what we believe

nylon theatre creates work that exists in the spaces between dance and theatre. We believe in the integration of body, voice and emotion, which grounds our explorations of human behaviour, gender and representation and the “reality” of performance itself.

We believe in play.  We believe in trying and failing and trying again.  We believe in the beauty of the human spirit, and seek it out in the smallest moments, those fleeting seconds of the everyday which could be cast aside.  We find those moments and explode them, and put them on stage for others to marvel at in the same way that we do.

We believe in risk.

We believe in words, and we believe that sometimes movement says things better.

We make work about people.  About humanity.

And we want that work to touch people.  We want audiences to leave the theatre space and take our work with them – whether a captured moment, a word, an image – and take it on.   We want our work to change people.  We want our work to change us.  We want our work to change things.

The company was founded in 2011 by Amy Watson and Heather Caruso. Both artistic directors have interdisciplinary backgrounds in both dance and theatre – Amy gained her BA (Hons) degree in Drama & English at Bristol University, and Heather obtained her BFA from the Experimental Theatre Wing/Playwrights Horizons Theater School at the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU – and they met whilst pursuing an MFA in Choreography at Roehampton University.  

Since its founding, nylon theatre has presented work at The Place (Resolution! Festival 2012 & 2013), Rich Mix (Stories of London Festival 2013), The Roundhouse, Camden (2014), JW3 (2014), London Bridge Live Arts Festival, and collaborated with dance artist Simon Ellis (Booth, A Dance Fair, 2011).  nylon theatre’s most recently performed Every Way Up has its Way Down as a part the Brighton Fringe Festival in May 2015.  For a comprehensive look, visit our work.

Concurrent to the making of new work and performing, we also have a passion for education.  We have shared work with MRes students at Roehampton University, and also led a workshop on the theme of ‘Tension/Intention’ with friends and colleagues of MA Acting Students from the Central School of Speech and Drama.  Most recently, we developed and delivered physical theatre workshops for the NYC based contemporary ballet company Vanessa Van Wormer Dance.

nylon theatre have also curated PLATFORM, a blog for writing about performance, for the Roehampton Dance Network.

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