I am a performer and creator, with a strong interest in the relationship between dance, place and the mind. My work is informed by my experiences with queerness, mental illness and neuro-a-typicality. I seek to make spaces and experiences that reach for a place of shared catharsis through the exploration of ritualistic urges.
My solo work has been shown at Buzzcut Festival, Camden People's Theatre, FUTURERITUAL, The Space in Between, Rebel Man Standard Festival, The Friday League, Chisenhale Dance Space, Trip The Light, Cerebellum, Autism and the Arts: Ohio State University. I have performed at the Alternative Miss World, Glastonbury and Latitude festivals, and in the V&A, ICA, Bluecoat and Tate galleries among others
As a performer I work across artforms and have appeared in works by Paul Kindersley, Subtle Kraft and Last Year’s Interesting Negro and have long-term collaborative relationships with visual artist Mary Hurrell, photographer Clair Quentin and performance maker Luke Pell Since 2011 I have worked with Candoco Dance Company, facilitating workshops, projects and youth dance classes. I have also led professional class at Dance Base Edinburgh and founded Technique Exchange with support from Chisenhale Dance Space, a co-operative programme of open classes for performers to skill-share.
Some Day Dominion is inspired by current global politics, historical echoes, my grandparents' experience as refugees, subculture as refuge and the music of The Sisters of Mercy. A striking, relevant piece utilising movement, magic, storytelling, and live music to create a protective pocket goth world, that sits between live art, dance, ritual and gig.
Utter East is a look at some of the sensory challenges associated with neuro-diversity, and the ritualisation of coping strategies. A live collaboration with band Dogfeet. Utter East is story of compulsive behaviour, purification, addiction, tears and dragon skin.
Lonely Magpies is a one-on-one dance for hands and minds. Somewhere between a tarot reading, a story telling and a colouring-in session; this piece forms part of my on-going exploration of the intersection between socially sanctioned ritual, in the form of religion and superstition, and the unsanctioned and potentially damaging rituals of mental health pathology.
Doggerland is work about loss, control, and coastal erosion as explored through ritual acts and falling sand. Doggerland attempts to look at the need of humans to control their environments, internal and external, and how that becomes expressed through a spectrum of behaviours. It is inspired by my personal experiences with mental illness and different approaches to recovery- as well as interactions with the East Anglian coast and sites of historical ritual. It aims to prompt questions about letting go and our struggle not to be washed away.