Directed by Zoë Svendsen, METIS is a UK performing arts company creating interdisciplinary performance projects through rigorous research. A fascination with maps, space, technology, travel and history drives our work in a range of media. METIS involves a diverse network of artists, creating richly detailed audience experiences.
Zoë Svendsen is a director and dramaturg, who makes participatory theatre performances exploring contemporary political subjects, including Factory of the Future (Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019), developed through artistic research residencies in the UK and in Oslo, Norway and presented as a video installation on a transformed future; WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE MAY BE (Barbican Centre 2018), a performance installation imagining living under alternative economic conditions for a future beyond climate crisis; World Factory (Young Vic and UK Tour; shortlisted for the Berlin Theatertreffen Stükemarkt 2016), exploring consumer capitalism through the lens of the global textile industry; 3rd Ring Out (TippingPoint Commission Award; UK Tour), an emergency-planning-style ‘rehearsal’ for climate crisis.
Zoë also works as dramaturg to collaborate on the theatrical rethinking of classic texts for productions at the Young Vic, the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
She is currently writing Theatre & Dramaturgy, to be published by Palgrave Macmillan.
Zoë is a lecturer in Drama and Performance at the University of Cambridge, undertaking practice-led research, and her work has been developed in several artistic residencies, including at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, David Attenborough Building, Cambridge.