ice&fire and Teatro Vivo, designed by takis.
#ARMINGTHEWORLD brings the shadowy world of our government’s involvement in arms trading out into the light of day. Part street theatre performance, part fashion show, part interactive educational exposition, part modern day agit-prop, all in the name of raising public awareness of the significant role HM Government and the British Arms Trade play in #ARMINGTHEWORLD.
Director – Sophie Austin
Set and Costume Design – takis
Writers – Christine Bacon & Ben Chessell
Sound Designer – Eleanor Isherwood Costume Supervisor – Shoni Wilkinson
Assistant Director – Molly Leigh Moy
Associate Producer – Matthew Schmolle
Production Manager – Will Herman
Social Media Manager – rian Nik
Graphic Design – Sofi Lee-Henson
Research Adviser – Annecy Lax (University of Essex) & Chris Rossdale (London School of Economics)
Photography – Jon Holloway
Filmaker – Shane Davey
ice&fire explores human rights stories through performance. It puts human rights at the core of everything it does to make accessible theatre for a wide range of audiences across the UK.
It is a company with a distinct and determined voice, developing original theatre pieces from human rights testimony and documentary evidence. Each piece is shaped by the real people and communities with whom the company closely works. From full-scale productions to making small pieces with vulnerable groups, its theatre-making is renowned as provocative, principled and innovative.
ice&fire believes that theatre can bring unparalleled understanding and empathy to some of the world’s most urgent issues. They want to empower people and communities to express their rights through the power of sharing stories and transporting performance.
It is their mission to inspire artists and audiences to create positive change in the world through human rights.
Teatro Vivo transforms much loved stories into theatrical adventures; collaborating with communities and audiences to turn everyday environments into magical worlds. Based in South London it has been creating theatre since 2005. Inspired by classic stories and new writing, it makes theatrical productions in any non theatre venue.
Teatro Vivo’s aim is to inspire people to contemplate the nature of human engagement by creating performances that encourage a sense of play for all who experience them. They collaborate with artists from all backgrounds to open up the possibilities of what theatre can be and encourage non-professionals to participate in our process allowing us to share and learn skills and wisdom. They explore the environments that they work in to ensure their productions become an essential part of the community and a source of inspiration and entertainment for all.
They work with an exciting array of artists, companies and venues.
takis is an international performance designer based in London, whose innovative and diverse body of work encompasses West End and leading UK theatre, international musicals, opera, ballet, circus, fashion and commercial productions.
takis’ multi-disciplinary approach experiments with new forms and materials, creating worlds within which the focus is the visual dramaturgy of the production.
He has worked for companies, including: Finnish National Opera, Frankfurt Opera House, Opera Holland Park, English Touring Opera,The Royal National Theatre, The Old Vic, Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Barbican, Sadler’s Wells, Rambert Dance Company, Curve, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Theatre Royal Brighton, Royal & Derngate, Theatre Royal Stratford East, The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Marina Bay Sands – Singapore, Haugesund Theater – Norway, Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, as well as Bush, Soho, Mercury, Nottingham, Sherman and Citizens Theatres, among others.
takis’s interactive fashion installations have been exhibited at the Design Museum in London and Helsinki. The Bucharest Modern Art Museum has hosted his first interactive theatre installation. Commercially he was art director/designer for the European launch of the new Toyota C-HR.
takis, Greek in origin, has studied Costume and Set Design at the Romanian National University of Arts in Bucharest and continued his studies at RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) on the Theatre Technical Arts Course. He undertook practice-based research at London College of Fashion, researching new methodologies of design in fashion and performance. His doctoral research at the Aalto University in Helsinki/Finland focuses on the Metasuit.