As the festival draws to a close we invite our jury panel to assess and award some of the brilliant acts at this year’s festival. The awards ceremony kicks off with a special line-up of interactive entertainments including real-life video games courtesy of Unstable King, Adam J Scarborough’s Democracy Machine and Won Kim’s improvisation extravaganza Wham Bam! Let’s get on it ma’am, before the winners of this year’s jury prizes are announced.
DJ Will Itsasecret will carry the party on into the early hours. Back by popular demand, Will is a top drawer party DJ and renowned across a variety of Birmingham’s scenes for his eclectic sets spanning everything from funk & soul to Balkan beats.
This year’s jurors are:
After a career as a dancer and professor, Claire became a producer working with numerous American artists such as John Cage, Robert Ashley, Lucinda Childs, and Karole Armitage. From 1996 to 2000, she was artistic advisor at La Filature, Scène Nationale – Mulhouse as well as consultant at the Institut Francais. In the early 2000s Claire was Director of Programming at the Centre National de la Danse, and in 2008 she took responsibility for the artistic programme at the Theatre de la Ville, Paris.
Born in Ljubljana, Ursini studied in Prague theatrical direction before having to emigrate because of his anti-Soviet activities. In 1973 he co-founded the Festival of Caracas and he has worked with the festivals of Bogota and Mexico City ever since. In Europe, he has worked with numerous theatre festivals, including the Biennale of Dissent, Venice, where he was director of the theatre section (1976-78). In 1983 he co-founded the Union of the Theatres of Europe with Giorgio Strehler. He has curated dozens of exhibitions on theatre culture and published many books from Augusto Boal (Feltrinelli, 1977) to a study on Josef Svoboda (Madrid, 2008). Currently he is the artistic director of the MESS Festival of Sarajevo.
In 1987, whilst still a student at the Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Kroesinger began working as an Assistant Director with Robert Wilson. He worked on Wilson’s Hamletmachine in New York and The Forest in Berlin. In 1989, he was a member of the creative team for Heiner Müller’s production of Hamlet/Hamletmachine at the Deutsches Theater Berlin. Since 1993 he has directed his own productions at prestigious theatres across Germany. Kroesinger has taken his works to numerous high-profile international festivals, including Politics in the International Theatre (2003, 2011, 2014), Cultura Nova (2008), Impulse (2009), De Internationale Keuze (2007), Saltzburger Festspiele (2014), Betif Belgrade (2014) and MESS Festival in Sarajevo (2014).
María Delgado is an academic, critic, curator and film programmer. She is Professor of Theatre and Screen Arts at Queen Mary, University of London, and has published widely in the field of Spanish-language theatre and film. Delgado is chair of the board of Actors Touring Company and writes on film and theatre for a range of publications including Sight and Sound and Plays International, and contributes to a range of BBC radio programmes.
Mark grew up in Britain and studied History at St. Andrews University. Since 1985 he has lived and worked in Germany, France, Spain and The Netherlands. Mark began his career as a comic actor, working on the streets and in public spaces, before branching into freelance directing, writing and producing. Since 2001 Mark has been Artistic Director of Noorderzon Festival, the Netherlands, which is regarded as a pioneering festival presenting contemporary theatre and dance. Mark has been advisor on international projects to the Dutch National Cultural Fund; a mentor for young international programmers on the EU ‘Space’ programme; and since 2014 he collaborates on the new ‘Fast Forward’ programme at the Fonds Podiumkunsten, an experimental new programme creating international co-producing opportunities for outstanding younger generation Dutch-based artists.