I am an independent dance practitioner based in the North East of England and have been choreographing, researching, teaching, improvising and performing throughout the UK since 1993. I was shortlisted for the Jerwood Choreography Award in 1999.
I am a solo artist standing at a crossroads where movement, visual art, live performance, improvisation, personal documentary and installation overlap.
Much of the work that I have made has been created and performed outside of normal theatre spaces. This includes a deserted Bassett’s sweet factory, a canal tow path, the beach, a tiny cinema, a deserted cottage, an attic in West Wales, following the route of a river from source to mouth as well as gallery based performances. Nature, land and belonging are important.
The work I make is subtle, detailed and minimalist. I am interested in ideas that are intensely personal in nature, to do with memory; places, people, objects or events that are important to me. I am fascinated by the body’s relationship to and integration within its surrounding environment. Also, in examining what the body does rather than what the body can be made to do in and through space. In my work everything is stripped down to its bare essentials. Personal belongings and objects of nature such as pine cones or teapots are handled as artefacts that resonate with memory.
I graduated from Roehampton University with a BA (Hons) in Dance and English before going on to do a One Year Certificate at London School of Contemporary Dance in 1993 with the help of a bursary from Dance Umbrella. I have an MA in Collaborative Arts (Dance), studying with Rosemary Butcher at Surrey University and University of Chichester.
I have taken part in projects with Gill Clarke, Sue MacLennan, Fiona Millward, Paula Turner, Tino Sehgal and Simon Whitehead.
My early work was performed in London at The Place, Jackson’s Lane, Lilian Baylis Studio, Union Chapel and Chisenhale Dance Space and Newcastle upon Tyne at Northern Stage and Gulbenkian Studio.
As well as guest lecturing in universities, I also work as a specialist movement practitioner, helping to run creative workshops in hospices and hospitals. I have worked with Rosetta Life at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham and Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull.
I have worked with Creative Partnerships in the North East of England and was one of the creative practitioners who participated in the PAL/ Ignition* STEM Fluency Labs in the East Midlands which brought together teachers, scientists and creative practitioners.
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