Creative Team Yokohama
Creative Director, NVA
Angus Farquhar, Creative Director of NVA was born in Aberdeenshire in 1961 and grew up in Edinburgh. A degree in English and Drama at Goldsmith’s College, University of London, led to 10 years as a core member of Test Dept, a radical music collective based in New Cross, South London. Returning to Scotland in 1989, Angus re-initiated the Beltane Fire Festival and has produced and directed NVA’s temporary and permanent public art works and events since its inception in 1992.
Makiko Izu is a dancer and choreographer based in Yokohama, Japan. Born in 1974, Makiko went on to study contemporary dance at Contemporary Art Center Mito in 1994, before relocating to France for a year. After returning she joined Dance Theatre LUDENS, Kim Itoh + glorious future, taking the role of Itoh’s assistant. Makiko has participated in GRINDER-MAN since 2005 as a performer, choreographer and producer. The group started in 1997 with their concept Onore wo kezuru (Grind Away the Self). Makiko is interested in movements extracted from daily motion, for example walking, running and standing. She gives many workshops and in recent years has choreographed productions for music group ‘Capsule”, the dance performance unit ‘WORLD ORDER’ alongside actively creating and performing solo works.
Phil grew up in Croydon, South London and studied Archaeology at Newcastle University. Graduating in 1992, he returned south for summer jobs with L.B. Lambeth Arts & Ents, working on free public events. Two decades later, Phil is a Lighting Designer specialising in outdoor, site specific and landscape projects. Recent work includes Aisling’s Children for Homecoming 2009, Northumberland Lights and The Electric Forest with Culture Creative and The Mill Project , highly commended at The Lighting Design Awards 2011. This is Phil’s third project with NVA. youtube.com/philsupple / lightrefreshment.co.uk.
James studied at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London, gaining a Masters in Industrial Design Engineering. He has since gone on to work with some of the world’s most prestigious design offices in London, Paris and Japan, with furniture designer Jasper Morrison, architect Norman Foster, architect, artist and engineer Santiago Calatrava and has worked in the past with NVA on numerous projects. He specialises in the design of product, furniture, lighting and bespoke interactive installations, for a diverse range of clients. getmade.co.uk