UPCOMING SHOWS 2021

FUNDING ALERT

I am still in shock to announce this but… I have received funding for my first ever solo work; Trauma and me; a frank conversation.

I am looking forward to diving into this process- wish me luck!

Livestream performance link of the show:

https://youtu.be/P4Db3h_8pok


My first performance is Thurs 15th Apr at 8.30pm (the event starts at 8pm so please do tune in, it is FREE!)
Theatre Mix @ Home is a live-streamed performance night featuring scripted, devised, spoken word, cabaret, music & more. We’re open minded!
All performers will be live-streaming from their own homes and the night will feature a combination of work (and work-in-progress) from artists and creatives.
It’s being live-streamed from YouTube and will be completely free.
Date: 15/04/2021
Time: 8pm (running time approx 1hr)
Our YouTube channel where you will find us on the night: https://bit.ly/3gztK3S
Grab yourself a treat, pull up a couch cushion and enjoy some local creative talents.
This event has been made possible by funding from The Society for Theatre Research, Arts Council England Project Grants and support from The GAP Arts Project.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/254562116322070/


TRIGGER WARNING: My solo will explore (sensitively) themes such as; miscarriage, pregnancy, r*pe, domestic violence. If you are unsure if this would be for you but would like to watch please do send me a message and I can talk through how the performance will work and be laid out.

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Constella OperaBallet ‘Spin a Tale’ online premiere, 8th May 2021


Link to the performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fyXYcgFWSI
On the 8th May 2021, in partnership with Darley Abbey Day 2021, a collection of performance videos will be released to the public, alongside a trail of oversized bobbins and bunting made by local residents, threaded throughout the village. Free tickets for the premiere are available at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/…/spin-a-tale-tickets…

Photos by Ray Gumbley, for Constella OperaBallet’s ‘Spin a Tale’, both commissioned by the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.


Team: Alice Bezant, Leo Geyer, Sarah Louise B. Kristiansen, Sebastian Freeburn, Bryony Harrison, Bethan Smith, Erica Mulkern and Rebecca Stead.

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ASHFIELD VIRTUAL ARTS FESTIVAL- TRAUMA AND ME; A FRANK CONVERSATION 29TH-31ST MAY 2021

I am delighted to announce that my solo work ‘Trauma and me; a frank conversation’ will be performed as a part of Ashfield Virtual Arts Festival between 29th-31st May. Tickets are free and can be obtained via this link: https://www.stream-park.co.uk/event-details/ashfield-arts-festival

Here is further information about what the virtual festival will contain:
“Ashfield Virtual Arts Festival celebrates the arts, the people and heritage of Ashfield. The festival offers a vibrant and diverse range of art events, ranging from performances, crafts, poetry, storytelling and more!
Explore the various events throughout the park, such as, The Byron and Ada Lovelace stage. Here you can watch performances from poets, musicians, actors and dancers throughout the festival. Take a look at The Hidden valley’s gallery and see the beautiful art work from painters, sculptures, photographers and more! Spend some time at the Lindley’s Mill workshop tent to watch tutorials on all things crafty. Learn about the wonderful heritage of Ashfield in the Annesley hall and old church site. If you enjoy meeting others and connecting with local creatives, it’ll be work visiting the Miners wheel chat area for a virtual social.
We’ve also had some press release by the Mansfield chad who got in touch to amplify the festival and showcasing some of the artists involved.” https://www.chad.co.uk/news/people/call-for-mansfield-and-ashfield-artists-writers-and-creatives-for-virtual-festival-3226034?fbclid=IwAR24qyJXCZJADeNSz_d_BQWrd2YMH1UIvwiWrwHB_F3YtL3FQlnUg2DxakE

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MEDEA INSIDE LIVESTREAM (14TH, 15TH AND 16TH MAY)

Trailer for MEDEA INSIDE
Photo by Eleanor Wheatley

Finally able to announce the release of MEDEA INSIDE (keep reading for the livestream details below)

In February 2020 I was cast as Medea in a live dance/theatre performance. I couldn’t wait to get started. The pandemic pushed our show back, and back and you guessed it, back again- until it was no longer possible. As a team we adapted the show to be made into an online film with the brilliant guidance of Dionysia Bouzioti.

