Meet the Eye See Ai Performers and Devisers from Hijinx

Becky King.

Becky is based in Cardiff and is a professional actor with a learning disability. Through Hijinx Becky has experience of singing, dancing, mask work and screen acting. She can travel independently and can read scripts and learn them on her own. She is also interested in singing and is good at it! Becky has previously worked in productions Mission Control and The Curious Muchness of Stuff and Nonsense.

Gareth John.

Gareth is based in Cardiff and is a professional actor with Down’s syndrome. He has toured extensively all over the world in the role of Martin in our hit show, Meet Fred, and has credits in Metamorphosis and our street theatre show, Sleepwalkers. Gareth also enjoys dancing, plays drums and is a member of Glamorgan’s disability cricket team.

Victoria Walters.

Victoria is based in Tenby, West Wales and is a professional actor with Down’s syndrome and hearing difficulties. Through Hijinx Victoria has received professional training in acting, dance, playback theatre and acting for camera. She can read and learn scripts well, and is a skilled and experienced gymnast and dancer. Victoria has previously appeared in Mission Control and Sleepwalkers.

Karol Cysewski.

Creator of funny & physical performance to tickle your brain, Karol studied at The State Ballet School in Poznan, Poland and went on to train at Laban Centre London graduating in 2001. Karol has since worked for several dance companies including Polish Dance Theatre Poland, Carte Blanche Norway, and National Dance Company Wales. Karol is now working as an independent dance artist, choreographer and teacher based in Cardiff. He teaches regularly at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Angharad James.

Angharad James is the owner of a Dance, Fitness & Health studio; FLOW Fitness delivers a plethora of Dance, Aerial and Fitness activities with outreach programmes, as well as a full timetable, under one roof at Studio 17. Angharad is also a local dance artist and dance development coordinator for Arts Care Gofal Celf. Angharad’s career started with a major dance influence and expanded to a fitness and aerial element, bringing fantastic opportunities to the community, including kids, youth and adult community dances, seated dance for all, seated dance for people with learning disabilities, and dance classes for people with disabilities. Angharad’s journey with Hijinx began at the Lyric Theatre when Clare Williams appointed her as the dance tutor, which she was over the moon but super nervous about! She walked into the room and met the West Academy, and it was joyous from Day 1. Angharad has had a wonderful experience with our friends in Vietnam for the Eye See Ai Project.

Sarah Mumford.

Sarah has worked as a freelance movement and physical theatre artist in the arts for over 20 years. She trained in contemporary dance, and her work has been incredibly diverse over the years, from choreography and performance to movement directing, teaching, facilitating, mentoring, and developing her own work. The pandemic has meant Sarah has had the time and space to focus more on her own artistic practice, and she has been exploring and questioning our connection and relationship with the world around us, and how this shapes who we are. She believes everyone has a story to tell, a voice to be heard. Exploring ideas, collaborating, starting a dialogue and ultimately sharing the work, has the power to shift perceptions, breakdown barriers and therefore create change for good. Sarah’s aim is to make work that connects and resonates with people. Sarah started working with Hijinx back in 2018 as a freelance facilitator, and was thrilled last year to have the opportunity to work on Eye See Ai. She says ‘it has been a real pleasure collaborating with Becky on this, and having the freedom to explore ideas, and devise work alongside learning about the technology that makes it all possible. It has been amazing meeting everyone in Hanoi, swapping locations, and working with a new and unfamiliar landscape. I'm really excited to see how this initial collaboration could develop further, and also the possibilities of technology to connect audiences and performers in a different way.’

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