Laura Evans - Performing Arts BA (Hons) graduate
Laura graduated in 2013 after undertaking modules including Promoting Dance; Dance Artists in Education and the Community; Live Art; Media Industry Management. Laura’s third year research project and final performance both received outstanding firsts, and sent Laura straight into the Performance Practices MA at DMU after graduation.
Laura says: "Alongside studying for my Performance Practices MA at DMU, fellow performing arts graduate Andrew, and myself, have established our emerging digital performance company, A Bang in the Void. Throughout our first year of trading, we have performed at Little Wolf Parade in Nottingham; at the Curve Theatre’s Inside Out Festival; DMU’s Glorious Collisions; at the open days for DMU; collaborated with choreographer Matthew Dummigan to create visual graphics for the Let’s Dance International Festival (LDIF) and created an interactive installation at the Curve Theatre with award-winning company, Metro-Boulot-Dodo. We have been hired to create video and photography for various projects and events such as; Black Cats and Blues, A Hypermedia Concerto for Cello and Digital Technologies; Borderlines Symposium (DMU); ADRONE (a contemporary dance work for LDIF); and short films to be shown at New Walk Museum and Gallery as part of the German Expressionism Exhibition. We also deliver regular digital performance workshops for schools at the Curve Theatre.
"The Performing Arts course at DMU has equipped me with a great toolbox of practical skills that have been instrumental in the forming and maintaining of my fledgling performance company. These include; creating and developing performance work to a professional standard; filming and editing video and sound to be used in performance, as documentation, or as an independent product; and lighting/sound design. The knowledge gained on the course alongside developing these practical skills has provided me with an excellent understanding of arts and festivals management. This has meant that Andrew and myself can manage A Bang in the Void sufficiently, without hiring a management team. Specifically, since graduating we have been required to apply for project bids; evaluate projects and performances; complete funders’ reports; manage incomings, outgoings, assets, expenses and invoices; write copy for workshops and performances; build and maintain our website; market our work (through print and social media); liaise with venues and funders, and complete risk assessments. The Performing Arts course prepared us to deal with all of this!
"The internship that I undertook during my third year on Performing Arts provided me a wonderful opportunity to practice all that I had learnt on the course in a professional environment, and since, has spring-boarded me into further work and projects."