I am a British choreographer. performer and writer working nomadically between formats and places.
My work, which is usually for non-theatre contexts, foregrounds ideas about relationship, agency and attention, exploring embodied interactivity and game-playing.
In recent years I have been commissioned by Brighton Festival, South East Dance, AIR Studio/ Islington Borough Council, Siobhan Davies Dance, Big Dance, The Hepworth Wakefield and Gi20.
Between February and March 2016 I was in residence at Villa Empain, Brussels where in June I presented Satelliser: a dance for the gallery in the context of Répétition, curated by Asad Raza and Nicola Lees. In September 2016 I was artist in residence at Brandwatch as part of Brighton Digital Festival and through partnership with South East Dance. In January 2017 I showed screensaver (1, gallery version) at Villa Empain in the context of Décor, curated by Asad Raza, Dorothea Von Hantelmann & Tino Sehgal. In 2011-12 I received a fellowship from BBC Performing Arts Fund to develop my work with Independent Dance in London, and in 2009 the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund supported the development of my first work, The Performing Book, with an encouragement award.
I have recently completed two choreographic commissions to showcase artists' jewellery pieces (Maison Boghossian at NOMAD Monaco and Alexander Calder with Louisa Guinness Gallery at Natural History Museum London).
As a performer between 2012 and 2016 I worked mainly with Tino Sehgal, most recently at Fondation Beyeler in Basel (July 2017) dancing the solo Instead of allowing some thing to rise up to your face dancing bruce and dan and other things 2000
I am currently working with Ingvild Isaksen on Veggimellom r&d, as outside-eye with Thomas Dupal (Song of Selfie), Christopher Matthews (Untitled Video Portraits, Lads and #lads) and Kimberley Harvey (Inky Matter)
I also write alongside my processes and grant-write for other artists, specifically offering support for Arts Council England Grants for the Arts (under 15K). I am currently supporting 3 very different UK-based artists in this process. It is something I really enjoy and I will be happy to take on an additional 1-2 artists from March 2018.
I am currently participating in South East Dance’s Dramaturg in Residence Programme 2017/18, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation with partnership support from Dance4. Here's a reflection I wrote for part of it.
Please keep scrolling for more information on the avenues of my work.
Image: Christopher Matthews
Image: still from screensaver project experimentation with Erik Axel Eggeling at 8th Choreographic Coding Lab, Amsterdam.
More writing about this aspect of my practice coming soon. In the meantime please watch recent documentation of the screensaver project at MOCO (Movement Computing conference, Goldsmiths June 2017) with sound/ live coding from Jamie Forth.
I recently spoke at Choreographic Entanglements in the analogue and digital at Kingston University.
As a performer I have worked mainly with Tino Sehgal and have interpreted the following works:
These Associations (2012) Tate Modern turbine hall, July-Oct 2012 and Palais de Tokyo Oct-Dec 2016.
Yet Untitled (2013) Venice Biennale, May-Nov 2013; Kremms am Donnau, Austria, April 2013; The Stedelijjk Museum Amsterdam June-July 2015; KIASMA Helsinki September 2015; Leopold Museum Vienna, 2016; Palais de Tokyo Oct-Dec 2016.
Instead of allowing some thing to rise up to your face dancing dan and bruce and other things (2000) Leopold Museum Vienna, July-Aug 2016; Palais de Tokyo Oct-Dec 2016 and Fondation Beyeler Basel June-July 2017.
Video: Stedelijk Crew Report: Superfan van Tino Sehgal / Tino Sehgal's "superfan" talking about her experience of visiting us interpreting Yet Untitled. Jes visited us nearly every day and I place this video here in lieu of documentation.
I create bespoke works and interventions for specific situations and briefs, drawing together a team of international collaborators. I have recently completed projects for Louisa Guinness Gallery with the jewellery of Alexander Calder at an event at the Natural History Museum London (October 2016) and with Maison Boghossian (image above) for NOMAD Monaco (April 2017).