Q+A Event with Niels Lanz

Q+A with Niels Lanz, sound designer (Ballett Frankfurt & The Forsythe Company)

Chaired by Sinéad Rushe
Wednesday 31 January, 2018: 6.30pm
The Boardroom, Central School of Speech and Drama, London.

This is an opportunity to discuss the work and process of sound designer, Niels Lanz, who worked as sound and video designer for The Forsythe Company for twenty-five years, winning a New York Bessie Award for his ground-breaking composition on Three Atmospheric Studies. Prior to this, he worked in the sound department of Ballett Frankfurt as a company member, collaborating with William Forsythe on several productions, including Eidos:Telos, Endless House, Kammer/Kammer and Decreation. He has also created electronic music for dance, including David Dawson’s The Grey Area and 00:00 for Dutch National Ballet. Since 2012, he has worked as a freelance sound designer and is collaborating currently with Sinéad Rushe and BA Acting (Collaborative and Devised Theatre) and BA Theatre Practice students at Royal Central on a new polyphonic, sound-based production of Bernard-Marie Koltès’s Night Just Before the Forests.

Night Just Before the Forests

Sinead will direct a production of Bernard-Marie Koltès’s play, Night Just Before the Forests, at the Webber Douglas Studio, at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London, from 28 February to 3 March 2018.

She has written a new translation into English, by kind permission of the Koltès estate. She is collaborating with sound designer, Niels Lanz, long-time  collaborator with William Forsythe to turn the play into a polyphonic work for five performers.

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Award for Concert

Concert, a new dance theatre production directed by Sinéad,
performed by Colin Dunne and sound designed by Mel Mercier is the
recipient of Gradam Comharcheoil TG4 2018 Award for Musical
Collaboration. The televised gala concert and award ceremony will take
place in The Waterfront, Belfast on Sunday, 4th February 2018.

This is the twenty first year of Gradam Ceoil TG4 in Ireland, awards
that celebrate and give due recognition to the recordings, broadcasts,
live performances of the recipients and all that embellish Irish
traditional music and song.

An independent selection committee of seven members nominate awards in
six categories: Gradam Ceoil TG4, Ceoltóir Óg TG4, Amhránaí TG4,
Comharcheol /Cumadóireacht TG4, Gradam Saoil TG4 and Gradam Comaoine

Concert premiered at the Centre National de la Danse in Paris and the
Dublin Dance Festival in May 2017. It will tour internationally in 2018/9.

Bangkok workshop

Sinéad will teach an eight day workshop to actors and directors in Bangkok, Thailand, from 19-26 November, 2017. The workshop will be an introduction to the Michael Chekhov technique and is part of the Arts on Location International Programme at Srinakarinwirot University (Prasarnmit).

Click here for more info.

Loaded, Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham

Loaded will perform at The Old Rep, Theatre, Birmingham on 5-6 October, a co- production between out of Inc and Scribbled Thought Theatre.

The production is supported by artist’s residencies at The Old Rep and at The Place, London as part of Choreodrome 2017.

We have received funding from Arts Council England, Ernest Cook Fund, British Science Association and Unity Trust to develop an extensive education and participation programme for Loaded in collaboration with Scribbled Thought, Ormiston Academies Trust and The Old Rep, Birmingham. See LOADED EDUCATION under TEACHING page.

Concert at Kilkenny Arts Festival 2017

Following its premiere performances at Dublin Dance Festival Project Arts Centre and Centre National de la Danse in Paris, Concert will perform at the Kilkenny Arts Festival on 18-19 August 2017.

‘Warm, funny, respectful and irreverent … Colin Dunne is more than up to the challenge of the ‘undanceable’ Tommie Potts’ Irish Times*****

Irish Times Feature

A feature appears on Concert by Siobhan Long in The Irish Times, including interviews with Sinéad, Colin Dunne and Mel Mercier. Click here to read.

Choreodrome 2017

Sinéad has been announced as one of the Choreodrome 2017 artists at The Place Theatre, London, with a commission to complete the development of dance theatre show, Loaded.

There will be a sharing of the work at Touchwood on Thursday 21 September at The Place.



Sinéad is creating a new dance-theatre show with Colin Dunne in collaboration with composer and sound designer Mel Mercier, based on the music of Irish fiddler Tommie Potts.

March 28th & 29th, 2017:
CND, Centre National de la Danse, Paris, France
May 10th:
MA Scène Nationale Pays de Montbéliard, France
May 12th:
La Comète, Scène Nationale de Châlons-en-Champagne, France

Contact Maura O’Keeffe.

CO-PRODUCERS: Once Off Productions, CND Centre National De La Danse Paris, MA Scène Nationale – Pays de Montbéliard, La Comète Scène Nationale de Châlons-en–Champagne, Dublin Dance Festival. SUPPORTED BY: The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Limerick City Arts Office and Dance Limerick. FUNDED BY: The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon. INTERNATIONAL TOURING SUPPORT BY Culture Ireland.

ACE funding for Loaded

We are happy to announce that we received funding from Arts Council England, Ernest Cook Fund and Unity Trust to develop an extensive education and participation programme for Loaded in collaboration with Scribbled Thought,  Ormiston Academies Trust and The Old Rep, Birmingham.

Performances will take place as part of Fun Palace weekend at The Old Rep, Birmingham from 5-7 October 2017.