Appointed as Associate Producer to support the organisation on the production and delivery of key site-specific projects commissioned and curated by The Common Guild. These opportunities included;
A striking performance by artist Simon Starling, who worked in collaboration with theatre director Graham Eatough, to make a performance work entitled At Twilight: A play for two actors, one dancer, eight masks (and a donkey costume) that was set in the grounds of the National Trust of Scotland’s Holmwood House in Glasgow over three nights in August 2016. A stage was positioned within the grounds under a canopy of trees and on which a collection of sculptural works were positioned alongside three musicians and two actors, who took on multiple characters, which were all interconnected by Starling. The performance made reference to W.B. Yeats’s play At The Hawk’s Well, which was performed in 1916 in the midst of the First World War and created at a time when the writer worked with Ezra Pound.
For the project, Starling collaborated with a breadth of creatives from across the world. Performed by actors Adam Clifford and Stephen Clyde, the project incorporated masks by Yasuo Miichi, costumes designed and realised by Kumi Sakurai and Atelier Hinode, and a specially devised dance by renowned choreographer Javier de Frutos and the Scottish Ballet. Entitled The Hawk’s Dance, the piece featured dancer Thomas Edwards and was accompanied by live music from Chicago-based musician Joshua Abrams and Natural Information Society.
Commissioned by The Common Guild in collaboration with the Japan Society, New York.
Courtesy of the artist and The Modern Institute, Andrew Hamilton/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow
Also in 2016, Ulla van Brandenburg created a new performance described as "a play for five actors and a chorus". 'Sink Down Mountain, Rise Up Valley' was inspired by the rituals of the Saint-Simonian commune, founded in the immediate aftermath of the French Revolution. The movement, to which von Brandenburg was drawn by their progressive attitudes to female equality in society, sought to eradicate any kind of inherited privilege. Instead they proposed a levelling of society, alluded to by the title of the piece.
‘Sink Down Mountain, Rise Up Valley' was presented as a live promenade performance in the particular surroundings of Langside Hall, Queens Park, Glasgow. The production was written and designed by Ulla von Brandenburg in collaboration with Benoît Résillot. The choral accompaniment was written by Ulla von Brandenburg and Joachim Saxenborn and was performed by the all-female Eurydice Choir, conducted by Rachel Argo.