about

Airfield is a contemporary performance company formed by Ian Spink (Choreographer/Director) and Bill Thompson (Composer/Sound Artist).

Drawing inspiration from contemporary events, mythology, art and science, and everyday life, Airfield creates multilayered works that speak to our everyday experience while also exploring other possibilities of how we might understand ourselves, each other, and our place in the world.

The audience naturally becomes part of the creative process by engaging with the same questions that performers are grappling with on stage.  Works are meant to provoke and inspire audiences to engage in deeper conversations and often involve themes related to identity, relationships and sense of place.

In addition to working with together, Spink and Thompson regularly collaborate with a range of other artists who have included: filmmaker Alan Paterson, musician Leon Michener, playwrights Caryl Churchill, Alan Wilkins, Selina Boyack and Gabrielle Quigley choreographer Siobhan Davies, visual artist Duncan MacAskill, and performing artists Sky Reynolds, Hannah Venet, Robert Heaslip, Anna Gander, Judith Williams and Penny Chivas.



 

Biographies

Ian Spink

Australian born, Ian Spink was a founder member and artistic director of the London based experimental multi-disciplinary performance company Second Stride (1982-96). During this time he created and directed the high-level theatre workshops fast+dirty which have continued to this day.

Ian has also directed and choreographed with other companies including: Scottish Ballet, Scottish Opera, Royal Shakespeare Company, Rambert Dance Company, Royal National Theatre and Joint Stock Theatre. Ian was recently Artistic director of citymoves dance agency  and the Dance Live festival (Aberdeen 2005-10) and now works with Airfield as an independent choreographer, performer and director based in Glasgow.

further info: theworkroom.org.uk/people/Ian_Spink

Bill Thompson

Bill Thompson is a sound and video artist who has performed extensively throughout the UK and abroad. His work involves the combination of found objects, field recordings, repurposed live electronics, and digital media to create evolving structures for installations and live performance.

Relocating to the UK from Texas in 2004, he was awarded a scholarship to pursue a PhD in Composition. Since then he has earned numerous awards and commissions including the PRS for New Music ATOM award, the GAVAA visual arts award, a PRS for New Music Three Festival commission, the 2010 Aberdeen Visual Arts Award, and was nominated for the Paul Hamlyn Award in 2012.

As an educator he has several years experience developing workshops and education programs across a wide range of contexts, including formal and informal settings (for young people and adults), as a university lecturer and with vulnerable and special needs children.

For more information visit www.billthompson.org

 

Bill