I am a teacher, performer, movement specialist, maker, director, choreographer and consultant.
Most recently I have been directing Nikki and JD in Knot and Alula Cyr in Hyena (which is touring in 2016 including a London run at Underbelly Festival Southbank from the 6th - 11th June), as well as developing and teaching private and public classes and workshops in Feldenkrais, Creation and Movement research in Spain and the UK (see Teaching pages).
I am motivated to create because of my passion for engaging the body in life and sharing that with others, and because of the magic possible in creating a whole world and drawing an audience into it, whether working on intimate storytelling, or on epic physical transposition of a poetic concept.
I trained at the National Centre for Circus Arts and LISPA (Lecoq pedagogy in physical theatre and theatre making).
I am a founder member and joint artistic director of storytelling-theatre company You Need Me, and founder member and associate director of circus-theatre company Square Peg. With these two companies I have generated and toured shows throughout the UK with support from Arts Council England, Ideas Tap, Unity Theatre Trust, Bristol Old Vic, Newbury Corn Exchange, Jacksons Lane, Shoreditch Town Hall, The National Centre for Circus Arts, the Roundhouse and the National Theatre. I also work as an independent practitioner and performance maker in combined arts, and as a freelance performer and director.
I am a Feldenkrais practitioner and teach Awareness Through Movement and Functional Integration classes to professional performers and the wider public, as well as using the method in my own creative processes and training routines.
Feldenkrais is a practical movement method for physical well-being, yet is also rich in metaphor and transferrable practices. It encourages new perspectives through challenging habits and changing orientation, fosters curiosity through reframing instructions as invitations, and develops awareness by asking questions, to which we try and remain open, even if we think we already know the answer.
Like Feldenkrais, my creative process is based on asking questions and allowing my curiosity to guide me. My curiosity is currently guiding me to explore the concept of the body/self, and the body in society, the environment and our relationship to our world around us: nature, empathy, the body, ritual and community.
I teach theatre, physical theatre and devising, movement analysis and improvisation, strength and flexibility for circus, acrobatic balancing, tightwire and trapeze and am also a Body Control Pilates certified Pilates teacher. I offer freelance classes and workshops for all levels and environments, specialising in or combining different areas of expertise as required. I am also employed by The National Centre for Circus Arts, where I have now taught for ten years.