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Happy Days: Artists’ talk

Station House Opera

Still from Happy Days by Station House Opera

Artists Ankie Krijbolder and Julian Maynard Smith (Station House Opera) are joined by Taghrid Choucair-Vizoso, Shubbak Festival’s Senior Programmer & Producer and Station House Opera collaborator, for a conversation about the making of Happy Days.

Happy Days is a new video project, developed during, and about the lockdown, by Ankie Krijbolder and Julian Maynard Smith, two artists and ex-partners who decided to spend lockdown in joint self-isolation for reasons of health (Ankie, transplant patient) and age (Julian, 70).

Watch Happy Days online from 19 October-2 November 2020

Watch a recording of the talk

Julian Maynard Smith founded Station House Opera in 1980, since then it has had an international reputation for its ground-breaking performance, from large scale site specific performances to intimate theatre and video projects. The company pioneered telematic theatre linking artists and audiences with video streaming between multiple international locations, most recently with At Home in Gaza and London, linking artists in the UK with artists in Gaza, Palestine. The company is also continuing with its long-standing production Dominoes, that connects locations and people across a city with a domino line of falling breeze-blocks. 

Taghrid Choucair-Vizoso is Shubbak Festival’s Senior Programmer & Producer, a performance-maker, and facilitator. Following her studies at Goldsmiths and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, she began to develop intercultural and cross-cultural work with artists across the MENA region and the UK. She is co-founder and co-director of Station House Opera’s At Home in Gaza and London, a collaborative telematic digital performance project bringing together artists and audiences across the divide in real time.

Ankie Krijbolder did MTS Bouwkunde in Tilburg and studied architecture at St Joost, Academie of Art in Breda in the Netherlands. She worked for various architecture firms including Morphosis in LA.  She plays violin in three London orchestras and recently started her own string trio.

She received a living donor kidney from her brother in 2002. Due to her impaired immune system she was told to shield completely during lockdown. She and Julian separated in 2006 but shielded together during lockdown, when they made this video.

Date and time

20 October 2020
Free, booking required.

Please note
This is now a past event.