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ON SATURDAY MORNING, we’ll have a two hour (11am-1pm) session of talking, thinking, pecha kucha slide shows from artists, a chance to meet people face to face and ask questions, to get a debate going and think about what we’re seeing at the festival.

This session will be chaired by Ed McKeon and Tim Hopkins and will involve most of the performing artists at BEAM.  If you want to MEET THE ARTISTS, this is the best time to do it!

More info on our debate chairs:

Tim Hopkins is a theatre maker, scenic designer and opera director.  His work has a continuing interest in performance disciplines of many kinds, traditional and contemporary, and in uses of historic and new technologies, incorporating them into shows as creative resources or sculptural presences, beginning with Judith Weir’s Blond Eckbert for ENO (1994.)

Recent work focussing on technological transformation, Give me Your Blessing, (ROH2 06-09) with composer Lena Langer, Moscow’s Prokrovsky Ensemble, and electronic artist Ryan Jordan, reconfigures folk traditions inherent in Stravinsky’s Les Noces through encounters with technological devices – cylinder recordings, cine-film, shadow play, theatrical model boxes, TV, and virtual space. The Lost Chord (Opera North 07-10) explores the Victorian creative imagination touched by technological advance, with live and cylinder music by Arthur Sullivan, Balfe, text by William Morris, Tennyson, Bulwer-Lytton.  The audience are guests at a gentlemen’s club dinner, hosted by four singers who have waited 130 years for Sullivan, their friend, to arrive.

Awards include: 2001 – 05 NESTA Fellowship to look at lyric theatre, new performance technology, TV and Film; 2007 – 12 AHRC Creative Artists Fellowship, hosted by the Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theatre, University of Sussex, running part-time until 2012.

As an interpretive artist he has directed new productions of historic and contemporary repertoire for Welsh National Opera, ENO, The Royal Opera, Opera North, Glimmerglass, Teatro dell’Opera Roma, Bayerische Staatsoper Festspiel, Theatre Basel, Graz Oper, Staatsoper Hannover, Wexford Festival, ETO, Alternative Lyrique Paris, Almeida Opera, Aldeburgh Festival, BBC, Channel 4.  As author and in collaboration he has  made works for BCMG, Aldeburgh Festival, BBC proms, The Sage Gateshead, Opera North, Almeida Opera, Munich Festspiel, ROH2, ROH Digital.