BRAVE NEW WORLDS (BNWs) is a performance collective based in England and Lithuania. It was founded by Italian Theatre Maker/ Performer Valentina Ceschi, Lithuanian Scenographer Guoda Jaruseviciute, and British Visual Artist/ Scenographer Kate Lane.
BNWs create highly visual performance that sits on the intersection between theatre, dance, fashion and visual-art, pushing at the boundaries in an attempt to challenge conventions. Since the company’s formation in 2013, thanks to ACE and Lithuanian Council for Culture, and support from many organisations such as Barbican Creative Learning, The Point Eastleigh, Ovalhouse, (UK) and Arts Printing House (Lithuania) BNWs have developed and performed work in festivals and venues across the south east, as well as London, Edinburgh, Berlin, and Vilnius and prestigious international showcases such as the Prague Quadrennial for Performance Design and Space (2015), Make:Believe Exhibition at the V&A (2015), the A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum, Moscow (2015), ACT Festival Bilbao (2017) and Scenofest at the World Stage Design Festival in Taipei (2017). BNWs have also collaborated with International Artists and Writers including Choreographer/ Visual Artist Darren Johnston, Writer Thomas Eccleshare and Sound Artist Demetrio Castellucci.
Guoda Jaruševičiūtė is a Vilnius based interdisciplinary artist, scenographer and dressmaker. Her work explores how visual concepts can instigate narratives and actions in diverse environments. Her recent projects include art installationcalled Hirmij at Trys dienos//Trois jours festival in Autarkia (Vilnius) and costume designs for dance performance Deriva Traversa by Dewey Dell that premiered in August 2017 in Bolognia (Italy). Guoda is currently living and working in Vilnius, Lithuania
Kate Lane is an Interdisciplinary Artist & Scenographer. She has worked internationally in experimental film, live performance and as a scenographer. She has an MA in Costume for Performance from London College of Fashion where she won the MA Centenary Award for Costume. And a BA in Visual Arts Sculpture from Camberwell college of Arts. She is the Course Leader of the BA Performance: Design and Practice at Central Saint Martins.
Valentina Ceschi is a Director and Performance Maker. She graduated from Oxford University, Valentina trained for two years at the Jacques Lecoq School and the Laboratory of Movement Research in Paris, graduating in 2008. Since then she has been working in theatre, dance and opera in the UK and Europe. Valentina is co-artistic director of Dancing Brick with Thomas Eccleshare. She is an associate director of Olivier Award-winning opera company OperaUpClose and an associate of National Youth Theatre.