Complicité

Complicité

England, London

Artform

Drama

Organisation Type

Touring

Contact

E.email@complicite.org

T.+44 (0) 20 7485 7700

F.+44 (0) 20 7485 7701

14 Anglers Lane, Kentish Town, London NW5 3DG

Staff

Senior Producer Tim Bell

Communications Manager Holly Foulds

Executive Director Amber Massie-Blomfield

Artistic Director Simon McBurney

Administrator Sarah Osgerby

Creative Engagement Producer Natalie Raaum

Project Coordinator Nur Khairiyah Bte Ramli

Finance Manager Louise Wiggins

Trustees

Sarah Coop, Roger Graef OBE, Frances Hughes, Tom Morris (Chair), Nitin Sawhney CBE, D.Mus, Stephen Taylor

 

Complicité is an international touring theatre company, based in London. Founded in 1983 by Annabel Arden, Fiona Gordon, Marcello Magni and Simon McBurney, the Company is now led by Artistic Director McBurney OBE. Between 1993 and 2018 all of the company’s work was produced by Judith Dimant.

The Company has played in more than 40 countries across the world, won more than 50 awards and been described as ‘…the most influential and consistently interesting theatre company working in Britain.’ The Times

Complicité began life as a collective and this spirit of collective enquiry, of collaborative curiosity, has driven the work throughout its history. The Company is famous for making its work through extensive periods of research and development which brings together performers, designers, writers, artists and specialists from diverse fields to create the works – a process now known simply as ‘devising’.

These many diverse Associates – as they’re known – have developed and evolved a shared creative language, which provides an anchor for the explorative work that the Company has become famous for and which foregrounds every piece they bring to the stage. This focus on a collaborative devising process has meant that Complicité has also become famous for a distinctive, visually rich stage language, which layers physically beautiful performances and tightly choreographed ensemble work with innovative lighting, sound and video design.

The main body of work has been of devised theatre pieces and adaptations and revivals of classic texts but the Company has also created opera and worked in other media, with radio productions of Mnemonic and John Berger’s To The Wedding, a collaboration with The Pet Shop Boys in Trafalgar Square in central London, and The Vertical Line, a multi-disciplinary installation performed in a disused tube station. If Complicité is constantly percolating new collaborators, so too the work is in a constant state of evolution from the actor-led, comic early pieces to the recent vast collaborations directed by McBurney which embrace intellectually challenging material and cutting edge technologies.

In 2015 the Company began a new annual programme: Complicité Associates. Each year, Complicité will work with an emerging or mid-career artist, providing production and artistic support and producing a new show that pushes both the artist’s own work and style, as well as stretching Complicité’s theatrical boundaries.

Learning and engagement are central to its work and its award-winning Creative Learning programme includes professional development, work in schools and colleges and participatory projects for a range of groups.

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