Ghost : Artistic Team

Dance Artist: Lila Naruse


Lila is a mixed Japanese heritage dance artist who deeply values challenge, playfulness and commitment within her approach. She is inspired by movement + connection, and her practice extends to anything and everything she can translate this to; growing from a base of contemporary dance and floor work to partnering and an expanding curiosity for circus arts especially in working with set, fire spinning and acrobatics.

Lila has worked with companies including Ockham’s Razor, We Are Ramped, Southpaw Dance Company, Ella Mesma Company and Fertile Ground. Her artistic focus is within performance and collaboration work/creation.

Filmmaker: Izzy Pye


Izzy Pye is currently working as a freelance filmmaker in Greater Manchester and the North West, with work spanning from live events to the theatre.  Her work often focuses on community engagement and the creative arts, with telling people's stories at the heart of it all.


Royal Television Society 2020 - Winner for Production Design - For the short film "Starting Now"
LA1 Shorts 2017 - Winner - For the short film "Rose"
WorldSkills Moving Image Competition 2016 - Gold​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Composer: Anna Appleby


Anna Appleby (born in Newcastle upon Tyne) is a Manchester-based composer and songwriter. Her contemporary classical and electroacoustic work has been performed all over the world and she continues to compose for orchestras, opera companies, choreographers, new music ensembles, soloists and choirs. She also has a performance alter-ego called Norrisette. Recent premieres include an opera, Drought, for the BBC Philharmonic and an award-winning collaborative youth opera for Glyndebourne, Pay the Piper.


Anna's work has been commissioned by numerous ensembles including Ensemble Klang, The BBC Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, the CBSO, the Piatti Quartet, Riot Ensemble, the Laefer Quartet, The Hermes Experiment, The Sunday Boys, Glyndebourne Youth Opera, and The Royal Northern Sinfonia, working with conductors who champion new music such as Jack Sheen, Helen Harrison, Aaron Holloway-Nahum, Michael Betteridge and Clark Rundell. Soloists who have premiered her work include mezzo-soprano Stephanie Wake-Edwards, saxophonist Amy Green, harpist Eira Lynn Jones, and pianists Jonathan Powell and Clélia Iruzun. 


Anna was rehearsal director and co-producer for her chamber opera-ballet Citizens of Nowhere in 2016/17 and her opera Drought in 2022. Both operas involved close collaboration with singers at RNCM over the course of a year, in which she adapted the work to students' voices while challenging them to learn new techniques. She has collaborated with world-class dance artists such as multi-award-winning choreographer Dane Hurst, with whom she made Citizens of Nowhere. Her experiments in electronic music began at Rambert while creating immersive outdoor installations for the National Theatre River Stage with Carolyn Bolton and the roof of the Southbank Centre with Julie Cunningham and Company.

Singer: Emma Wheeler


Emma Wheeler is a British mezzo-soprano who studied with Susan Roper at the Royal Northern College of Music where she received a First for her Bachelor’s degree in 2017 and Distinction for her Master of music degree in 2019. Her roles include alto 2 Savitri (Northern Opera Group), Erica Vanessa (RNCM opera scene), third lady Die Zauberflöte (Arcadian Opera and cover at Longborough Festival Opera) Marcellina cover Le Nozze di Figaro (LFO), Emma Citizens of Nowehere (Tête-à-tête), Louise La Vie Parisienne, Joe Street Scene (RNCM), Assunta The Saint of Bleecker Street (RNCM opera scene). Her chorus experience includes Gilbert and Sullivan National Company’s The Mikado, The Gondoliers, The Pirates of Penzance and The Yeoman of the Guard, LFO’s La Traviata, Die Zauberflöte and Le Nozze di Figaro, RNCM’s Cosi Fan Tutti, Street Scene, The Merry Widow and L’elisir D’amore and the Opera Studio Melbourne’s Eugene Onegin, The Juniper Tree and Orpheus and the Underworld.


Emma’s concert repertoire includes Elgar Sea Pictures, Handel's Messiah, Mendelssohn Elijah, Haydn’s Paukenmesse and Theresienmesse Requiem and Solemn Vespers. She was a recipient of the Oglesby Trust scholarship at the RNCM for her MMus.

Performer: Norrisette


Norrisette is an art-pop artist based in Manchester, UK. Her songs wrestle with everything from existential crisis to climate change, with comedy, heartbreak and surrealism along the way.

Norrisette's work encompasses composition, classical piano, music production, DJing, performance and visual design. Since her first gig at Deaf Institute in 2021, she has performed sets at Bluedot, Sounds From the Other City, and Manchester International Festival, and has supported artists such as Anna Meredith, Ezekiel, ((( O ))) and Haru Nemuri. Mainly producing her own work, she has also been a featured vocalist with producers all over Europe. One of Norrisette's self-produced tracks, Wild Being, was described by BBC 6 Music's Tom Robinson as an 'electronic noise fest'. Together with Industries, Norrisette set up FLUFF, a regular night for queer electronic music producers at Fuel, Withington. FLUFF has hosted the debut sets of many artists and has been mentioned in the Guardian for its role in the underground music scene in Manchester. Norrisette has recently formed her own band to explore new creative and collaborative landscapes, with Ashley Garrod on bass and Matthew Hill on drums.

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