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Saffy Setohy & Bill Thomson

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Saffy Setohy

Glasgow-based Saffy Setohy works across choreography, performance, education, participatory work and movement direction for devised contemporary theatre.

Trained at Laban, she graduated in 2007. She has worked as a performer with choreographers including Henrietta Hale, Matthias Sperling, Angela Praed and Willi Dorner. In 2009 Saffy was selected for Dance Beyond Borders, creating Towards Stillness in collaboration with fine artist and sound designer Reynir Hutber. Saffy performed in a restaging of Yvonne Rainers' seminal work Trio A at the Hayward Gallery, part of the Move: Choreographing You exhibition, and was an ‘emerging artist in residence’ at the Southbank Centre from 2010-2012. She has since made a range of collaborative installation, site-based and stage works for rural and urban contexts, commissioned and presented by partners in the UK and internationally.

In 2015, Saffy was one of the artists selected to participate in the dance artist-curator mentorship programme supported by Siobhan Davies Dance. She is an InSitu artist supported by UZ Arts. Saffy enjoys teaching and facilitating in a range of education and community contexts, and is a visiting university lecturer. Saffy has been cultivating a producing and arts development practice alongside her artistic work, each informing the other.

Bill Thomson

Bill Thompson is a sound artist and composer whose work has been performed extensively throughout the UK and abroad.

A native of Texas, he relocated to the UK in 2004 to pursue a PhD in Composition. Since then he has received numerous awards and commissions including the PRS for New Music ATOM award, the GAVAA visual arts award, a PRS for New Music Three Festival commission, the 2010 Aberdeen Visual Arts Award, and was nominated for the Paul Hamlyn Award in 2012.

As an artist, he has a particular interest in perception and embodied presence. His installations and performances frequently utilize found objects, field recordings, repurposed live electronics, and digital media to create environments that encourage active attention to each moment. He applies this same strategy within his compositional work which often include long sustained tones, densely layered textures, and indeterminate or improvised structures. He has written for a range of instruments including voice, guitar, contrabass, bagpipe, percussion, organ, string quartet, mixed ensembles and live electronics. As a solo performer he works primarily with live electronics although originally trained as a guitarist