Medea is a character that allowed me to tap into my Greek heritage and I am honoured to portray this wild and unworldly woman. She is misunderstood by many in the theatre/philosophy community. She is called a ‘beast’ a ‘murderer’ an ‘unfit mother’. This show shines a light on who she really is, underneath it all. It is raw, uncomfortable and fitting for the current climate. Thank you Medea, you’ve always been a part of me. It’s time I share your story.

“The film will be streamed on 14th, 15th and 16th May
19.00-20.00 UK
21.00-22.00 GR
TICKETS
6.50 GBP Students and Unwaged
8.50 GBP General Admission
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/medea-inside-tickets-151387491061?fbclid=IwAR1ovChzDt0horWOKikbVf-Sva6MA_Y4RYiJfhzlSMX27xwsL5OvtidBtWA
https://www.facebook.com/events/758631441430423

MEDEA INSIDE is a hybrid film adaptation of Euripides’ most famous tragedy focusing on the concepts of suffering, imprisonment, and violence.
MEDEA INSIDE was due to be performed on stage in June 2020, yet the pandemic hit and it is now reinvented in a hybrid online film for your screen. Non-professional equipment, cameras operated by the performers themselves or their housemates, interiors of their private spaces and family houses construct a very private ‘backstage’ world of a Medea created amidst a global pandemic. Scattered across the world, the cast was directed remotely by Dionysia Bouzioti.

The film is extraordinary given the circumstances it was created and the quality of work behind it, but it deserves even more attention as it examines the inner reality of the suffering body. Based on Euripides’ atrocious tragedy, MEDEA INSIDE narrates the emotional journey of Medea as embodied by three women, thus giving experiential agency to the Chorus as her societal reflection. The film draws parallels with our recent (or current) reality of imprisonment and isolation, as well as the increase of domestic violence against women during the extended lockdowns.

Available to diverse audiences! The production does not use speech to communicate, but body presence and movement as a universal language.
A low-budget home filmed gem of postmodern textures, original sound, and great suspense not to be missed! We advise you to use your headphones for a better experience!

Any donations would be deeply appreciated to cover the filmmaking costs and keep us going! Please visit the ticket link to donate or contact us for details.
Thank you for supporting us! Enjoy MEDEA INSIDE at the comfort of your home!

You can follow us on FB: @dbartprojects
Instagram: @resilience_company
E-mail: diabouzio@gmail.com or companyresilience@gmail.com”

Cast/production team: Dionysia Bouzioti, Merveille Nsumbu, Natalia Lesińska, Tim C Huang, Emily Raven-Baker, Erica Mulkern, Gabriele Bonotto, Jenny Skinner, Georgie Gillespie & Vasilis Georgakopoulos

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Collaboration performance with Desmond Clarke in Partnership with The Arc Project


Link to the performance: https://youtu.be/OeLWcl55tcA
Desmond Clarke and I have been working together throughout the lockdowns in partnership with The Arc Project to create our first work together. You can see our piece premiering LIVE on the 16th April at 7:30pm BST.

“Introducing our third Cross-Medium Collaborations pair: Desmond Clarke and Erica Mulkern.

Desmond Clarke
Desmond Clarke (b. 1989) is a composer, improviser and visual artist from the North of England. His work explores the relationships between physicality, systematisation and perception, and often focuses on the sensual (or sensory) experience of listening or performing.
His work has been widely performed and exhibited, and he has been lucky enough to collaborate with a number of world class musicians, including the Arditti Quartet, Cikada and Ensemble Intercontemporain.
Instagram: des_r_clarke
Website: desmondclarke.com

