Courage was a site-specific live promenade piece performed by everyday people and local performers in Ashford. Working with local residents and performers, artist / director R.M. Sánchez-Camus and composer / songwriter Isa Suarez devised performances about stories of Courage collected in the streets of Ashford asking: Who are the courageous people you know? What’s easier being courageous or being a coward?…Performances were developed from people’s thoughts into a combination of physical theatre, spoken word and music. They combined live music, puppertry, skate-boarding, aerialists, street theatre, installation and song in hidden places across the town.
The scenes that unfolded around the wandering public were like moments in time caught live, blurring the line between fantasy and reality.
Working with People United and Jasmin Vardimon Company was such a wonderful opportunity for us to contribute as artists to revealing a vibrant community, we felt we were in good hands and good company to create something special in the streets of Ashford with the people of Ashford.
R. Marcelo & Isa
The Artist: R.M. Sánchez-Camus and Isa Suarez
R. Marcelo is an artist who creates and directs live events, site-specific installations, contemporary circus, immersive theatre and performance. His work explores place making, social engagement, the politics of participation and psychogeography. Marcelo’s commitment to social engagement and site-specific work has led him to direct a circus show in Colombia about local culture and stories, an immersive theatre production in London’s Hoxton Music Hall about Pacific Ocean rubbish gyre, a street festival in Ghana about HIV/Aids prevention and a multi-location performance in Beirut about memory in post-civil war society.
Marcelo’s work has been shown internationally and his recent publications include Applied Live Art: Socially Engaged & Site-Responsive Performance, 2012 and End of Life Care: A Guide for Therapists, Artists and Arts Therapists, 2013. He is currently designing an art app that will produce a site-specific art work in London, launching in 2016. Marcelo holds a Doctorate in Performing Arts (Brunel University, London), a Masters degree in Scenography (Central Saint Martins, London), and a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts (School of Visual Arts, New York).
Isa trained as a classical musician, she is a composer, songwriter and singer from the Basque region. Her compositions and songs are eclectic and have been broadcast, performed and released worldwide. She composes scores for feature films, TV documentaries and public art projects both in the UK and internationally. She has exhibited at Tate Britain, Barbican Arts Centre, Whitechapel Art Gallery, South London Gallery, Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art and Cape Town Art Biennale. She has collaborated and performed with musicians from the English National Opera, the BBC Concert Orchestra, Jazz Renegades, Transglobal Underground, Inner Vision Ensemble, Revolutionary Dub Warriors, Test Department and The Khoi Khonnexion. Inspired by her interest in human rights and community engagement, Suarez has created several sound installations and public art works that explore these subjects through performance, sound art, music and lyrics. These projects have also led her to collaborate with other communities and artists including Amnesty International, Platform, Liberate Tate, CoolTan Arts, The Big Chill, Glastonbury and Liberty festivals, Teatro Vivo, the New Teenagers Gospel Choir, Greatmore Studios and Etoy.