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Amy Letman reveals exciting plans for Transform 19

On Thursday 10 May at Duke Studios, Transform hosted a teaser event for their next festival a year from now, Transform 19. The event featured a DJ set from Michael Upson (Love Muscle) a performance by Brazil’s breath-taking duo Noporn, and an insight into the projects and events Transform is already concocting towards Transform 19. This blog post is a summary of Transform’s Director Amy Letman’s welcome speech at the event. Have a read and find out how you can get involved in this extraordinary international festival set to unfold across Leeds a year from now.

Transform 19 will unfold across the city in Spring 2019. Full of disruption and discovery, the festival will bring bold theatre and events by ground-breaking artists from around the globe to theatres, arts venues, clubs, car parks and community centres in Leeds.

 Transform is more than a festival, we’re a year-round engine room for urgent of the moment theatre. For the last few months we’ve been at work with artists concocting bold and brilliant projects which will have their world premieres at the festival a year from now, before touring nationally and internationally. We are thrilled to be working with two local companies who to us absolutely represent the future of performance – Jamal Gerald and 70/30 Split

We’re also developing two international projects with two incredible companies, Action Hero and machina eX. Action Hero couldn’t be at the Transform Teaser event they are on a 30,000km journey across Europe developing their project ‘Oh Europa’, which will receive its UK premiere at Transform 19. We’re very excited to be collaborating with Germany’s machina eX, who first came to Leeds to present ‘Lessons of Leaking’ at Transform 17, 17) to create ‘Rewire Leeds’ – an interactive and digital theatre adventure for the city.

 Alongside working with these artists, we are in the process of developing major co-created projects with communities, and are waiting to push the button on a new young people’s project which will see twenty 16-21 year olds collaborate with international artists and takeover the final weekend of Transform 19 with their own micro-festival.

We are putting together a compilation of some of the world’s most extraordinary theatre, dance and performance art from across Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East, which we will present for you at the festival.  Transform 19 will explore cultural democracy and occupation of the city as a space for play and adventure. There will be the usual parties, feasting, conversation, interventions and gatherings that make a Transform festival.

So why did we host the Transform Teaser a year before the festival? Because we know that Transform festivals are made possible by you, by this incredible movement of people who all want to get behind creating the future of theatre in Leeds and building an international performance festival for the city.

Whether you’re an artist with an idea, a venue with resource to offer, a community group wanting to get involved, or a committed audience member who can spread the word, you can make Transform 19 happen.

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Image: Rash Dash Theatre’s production of Darkest Corners, Transform 17