— Freddie Matthews (@freddmatthews) February 22, 2020
NMT Automatics updates classical texts giving them relevance to a modern audience, fusing dance and drama and taking music as a primary source of inspiration.
We create work that is artistically dynamic and benefits the communities within which we work.
We are very grateful to be supported by Greenwich Theatre and Redbridge Drama Centre as well as Arts Council England and The Classical Association.
NMT Automatics was formed by Jonathan D’Young, and David Hermann after they graduated from Middlesex University’s BA Performing Arts Drama course in 2003. The company devolved for a while to concentrate on individual projects, but was brought back with renewed vigour in the Autumn of 2013 and has since been joined by East 15 and Lecoq graduate, Jennie (Genevieve) Dunne.
From a young age Jonathan had a love of rhythm and music. In particular he was drawn to the songs, and effortless and precise dance skills of Michael Jackson. This developed into a passion for theatre and whilst exploring ‘Greek Chorus’ in a youth theatre production of Oedipus he realised that the body was key to the communication and relationship between actor, audience and space. His interest in movement deepened at Middlesex University, where he studied mask, bouffon, devising, chorus, improvisation and clown under the tutelage of John Wright. Following this, he worked with numerous companies and directors as an actor, and developed performance skills in puppetry and stage combat. Jonathan also has a musical background as a drummer and percussionist and was the front man of the theatrical post-punk grunge band Myernark, which he formed and created music for.
He later combined all of this experience into developing the theatre company, NMT Automatics. As Artistic Director he has produced, written, composed and created narrative based work that has explored free movement, choreography, multi-media, object manipulation, expressionism, naturalism, epic, poor and total theatre.
In order to gain a greater understanding of movement, the body, and his practise, he completed an MA in Movement: Directing and Teaching at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2019, and now has an approach influenced by experiential anatomy, Emile Jaques-Dalcroze’s Eurythmics, Lecoq’s sense of play and cognitive science; with a particular interest in the role of stillness, rhythm and metaphor in creating embodied action (Movement profile).
Under the stage name, Noah Young, he has performed at places including The Barbican, London o2, The Trycicle, and Riverside Studios, and performed with companies such as Les Enfants Terrible, Theatre Lab and DogOrange. He has collaborated with artists and musicians such as Rion Willard, Adam Waldmann, Michiko Nitta and Michael Burton.
Jennie (Genevieve) Dunne is an actress who studied languages at Cambridge University. She then trained at Jacques Lecoq Theatre School and East 15 Acting School.
Jennie’s Lecoq training inspired NMTA’s use of object manipulation in The Orpheus Project and her acrobatic-dance background enabled a development of adagio-style movement in Dido. Credits as choreographer include: The Cambridge Fool’s When In Rome; Where’s Your Mama Gone (Hen and Chickens); The Matchgirls (RDC); The Abominable Snowman (Moon on a Stick Productions). Praise includes: ‘outstanding choreography’ (WhatsOnStage).
Jennie has most recently played the role of Annie in 1927’s worldwide hit show Golem (‘groundbreaking with strokes of genius,’ Daily Telegraph) & was choreographer, actress & workshop facilitator for the Pandora’s Box tour.
David Hermann is a writer, musician and MA in Comparative Literature at UCL (http://hermannist.com). His work has appeared in Litro, The Junket, and Scarf among others. He lives in Berlin and California where he has composed for TV in Germany and Switzerland as well as collaborating extensively with Dog Eared Films (London).
Rion Willard is an architect, designer, artist and musician. He runs The Thinking Hand Studio (TTHS) and has recently set up The Business of Architecture Podcast. Rion has exhibited internationally & featured in various publications.
A previous collaboration with artistic director Jonathan saw the creation of an interactive architectural installation, which investigated human communication, within a rhythmical performance piece, parts of which were featured in the Pask Present Exhibition, Vienna. He has also toured and performed extensively as a musician with the highly acclaimed theatrical ‘Post-punk Pop-rock’ group Myernark.
Rion created the artwork & set for Dido as well as set consulting on Pandora’s Box and graphic design.
Superb news that our collaboration with The Centre for the Public Understanding of Greek and Roman, based at St Andrews, has got confirmation, meaning we shall be returning to Scotland, in March, to continue developing our new show inspired by the Iliad!
Before that we will be performing an extract of the work at the British Museum, on the 22nd of February, as part of a ‘Creative responses to Troy’ event to go along with their main Troy exhibition.
We’ve also got out our fundraiser quiz, on March 1st, with some fantastic raffle prizes lined up!