmonds and Lady Grey Productions, and the rest of the team inc Bonita Wadhwa. More to come on that, Gabi is editing now, and we can't wait to share the film. For photos of the shoot and more info, check out our Gingerwink Films Facebook page

PROJECT ARIADNE

Georgie is off with the the talented theatre director and radio 4 producer Susannah Treselian to to Rwanda+Burundi for inaugural @ProjectAriadne chapter (do follow progress on twitter and facebook . This is a fantastic project to profile female theatre makers in post conflict zones, supported - somewhat miraculously -  by the Arts Council and in partnership with In Place of War. We feel very lucky to able to help such a project happen and are excited about the journey. We meet with @HopeAzeda in Kigali in the coming days, you can follow our progress on twitter @ProjectAriadne and on the Ariadne Facebook Page. We are off tomorrow and here is Susannah's first blog.

Artist Zina Saro-Wiwa at the Aim Biennale Marrakech 2014.

Artist Zina Saro-Wiwa at the Aim Biennale Marrakech 2014.

Lots more exciting projects coming up too, including a film with the firebrand and all round inspiration that is Eve Branson, mother of Richard, Nessie and Lindy. We're talking about an upcoming event for her Eve Branson Foundation, supporting girls in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco. 

Gingerwink Films also sponsored a white leather poof to be housed at wonderful video artist  Zina Saro-Wiwa's pioneering new arts space in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. More on that later.

AiM Bienanale, Marrakech 2014

We made many new friends at the Aim Biennale in Marrakesh and have some podcasts coming soon with fascinating Chinese Artists Yumg Shun and Ni Weihma, talking about their work as part of the THIS IS MY HOMELAND exhibition. We also met Anne Verheijen and look forward to broadcasting some fascinating conversations in our next WinkPost Podcast.

Chinese artist Juan Shun with Gingerwink Films' Georgie Weedon modelling our Marrakech purchases. 

Chinese artist Juan Shun with Gingerwink Films' Georgie Weedon modelling our Marrakech purchases. 

Oh My Homeland Exhibition, at the AiM Biennale Marrakech 2014

Oh My Homeland Exhibition, at the AiM Biennale Marrakech 2014

FREETOWN UNCUT

Gingerwink is working with Alex and Tom Cairnes and our new organisation Freetown Uncut, in Sierra Leone, profiling the musicians of Freetown. Lots more to come about that, but in the mean time more info below and see Alex's latest film posts. Exciting!

Freetown Uncut was created as a platform to showcase Sierra Leonean artists and provide them with a platform to share their music more widely.  From rap and RnB, traditional African music, rock and jazz, we want to share the best that Sierra Leone has to offer.  

While there are many videos of Sierra Leonean music on YouTube, Freetown Uncut will focus on capturing live performances to showcase unsigned musicians and promote individuals based on talent, not their ability to purchase studio time or their connections.

We ourselves are a small group of Sierra Leonean musicians and hope that Freetown Uncut can play its own small role in the local music industry. We want to give these artists a chance at a career in music. In addition, we hope to show that Sierra Leone is a vibrant, young, creative country with the potential for an independent & brighter future. 

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Gabi Menezes on turning the camera on her family

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Gabi Menezes on turning the camera on her family

Georgie Weedon at Gingerwink Films speaks to director Gabi Menezes about her documentary The Cure for Homesickness

The film explores what home means through the personal story of the director and her family. Like many Zimbabweans, the Menezes fled economic and political instability. They moved to Europe, but the pain of losing their home has always remained with them. Gabi Menezes turns her camera on her family, and explores the themes of memory, childhood, and exile. She journeys back to Zimbabwe for the first time in ten years and shows how the country has changed. When you are looking for something that belongs to the past, home lies in an imagined country.

Filmed in Europe, Zimbabwe, Haiti, and Mali, and using rare archive footage of Zimbabwe dating back from the 1980’s, ‘The Cure for Homesickness’ is a poetic and moving journey about the search for identity and belonging. It is at once a deeply personal story of a family, but explores universal themes. It asks an audience to question what home means and how they define it. 

Listen to the WinkPost Podcast here: 

https://soundcloud.com/gingerwink/winkpost-gingerwink-films

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