Marisa Zanotti: writer and director 


Marisa Zanotti is an award winning filmmaker and researcher. Her practice is informed by her background in performance, choreography, theatre and installation practice.  Over 25 years she has consistently explored new technologies and the body, initially in relation to their role in live work in many commissions including work for Tramway, CCA and Arnolfini. She is fascinated by relationships between bodies and evolving technologies, analogue and digital that are then mediated through a choreographic lens (1987- present day). Her work investigates the cultural significance of the body including exploring how dance might interface with popular culture, for example in her collaboration with Lea Anderson in The Pan’s People Papers. She is a specialist in adapting and directing dance for the screen. In 2012 she developed the UK's first choreographic Web App for phones and tablets with ACE funding. Marisa’s film work is regularly screened in festivals, her documentary Edits Film was recently shown at the Curious? Festival at BALTIC in Newcastle. Marisa was an artist-in-residence at The International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago in October 2016 She is based in the dance department at University of Chichester where she is a reader in Choreography and Digital Technologies . Her practice-led doctoral research argued for screen adaptation as away of revealing unique thinking by choreographers.


Matthew Whiteside: composer

Matthew Whiteside is a composer and concert producer based in Glasgow winner of ‘One to Watch’ in the Herald’s Culture Awards 2017. He writes music for concert, film and collaborative installations while often-using live electronics within his work. In February 2018 Whiteside’s fourth string quartet Entangled, commissioned by the Institute of Physics, will be premièred at the NI Science Festival by the Aurea Quartet with a film by Marisa Zanotti. Little Black Lies, his new short opera with a libretto by Helene Grøn, commissioned by Scottish Opera Connect, will be premiered in April. As Spin Network Whiteside is currently working with filmmaker/chorographer Marisa Zanotti developing a new 360 AV installation with Magnetic North. His music has received international performances including by the RTÉ NSO in Dublin’s National Concert Hall, Red Note in Glasgow City Halls and Diagenesis Duo at Salem Artworks in New York. He has received commissions from Cottiers Chamber Project, Lorimer Productions for Cappella Nova, sound festival and R-Space gallery. He composed the music for Michael Palin’s Quest for Artemisia, broadcast on BBC 4 during Christmas 2015, and has scored two feature films (Anna Unbound and The Loudest Sound) and a documentary The End of The Game.  He runs The Night With… series putting interesting music into informal venues and in 2017 attended the Atelier for Young Festival and Cultural Managers run by the European Festival Association in Shanghai.



Nicholas Bone: dramaturg 


Nicholas Bone is Artistic Director of Magnetic North and has directed all its work, including Our Fathers (co-writer and performer with Rob Drummond), A Walk at the Edge of the World (co-creator with Sans façon & Ian Cameron), Sex & God (Linda McLean), Pass the Spoon (co-creator with David Fennessy & David Shrigley) and Walden (Bone/Thoreau). Other recent directing includes: London Road (Alecky Blythe & Adam Cork), Bristol Old Vic; Osama the Hero (Dennis Kelly), NIDA Sydney; Kora (Tom McGrath), Dundee Rep; Some Other Stars (Clare Duffy), Oran Mor/Traverse; Denton & Me, Sam Rowe/Show Room.He is a member of performance collective In The Making and appeared in Mushroom and Swings and Roundabouts.


Victoria Liddelle: actor

Victoria has worked extensively in theatre, radio and TV. Theatre credits include Pandas (Traverse), The Last Witch (Citizens), Kyoto (Oran Mor), San Diego (Tron), Cassanova (Tron) and Passing Places (Greenwich). She has recently been filming Outlaw King for Netflix and indie film, Far From The Apple Tree. Other credits include, The Loch (ITV), Scot Squad (BBC Scotland), River City (BBC Scotland), Bob Servant (BBC4), The Crash (BBC3), Case Histories and Garrow’s Law (BBC). As a writer, Victoria is one half of Liddelle & Quigley writing duo who write for theatre and TV - credits include Gordon Brown, a life in Theatre (Traverse),  Ray City Rollers (BBC Radio Scotland), Karen Dunbar (BBC Scotland). She is also a professional voice over artist with her own home studio.  


