CHOREOGRAPHY and PERFORMANCE

2017

  • 1973 – Archiving the Live: performer and deviser, durational performance installation in residence at City Arts Centre, Edinburgh and Glasgow Women’s Library
  • The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart: movement director, National Theatre of Scotland, 6 month run at the McKittrick Hotel, Broadway, New York
  • Wind Resistance: movement director, Karine Polwart’s collaboration with director Wils Wilson, remounted for Celtic Connections

2016

  • Everybody Dance: artistic director and choreographer, large scale disability-led community performance in Fagaras, Romania
  • You Said You Liked The Dancing: film screening at Scottish Care Conference
  • The Living Room Dances: re-staging as part of Variations at Royal Conservatoire, Glasgow
  • Wind Resistance: movement director, Karine Polwart’s first foray into theatre as part of Edinburgh International Festival
  • The View From Castle Rock: movement director, Stellar Quines
  • It’s Like…: film screenings at Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Brighton Festival, Tramway’s Unlimited Festival, Bounce Festival, Northern Ireland and Unlimited Video Lounge, Southbank Centre

2015

  • What Is It I Do?: performer and deviser, performance installation at Dance International Glasgow, Tramway
  • It’s Like…: director, dance for camera film by learning disabled performer Craig Simpson
  • Take Me To Bedperformer, screening DIG Tramway

2014

  • You Said You Liked the Dancing: movement director and devisor, sound and image installation with MJ McCarthy in collaboration with people with dementia. Part of Get Scotland Dancing and Luminate at Macrobert, Stirling
  • Take Me To Bed: performer, film installation by Jo Verrent and Luke Pell
  • Endurance: movement director with A Moment’s Peace Women’s Creative Company. Commonwealth 2014 performance, The Arches, Glasgow
  • Underside/Disturbance: performer and devisor in collaboration with sculptor Claire Barclay, commissioned by and performed at Hospitalfield. Arbroath. Part of Generation 2014
  • Casa de Cultura: artistic director and devisor, intergenerational disability-led community dance performance, Fagaras, Romania
  • Glory: artistic director and devisor, Commonwealth 2014 commission. Tramway, Glasgow
  • The Strange Undoing of Prudentia Hart: movement director, National Theatre of Scotland

2013

  • Ignition: movement director with The National Theatre of Scotland and Shetland Arts, including a 2 month residency based in Wastview Care Home
  • The Living Room Dances: commissioned artist with The Albert Drive Project and Glas(s) performance; 3 month residency, creating installation/exhibition in T2, Tramway, Glasgow
  • The Strange Undoing of Prudentia Hart: movement director, The National Theatre of Scotland
  • The Maw Broon Monologues: movement director, Glasgay production, Tron Theatre, Glasgow
  • What Would Richard Do?: devisor and performer, Buzzcut at Hunt and Darton at Edinburgh Fringe.
  • Private Party: artistic director, disability-led performance, The Arches, Glasgow

2012

  • Private Dancer: artistic director and devisor, disability-led performance. Part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad Festival, Unlimited: The Revelation Starts Here at South Bank Centre, London and at CCA, Glasgow
  • Mikey and Addie: movement advisor. Part of Imaginate and Macrobert, Stirling You Said You Liked the Dancing: movement director and devisor, dance film with Martin Clark in collaboration with people with dementia. Part of Get Scotland Dancing at Macrobert, Stirling
  • Hand-Heart-Head: movement director, for Katrina McPherson and Simon Fildes. An 8 screen permanent video installation for the Primary Care Centre in Nairn
  • The Strange Undoing of Prudentia Hart: movement director, The National Theatre of Scotland.

2011

  • Truant: movement director, National Theatre of Scotland
  • Kes: movement director, Catherine Wheels Theatre Company
  • The Strange Undoing of Prudentia Hart: movement director, The National Theatre of Scotland. Herald Angel Winner
  • Age of Arousal: movement director, for Stellar Quines Theatre Company and the Royal Lyceum Theatre
  • Menage a Trois: rehearsal director for Claire Cunningham, Gail Sneddon and The National Theatre of Scotland
  • Arena: director and devisor, collaborative choreography with CPP students, Chandler Theatre, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow

2010

  • Private Dancer: artistic director and devisor, commissioned by the Unlimited programme, part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, selected for IETM in Glasgow and the Made in Scotland Showcase in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Herald Angel Award Winner
  • Red Berries and Lost Love: choreographer and devisor, co-production with Tamara McLorg, for Tanz die Toleranz, Palais Kabelwerk, Vienna, Austria
  • We Dance Wee Groove: performer, with StillMotion, Imaginate International Children’s Festival

2009

  • Solitary Citizen: choreographer and devisor, disability-led community dance. Part of Making A Move with Elbe Werksadt and Grone Netzwerk. Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany
  • The Girls of Slender Means: choreographer, Stellar Quines Theatre Company and Assembly

2008

  • Across a Clear Blue Sky: choreographer and devisor, co-production with Tamara McLorg. Part of Residance. Hangar 21, Detmold, Germany
  • Rhythm to Dance: choreographer and devisor, disability-led community dance. Stadthalle Detmold, Germany. Part of Residance with Tamara McLorg and Josef Eder
  • pARTners Residency: artistic director, Artlink Edinburgh and Lothians We Dance Wee Groove: performer, with StillMotion, Imaginate Children’s Festival, Edinburgh and Inspiration Children’s Festival, Glasgow

