I have worked throughout the UK and abroad since 1985 as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer and value immensely the alchemy of collaboration that underpins these various roles.
Since 2018 I have enjoyed working as a performer for Acting your Age, a collaborative work by Galit Liss and Yael Flexer, Israel and UK; Out of all the places where we could be/In the folds of our being by Petra Söör; and Extraordinary Objects, a film and project with young homeless people for The Dance Movement at Farnham Maltings by Rachel Deadman. Since 2017 I have been part of the collective LifeLongDancePractice: 45+, a European Project between Latvian, Norwegian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Finnish, Swedish and UK dance artists over the age of 45.
Between 2014 and 2019 I researched and performed as part of Without Measure, a project initiated by Alex Howard exploring dance and its relationship to wetland environments. The ongoing research offered opportunities throughout the year to meet and continue exploring with a wonderful group of artists.
My choreographic work has received a range of awards and commissions, and I have also enjoyed working as a dramaturg, mentor, and choreographic advisor.
I have had the pleasure of performing for a diverse mix of choreographers, such as: Gill Clarke, Alex Howard, Rosemary Lee, Victoria Marks, Fin Walker, Pete Purdy, David Dorfman, Charlie Morrissey, Erica Stanton, Yael Flexer, and Stephen Koplowitz.
One of my most influential experiences as a performer was working with Judson Church pioneer Deborah Hay, first in 2004 as part of the annual Solo Commissioning Project and later in her first UK quartet Grope, Find It, and Pull It Out, which premiered at The Laban Theatre in January 2008. Her approach to performance and choreography continues to be deeply inspiring and influential.
I was privileged to work with Gill Clarke as Co-Director of Independent Dance (ID) from 1996-2011. This is an artist-led organisation that provides a year round responsive framework to support, sustain and stimulate dance artists in their ongoing development as professionals, based at Siobhan Davies Studios. Gill Clarke and I were awarded a joint National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) fellowship in 2001 for Outstanding Contribution to Dance for our work with ID. Having devoted a large degree of my career within dance to the organisation, I left ID in the highly capable and inspiring hands of Kirsty Alexander and Gitta Wigro in 2015 to focus on my work as a Rolfing Structural Integrator and return to freelance work as a dance artist.
Since 2011 I have enjoyed working in a variety of roles, such as performer for the Barbican Art Gallery exhibition Pioneers of the Downtown Scene New York 1970s, Gill Clarke’s commissioned work A dance of ownership, a song in hand for Siobhan Davies Dance at the Bargehouse, Without Measure by Alex Howard; within several projects with Rosemary Lee I have been Rehearsal Director for Dance Umbrellas commission Square Dances, Choreographer’s Assistant on Under the Vaulted Sky as part of Milton Keynes International Festival, and project lead on Rising a commission by Bath Dance and ICIA, University of Bath; Hub Choreographer for Charlie Morrissey’s large scale Cultural Olympiad event Tree of Light.
I had always been interested in choreography, but became more focused on it when I met fellow dancer Darrell Jones in 1994. From that point I began to explore further what interested me in performance, and was particularly drawn to collaborations with different artists and different forms. I have since been fortunate to enjoy several long term collaborations at various times of my career and currently enjoy working with Public Artist Jo Fairfax, Film-maker and Opera Director Katja Lehmann, and Theatre Director and Voice Coach Jacquie Crago and hope to continue meeting and exchanging practices into the future.
In 1997 I was nominated by The Place to represent the UK as part of an International Choreographer’s Residency at American Dance Festival. It was here that I met a group of choreographers with whom the European Travelling Project was established from 1999-2002 and I have since enjoyed many collaborations with dance artist Olga Zitluhina.