I am a performance-maker based in York. My creative practice spans the fields of dance, theatre, live art and installation. These diverse disciplines are brought together in my practice through my interest in using performance to facilitate dialogue and interaction.
When I make work, I don’t tend to think of myself as a choreographer or a performer or a writer or a designer (although I sometimes do these things). Instead, I think of myself as someone who is making a space in which people can enter into dialogue with new ideas, images and people. Whether the stimulus is a Shakespeare play, an autobiographical story or a place, my interest is in exploring how to physically immerse audiences in a time and space in order to think through interesting and difficult questions about the world we live in.
All of my work is rooted the understanding of performance as an embodied, physical practice. It is informed by my long-term training in dance, movement and somatic practice. I have been practising Contact Improvisation for over 15 years; I am a qualified teacher of the Feldenkrais Method; and I have a second-degree black belt in the martial art of Aikido. My interest in somatic paradigms of embodiment have encouraged me to look beyond training and techniques conventionally associated with dance and performance. My choreographic practice and movement teaching draw on a diverse range of disciplines, including parkour, rock climbing and swimming.
In the last 5 years, I have presented work at York Explore, the University of Hull, the Bathway Theatre, New York University, Hull Truck Theatre, the Ferens Art Gallery, Resonance 104.4FM, the Riley Theatre, Cardiff Metropolitan University, the Being Human Festival, and in two of Hull’s Edwardian swimming pools.