Milton Lopes: actor

Milton Lopes was born in Cape Verde Islands growing up in and Portugal working as an actor in TV  Theatre and Film winning  Best Actor Award with his first participation in a feature film, The Dauphin. He speaks four languages. His first job in the UK was San Diego directed by Marisa Zanotti and David Greig. He is also an aerialist performing in the Paralympic Opening Ceremonies and working regularly with Graeae Theatre Company.  He was part of the cast of Titus Andronicus by The Theory of Everything. Other credits include the feature film Bonobo, Brave New World for Radio 4,Calling Tree directed by Rosemary Lee and Simon Whitehead and the  smash hit Portuguese telenovela A Unica Mulher. In 2017 he played  Ariel in The Tempest and worked as an actor on the R and D  of Peter Brook's and Marie- Helene Estienne's The Prisoner. He is developing is own show Elephant which involves aerial circus, live music and theatre with deaf & disabled performers.  

Joanna Nicholson: clarinettist 


Trained at the Junior Department of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and London's Royal College of Music, Joanna Nicholson is a freelance clarinettist working in a wide variety of orchestral and small ensemble music.  She also writes and performs musical stories for children and families for her company Sonsie Music, and is currently empathising with the Scottish sporting hopefuls of the 2018 European Games in Glasgow through rigorous training for an athletic one soprano one clarinettist popup opera to be performed in a wetsuit and suspenders. 


Tom Hunter: percussionist


Tom  plays timpani and percussion regularly for orchestras and ensembles in Scotland including Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Red Note Ensemble. Tom is a former member of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Norway and has played Guest Principal Percussion with Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and performed as Guest Principal Timpanist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Contemporary music features highly in Tom’s career. He plays with the Red Note Ensemble in concert halls, barns, basements and theatres across the UK and features on Red Note Ensemble recordings with the Delphian label. Tom teaches Timpani and Percussion at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh. 



Ian Ballantyne: video editor


Ian Ballantyne is an editor with over 30 years of experience in online and offline editing for broadcast film and television. He has worked collaboratively with Marisa Zanotti on several Digital Dance works including Passing Strange and Wonderful, The Pan's People Papers and Edits Film. 



Dr Shiela Gilheany 

Sheila Gilheany is currently with the Institute of Physics in Ireland.  She graduated in Physics from Queen’s University Belfast followed by a PhD in Astrophysics.  She was the first female lecturer in Astronomy at the Armagh Planetarium and then moved to Dublin City University to take up the position of Director of the newly formed Irish Centre for Talented Youth – an organisation working with exceptionally able young people.  After 11 years she moved to the Institute of Physics as Policy Officer and has a particular interest in science education matters.

Magnetic North


Magnetic North’s mission is to create - through a programme of creative research & development, artist support and production - a distinctive body of cross-artform performance work that is stylish, individual and articulate.  The company enables and facilitates creative development for artists from a range of artforms living and working in Scotland.  It produces a diverse range of live performances at different scales, and aims to make its work as widely available to audiences as possible. 


We have run 8 Rough Mix creative development residencies - bringing artists from different artforms together to discuss, experiment, refresh their practice, share skills and create work,  7 Space/Time creative retreats for experienced artists, and 1 for older emerging artists.  With funding from the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, we are currently running an Artist’s Attachment programme which supports an artist over 18 months to make a significant change in their practice.  The first artist in residence is Hanna Tuulikki.


The company has worked with artists from theatre, dance, visual arts, music and film, including playwrights Tom McGrath, Rob Drummond and Linda McLean, visual artists David Shrigley and Hanna Tuulikki, composers David Fennessy and Kim Moore, choreographer-filmmaker  Marisa Zanotti and choreographer Christine Devaney and film-makers Catriona Macinnes and Ian Waugh.


Since our foundation in 1999, we have created 14 productions, mounted 11 tours, commissioned 11 new plays, a screenplay, an opera and an interactive website.  Through the ReMix strand of our creative development programme, we are currently developing Lost in Music, a collaboration with composer Kim Moore, in partnership with Platform, North Edinburgh Arts and Imaginate; and Attachment by Lynda Radley.

Marisa Zanotti: writer and director 

Matthew Whiteside: composer 

Nicholas Bone: dramaturg 

Victoria  Liddelle: actor 

Milton Lopes: actor  

Tom Hunter: musician 

Joanna Nicolson: musician  

Duncan Reid: sound recordist

Brian Hutchison: technical manager, lighting design and camera assistant for 360° shoot

Katie Reed: runner and performer

Ian Ballantyne: editor 

Dr Sheila Gilheany

Verity Leigh: producer Magnetic North


Thanks: Philip Robertson, Summerhall, Kyla Lucking, Arteus, NTS, GTAC, Institute of Physics In Ireland, University of Chichester Research and Engagement Office & University of Chichester Dance Department  

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