Michael Tew was born in 1991, a common year. A year that started on a Tuesday and Michael was born on a Monday. During the same year of his birth ‘Operation Desert Storm’ was launched. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics collapses. Mount Pinatubo Erupted and killed up to 800 people on the island of Luzon. In South Africa a new constitution for multicultural society is formed after years of Apartheid. The death of Freddie Mercury and Eric Carr. A cyclone in Bangladesh kills more than 135,000. Fires in the hills of Oakland, California burns thousands of homes and kills 25. Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi is assassinated. Winnie Mandela, the wife of Nelson Mandela, is given a six-year prison sentence for her part in the kidnap of four youths. Seventy tornadoes break out in the central United States, killing 17. Gang Lu a student at the University of Iowa goes on a shooting rampage killing five people on the Iowa campus. The internet reaches around 1 million users. The Silence of the Lambs was released as was Father of the Bride. In the US ‘Black or White’ by Michael Jackson was a favourite in the charts whilst in the UK Diana Ross narrowly missed out on the UK Christmas number 1 with her single ‘When You Tell Me That You Love Me’ due to a re-entry of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. During this year a lot of people cried. 1991 was regarded as the last year of the Cold War. During this year a lot of people celebrated, smiled and laughed. The population in the UK was around 57.42 million, the world’s population was in the realms of 5,408,908.
Michael Tew is a performance maker Leicester born, Bristol based. Michael makes work that derives from everyday living and ideology routed within our culture. Exploring the familiar and the unfamiliar using a minimalistic style with a big kick. He sets tasks of searching for the exciting within the mundane and bringing these conversations to the forefront of his work. Before moving to Bristol Michael graduated from Falmouth University ’13 and worked within the theatre company Small Talk which was presented with the University’s Pre-Incubation Award.