Experiential are a physical theatre & film company renowned for creating powerful and entertaining audience experiences.
Since its beginnings in 2014, the company has encouraged audiences to swap their traditional roles as observers for the freedom to wander, encounter and react to the production in their own ways. Their works excite and inspire audiences with relevant subject matters, adventurous settings and creation of an intriguing sensory theatrical world.
The company’s productions are sited outside the boundaries of theatres and auditoriums- in festivals, derelict/hidden landscapes and community spaces, often involving spectacularly intimate and multi art-form creations
Experiential works with an eclectic mix of artists, dancers, cinematographers, composers, actors, designers, architects, digital programmers and through collaboration seeks to showcase each individual’s talent and vision.
Experiential are dedicated to ‘firing’ the imagination of people of all ages, nationalities and locations by touring the UK, to deliver empowering and creative workshops in movement music and film.
Thanks for the support of partner organisations and individuals including Arts Council England, Sarah Shead & Rosie Watt- Spin Arts, Judy Lipsey – Premiere, Brian Brady– Trinity Laban, Lesley Samms - Pure Arts, Chris Grady - Chris Grady.org, Alderson Law, Chilean Anglo Society, Moving Together, Northern Heartlands, Richard Barber- South Tyneside Council & Blue Elephant Theatre.
The thrilling new dance/theatre work inspired by the world-famous collapse of the San Jose mine in Chile in 2010 which trapped 33 miners deep underground for 69 terrifying days. Incredibly, they all survived.
Northern born, Rachel Johnson is the Artistic Director and founder of Experiential. Immediately following her formal training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance she received her first commission from Dance Springs and through that Experiential was born. It’s her mission to provide audiences with an experience:
“I want to give audiences an active role in Experiential’s productions, with freedom to wander, become part of the story and experience the performance physically and emotionally rather than just visually."
Through her choreography for Experiential and independently, Rachel has quickly developed a following from those who are excited in being at the heart of the action.
"Amazing, I felt like a true participant. It was deeply moving- engendering hope- beautiful to watch and be a part of."
Rachel is a choreographer, moving image artist, dance-film workshop leader and Spin Art’s collaborative artist. Her work spans installations, theatre performances, film screenings and site-specific work which has been presented at a network of theatres and sites across the UK, including Saatchi Gallery, National Gallery, The Crypt Gallery, Old Low Lights, Brighton Festival, Colchester Arts Centre, The Pegasus, Rich Mix, Regent Street Summer Festival, Laban Centre, and more. To find new and exciting possibilities for her work Rachel collaborates with a dynamic range of artists- dancers, designers, sound technicians, composers, visual artists and digital programmers.
"I consider working with these amazing artists and learning from them to be one of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of my profession."