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The Genesis Foundation celebrates 10 years of partnership with the Young Vic
Friday, 28 June 2013
On 10 June 2013 the Genesis Foundation held its annual summer party at the Young Vic in celebration of 10 years’ partnership with the theatre.
The party featured specially-chosen scenes from plays set in a restaurant or bar directed by Genesis Fellow Natalie Abrahami. Later in the evening David Lan, artistic director of the Young Vic and John Studzinski, founder of the Genesis Foundation, announced that Matthew Xia is the new Genesis Future Director. Matthew comes to the Young Vic from the Liverpool Everyman and will direct Athol Fugard’s trailblazing anti-apartheid play Sizwe Banzi is Dead for his Young Vic debut opening on 18 September. For more information please visit the Young Vic’s website.
To mark the 10-year partnership with the Young Vic, the Independent interviewed John Studzinski and it can be found here.
Great Alfaro’s first UK solo exhibition, private view
8 October 2012 Monday, 22 October 2012
John Studzinski and Trustees of the Genesis Foundation hosted a private viewing of Greta Alfaro’s first UK solo exhibition, A Very Crafty & Tricky Contrivance, at the Fish & Coal Building – a semi-derelict Grade II listed building on the Regent Canal in King’s Cross which was transformed into a unique exhibition space.
In 2011 Greta graduated with distinction with a Masters in Photography from the Royal College of Art, where she was the first beneficiary of the Genesis Photography Scholarship. The exhibition is the culmination of the Foundation’s ongoing support of the artist.
2012 Genesis Prize – Presentation Evening
26 March 2012 Monday, 2 April 2012
On 26 March, John Studzinski, Founder and Chairman of the Genesis Foundation, hosted the selection evening to choose the inaugural winner of the Genesis Prize. Launched in 2012 as part of the celebrations to mark the Genesis Foundation’s first ten years, the £25,000 Genesis Prize is a unique award recognising an outstanding mentor of young artistic talent.
On this evening the six shortlisted candidates, Marc Boothe (B3 Media), Hamish Dunbar (Café Oto), Tom Morris (Bristol Old Vic), Nadine Mortimer-Smith (Opera in Colour), Joe Scotland (Studio Voltaire) and Polly Staple (Chisenhale Gallery) each gave a short presentation to the panel of judges comprised of Elyse Dodgson (Royal Court Theatre), David Lan (Young Vic Theatre), David Pountney (Welsh National Opera), Lord Rogers (architect), John Studzinski (Genesis Foundation), Dame Janet Suzman (actress and director), and Dr Paul Thompson (Royal College of Art).
After deliberations, Hamish Dunbar, Founder and Director of Café Oto, which presents experimental music and sound art in Hackney, was announced as the first recipient of the Genesis Prize. Read more about the Genesis Prize here.
From top left: John Studzinski and Hamish Dunbar, Joe Scotland, John Studzinski and Nadine Mortimer-Smith, Tom Morris, Polly Staple, Marc Boothe.
Center, from left to right: David Pountney, Lord Rogers, Dame Janet Suzman, John Studzinski, David Lan, Dr Paul Thompson, Elyse Dogson.
‘O Guiding Night – Music inspired by the Spanish mystics
14 June 2011 Monday, 15 June 2011
On June 14 in the intimate neighbourhood setting of St James’s Church, Spanish Place, The Sixteen performed a concert of new Genesis Foundation commissions from notable British composers of the younger generation: Ruth Byrchmore, Tarik O’Regan and Roderick Williams. The inspiration for these commissions were the poems of the Spanish mystics St Teresa of Ávila and St John of the Cross, both figures of great intellectual rigour and spiritual power. These commissions were performed alongside music by Spain’s greatest Renaissance composer Tomás Luis de Victoria, marking the 400th anniversary of his death (1548-1611). Following the one-hour concert, a reception was hosted by the Spanish Ambassador at his magnificent residence in Belgrave Square.
Genesis Foundation celebrates its 10th Anniversary Friday
21 January 2011
On 16 January 2011 the Genesis Foundation celebrated its 10th anniversary of nurturing emerging arts talent with a special evening at London’s Royal Court Theatre.
The event featured performances by organisations closely linked to the Genesis Foundation: the Royal Court Theatre’s international department, the Young Vic, students from LAMDA and the choir The Sixteen, whose performance of a new commission by Tarik O’Regan was accompanied by a laser installation by light artist Chris Levine.
The 2010 Genesis Foundation Commission launch party Monday
3 June 2010
On Tuesday 1 June, many of London’s top arts critics along with leading figures from the world of theatre, music and art gathered to celebrate the launch of the Genesis Foundation’s 2010 commission, LIGHT – a light sculpture by Chris Levine. Harry Christophers and his choir The Sixteen, which collaborates with the Genesis Foundation, accompanied Levine’s work performing Genesis Foundation commissioned compositions by award-winning British composer, Will Todd.
Photos of the Padre Pio CD Launch Party Monday
6 July 2009
THREE WEEK TETE A TETE OPERA FESTIVAL
Thursday, 31 July 2008
From 31 July – 17 August 2008, at the Riverside Studios, London the Tête à Tête company catapults opera from the nineteenth century to the twenty-second. According to Bill Bankes-Jones, Artistic Director of the festival:
A fresh new throng of artists, ranging from Scottish Opera to a raft of brand new companies invite audiences to join together in a celebration of bold experiment, exploring the edges and tickling the boundaries of the most sensual of art-forms. This is a festival where risk is encouraged and bold experiments are congratulated.”
Over 30 world premières and new works-in-progress will break down barriers and gnaw at the edges of the future of this art form showing that it is not only still alive and well but also growing.
The festival will undertake nearly three weeks of energy, imagination and innovation. It brings a whole new generation of audiences to a programme of entirely new works and works-in-progress, all interspersed with delicious food and balmy summer evenings on the Riverside Terrace. We urge you to join the party!
Bill Bankes-Jones, adds:
Alongside some of the youngest new talent in the business, such as undergraduate composer Laura Bowler, and last year’s work-in-progress hit Johnny’s Midnight Goggles – now a fully-fledged show –Scottish Opera will be on their first visit to London for almost 20 years, with Five:15: Operas Made in Scotland. This is the first step of Scottish Opera in their visionary new programme exploring the possibilities of new opera.
With tickets to sample three shows a night priced at just £12.50, Tête à Tête urges everyone to take a chance, dip their toe and have a lick of more than just one Cornetto.