Ceschi + Lane have been collaborating as Brave New Worlds since 2013.
Their practice sits between performance and visual art, exploring costume as a body based scenography and meaning-maker in time-based works. They are interested in the duality of the everyday and the spectacular and the dramaturgical strength of costume within performance in the expanded field.
Their work has featured at the Prague Quadrennial 2015 and the World Stage Design Festival in Taipei 2017 as well as ACT Festival Bilbao, Make: Believe Exhibition at the V&A and the A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum in Moscow. It has been developed with the support of Arts Council England, Lithuania Council for Culture, Jerwood Arts, Arts Printing House in Vilnius, the Point Eastleigh, the Barbican and Ovalhouse in London and recently, thanks to a Seedbed Commission with 101 Outdoor Arts Centre, Ceschi + Lane have been developing work for outdoor and public spaces.
They are interested in how performance can exist across multiple platforms that can engage audiences in ways that enrich their experience beyond the live event. These 'echos' of the live performance exists as satellite short films or 360VR that capture the spirit or essence of the work. In these they are exploring the intersection of memory between the live and the recorded.
Valentina trained for two years at the Jacques Lecoq School in Paris where she also studied design for performance and the architecture of the body at the Laboratory for the Study of Movement (LEM). She believes costume and design can have a critical and structural role to play in performance. With writer Thomas Eccleshare she runs Dancing Brick an award-winning theatre company making bold accessible work since 2008 and associate artist at Farnham Maltings. Her work has been showcased at prestigious international festivals such as Lugano Festival, ACT Festival Bilbao, BE Festival Birmingham, Caravan Showcase Shanghai and Napoli Teatro Festival. She works regularly in new writing, opera, musical theatre, comedy and cabaret, and is an associate of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. Valentina is a visiting practitioner at Central Saint Martins and Wimbledon College of Arts at the University of the Arts London.
Kate Lane is an Interdisciplinary Artist, Scenographer and academic. She studied Sculpture at Camberwell College of Arts and has an MA in Costume for Performance from London College of Fashion where she won the MA Centenary Award for Costume. She is the Course Leader for the BA Performance: Design & Practice at Central Saint Martins.
Kate’s scenography practice has been shown extensively in the UK including Barbican, Roundhouse, Sadlers Wells, Southbank Centre, V&A, Roundhouse and International at Ravenna Festival; Italy, Musique Cordiale; France, Cork Festival; Ireland, Arts Printing House; Lithuania. Exhibitions include: ‘Costume at the Turn of the Century’ (2015) & ‘Innovative Costume of the 21st Century: The Next Generation’ (2019) both at the A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum, Moscow and as part of ‘Staging Places’ at the V&A (2019).
In 2018 Kate received a Jerwood Performing Arts Micro Bursary to develop a 360 VR film project and has collaborated with the BBC VR hub as Visual Consultant on an interactive VR game ‘Make Noise’ which was selected for the Venice Biennale in 2018.