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Frequently edgy, often humorous and always authentic, Curious work in the space between theatre, live art, installation and research.

Helen Paris and Leslie Hill have been working together as Curious for over twenty years. In that time they have made nearly forty projects in a range of disciplines including performance, installation, publication and film. The work is global and domestic: sometimes large, sometimes small in scale. Intimacy and a shared sense of encounter with an audience is always an important element.

Helen and Leslie called their company Curious because what drives them as artists is an intense curiosity about the world in which they live. Each of the projects starts with a question; What smell reminds you of home (On the Scent)? What do you long for and where do you belong ((be)longing)? What is lost and what is found in places undergoing rapid regeneration and change (Lost & Found)? What are gut feelings (Autobiology)?

Curious engage as honestly as they can with these questions in their work as writers and performers and the subsequent investigations involve personal journeys alongside public research and enquiry.

“Work as smart as it is seductive.”

Irish Times

Date Title Venue City
14–15 September 2019 Wild Longings St Dunstan in the East London
6–7 June 2019 Wild Longings Knotty Festival Hastings
1–2 June 2019 Wild Longings St Dunstan in the East London
11–13 May 2019 Wild Longings Norfolk and Norwich Festival Norwich
4–5 May 2019 UpRoot Phytology London
22 August 2016 LADA Screens: Curious & Andrew Kötting Event Space London
30 April 2015 Best Before End Project Arts Centre, Live Collision Dublin
21 April 2015 Best Before End The Performance Centre, Falmouth University Falmouth
30 July 2014 Best Before End Warwick Arts Centre Coventry
7 July 2014 Performing Proximity book launch Toynbee Studios
5–6 July 2014 Weekender: Autobiology Toynbee Studios
26–28 March 2014 Best Before End Chelsea Theatre London
11–13 January 2013 the moment I saw you I knew I could love you Sydney Festival Sydney
15 November 2012 – 15 November 2013 the moment I saw you I knew I could love you : Online Gesture Online
8–11 November 2012 What on Earth: Landfill Cucalorus Film Festival Wilmington
6–7 October 2012 the moment I saw you I knew I could love you City of Women Festival Ljubljana
19–23 September 2012 Landfill Berwick Upon Tweed Film & Media Arts Festival Berwick-Upon-Tweed
26–28 July 2012 Worlds End Chelsea Theatre London
29 June 2012 What on Earth: Landfill Edinburgh International Film Festival Edinburgh
25 June 2012 What on Earth: Landfill Edinburgh International Film Festival Edinburgh
8 January 2012 What on Earth: Landfill ICA London
24 September 2011 Sea Swallow'd Dumbo New York
22–27 August 2011 the moment I saw you I knew I could love you BAC at Summerhall Edinburgh
6–7 August 2011 Slipstreaming River Avon Stratford-on-Avon
6 August – 2 October 2011 14 Lines Royal Shakespeare Theatre Stratford-on-Avon
12 June 2011 14 Lines of Love - At Home Swan Reading Room Stratford-upon-Avon
4–5 June 2011 the moment I saw you I knew I could love you Performance Space 122 New York
2 June 2011 Sea Swallow'd Mediawave Festival Szombathely
21 May 2011 'Articulating Practice' Symposium Courtyard Theatre London
1 May 2011 East End Film Festival Screening Rio Cinema London
3–5 March 2011 the moment I saw you I knew I could love you Nitery Theater, The Old Union, Stanford University Palo Alto, California
16 January 2011 Sea Swallow'd ICA London
10–11 December 2010 the moment I saw you I knew I could love you Mitchell & Helmsley Theatres Wisconsin
4–5 December 2010 On The Scent A private home in Wisconsin Wisconsin
4 December 2010 Sea Swallow’d Arnolfini Bristol
10–14 November 2010 Sea Swallow’d Short Film Festival Winterthur
6–7 July 2010 the moment I saw you I knew I could love you Exeter Phoenix Exeter
24 June 2010 the moment I saw you I knew I could love you Colchester Arts Centre Colchester
21–23 May 2010 the moment I saw you I knew I could love you The Basement Brighton
15–16 May 2010 the moment I saw you I knew I could love you Arnolfini Bristol
5–6 May 2010 the moment I saw you I knew I could love you Nuffield Theatre Lancaster
3 May 2010 the moment I saw you I knew I could love you The Junction Cambridge
10 April 2010 the moment I saw you I knew I could love you The Bluecoat Liverpool
17–18 March 2010 the moment I saw you I knew I could love you The Arches Glasgow
12 March 2010 the moment I saw you I knew I could love you Axis Arts Centre Crewe
9 January 2010 Family Hold Back Ke Center for Contemporary Arts Shanghai
21–22 November 2009 the moment I saw you I knew I could love you Chelsea Theatre London
2 October 2009 the moment I Saw You I Knew I Could Love You Fix 09 @ Catalyst Arts Belfast
27–28 August 2009 the moment I saw you I knew I could love you Forest Fringe Edinburgh
11–12 July 2009 On The Scent Kinsale, Ireland
24–25 May 2009 On The Scent The Junction, Cambridge
16–21 March 2009 Autobiology (workshop) Arnolfini Bristol
9–14 March 2009 Autobiology (workshop) Toynbee Studios
23 February 2009 Autobiology (workshop) Tramway Glasgow
24 January 2009 Artist Talk Toynbee Studios
29–30 November 2008 On the Scent THRESHOLD Folkestone
26–27 September 2008 On the Scent ANTI Festival Kuopio
22–25 May 2008 Family Hold Back Taipei
2 February 2008 Artists’ Talk Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution Bath
21–23 January 2008 Symposium Theatre de la Colline/INHA Paris
30 October – 3 November 2007 (be)longing Vancouver East Cultural Centre Vancouver
23 October 2007 (be)longing Exeter Phoenix Exeter
11 October 2007 (be)longing The ShowRoom Chichester
4 October 2007 (be)longing Alsager Arts Centre Alsager
28 September 2007 (be)longing Arnolfini Bristol
18 September 2007 (be)longing Cardiff
20–25 August 2007 (be)longing Theatre Workshop Edinburgh
13–15 June 2007 (be)longing (performance) Toynbee Studios
23–24 May 2007 (be)longing (performance) Leeds Metropolitan University Leeds
21 May 2007 (be)longing (performance) Custard Factory Birmingham
12 May 2007 (be)longing (performance) ICIA, University of Bath Bath
3 May 2007 (be)longing (performance) Colchester Arts Centre Colchester
27 April – 29 June 2007 (be)longing (exhibition) ICIA, University of Bath Bath
23 March 2007 Uncommon Land London
23–24 March 2007 (be)longing (performance) Studio Theatre, Leeds Metropolitan University Leeds
10 March 2007 (be)longing (Performance) Tanzquarrtier, Performing Rights Vienna
12 February – 31 March 2007 Prostitution: What's Going On? The Women's Library London
22 May 2013 Best Before End Colchester Arts Centre Colchester
Couple kiss in an empty theatre
Curious, 2011. Image: Hugo Glendinning.

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