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About Us

CREATING AT THE INTERSECTION OF ART, SCHOLARSHIP & ACTIVISM

 

​We develop engaging interdisciplinary performance work for theaters and alternative spaces. 

The Collective has a particular interest in female-identifying stories and a desire to generate work about and alongside communities, past and present.

Our practice is sometimes text to stage, sometimes process based and curatorial, combining elements of theatre, dance, film, soundscape and installation.

Our Guiding Principles

We believe that performance art should make people think                                  

make them ask questions, reconsider their perspectives and biases, and drive them towards action

 

We believe that performance art should unite                                                   

bring people together, build new communities, and foster feelings of inclusion and belonging 

 

We wish to develop work with impact                                                   

through academic research, personal encounters, auto-ethnographic approaches and interdisciplinary exploration

 

We wish to develop work that communicates true stories and experiences   

with honesty, integrity, and intention

 

We maintain that performance art can take a variety of forms                                                                                   We are interested in creating across a broad spectrum of styles and genres. Our current focus is on curatorial, installation and community based work, as well as work in alternative spaces

THE VALUES THAT INFORM OUR WORK

The Sonnet Response Series

A COLLABORATIVE PERFORMANCE RESPONSE

TO THE COIVD 19 CRISIS

The piece asks 154 participants to transform Shakespeare’s sonnets into personal, interdisciplinary creative acts.

 

In these uncertain times, the work is interested in exploring how to link individuals and communities in isolation, and how to generate creative work outside of our typical models of in person rehearsal and collaboration.

 

While many artists are unsure of what the immediate future holds, this project aims to ground them in a global artistic community and encourage the creation of new work in crisis. 

 

"Among the most impressive projects to come out

of the lockdown has been built by Wanstead resident

Shea Donovan, an artistic director who in normal times divides her time between E11, New York and LA." 

                                                      -The Wansteadium

"Charles Egbu, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Education and Experience at the University of East London, said, “I am delighted Shea has created this initiative, which has brought joy and relief to many in these unprecedented times." 

                                                                   -UEL News

WHAT PARTICIPANTS SAY

"It was such a pleasure to work on this amazing project with people from all over the world. It was a process that pushed me to become active and creative in a time of turmoil and crisis, when people are beginning to feel lost and unsure of how to continue creating and exercising their craft. I felt there was great guidance and monitoring throughout the process as well as a positive atmosphere pushing everyone forward to produce their own best work. More than anything though, this whole project made me feel united with fellow artists and people everywhere in this time of isolation. I look forward to hopefully participating in many more projects to come.."

By the Light of the Moon

A SHORT PLAY BY SHEA DONOVAN

We find Lila, a young British woman, alone in a hospital for the criminally insane in 1928. Abandoned by her family, society, and her only friend in the asylum, she is forced to face her deepest secrets and the dark reality of the events leading up to her imprisonment. 

 

The show presents us with questions about gender, mental health and the institutional suppression of the female voice.

Recently seen in the Hollywood Fringe Festival, off-off Broadway at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre, the Clapham Fringe Festival and the Online Fringe Festival.

*Programmed for the 2020 Edinburgh Fringe festival which has now been postponed to 2021

 

"Shea Donovan brought us on a journey from lights up to lights down – we were all enthralled in this unique and heart wrenching story."

"A beautiful piece of theater, crafted with care and executed with great talent."

"Confronting her circumstances with levity, innocence, and a strong sense of denial, Lila takes us on a journey full of playful poetry and vivid trauma until she's forced to confront the reality of her fate."

"Painfully present in every moment, performer and writer Shea Donovan perfectly takes us through the mind bend of Lila...Deeply moving...Donovan is absolutely captivating through the innocence of silly poems, chores and intimate conversations."

'Shea Donovan is superb as a 1920s innocent, wonderfully frank and observant...Her masterful portrayal is raw."

WHAT AUDIENCES SAY

Absolutely loved #ByTheLightOfTheMoon this afternoon at @ClaphamFringe

Writer & performer @shea_la_uk is totally

captivating as Lila.

Came across so English that I was amazed to realise she's American. Especially enjoyed the innocence of why Lilia was being taken to an Asylum.

Behind Glass

AN EXPLORATION OF IDENTITY

An auto-ethnographic performance work

that uses movement, spoken word poetry, soundscape and audience engagement to explore questions of identity.

