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METIS is a Cambridge-based performing arts company/network creating interdisciplinary performance projects through rigorous research and a fascination with maps, space, technology, travel and history.

Directed by Zoë Svendsen, their work is characterised by its pursuit of expressive forms that connect with the contemporary world.

The first iteration of World Factory was created and produced by METIS in co-production with the New Wolsey Theatre, Young Vic and Company of Angels and first performed at the New Wolsey Theatre and Young Vic in 2015. The project is supported using funds from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Cambridge Humanities Research Grants Scheme, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and the Sino-British Fellowship Trust, as well as with the support of the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich; Young Vic; Company of Angels; Free Word; Centre For Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA); CSV Media Clubhouse, Ipswich; Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre; National Theatre Studio; Grass Stage; and the MPhil in Public Policy, Digital Humanities Network, CRASSH, Judith E Wilson Fund and the English Faculty, all University of Cambridge. BICC (the British Inter-University Chinese Centre funded by the AHRC) has supported research for events in Manchester and Shanghai. 

Date Title Venue City
22–28 April 2022 Love Letters in Conversation The Forum London
5 November 2021 Love Letters to a Liveable Future: Online at the Change Festival Change Festival
21–22 July 2021 Love Letters to a Liveable Future Cambridge Junction Cambridge
1 April 2021 Love Letters to a Liveable Future: A Conversation Cambridge Junction Cambridge
12 September 2020 Brilliant Day The Festival of Thrift
4 June – 31 December 2020 Love Letters to a Liveable Future Your home Various locations
26 September – 24 November 2019 Factory of the Future Oslo Architecture Triennale, DOGA Oslo
6–9 September 2018 WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE MAY BE Barbican London
Photo by David Sandison.