Design projects are underpinned by a philosophy of cross-disciplinary connection in the formation of meaningful things and immersive experiences. As such, Ilsa is involved with arts communities and seeks to apply design thinking to perfomance wherever possible. The examples below detail some of the projects she has been involved with that are influencing future direction towards social action and experiential design.
2018 - GLOBAL GROOVES
Working with directors to facilitate the “Future Leaders” programme to devlop the cross-disciplinary talent of creative performers aged 13-25. Assisting with puppet creation, drumming performance and delivery of the “Active Citizens” programme.
2018 – STEALING SHEEP SUFFRAGETTES
Selected by Manchester charity Brighter Sound to engage in a collaborative project with Stealing Sheep marking the Suffragette centenary. Performing at Liverpool Sound City, Latitude Festival and other events around the UK.
2017 – Present.
BATALA MUNDO GLOBAL BAND
International drumming performances at global gatherings e.g. Extremadura Carnival Spain, Paros Encontro Greece, Notting Hill Carnival, FOTD Mexico City & Acapulco, Xmas Parade Vienna, Summer Parade Crete, Lavage de Madeleine Brazil.
2016 – Present.
BATALA MERSEY SAMBA REGGAE DRUMMING BAND
Small band caixa (snare) drummer. Selected for events of 12 players or more across the UK e.g. Carfest North, Northern Women’s Power Awards. Main band plays regionally at events such as Brazilica Festival, Brouhaha Carnival & Liverpool Tall ships regatta.
2017 – 2018 OTHER COMMUNITY MUSIC RESPONSIBILITIES
Creative lead on collaborative performance between Batala Mersey, Liverpool DoEs and Brouhaha international, producing wearable percussion synchronised illumination structures involving a range of activities and skills for the annual Light Night event.
Also logistics lead in “CIC working group” for Batala. Creating time-lines / schedules, allocating responsibilities and planning the structure for conversion of the bands legal structure to CIC status.
Head of social committee, organising, & evaluation of 24 social events per year.
Key player in merchandise team, assisting merch. design and production. Instagram administrator for Batala Mersey