Erica Mulkern
Erica Mulkern MA is a professional dancer, teacher, choreographer and mentor based in West Yorkshire, UK. She is currently a dancer with Balbir Singh Dance Company and Northern Dance.
She trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance where she received a First Class Hons Degree and the Carolyn Woolridge Prize for highest performance marks. She also gained a Distinction in an MA in Contemporary Dance. Prior to this she completed the Foundation Course at NSCD with a Distinction.
During her time as a professional dancer she has worked with Black Box Dance Company in Denmark, Balbir Singh, Maxine Fell, Jana Bitterová, The Hexagon Collective, Dionysia Bouzioti, Tina Tarpgaard, Jason Mabana, Marie Brolin-Tani, Steph Giles, Joseph Reay-Reid, Jacob Stage, Melody Putu, Alexander Michael, Lila Naruse and Gerry Turvey. Other choreographers she has worked with include: Jos Baker, Laila Diallo, Vanessa Grasse, Lila Dance, Gemma Harrison and Gwen Rakotovao.
Outside of dance Erica enjoys interacting with dogs, baking, reading and stroking other people’s dogs.”

Cover image by Josh Hawkins for NSCD

Photoshoot Statement Feb 2021

Hello all! 

I would like to get back to shooting soon ish but of course am closely listening to government guidelines as well as using common sense.

From the beginning of April I will be taking 2-3 hour bookings with one photographer only outdoors. We will maintain a 2 metre distance at all times. Where we meet must be fairly secluded as we don’t want to have too many visitors during our shoot. Or if we are working in a cityscape we can do this in off peak times. I have some locations in Huddersfield/Brighouse that could work nicely as a woodland type of background but of course I am happy to travel also. My rates are slightly discounted for any bookings made during Feb/March (shoots do not need to take place in March) to help everyone get back on their feet so please just message me for more information. 

Both of us and our households must be symptom free for 2 weeks.

From late April I am doing studio shoots. The studio must be large and preferably with the potential to either open windows or have a door open to let air ventilate. I have studios in mind in West Yorkshire that fit the bill nicely. We will arrange our arrival time so that we will not enter the studio at the same time. The studio will be cleaned before our arrival but I will also be bringing cleaning products and hand sanitiser. We will maintain a 2 metre distance at all times. You are more than welcome to try and connect your camera to a laptop so that I am able to see the back of the camera images however if this is not possible we will take multiple attempts at the same photo. Again, my rates are slightly discounted to help everyone get back on their feet. Both of us and our households must be symptom free for 2 weeks. I am happy to travel as long as the studio and changing space can be shown to me prior to the shoot. 

I want to get back into creating as quickly as possible and hope you understand the measures I have put in place to keep everyone safe. Please message me with any enquiries you may have or any questions about the above. 

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https://ericamulkern.com/model/

Cover image by Fip Art & Media

Medea: Chorus 410-445 Video

Check out this lovely little clip of ‘Medea’ that I was a part of and edited: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUaqb-EXFf0&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1hxgEyfsEROuoCHGdLsugYPSoxXtOXitqixurNXrnQAtxlLi5d6SoNtE0

Proud to announce we won the 2nd place among 40 US entries with an extract (Chorus, 410-445) from Medea for the Out of Chaos competition, which is supported by the Center for Hellenic Studies at the University of Harvard, the Society for Classical Studies, BADA and the Classical Association.

This short film was created in less than 10 days, directed remotely in lockdown and in lack of professional equipment.

Many thanks to all the unseen heroes who supported us all the way through, as well as Tim C Huang, Mikołaj Flis, Natalia Lesińska.

Director/Producer:

Dionysia Bouzioti

Co-creators/Cast

(order of appearance):

Medea Erica Mulkern

Chorus Emily Raven-Baker

Chorus Georgie Gillespie

Glafkie Jenny Skinner

Producer:

Merveille Nsumbu

Video Editor:

Erica Mulkern

Sound, Cover & Technical Support:

Gabriele Bonotto

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First Light

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CdCr6ErANc

First Light

A collaboration between myself, Kenny Ip and Jon Gegelman. This was such a fun shoot at 5am in a derelict car park! I would really appreciate it if you could check it out and whilst you’re there why not subscribe? I am going to be posting more content soon including an exciting update about a partnership between myself and a wonderful charity. Stay tuned to find out more information soon.

