Direction/Concept Dan Barnard & Rachel Briscoe
Design Cécile Trémolières
Lighting Design Josh Pharo
Composer Richard Hammarton
Producer Jo Mackie
Developed by Barra Collins, Clare Dunn, Shireen Mula, Ed Richards, Delme Thomas.
fanSHEN exists to transform the world into something to be experienced, rather than something which is consumed. Our work rehearses different ways of being; we aspire to be a microcosm of the world we want to create.
We’re fascinated by the relationship we have with our environment; an ecological environment but also a social and political one. We want to create more moments of beauty, joy and meaning, and challenge the idea that life is frightening. We’re interested in making art part of what it means to be a citizen rather than an activity paid for by certain people, taking place in certain buildings.
fanSHEN works with an eclectic mashup of influences; Aristotle sits alongside Naomi Klein sits alongside the Countdown theme tune in our work. We want both anarchic chaos and intellectual rigour. We celebrate complexity and work on the principle that people are smarter and more generous than they are often given credit for. We want to exist in dialogue with the communities where we make work; to take and invite an approach of curiosity; and to laugh, because why not.