Meet the team

Outside the Igloo is a co-production between two North West based companies, The Knotted Project (Physical Theatre) & Hawk Dance Theatre (Contemporary Dance)

Meet The Knotted Project: TKP create intricate & original physical theatre about human stories in a changing world. They create with a dynamic & visual language described by British Theatre Guide as “slick choreography, Frantic Assembly-like contact improvisation & ensemble work”. TKP have created for theatre tours, festivals & have worked in partnership internationally, supported by British Council & Arts Council England. They made & toured their magical dance/theatre adventure for 3-8 yr olds ‘The Chit Chat Chalk Show’ to over 30 UK venues in partnership with Hawk Dance Theatre. Again in partnership, they will tour their new children’s production ‘Outside The Igloo’ to venues across the UK this Christmas 2019. 

Meet Hawk Dance Theatre: HDT is a dance company based in Manchester that creates, explores and inspires audiences by offering work that is engaging & accessible. Directed by Josh Hawkins, HDT develops visually dynamic and powerful productions for various platforms – theatres, festivals and digitally. “Josh Hawkins is certainly one of the brightest new voices in contemporary dance theatre” – Luca Silvestrini, Artistic Director, Protein

Meet Helen Andrew: Originally from Oldham, Helen Andrew attended The Northern School of Contemporary dance where she graduated with a First class honors in 2015, She then went on to completing her Postgraduate Diploma as an apprentice with Motionhouse Dance Theatre and performed in one of their outdoor pieces Fragile, as well as Captive. In 2016 after graduating she went on to join Company Chameleon on their new production Witness and worked alongside the company on different productions until January 2018. Helen went on to join Hawk Dance Theatre in 2017 and continues to work for the company.

Meet Mithun Gill: Mithun is an UK based Kathak dancer who has also had contemporary training as part of his dance degree. Having trained in both styles, Mithun has a unique performance quality. Kathak has installed a strong sense of rhythm and musicality in his dance and the contemporary training has brought a huge range of movement dynamics. Mithun has performed extensively with the Sujata Banerjee Dance Company in various productions most recently a Kathak interpretation of Swan Lake premiering at Beck Theatre London as the role of Von Rothbart.

Meet Emily Yong: Emily started dancing at the age of three at local dance schools in Leicester and Peterborough. She was also a Junior Associate of the Royal Ballet School and a Cecchetti Scholar. Emily then went on to train at Rambert School, where she had the opportunity to work with Christopher Bruce and Robert Cohan, and graduated with a First Class Honours degree. Since graduating, Emily has enjoyed dancing with various different companies including Springs Dance Company, English National Opera and Off The Map. As well as performing, Emily has a passion for teaching dance, especially to children and young people. It brings Emily joy when dance brings communities together – she was delighted to be involved with Springs in Nine Elms Arts Ministry’s event Refugee: A Christmas Story – a community event which used dance and the arts to explore the topic of displacement. Emily is thrilled to be joining Hawk Dance Theatre and The Knotted Project for Outside The Igloo.

Meet Lee Affen (Composer): Lee is a multi-instrumentalist composer, music producer and sound designer from Manchester, now based in Sheffield. His passion for music and collaboration has led him to work in bands, write for singers and compose for theatre, dance and film. Lee’s recent work includes composition and sound design for the Cardboard Citizens show Who Are Yer?, Aboutime’s touring dance piece Cotton and Fallen Angels’ collaboration with Birmingham Royal Ballet for the show The War Within. He’s also composed original live scores for silent films Metropolis, Nosferatu and The Passion of Joan of Arc.

Nicolai Hart-Hansen (Set and Costume Designer)

Zane Burkmar (Poet and Voice Artist)

Rocco Vena (Set and Costume Assistant)

Louise Fazackerley (Research phase writing)

Dave Callaghan (Lighting Design)

Niall Monks (Technical Manager)

Supported by: Arts Council England & The Brewery Arts Centre