I am an experienced artist, teacher and performer with specific interest in screendance, digital performance and visual arts. My work has been exhibited in a variety of contexts, including the Big Screen Southend (2018), The National Maritime Museum (2016), SifDans Festival (2015) and in 2019 I was commissioned (alongside collaborator Bethan Peters) to develop two new works for the Seaside Photographed exhibition at Turner Contemporary.
My creative practice is a hybrid form of choreographic principles, digital technologies and natural environments – working with photography, film, painting, installation and performance as my main artistic outputs! My work in recent years has gravitated towards seascapes and coastlines, taking inspiration from stories of the people who inhabit these spaces ‘in between’ and the seemingly endless blue and possibility afforded by the sea.
With a particular interest on bringing dance into museum and gallery spaces and exploring stories through the medium of cine-choreography, my screendance/installation work often invites the audience to experience the space from a new perspective, both physically and metaphorically.
In 2018 I began my PhD journey at De Montfort University. My research study focuses on the role of digital technology in FE (further education) performing arts education and aims to find ways to redress the national shortfall in digital performance capabilities of students arriving at HE (higher education). Now in my third year, I have developed a model for exploring digital tools to explore digital performance making and devising possibilities in what I have titled the ‘Digital Circuit Training Model.’
This model introduces participants to a range of digital tools such as; video manipulation softwares, smartphone audio-visual techniques, projection work and audio soundscape production. Using low-fi, everyday and available technologies and softwares that won’t break the bank, this research will move towards the publication of an online digital resource which showcases a range of tools and ways of using them for performance making. This work aims to empower students and teachers to explore the creative possibilities of digital technology and provide a stepping stone for learners who want to progress into higher education.
Prior to this research, in 2016 I was appointed as a research associate on a a two-year research project at the University of Kent with Professor Paul Allain and Frank Camilleri, to develop an online digital resource for physical actor training. The resource – the first of its kind – was published in July 2018 by Methuen Drama Bloomsbury and comprises of over 60 films for training in physical acting. These films include experimental techniques and filmic approaches for capturing training, using onscreen text, animation and annotation of filmed studio material.
Since that project, I have continued to work with Paul and Frank, and we recently co-edited the Theatre Dance and Performance Training journal special issue on Digital Training which is available now.
- Trustee at Jasmin Vardimon Education Company
- HE advisory board member Digital Theatre Plus (DT+)
- Member of P21: CENTRE FOR 21ST CENTURY STUDIES IN PERFORMANCE