Here for culture | Adverse Camber


Here for culture

Fri 2nd Apr 2021

Adverse Camber, Audience, Engagement, Magic & Power, Projects, Storytelling, The Old Woman, The Shahnameh, Tours

We are pleased to announce that Adverse Camber has received a £30,000 award from the second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. We are among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the fund.

This award will allow us to look ahead to spring and summer and carry out exciting plans we’ve been nurturing to bring storytelling back into the heart of communities and performance spaces both on and offline this autumn and beyond.

The award will help us expand our freelance production team and support a wider range of artists to tour their work, brokering new relationships with venues and programmers.  The award will also help us broker new creative relationships between storytellers, directors and dramaturgs, developing new performances and artists for the future.

Taking on board all that we’ve learned about digital working over the past year, the fund also strengthens international collaboration, continuing work on two Adverse Camber productions which were forced to pause, due to the pandemic. 

Exile, Magic and Power, created by Jan Blake, Kouame Sereba and Raymond Sereba, tells the story of the legendary 13th Century King of Mali, Sundiata Keita, bringing the passion and energy of this ensemble and a rarely told story to wider audiences.

VÅR is a thrilling blend of Norse myth and autobiography about a female Viking warrior whose story has often been brushed over or simply left untold, created by Norwegian storyteller Heidi Dahlsveen and composer/musician Kristin Bolstad.  

Both productions will continue creative work in digital space, producing online sharings ahead of later live tours.

This work will develop in parallel with new strands of Adverse Camber activity in Derbyshire, deepening our relationships with local and regional partners, communities, producers, plus new and emerging artists.

“This award is a very welcome boost to Adverse Camber’s continuing momentum as one of the UK’s leading storytelling companies,” says Chair Nick Cutts, “Stories and music, shared online, have helped keep us all connected over the past year, and we’ve been so heartened and grateful for audiences’ and artists’ support and flexibility when meeting up in venues hasn’t been possible.  This award helps us develop new resources and initiatives, looking ahead to the immediate future as well as longer term, sharing important stories of what matters to us all as we move into the future together.”

About #HereForCulture
Here for Culture is a movement that unites the public, government and cultural organisations in support of our fantastic cinemas, theatres, music venues, museums, galleries and heritage.

With more and more culture being curated online, there is no better time to support and enjoy all the new and exciting ways culture is available to us.

By being #HereForCulture, the government isn’t just supporting the people in the industry, but also supporting communities across the country.

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