 

Inspired by "grab her by the pussy" politics, the murder of Lyra McKee and the daily frustration of conflicting and unachievable societal expectations, the piece gives audiences an intimate glimpse into the mind of a silent woman with a lot to say. 

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Choreography Confined

AN EXPLORATION OF SPACE

IN PROGRESS

Choreography Confined is a Virtual Dance Composition Retreat in which participants are challenged to create movement in new ways in the virtual company of other artists.

The project is an experiment in movement, shared experiences and shifting perspectives and offers opportunities for creative exploration which works with our current limitations instead of against them. 

 

The two week collaborative process will culminate in individual dance works from each participating artist which will stream online, as well as a final dance film including footage from each participant. 

More details coming soon!

 

 

Ivy Days

AN EXPLORATION OF CHILDHOOD MEMORY

Ivy Days is a multi-part mixed media project and temporary installation exploring how we remember pivotal childhood moments.

 

Each element of the piece is grounded in the recollections of my six year old self. The poem, written in the style of a nursery rhyme, the images, painted in watercolors and pulled from a sketch book- the two together, photographed both in the ivy, where the memories were made, and in polaroid to place them in the past, where they now live. 

 

The paintings are photographed in the public space where they were temporarily displayed. 

Recently published in Push Up Daisies Magazine

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Work in Progress

WHAT'S NEXT?

We have several projects in the pipeline, but are currently focussed on applying our methodology to creating in virtual spaces and socially distant public spaces. 

Shea is expanding her creative coaching practice and  deep diving into research for a historical, site-specific project to be developed in 2021. She is also developing her dissertation which is an interdisciplinary installation based performance work. 

We are exploring opportunities to continue the life of 

The Sonnet Response Series and are excited to hear from work partners and collaborators interested in developing work with us.  

Interesting in more info? E-mail us at indigoartscollective@gmail.com

 

Press

"Indigo Arts Collective strives to be an inclusive creative community, so anyone that participates in any of our projects becomes part of the Collective."

"After posting a "creative call to action" on Facebook and Instagram Sunday afternoon, the project has received 141 participants in it's first 24 hours. With artists of all ages and disciplines from all over the world, the group is united by their desire to respond to these challenging times with performance art."

"As individuals face isolation to protect communities from the spread of COVID-19, East 15 Acting School alumni are invoking the immortal words of Shakespeare to develop a virtual creative response to the global health crisis."

"While many artists are unsure of what the immediate future holds, this project aims to ground them in a global artistic community and encourage the creation of new work in crisis."

"Painfully present in every moment, performer and writer Shea Donovan perfectly takes us through the mind bend of Lila."

'Shea Donovan is superb as a 1920s innocent, wonderfully frank and observant...Her masterful portrayal is raw."

"Confronting her circumstances with levity, innocence, and a strong sense of denial, Lila takes us on a journey full of playful poetry and vivid trauma until she's forced to confront the reality of her fate."

"Among the most impressive projects to come out of the lockdown has been built by Wanstead resident Shea Donovan..."

Charles Egbu, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Education and Experience at the University of East London, said, “I am delighted Shea has created this initiative, which has brought joy and relief to many in these unprecedented times..."

"The poetry of Edward Lear features prominently in the show, which is quoted by Lila, its ‘nonsensical’ nature an oblique refraction of her troubled mind. The poems are also reminiscent of ‘nursery rhymes’, which apart from the alluding to the innate ‘innocence’ of Lila, often have a darker subtext."

Charles Egbu, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Education and Experience at the University of East London, said, “I am delighted Shea has created this initiative, which has brought joy and relief to many in these unprecedented times..."

 

Publications

Creating During COVID:

One Theatre Maker’s Journey to Creating Work Online.

Published April 2020

 

"Every time I pick up my phone or open my computer I am inundated with invitations to watch theatre online. From archives of shows I’ve been dying to see to play readings on Zoom, there seems to be something for everyone. As an avid theatre goer I should be reveling in the onslaught of content, right? So what’s the problem? It’s just not the same."

Ivy Days (Part One)

Published July 2020

 

"Ivy Days is an interdisciplinary expression of childhood memory. Each element of the piece is grounded in the recollections of my six year old self. The poem is written in the style of a nursery rhyme, the images painted in watercolors and pulled from a sketch book- the two together photographed both in the leaves, where the memories were made, and in polaroid to place them in the past, where they now live. The Ivy Days reflects my earliest encounter with death and defines the first epoch of my identity I can clearly remember."

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