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Marc Rees is one of Wales’s leading exponents of contemporary performance and installation. His innovative interdisciplinary artworks are known for their flamboyant, humorous and often extreme interpretations of history, culture and personal experience. In addition to working with some of Britain’s foremost physical theatre companies (Brith Gof, Earthfall and DV8) and Germany’s premiere choreographers (Angela Guerreiro, Thomas Lehmen and Tanz Compagnie Rubato) his own extensive body of work includes the solo stage works Iddo Ef/Caligula Disco/Gloria Days, the installation/performances The House Project /RevolUn/Shed*light and the BBC film A Very Gladys night.

He has lived and worked in Amsterdam, Montreal and Berlin and has initiated under his company R.I.P.E (Rees International Projects Enterprise) several highly successful artistic alliances with furniture designers, film makers, authors, composers and choreographers across Europe and North America.

Rees' most recent international commissions and site-specific events include:
‘ Adain Avion’:Artist taking the lead project, Cutural Olympiad 2012; ‘For Montain, Sand & Sea’, National Theater Wales , Barmouth 2010; ‘En Residencia’, Teatro de la Laboral, Gijon, Spain, March 2009; 'Cambrian Glass Collection and Cabinet', National History Museum, St Fagans, Cardiff, September 2007; 'Comfort Zone', Recontres Internationales, Paris, December 2006; 'Sx3 duet', SINOPALE, Sinop, Turkey, August 2006; 'Vaseline Machine', VERBO, Galeria Vermehlo, Sao Paulo, May 2006; 'Adagietto Ara Deg', 51st Venice Biennale, 2005 and Shed*light: 'Norman Behaviour', ARCO 05, Madrid, February 2005.

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En Residencia

Montse Penela and Monica Garcia by Warren Orchard






En Residencia

Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura, Gijon, Spain,
Feb 28 – March 8, 2009

En Residencia was conceived and curated by Marc Rees in collaboration with creative partner and dramaturge Benedict Anderson. En Residencia was a series of performative and spatial works created by twenty visual and movement based artists from Wales and Asturias under the artistic direction of Rees.
This site-specific installation was the result of a two-week, on-site laboratory where the participating group of international artists responded to the interior and exterior spaces of a semi derelict area of Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura, Gijon, Spain. The artistic interventions drew their main stimulus from the unique environments and associated memorabilia; the archive material; the abandoned artefacts and the extraordinary history of the location. The mid-south wing of the Laboral complex remained un-renovated and many of the spaces (classrooms, stairwells, offices, antechambers and landings etc.) were strewn with discarded objects and hundreds of pieces of furniture found in various configurations, both ordered and scattered.
These spaces were allocated to the artists by Rees and Anderson to re-imagine and re-animate in order to create En Residencia.

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Participating Artists
Holly Davey, Anthony Shapland, Richard Morgan, Benedict Anderson, Tanja Råman, John Collingswood, Cai Tomos, Simon Whitehead, John Rowley, Montse Penela, Monica Garcia, Pelayo Varela, Nel Amaro, Fiumfoto, Avelino Sala, Melville Mitchell, Marc Rees , Orson San Pedro

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