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Gareth Chambers


Work in Progress

POPPERFACE (aka Gareth Chambers) transgresses traditional choreographic making methodologies to create performances based heavily in working class experience, queer masculinity, and libertarianism.

In 2021 he was the Associate Director for Welsh National Opera and a Jerwood Fellow. His work has been presented in Tel Aviv, Berlin, Melbourne, and Vienna. He is currently mentored by Scottish Opera director Sir David McVicar.

Artist website: Gareth Chambers

Read an interview with Gareth about his previous show, THE REVENGE OF POPPERFACE inĀ Dance Art Journal.

As part of our 2023 programme, Horizon supported Gareth to develop The Cult of POPPERFACE via a 2-week residency in Birmingham, supported by FABRIC & Fierce.


About the show

In The Cult of POPPERFACE, the shadow-self or alter ego of artist Gareth Chambers invites audiences to bear witness to the real-time crafting of masculine mythologies through dance, mixed martial arts, and boxing practices.

Creative director: Gareth Chambers aka POPPERFACE
Performing Collaborators: Richard Pye and Joseph Grey Adams
Styling: Warren Leech
Sound Artist: Cathedral Hygiene

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Residency video