Experiential collaborates with a range of artists to deliver life-enhancing 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. Experiential’s works excite and entertain audiences with relevant subject matters, adventurous settings and creation of an intriguing sensory theatrical world.
Working with an eclectic mix of artists – dancers, cinematographers, composers, actors, designers, architects, and visual artists- we seek to showcase each individual’s talent and vision through collaboration.
The company is passionate about inspiring the next generation of artists. Outreach workshops offer young people a unique opportunity to experiment with technology, creativity and share in the company’s production processes.
Experiential is grateful 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, Phundee, 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 founder and Artistic Director of Experiential. It’s her mission to provide audiences with an experience:
"In its simplest form I understand dance to be movement, but I question why dance viewing is traditionally passive. I want to give audiences an active role in Experiential’s productions, to give them the freedom to wander, share in 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 and film 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 the National 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."