Interview with George Miaris, Dee Dixon & Beija Flo // The Way I See It
What is your background?
G: I come from a background of mainly acting and theatre but got into spoken word properly during university where I worked with BBC and Contact theatre MCR. Since then I've performed with the Everyman and also put my own nights on in Manchester, collaborating with musicians and film makers in the process. I've also dabbled in radio, co-hosting an improv comedy show.
D: I’m an audio and visual artist living in Manchester. I was first drawn to the medium whilst I studyed drama and from attending the club life around me, particularly Hoya:Hoya with Emmanuel Biard as their VJ and visual artist. Following that I started following the group Test Card which was a monthly event in which different visual artists from all over would come and showcase work, projects or deliver talks on software and/or hardware. These events inspired me to find my own identity as an artist and to always explore new avenues in technology and performance. As an artist I primarily explore liveness and improvisation in my performances, with minimalistic repeating samples and images. Thematically my visuals range from the macro and micro of urban life, nature, and biology.
B: I'm a musician but I'm also an artist and spokes person for serious sexual health issues for women. I work with children when I can because I really like them (although I couldn't eat a whole one).
Have you collaborated before?
D: I have collaborated on two projects prior to this one; Cloud Avenue in which I designed a set of visuals for the show and then also a testimonial piece for an event called In(sane) in Manchester. The collaboration of these events were exciting as they allow me to direct my ideas to a form and narrative predetermined, which I never had done prior.
B: I love collaboration and I've worked with a number of musicians, dancers, actors, producers and videographers - in fact I've nearly worked with everyone that there was. I can even do acting. I recently starred in local band Evolvr's music video, playing a deaf woman.
G: I have not collaborated with Beija before but have been loving her work since I met her around a year ago headlining a night in Liverpool . Dee and I have acted together in University of Manchester productions of Animal Farm and History Boys.
How did you get involved in the process?
B: George wanted to be my Siamese twin but we realised this would be inconvenient, so we decided I'd just be a part of the show. We found each other a while ago and have been waiting ever since for the right project to work together. Discovering and working with Dee has been a nice big cherry on the icing on the cake.
G: I got involved in the process after being involved in the first two Fuse events at the Everyman. One of which I collaborated with a filmmaker, the other with a dancer.
D: I’ve known George for years now and he mentioned a few months back about doing something and would like to have visuals and music similar to a piece I did a year ago (.Exe/a/v). From there he sent me videos of scenes and we just stayed in contact whilst he was on his travels. When he got back it’s been nonstop development, which has been great.
What are you most excited about?
D: I’m excited for the writing and the collaboration of us as a trio to be showcased. I have never worked with vocalists before but having now worked with both Beija and George with their beautiful voices - I’m just excited to perform alongside them both.
G: Im most excited about having the platform to perform with friends that I know are incredibly talented. That is exciting. Everything else is rather terrifying.
B: I'm always excited that Christmas is on it's way - but I can't wait for audiences to experience the show and to share an aspect of me that Liverpool hasn't seen yet.