Associate Artists

REBOOT by AΦE, Photo by Pippa Samaya.

iCCi Associate Artists

In Sept 2021, iCCi and Gulbenkian Arts Centre introduce our Associate Artist Programme, a multi-year programme bringing extraordinary artists onto campus, working with staff, students and our audiences in a range of exciting and innovative projects.  

Aoi & Esteban

AΦE (AE) is a Medway/Kent (UK) based dance company founded by Aoi Nakamura (Japanese) and Esteban Lecoq (French). 

Their uniqueness lies in the use of technology to completely reinvent audience participation. 

They were the UK’s first dance company to tour internationally with VR and AR productions.

Aoi & Esteban's production studios are now based on the University's Medway campus.

Photo Credits: Paul Plews; Pippa Samaya   

Conrad Murray

Conrad Murray is a theatre-maker, writer, director, rapper, beatboxer, live looper and singer. 

He is Artistic Director of Battersea Arts Centre’s Beatbox Academy who are currently touring with their award-winning Frankenstein: How To Make a Monster. 

Their progamme includes a series of Beatbox workshops for local schools and University students.  

Jasmin Vardimon Company

Jasmin Vardimon Company, based in Ashford, Kent, was founded in London in 1998 and rapidly rose to become a significant element within the British dance theatre scene. The company is dedicated to the choreography of Artistic Director, Jasmin Vardimon – Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells since 2006.

iCCi's Gulbenkian Arts Centre is a commissioning partner on Jasmin Vardimon’s new work Alice. 

We have helped the company access expertise and funding for the development of the VR version of Alice, and the full, live version of the production will premiere at bOing! Festival 28&29 Aug 2022. 

John Woolrich

John Woolrich’s music has been performed throughout the world by leading orchestras and performers including BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields; he is also a former Artistic Director of the Dartington International Summer School and guest Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival.


Working with John is an opportunity to bring one of the major figures on the British compositional landscape onto campus, to work with musicians in the University community, and we are celebrating John Woolrich as Associate Artist with a number of events on and off campus, including a concert by Brodsky Quartet and an In Conversation event.


The Foreign Office

The Foreign Office are John Browne, Ramin Gray and Sacha Milavic. With the support of iCCi and Gulbenkian Arts Centre, they are working with playwright David Greig over the next 4 years to recreate Aeschylus’ lost sequence of plays, DANAIDS.


Using fragments, musicological research, expert academic support and informed guesswork around original practices, this is an ambitious attempt to bring to a contemporary audience plays not seen since 463BC.

Images: Suppliant Women performed at the Gulbenkian Arts Centre 2022.

Credit: @mistereb

Richard Layzell

Richard is an award-winning sculptor, "happenings artist" and lecturer who exhibits and performs worldwide. 

His expertise includes performance art, photography, sculpture, film-making, design, drawing and creative writing.  

This autumn, Richard, together with maverick ecologist Kino Paxton, will be unearthing the deep ecology found at the University campus fringes and Canterbury town wall.

Each day will feature live stream posts on social media, sharing discoveries, interactions and surprises from the local landscape.

Follow them on Instagram