Biography

Eyes

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I am a choreographer and performer with an interdisciplinary approach to the creation of performance work.

I began my professional training as a contemporary dancer, then shifted my focus from dance technique towards choreography, continued my study on a course led by maverick anarchic dancer Professor Liz Aggiss. In 2002 I completed my degree in Dance and Visual Arts at the Brighton University (UK).  I have been based in Brighton since then – with a short break to live in London for a while.

My practice has developed through a creative dialogue with theatre practitioners, choreographers, live artists, comedians and innovative contemporary cabaret performers.  I work within collaborations, director-led devising and producer-led choreography, and this work has spanned dance, comedy, cabaret and street-theatre

As a choreographer and performer I have worked within a variety of forms including; cabaret, aerial-dance, traditional dance and experimental theatre.  In 2004 I took part in the first ever Rules and Regs creating my first solo ‘Incipient Impediment’.  This piece was developed and performed at the National Review of Live Art.  During this time I was one of the first supported artist’s at The Basement Brighton.

In 2007 myself and Avis Cockbill co-founded The Two Wrongies  – the double act who dare to do the dirty! We have toured our work nationally, were named the most controversial show of Edinburgh 2011,and were supported artists at The Basement. During this time I became a team member of international performance parkour company The Urban Playground (2007-2014).  In 2009 I began working as a choreographer for Bicycle Ballet creating three outdoor dance performances on bikes.

Over the last few years I have worked as a  choreographer / movement coach with individual artists including theatre-maker Sue MacLaine, experimental pianist Sarah Nicolls and performer Victoria Melody.
In 2014 I was supported as an Associate Artist at Ovalhouse in London.  Alongside this I have continued to perform in other people’s work, including Beach Party Animal by Liz Aggiss and Joe Murray,  Sink Dance by Lucid Incident  and as a Rockin’ Itchy Bit Sister in New Art Club’s Hercules (2012-2015).

Most recently I choreographed Cleopatra’s death for The Complete Deaths (Spymonkey / Tim Crouch) and will be working with Wet Picnic on their new large scale show The Ball. 

I am currently developing an idea for a new piece of work.  I’m in the early stages of thinking, planning and researching.  Sue MacLaine is my dramaturg for this stage, and our work together has been supported by the Collaborate Fund from South East Dance.

In September 2016 I will be rehearsal director for Vincent Dance Theatre on their new show Virgin Territory.

 

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