The Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008 presents as a part of City in Transition Programme:


The Builders Association & dbox: Cross media workshop

Celebrating its 11th anniversary, THE BUILDERS ASSOCIATION is a leading New York-based performance and media company that exploits the richness of contemporary technologies to extend the boundaries of theatre. Based on unusual collaborations and extensive periods of development, The Builders Association’s productions feature a seamless blend of text, sound, architecture, video, and stage performances that explore the impact of technology on human presence.

Workshop information:

The workshop will alternate Builders “discussion sessions” with “work time” for the participants. Discussion sessions will revolve around the increasing incorporation of media in performance, its effect on contemporary theatre, and the political and social implications of the ‘mediatization’ of culture. We will also spend time on some practical matters: sustainability/connections/networking/touring, here and abroad and strategies for developing work. The workshop will require participants to actively engage in the contribution to each other’s projects. This engagement will be facilitated by the workshop leaders in consultation with each participant on the development of their project. Workshops participants will present documentation of their own work and discuss their practices within the context of cross Media Theatre.



Weds 26th April - Sat 29th April 2006 from 9am - 5pm

(Friday 28th April 9am - 1pm only)

The workshop will be held at FACT (The Box)

88 Wood Street ,
Liverpool L1 4DQ

Who should apply for the workshop:

Our preference is for Merseyside based artists working in multimedia performance/theatre and in new media. This could include artists who have experience in media arts developing and producing cross media theatre including producers, directors, designers, postgraduate students working on video, computational arts, digital culture, sound and architecture.

How to apply:

Please send us a letter outlining your reasons for wanting to participate in this workshop, giving brief information on creative projects using media you have worked on to date. Please include a supporting CV together with any materials that you feel will support your application.

(But be careful with regards to file sizes anything over 5MG – ring Myriam on 0151-233-5442. to check).

If we require further information, we will contact you directly.

Please email your application if possible to

Or send your application to:
Myriam Tahir
Liverpool City Council
PO Box 2008
Municipal Building ,
Dale Street
Liverpool L2 2DH

Submission deadline : 10th February 2006

Successful applicants will be notified by late February 06.

For more details, visit the Liverpool Culture Company website:

This workshop forms part of the Liverpool Culture Company programme “City in Transition”

The workshop Team :

Marianne Weems is the Artistic Director and the co-founder of The Builders Association, she has directed all of their productions. In addition to publishing and lecturing extensively over the last 17 years, she has worked as a dramaturge and assistant director with Susan Sontag, Richard Foreman, and many others.

James Gibbs (dbox) has directed a wide array of dbox’s projects including contributions to prior work with The Builders Association. He has recently managed an innovative series of installation media works for the Japanese cosmetics company Shiseido, and plays a key role in many dbox photographic projects. James has taught at Cornell University ’s School of Architecture , Art and Planning, and the School of Visual Arts .

Kyle de Camp's solo and ensemble multi-genre works are produced in NYC/Europe. Her multimedia project Urban Renewal or Planned Abandonment is currently in development. She is a founding member of The Builders Association and collaborates with numerous artists in dance, theater and film. She received a Bessie Award for her work with Richard Foreman, John Kelly, Dancenoise and others. She has taught at NYU, Sarah Lawrence, Antioch , Bennington , Movement Research.

Peter Norrman is a video artist and a filmmaker. He has worked with The Builders Association since 1994. He designed the video for Xtravaganza (2001-02), and co-designed the video and toured with Jet Lag (1999-2000). He was a recipient of the NYSCA Media Artist grant in 2000 and was also awarded an artist-in-residence at STEIM in Amsterdam in 1999.