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Expanded Performance

Expanded Performance explores the concept of liveness and togetherness in the context of current innovations in technology across the cluster’s twin strengths of theatre and live music.

Innovations in technology are changing every part of the performance landscape - from how shows are made and marketed to how they are captured and distributed. VR, AR, motion capture, 5G, spatialized audio and virtual worlds are just some of the technologies changing where a performance can take place, who the audience is, and how it is experienced.

The Expanded Performance cohort are connecting with expertise and research facilities across our programme partners exploring audience behaviour; intelligent visual technology (eg. motion tracking); embodiment; immersion; narrative; storytelling, the promotion of emerging technologies and commissioning world-leading performance.

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Hundreds of thousands of Covid-19 sufferers have been admitted to hospital, often with no access to phones or personal devices. WithYou is a free digital service being created to support isolated patients by bringing together voice messages, image, song and music from their friends and family on one playable audio track.


Circle/دایره is a collaborative project between Roxana Vilk/Vilk Collective and Squidsoup exploring themes of inclusion, immersive experiences and shared spaces. This prototype will expand the spatialised light and sound technology AudioWAVE into a performative tool to unlock experiences for audiences in the co-creation and composition of new work. is led by Nik Rawlings. This project will create a flexible, wireless multichannel sound system to be worn by performers, through which their vocal performances can be processed and amplified to explore ideas of remote networked presence, polymorphous bodies and vocal transformation.

Who is She

This project takes a deep dive into imagined stories, and future possibilities of how Black women exist, and are presented in Bristol. The city becomes our canvas, and its history becomes a springboard. We hope to inspire conversations about how public art can be a place for justice for those erased.

Research Fellows

The Fellows and Partners will be working together to explore the challenges and opportunities around the theme.

Cleo Lake


Cleo has established her political reputation as a strong social justice activist and campaigner particularly regarding anti austerity and issues effecting African heritage communities. Cleo has been involved within the arts and culture sector for almost two decades.

Ellie Chadwick


Ellie is a theatre director, producer, writer, and academic. With her company Sleight of Hand she creates multi-sensory work through interdisciplinary collaboration and community engagement.

Harry Silverlock


Harry is an emerging producer working across a range of physical and digital mediums including installations, virtual / augmented reality and film. Harry’s creative projects have a focus on queer identity politics.

Manu Maunganidze


Manu works with young people, as a teacher and mentor. His research and work over the next year will be an exploration of multi-culturalism, ritual, technology, and equality.

Oliver Langdon


Olly has been a writer, performer & Artistic Director of Bath-based Kilter since 2006. With Kilter Olly aims to find new ways to engage & empower participants in ethics, society, the environment & the future by playfully breaking the rules & defying expectations.

Roxana Vilk


Roxana is a multi-disciplinary British/Iranian artist and performer working across genres, in music, film, and live performance. Her creative practise often explores the themes of human rights, cultural identity, heritage, inclusion and migration.

Tanuja Amarasuriya


Tanuja is a director, dramaturg and sound designer working across theatre, film and digital sound. She is co-Artistic Director of Sleepdogs, a curiosity-driven collaboration with writer and composer Tim X Atack, making work that ranges from existential sci-fi theatre to electro-pop albums made entirely from field recordings.

Tessa Ratuszynska


Tessa is an artist, researcher and producer making work at the intersection of Documentary, Virtual Reality, Installation and Performance.

Tom Mitchell


Tom is an associate professor at UWE Bristol where he leads the Creative Technologies Laboratory. He also collaborates with a team of artists, makers and engineers at MI•MU Gloves Ltd, a technology start-up that he co-founded to enable musicians to perform with gestures.

Industry Partners

Brave Bold Drama

Industry Partner

Brave Bold Drama are an award-winning theatre and community arts company based in south Bristol. They make theatre for families & older people, devise small and medium scale community art commissions and lead creative workshops for children, families & young people.

House of Imagination

Industry Partner

House of Imagination provides a range of spaces for children and young people to collaborate with creative professionals. It is a home for improvisation, creativity and innovation and a place to make those things visible to an international audience through research.


Industry Partner

Paraorchestra is the world’s first large-scale integrated virtuoso ensemble of professional disabled and non-disabled musicians. Our mission is to redefine what an orchestra can be.


Industry Partner

Raucous is an ever-evolving collective of theatre makers, technologists and designers who investigate how theatre can be made more immediate, urgent and immersive for an audience.


Industry Partner

Squidsoup is a UK-based international group of artists, researchers, technologists and designers working with digital and interactive media experiences. Our work combines physical and dynamic digital spaces with novel and intuitive forms of interaction to produce immersive, responsive and beguiling experiences.

The Egg Theatre

Industry Partner

Well known for its radical and political approach, The Egg seeks to make exceptional theatre for children and young people (TYA).

Real World Studios

Showcasing Partner

Real World Studios is a residential recording Studio near Bath, where artists, producers and engineers can escape their daily distractions and focus solely on making music.


Showcasing Partner

MAYK is a prolific arts organisation dedicated to the realisation of ambitious and meaningful live performance for audiences everywhere.


Technology Partner

Sennheiser shapes the future of audio and creates unique sound experiences for customers.

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