Cover image by https://www.revu.photography/

‘The Two Fridas’

I can finally reveal my big news:

I have been aching to tell everyone about the exciting collaboration with Balbir Singh Dance Company and Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance- “The Two Fridas”.

The Two Fridas will be a beautiful dance and theatre performance encompassing the life and times of two of the art world’s most inspiring female figures, Frida Kahlo (Mexico) and Amrita Sher-Gil (Hungary / India). The idea for the piece is the imaginative work of Festival director Olga Maloney.

The project is being made possible with support by Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants Programme.

Frida has always been an inspiration of mine and to be able to portray her is a dream come true ✨

The Bowes Museum kindly hosted our visit to mark the launch of the project, we will premiere ‘The Two Friads’ on 19th September 2020. https://www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk/Whats-On/Events/Event-Detail/ID/23001ARCVCNHNNNCLVMBNCMRGPKGBRCSK

A news photograph featured on page 14 of The Times newspaper with a stunning photo by Owen Humphreys of the Press Association.

We were also published in The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and Dundee)

Watch this space for more information about upcoming shows!

#TheTwoFridas #SoulSisters #UnitedYetApart
https://billinghamfestival.com/tes1/

https://www.balbirsinghdance.co.uk/explore/the-two-fridas/?fbclid=IwAR1emO-5Rsnnyl8SxOKa7nfSNAH1CTuEcBKU7F64zdPHEHbTdk0uHxN-hKs

(featured image in header by Doug Moody)

Homemade Cocoa, Coconut and Peanut Butter Nakd Bars

Dear Reader,

I found this lovely recipe which I have linked below but I have made some minor tweaks as I found it very dry. The original recipe contains mint and no peanut butter, so you are welcome to do a little chop and change between the two recipes!

  • ½ cup dried dates
  • ½ cup almond meal (or almonds)
  • 3 Tbsp sultanas
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1-2 tsp boiling water
  • Peanut butter (small amount)
  • 2 tsp desiccated coconut unsweetened

Method

  1. Combine dry ingredients into a food processor and pulse until a fine consistency and no lumps of dried fruit remain
  2. Add ½ a tsp of boiling water at a time and blitz together
  3. Shape into balls/bars as desired and with each serving add a small amount of peanut butter that acts as a binding agent
  4. Wrap in cling film
  5. Store in an airtight container in the fridge

#missyouinitiative

Miss a favourite place?
Offer meaning and purpose to your next walk with a handmade #missyouinitiative card. A smile is the least we can offer and it always pays back. Spaces are important for human interaction.
1. Make a miss you note. Add date and #missyouinitiative.

2. Take it to the place and take a picture.

3. Post it on social media and hashtag #missyouinitiative

4. Spread ♡ and support to local businesses and communities!

I put my little fox card on the side of my local cafe Coffeevolution in Huddersfield- a great independent business.

UPCOMING OPEN CLASSES AND EVENTS 2021

3 PRE-RECORDED CLASSES WITH LIFETIME ACCESS

You asked and I delivered! 3 pre-recorded classes (2 stretch & 1 body conditioning).

1 stretch focused on splits, oversplits, hip flexibility and box splits. 1 stretch focused on hamstring, Ballet and back flexibility. 1 body conditioning class that is a full body workout with no equipment needed.

You can get all 3 classes with LIFETIME access at £12 (£4 each) or if you want just one class out of the bundle it is £5 for an individual class (still with lifetime access).

50% of the proceeds are going towards South Yorkshire Eating Disorders Association and the other 50% is being put towards match funding/studio hire for my new solo work ‘Suzy Homemaker’.

For further information please text/email 07504633211 ericamulkern1414@gmail.com
https://www.syeda.org.uk/

Ballet and Contemporary Classes at Adele Taylor School of Dance, Huddersfield.


If you would like more information please contact Adele Taylor on 07970051163

Cover image by Simon Walker