I am a dance artist based in Bristol and London. My training began at the age of 11 attending the Arts Educational School and on leaving joined London Contem- porary Dance school ,obtaining a BA Hons Degree. Working with choreogra- phers such as Hofesh Schecter, Richard Alston, Lorena Randi, Kerry Nicholls – and many others. On graduating I was asked to join Michael Clarke Dance Company as an apprentice for his Modern Masterpieces at the Barbican. Following my start in the professional world with Michael Clarke, I have worked consistently for many interesting and varied companies and choreographers including Neil Callaghan and Simone Kenyon, Dan Canham, Junk Ensemble, Aletta Collins, Laila Diallo, Marc Brew, StillHouse, Rosie Kay Dance, C-12 Dance Theatre, Lorena Randi, Willi Dornier, to name but a few. Alongside working in companies I have also performed in Operas ( UK and France), Music Videos and Film, giving me a varied and open career.
In 2009 I met dancer and choreographer Marc Brew and performed for him in the ‘British Fashion Awards’ and from then joined his company in 2010-2011 for the making and touring of his acclaimed piece ‘Noctourne’. Between 2008 and 2012, I also worked with Rosie Kay Dance Company touring nationally and internationally with ‘SuperNova’ and ‘5 Soldiers’ which not only put to the test my dance training but involved delving into the physical and emotional side of military training. I continued working with the company on various productions touring the UK and Europe.
After taking time out to travel through India and attaining my Yoga teacher training certificate, my working relationship then began with theatre maker / choreographer Dan Canham and his company ‘ Still House ‘. Throughout 2013 and 2014, I toured with his acclaimed piece ‘ Ours Was The Fen Country’ in venues and festivals including The National Theatre’s, ‘The Shed’, Edinburgh Fringe and Dublin Dance.
In 2014 we then begun the making of his most recent work ‘Of Riders and Running Horses’. Which has now been touring for two years and taken us to places all over the UK, including: Dance Umbrella, British Dance Edition and The National Theatres festival and internationally including The Czech Republic, Georgia and in 2017 Shanghai, China.
March 2015 heralded the start of a collaboration with choreographer Megan Kennedy of Junk Ensemble. Working on her new piece ‘Marble and Bread ‘ which was performed and created in Limerick, Ireland. In 2016 I then rejoined the company for the re-make of their piece ‘Bird with Boy’ in which we toured throughout the UK and Ireland.
Another venture in the summer of 2015 was being asked to join Kerry Nicholls on her ‘Performance Mentoring Programme’. This entailed a two week intensive in the studio with Kerry and other credited professionals from the industry. This then follows a four month mentoring programme with one on one sessions with Kerry herself. A programme I was extremely proud to be part of and gave me a new lease/purpose of life to my free-lance career.
2016 bought much movement and more joy of dance to my life. I began work with artist Sam Halmarack on his productions of ‘Always and Totally Forever”, An experimental musical for teenagers, where we performed a work in progress at ‘Latitude Festival’ and ‘The Bristol Old Vic’. My next venture was then working with Neon Dance, in which I joined the company for the reworking of the piece ‘Empathy”. Touring the UK, Belgium and Berlin at the Radialsystem V, I also assisted the company on a site-specific work on Bath Spa Students.
2017, was full of new meetings. From teaching at Bath University, to music videos and starting on new ventures. I was asked to join ‘Stacked Wonky Dance’ at the beginning of the year for their new production of ‘The Landings’ which started in April this year and final show was in October. ‘The Landings’ was looking at land, walking, arriving, presence, refugees and a togetherness that we have forgotten. An evoking and prominent piece to be part of and a joy to be working on such soil. After that I was straight into the studio with Lailla Diallo, on her working title ‘We are constellations….’ – two weeks research and development at the studio Wayne McGregor. The work will continue into 2018.
I met a fantastic visual artist last year, her name, Madison Bycroft. We instantly became very drawn to each others practices and thus taking me out to Marsaille to join her on a residency she was part of, ‘Les Friche Belle de Mai’. We had a week playing and entering into each others worlds and we hope to create 2018!
The last part of 2017 was being in the studio with Neon Dance and composer Sebastian Reynolds, extending the research work we did last year on ‘Mahajan- ka Dance and Drama’ Project. Working with world renowned Thai dancer Pichet Klunchun and superb Thai musicians. The show will preview in 2018. Then onto Shanghai/ China with StillHouse to perform ‘Of Riders and Running Horses’ for the Shanghai International Theatre Festival.
2018 brought me in slowly with a trip to the Philippines after touring in Shanghai. I am now entering another new phase and of course new beginnings and was excited to see what the year would bring. My first major stop was at Sadlers Wells in March for their Wild Card evenings. I was presenting an extract from ‘Mahajanaka Dance & Drama’, Neon Dance in collaboration with composer Sebastian Reynolds.
In April I was asked to work with artist Alex Cechetti on his opening exhibition at Spike Island , Bristol, ‘At The Gates Of The Music Palace. A dance in response to one of his installations – a sonar- which is a beautiful instrument, picking up your movement and playing notes in response. My performances with his continue into June.
In June my working relationship continued with Impermanence Dance theatre and was a performer in their new dance film ‘Ballet Of The Nations’ .
The rest of the year is now taken up with new projects. I go back to Stacked Wonky and help with their academy and ongoing collaboration with National Youth Dance Company. At the end of August, I head to Ireland to work on a new project with Junk Ensemble (The Bystander) as part of Dublin Theatre Festival and this continues through to November. Alongside this project I am thrilled to be starting to work with International choreographer Oona Doherty and her new work ‘Lady Magma’ – where we will begin our journey in Belfast and then onto France where we continue to make the work for various residencies into next year and the premiering it April 2019 in Paris.
As ever watch this space to whatever may or may not come….the ongoing journey of a free-lance artist!