BERLIN

C.E.T.

CHRIS GYLEE

PERFORMANCE-MAKER & SCENOGRAPHER
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BIOGRAPHY & CREDITS




Chris Gylee (1983, Stockport UK) read Drama & Theatre at Royal Holloway University and completed his post-graduate training in Theatre Design at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2006. He has been based in Berlin since 2014. He has exhibited his scenographic designs at the Society of British Theate Designers national exhibitions Transformation & Revelation (2011) and Make: Believe (2015), including the Prague Quadrennial (2015) as part of the UK entry, and at the V&A in London. Alongside his solo practice Chris also regularly makes performance, installation, film and publications together with R. Aslan and collaborators as ONCE WE WERE ISLANDS. From 2017 to 2020 he co-ran the artist residency programme The Watch, together with Dominique Hurth and Jo Zahn in a former GDR watchtower in Treptow, Berlin. In 2020 The Watch was awarded the Berlin Senat prize for Project Spaces & Initiatives.



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12 Months — A Year / Once We Were Islands, for It’s About Time festival

The Crossing / Once We Were Islands
Moon Letters - publication / with Kate Gallon



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QUEER TONGUES — A Documentary / Once We Were Islands
From A Chapbook (2021) / for Impermanence
Don’t Look At Me, Close Your Eyes / Once We Were Islands
KARELIA — A Queer Forest Fantasy in Two Parts / Once We Were Islands
12 Months — A Year / Once We Were Islands, for It’s About Time festival
Moon Letters - part II / with Kate Gallon



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Dogs of Love: A Guide to Manifesting Queer Histories in the Body / with R. Aslan, published by Circadian Tante Tod and the Fraudulent Delaying of Sadness / Once We Were Islands
caretaking 2020-1990 / The Watch, Berlin Art Week
We Come With Nothing / Once We Were Islands

QUEER TONGUES  / Once We Were Islands
Moon Letters - part I / with Kate Gallon

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not good alone / Hanna Hegenscheidt, Ulrich Huhn
Karma Accelerator / Once We Were Islands
Dogs of Love / Once We Were Islands
Transmissions / The Watch, Cashmere Radio
These Magnificent Bodies / Once We Were Islands

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AIDS Follies (asst. dir.) / Johannes Müller, Philine Rinnert

Dedications / Once We Were Islands
Songs of Love and Rage / Claire Vivianne Sobottke, Silke Bake

Actions for the Worthless Body / Once We Were Islands


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Pink Book (publication) / INTERNATIONAL NOTICE
Karma Accelerator / Once We Were Islands
We Need To Talk About Britain: A Vigil for Brexitland / Once We Were Islands, Rachael Clerke
Banner Making / Once We Were Islands
The Eternal Return / Clément Layes, Public in Private

The Watch (publication) / The Watch


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Five Dancers II / Once We Were Islands
HAUS #99 [last days] or Score Cycle for a Building Facing Demolition / Once We Were Islands
MBody (conceptual design project) / Anna Nowicka, Ola Ososwicz
Watchtower residency / Once We Were Islands, Laura McAtackney 


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Five Dancers I / Once We Were Islands
Make:Believe / SBTD, Prague Quadrenniel, V&A 
Play/Rough (conceptual design project) / Emily Lim
A,B,C,D,E,F. / Once We Were Islands


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The Wardrobe / Emily Lim
The Kilburn Passion / Emily Lim
Death and the Ploughman / Tom Bailey
Minotaur / Toby Hulse
Bread and Butter / Jennifer Bell


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The Rivals / Christopher Scott
Dracula / Amy Leech
Hot Air / Heather Williams
Cheese [a play] / Dan Barnard, Rachael Briscoe
Twin Towns and Sister Cities / with Toria Banks


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Another Fine Mess / Emily Lim
I Could’ve Been Better / Idiot Child
Thin Ice / Jonathan Young
— Signage for refurbished Bristol Old Vic / Tom Morris, Emma Stenning 


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Divine Words / John Wright, Toria Banks
— Fixer / Dan Barnard, Rachael Briscoe
 Little Baby Jesus / Ché Walker


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Henry V / Emily Lim
— Colörs / Dan Barnard, Rachael Briscoe
— Tattoo / Jens Peters
Oliver Twist / Amy Leech
— Bonnie & Clyde / Tid


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A Laughing Matter / Richard Cant
— Then, Voyager / Jon Rowe
— Out of Touch — A Trilogy / Tid
Shooting Rats / Dan Barnard, Rachael Briscoe


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Hamlet / Jonathan Miller
— The Taming of the Shrew / Andrew Hilton
— The Red Man / Tid
Fanshen / Roland Smith


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Othello / Andrew Hilton
— Much Ado About Nothing / Andrew Hilton
— Not Knowing Who We Are / Toria Banks


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