DOG KENNEL HILL PROJECT is Henrietta Hale, Rachel Lopez de la Nieta and Ben Ash. In collaboration and alongside selected associate artists and partners, they develop investigative projects to specific contexts or communities including theatres, galleries, screenworks, and non-traditional or outdoor sites.
'In 2004 we each had careers as contemporary dancers, but were hungry for something more. We decided to form a lab to support and challenge each other artistically and we collaborated that year on our first piece - a Place Prize commission - under the Dog Kennel Hill Project umbrella title. Since then it has been a slowly evolving journey characterised by the need to trust, respect, re-learn, deconstruct, push, be bold, throw everything away, move away from the theatre, understand why we are doing this, understand commitment, find joy, come back to the theatre and fall in love with ideas.....'
WORK is characterised by its subtle wit, resistance to definition and ability to surprise and intrigue. It has been described as intriguing, slippery, mind-blowing and laugh-out-loud funny. We see it as both formalist and anarchic.
DKHP are stimulated by rubbing up against conventional preconceptions, structures and expectations.
Rather than making single products, the work a series of relationships, negotiations and experiments. These have been collected under umbrella titles that we call “projects' from which many shows, productions, screenings, talks etc can emerge.
Projects start with a social, political, historical or philosophical curiosity and involve practices of meeting people, moving, shifting locations, interviewing, writing and framing things that exist naturally. They usually span a few years and inform many of our shows, commissions and education work like a web of intersecting pathways.
The company is currently based in Hertfordshire.
ASSOCIATE ARTISTS AND PEOPLE include:
Video-maker - Tony Wadham: Tony is responsible for much of our video and photography material, a and for constructing sets and generally solving technical problems in creative and inspiring ways. A close and brilliant collaborator - see his work as actor and film-maker here - www.tonywadham.com
Composers - Jules Maxwell, Angie Atmadjaja, Sianed Jones
Producers - Claire Hicks, Nikki Tomlinson, David Morgan
Mentor/outside eyes - Charlotte Darbyshire, Rosie Lee, Marina Collard
Performers - Charlie Ashwell, Helka Kaski, Erik Nevin, Monsur Ali, Scott Smith, Kate Brown, Stella Papi, Marina Collard, Joan Clevillé, Jim Barnard, Antonio de la Fe, Rohanna Eade, Colin Poole, Lizzy Le Quesne and many more.