I am a physical performer whose work crosses disciplines of dance, live art, circus and theatre.
Based in Bristol, born in Glasgow, I studied fine art painting and time-based media at Wimbledon School of Art where I developed a love of interdisciplinary performance and a belief in making accessible work, which crosses boundaries of context and culture.
I then trained at Circomedia specializing in acrobatics and physical theatre and particularly clown, following which I trained independently in contemporary dance. I am a member of the artist led support networks Interval and the The Dance Hub.
Circus, Dance and Physical Theatre
Here Now Performer and collaborator on interdisciplinary improvised, durational, audience participatory project. Conceived and directed by Laura Doehler of Exit Map 12 -16/03/2013
Hidden Fields Dance performance combining self composing soundscapes and visuals developed using danceroom spectroscopy technology. DS is an immersive science visualasation.
Choreographed by Laura Kreifman of Guerilla Dance
The Barbican London 03/11/2012-04/11/2012
The Arnolfini Bristol 21-22/07/2012
Cultural Olympiad Weymouth 5/08/2012
The Rehearsal performance opera by Sebastian Klemm performed at Arcadia Missa, London January 2012
A38 Improvised dance collective performed at In the Flesh Plymouth Barbican and the Blind Tiger Bristol Mayfest Platform, 2011
DISGO Fleur Darkin company residency to performance, Old Vic Theatre, Bristol, 26-30/10/2010
Choral movements and audience interaction
The Lamentable Tragedy Roving theatre directed by The Wonder Club, Stokes Croft, Bristol,
11/02/2010 – 28/02/2010.
Ring selling gypsy character - improvised audience interaction, with group singing and choral movements.
Carneyville Extravaganza directed by The Invisible Circus, The Old Fire Station, Bristol,
24/09/2009 – 03/10/2009
Ghost - improvised walkabout, choral work, dance, and aerial. Performed choreographed dance routine.
Insight Directed by Judith Jarvis, Gyroscopic Dance
Unchosen Film Festival St Stephen’s Church, Bristol, 13/11/2009
Practice @ Made in Somerset Performance platform Merlin Theatre, Frome 09/09/2009
Acrobatic stilt dancer - devised and performed lead role.
The Road to No-where directed by The Invisible Circus, Audi Garage Stokes Croft, Bristol.
Street Performance and Entertainment
Circus Malabaristas Circus and Entertainment agency Performed throughout England, Northern Ireland and India at various events including community events corporate parties and advertising.
01/09/2006 – present
Stilt walker, roller skater, human statue - characters including Christmas tree, snowman, fairy godmother and butterfly.
Stilt Fish Dance in Devon Summer Festival Teignbridge 06 – 07 /08/2009
Dancing turquoise fish creatures - costumes designed and made. Performed in collaboration with Natasha Fewings.
Stilt toys St Johns Hill Festival London 13/09/2009
Rag doll, rag dog and toymaker act - costumes and narrative conceived, made and designed in collaboration with Abbey Evans. Performed with Abbey Evans and Rob Haugh.
Lost Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2000
Walkabout street cleaning act - performed with Melody Weightman
River Girls Elevations festival curated by Richard Layzelle Milton Keynes, Art Gallery
Walkabout street cleaning routine - performed with Melody Weightman.
Miss Leenybaths unusual legs Talent on Route a site specific adventure curated by the Sprout Collective. South East London, 19/08/2005
Quirky leg strip act - devised and performed.
Finding the right Package chapter 5 Area 10 art space Peckham, London, 05/2003
Solo - multi-media Installation performance, involving story telling, sculpture and object manipulation - devised and performed.
Not Just Hippies and Dykes Cardiff Out of Time Festival 02/1999
Solo performance, using a recorded soundscape and video – devised, performed, and made the video.
Self constructed training course Since January 2011 including a variety of dance and movement intensives in India and USA Kalaripayattu Indian martial arts training, Contact improvisation and improvised dance intensive with Nancy Stark Smith, jumping and flying workshop with Scott Wells, Edam Dance (Vancouver) summer intensive, Axis Syllabus fusion dance intensive with Frey Faust and Francesca Pedulla, summer intensives at The Place London 01/2011 – 08/2011
Kosmos In Movement Dance theatre intensive with Elias Cohen, Se–Rok Park and Menako Seki One month 08/2010
Circomedia Centre for Contemporary Circus and physical performance One Year Diploma specializing in acrobatics, clown and physical theatre.
Wimbledon School of Art - B.A (Hons) Fine Art Painting 2/1 specializing in time media based and performance.
1997 - 2000
Workshops and regular classes
Contemporary dance Weekly classes Helen Roberts and Julia Thorneycroft. Jess Cutis Rosaland Crisp Tools for Dansing, Workshops in Kalarippayattu influenced dance with Saju (Akram Khan company), Laila Diallo, Elisa Clark (Mark Morris company), Janis Claxton, Mary Fulkerson, Martial Dance ,a ten day course with Rough Cut Theatre and Martin Robinson.
2006 - present
Contact Improvisation Weekly classes and regular Jams. Week long intensives with Kirstie Simson, Peter Bingham (Edam dance), Ray Chung, Charlie Morrissey, Nancy Stark Smitth
2004 - present
Physical Theatre and performance Stilt Asana with Jay Ruby from The Carpetbag Brigade, Week long Performance Laboratory on Collaboration and the creative process with Goat Island, voice, body, text with Clare Davidson, stilts and masks with Monkey and Waterfall Dance Theatre, voice e - motion with Guy Dartnell, process work and play a workshop on theatre and the creative process with Arlene Audergon and Phelim Mcdermot (improbable theatre)
2002 - 2010
Community Dance Work experience in community dance with adults with learning difficulties, youth, primary school pupils as well as chair-based dance with older people - with Attik Dance. Three day training in chair-based dance and movement for older people - with Take Art 2008 - 2009