Commission Description

A multi-form art project is kicking off in Heath Park Estate this spring!

From April to September, artists Isa and Marcelo will be working with residents through workshops and drop-in days around Heath Park Community Centre. Marcelo works in circus, street performance, and theatre, and Isa works in live music, film soundtracks, and sound installations. Together they will organise trips to visit art events, explore the local area, create new stories, events, performances, and art interventions. Some residents have said they want to have events happen outdoors in the green space, and they also want to get to know each other. If you live in or around Heath park, bring Isa and Marcelo your ideas, such as film screenings, street theatre or magic shows, speed dating events or picnics.  How the work will develop and what it may develop into will be up to the participants who join Isa and Marcelo.

Their shared commitment is to produce something of a high calibre that everyone can be proud of, and will inspire others. The work that they create is only the beginning in the potential for the area to be it's own creative hub, a kick-starter to a potential future of creativity and engagement.

Isa and Marcelo have managed to secure the use of an empty shop, which they'll be using as the base for their workshops, including parkour, songwriting and poetry, and drumming. Find them at 39 Stansgate Road, Dagenham, RM10 7LU. 

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Or check out their Heath Park Art Spark tumblr: 

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R.M. Sánchez-Camus

R. Marcelo is an artist who creates and directs live events, site-specific installations, contemporary circus, immersive theatre and performance. His work explores place making, social engagement, the politics of participation and psychogeography.  Marcelo’s commitment to social engagement and site-specific work has led him to direct a circus show in Colombia about local culture and stories, an immersive theatre production in London’s Hoxton Music Hall about Pacific Ocean rubbish gyre, a street festival in Ghana about HIV/Aids prevention and a multi-location performance in Beirut about memory in post-civil war society.

Marcelo’s work has been shown internationally including: Topografie Invisibili, ALTO fest, Italy 2013; El Ensueño del Dorado, Circolombia, Colombia 2012; Emet, Espace D’art Contemporaine, Paris, 2011; Taking Root: Taking Part, Camden Arts Centre, London, 2011; Triangulated City, Zoukak, Lebanon 2009.  Recent publications include Applied Live Art: Socially Engaged & Site-Responsive Performance, 2012 and End of Life Care: A Guide for Therapists, Artists and Arts Therapists, 2013.

He is currently designing an art app that will produce a site-specific art work in London, launching in 2016. Marcelo holds a Doctorate in Performing Arts (Brunel University, London), an Masters degree in Scenography (Central Saint Martins, London), and a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts (School of Visual Arts, New York).

Isa Suarez

Isa Suarez trained as a classical musician, she is a composer, songwriter and singer from the Basque region. Her compositions and songs are eclectic and have been broadcast, performed and released worldwide (ResonanceFM, BBC World, Radio France, Radio Ser, BBC, Channel 4, South African Television, France3. She composes scores for feature films, TV documentaries and public art projects both in the UK and internationally.

She has exhibited at Tate Britain, Barbican Arts Centre, Whitechapel Art Gallery, South London Gallery, Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art and Cape Town Art Biennale. She has collaborated and performed with musicians from the English National Opera, the BBC Concert Orchestra, Jazz Renegades, Transglobal Underground, Inner Vision Ensemble, Revolutionary Dub Warriors, Test Department and The Khoi Khonnexion.

Inspired by her interest in human rights and community engagement, Suarez has created several sound installations and public art works that explore these subjects through performance, sound art, music and lyrics. These projects have also led her to collaborate with other communities and artists including Amnesty International, Platform, Liberate Tate, CoolTan Arts, The Big Chill, Glastonbury and Liberty festivals, Teatro Vivo, the New Teenagers Gospel Choir, Greatmore Studios and Etoy.