Commissions 2022

We have got the commission winners!

Warm thanks from the AltPitch Festival to all artists who submitted their work and to all the audience who rated these works between 1-31 March. 

Three winning shows will receive £2500 each for their next production from the AltPitch Festival. The Curator’s Choice will receive £1300 for their next production.

These commissions will be displayed on our website and promoted by the festival between July and December 2022.

Please see the commissioned artists below.

Main programme

Let's go to the concert!

By Natalia PEGARKOVA-BARENBOIM

Complete Show

On an ordinary Sunday morning, Phillip and Sophie discover an extraordinary place: the Pierre Boulez Saal (In Berlin). Accompanied by their loving grandparents, they embark on an exciting journey of great music, a funny tiger staircase and an impressive concert hall panorama!

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Average Rating: 2.75

Rating Count: 20

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Average Rating: 2.96

Rating Count: 26

The Daughters of Susan Sontag

By CLIFF CRAWFORD

Complete Show

We take up digital cameras, collect our objects and ephemera around us, aim their barrels and shoot ourselves. We curate this munition, and project it into the world using social media. “To photograph people is to violate them, by seeing them as they never see themselves, by having knowledge of them that they can never have; it turns people into objects that can be symbolically possessed.” Susan Sontag, On Photography. Penguin Books 1979

Punched

By THE FETCH THEATRE

Complete Show

Recently unemployed Punch & Judy performer, Punched, descends into a life of drugs, alcohol and abuse, seeking redemption, he finds instead that he is forced into a life of repetitive destructive actions.

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Average Rating: 3.53

Rating Count: 36

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Average Rating: 4.14

Rating Count: 43

Cranks, Cogs and Cams

By ESME FISHER

Complete Show

Cranks, Cogs and Cams: an exploration of Edward Lear’s The Story of the Four Little Children Who Went Round the World was created for #ATownExploresABook2021 in collaboration with composer Frank Moon.

Location Unknown

By NIKKI HAFTER 

Complete Show

Location Unknown is a digital, interactive installation that was conceived in April 2020, when billions of people were (re)negotiating ways to experience collectively, whilst spatially and even temporally distanced by the first lockdowns of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Average Rating: 3.70

Rating Count: 33

Average Rating: 4.34

Rating Count: 56

S.O.E - An Extract

By CLAIR/OBSCUR

R&D

The WW2 Special Operations Executive is tasked with espionage, sabotage and reconnaissance. As a wireless operator, life expectancy is just 6 weeks. “Madeleine” is the codename for one such agent – Noor Inayat Khan. 

The Destined Knot

By FIERI CONSORT

R&D

Together with award-winning artist Eleanor Meredith, Fieri present this animated film following the courtship between two lovers, Amarilli and Mirtillo. This epic tale of lovers tossed by fate and fortune was once famous throughout Europe, inspiring hundreds of composers like Luca Marenzio. 

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Average Rating: 3.68

Rating Count: 25

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Average Rating: 3.95

Rating Count: 41

Weaver of the Wind

By LUCY BRENNAN SHIEL

Complete Show

Densely woven visuals with words from Ulysses – a short film by Lucy Brennan Shiel to celebrate the centenary of Ulysses by James Joyce in 2022. It was inspired by the generosity of Harriet Shaw Weaver who was convinced of the genius of James Joyce and was instrumental in funding his writing and early publications to support him and his family. 

Mother, Sister, Daughter

By MUSICA SECRETA

R&D

Mother, Sister, Daughter celebrates women’s spiritual relationships and the stories they tell, with music honouring the Blessed Virgin Mary and communities of sisters in early modern Europe, and a new work by Joanna Marsh on a poem by Norfolk poet, Esther Morgan.

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Average Rating: 4.00

Rating Count: 39

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Average Rating: 2.78

Rating Count: 18

The Banality of the Image

By CHRIS DALY

R&D

The Banality of the Image; – what you see is what you see. It’s a Möbius World is an ongoing project involving photography and dance. Currently large scale printed or web formatted photographs are available. Future plans aim towards transferring the concepts and themes to a dance performance and short film.