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Oliver Coates

For the creation of her dance film and stage production Somnium, Malgorzata Dzierzon has invited cellist and composer Oliver Coates to create the music score. 


Oliver moves at the intersection of classical minimalism, ambient drone and doom metal. He has performed music by Pauline Oliveros and Morton Feldman, supported Radiohead, shared the stage with Mica Levi and Dean Blunt, collaborated with Arca on the soundtrack for the latest catwalk show from the house of Dior, and released a great deal of music for films and on albums (including on RVNG Intl).


Each performance season we commission guest artists to collaborate, create new choreography and to partner with us on our engagement programmes.  

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Previous collaborations


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In May 2019 we welcomed to Newcastle Cynthia Loemij from the renowned Belgium Company Rosas. 

Born in the Netherlands, Cynthia has been a member of the full-time core  of the company since 1991.

She taught repertoire from the iconic work Rosas danst Rosas by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker to Fertile Ground dancers and development programme participants.

Created in 1983, Rosas danst Rosas has since become a benchmark in the history of postmodern dance. In this work abstract movements constitute the basis of a layered choreographic structure in which repetition plays the lead role. 

About Re:Rosas!

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This year we have invited Wendy Houstoun to create a new film for the Company which will be opening our programme at The Maltings in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Dance City in Newcastle upon Tyne, Jacqueline du Pré Music Building in Oxford and London. Wendy Houstoun has established an artistic life creating solos, performing with companies and collaborating with artists across many genres. Her strongest associations have been as a performer with DV8 Physical Theatre, Forced Entertainment and Tim Etchells, performance artist Rose English, film maker David Hinton, artist Vlatka Horvat, icon Nigel Charnock, and theatre maker Charlotte Vincent. Her work straddles large and small stages, specific sites, film and installation and more recently writing. 

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The 2019 creation by former artistic co-directors Dzierzon and current artistic director Wiser was accompanied by live music. Fertile Ground had a unique opportunity to be collaborating with Quebec based Quatuor Voxpopuli for the autumn leg of the Twilight Dances tour.

​Quatuor Voxpopuli is an international string quartet from Montreal who perform classical music in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Quatuor Voxpopuli concerts appeal to both devoted music lovers and newcomers.

​During our 2019 spring tour, the music was performed by emerging North East musicians Laura Armstrong, Abi Hammet, Rebecca Howell and Andra Vornicu.

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