2007

  • Sorrowful Songs: choreographer and devisor, disability-led community dance, part of CandoCanDance with context Kultureproductionen. And Royston Maldoom and Tmara McLorg. Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany
  • Fleet of Arks: performer, Peter Barron NRLA, Tramway, Glasgow
  • Spitting Women: performer and devisor, a live art collaboration resulting from a New Territories Winter School with Anne Seagrave. 13 women performance artists create and perform new work in progress. Bonnington Gallery, Nottingham

2006

  • Mahler’s 5th: co-creator with Royston Maldoom. Tanzhaus NRW, Dusseldorf, Germany.
  • CandoCanDance: choreographer and devisor, disability-led community dance, with kontext Kultureproductionen. Schauspielhaus, Hamburg, Germany

2005

  • Mahler’s 5th: co-creator for Royston Maldoom, traveller dance, Orbit Dance Company, Amici Dance Theatre Company and Indepen-dance. Performed Tramway, Glasgow
  • Intransit: choreographer, traveller dance and X-Factor Dance Company Amplification and Restriction: director and devisor, 7 disability-led site specific dance films with traveller dance and the National Museums of Scotland. Commissioned by Artlink, Edinburgh and the Lothians

2004

  • There’s Something You Should Know: choreographer and performer, dance for camera film with film-makers Katrina McPherson and Simon Fildes and adults with complex learning disabilities. Commissioned by Something You Should Know, Lung Ha’s Theatre Company
  • Jenner’s Window: performer, site specific performance with The Invisible Dance Society, Jenner’s windows, Edinburgh

2003

  • Oedipus Rex: performer, The Canadian Opera Company and The Edinburgh International Festival. Artistic Director François Girard. Performed Playhouse Theatre
  • Four Last Songs: co-creator with Royston Maldoom with Indepen-dance and traveller dance, Tramway, Glasgow

2002

  • PASTforward: performer, The White Oak Dance Company and The Edinburgh International Festival. Artistic Director Mikhail Baryshnikov. Performed Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh
  • Exotic Hyper Space: choreographer, Lung Ha’s Theatre Company, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

2001

  • Instant Travel to Pop Up Cities: choreographer, Lung Ha’s Theatre Company, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
  • On The Road: director and devisor with traveller dance and Indepen-dance, Funded by Scottish Year of the Artist. Performed Tramway, Glasgow; Shottstown Miners Club, Penicuik, The Brunton, Musselburgh
  • Casing The Joint: performer, with The Invisible Dance Society, City Art Centre, Edinburgh

2000

  • Lifecycle: choreographer and devisor with Indepen-dance, Tramway, Glasgow

1999

  • Traveller: choreographer and devisor, dance for camera film, traveller dance. Commissioned by Artlink Edinburgh and Lothians for Euroline Arts Conference, Athens, Greece

1995 –1997

  • Lifeshapes: performer, devisor and collaborator with poet/author Joy Kogawi and musician/composer Becca Whitla. Performed Holy Trinity Church, Kingston University, University of Ontario and for Vision TV Ontario, Canada

1996

  • Hidden Promise: director and devisor, disability-led community dance with Maybrook Adult Training Centre and Derry City Council, Foyle Arts Centre, Derry

1995

  • Angel: director and devisor, choreography to 5 works by Scottish contemporary classical composers, played live, and 4 primary schools in Edinburgh. Inspired by James McMillan’s work Angel. Funded by Edinburgh City Council. Performed Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh
  • And Also With You…. : director and devisor disability-led community dance with Killadeas Adult Centre, part of Let’s Dance Festival, Fermanagh District Council and Arts Council of Northern Ireland

1994

  • What Have I Come To Do On This Earth?: director and devisor with senior citizens and teenagers. Commissioned by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Performed Rialto Theatre and The Guildhall, Londonderry
  • Four Last Songs: co-creator with Royston Maldoom, Caritas Workshop and the European Youth Dance Festival, Duisberg, Germany
  • Four Last Songs: co-creator with Royston Maldoom, Killadeas Centre, DanceTime Festival, Ardowen, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland
  • Dance Matters: co-director and devisor with Suz Broughton, Strathclyde Showcase, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

1993

  • What Is Behind That Curtain?: director and devisor with senior citizens and teenagers. Commissioned by Fife Region for European Year of the Elderly. Performed Lochgelly Centre, Fife and Murcia, Spain
  • Landslide: director and devisor with a mixed ability company. Commissioned by City Moves, Aberdeen for Fotofeis. Performed Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

2014

  • Artist: Mapping the Process, working with Jo Verrent on a period of reflection and exchange, to investigate and document the artists practice
  • Associate Artist: residency and workshops with Town Break dementia club and Macrobert, Stirling. Created You Said You Liked the Dancing sound and image installation
  • Commissioned Artist: with sculptor Claire Barclay and Hospitalfield Arts working in residence to collaborate, research and create a new cross art-from performance work. Created Underside/Disturbance
  • Advisor: Claire Cunningham for Give Me a Reason to Live and for Guide Gods 2013-2014
  • Facilitator: Talent Hub – Waterbaby Dance supporting, mentoring and training a small group of up-and-coming disabled dancers to develop the skills that will enable them to become confident dance artists and to access a potential future in further education and employment within the arts industry.  Devised in collaboration with Linda Payne, Caroline Bowditch and Claire Cunningham

2013

  • Artist in Residence: The Albert Drive Project: Glas(s) Performance and Tramway. One of 5 commissioned artists in residence. Created The Living Room Dances Artist in Residence and Movement Director: Ignition: with The National Theatre of Scotland and Shetland Arts. Residency in Wastview Care Home

2012

  • Associate Artist: residency and workshops with Town Break dementia club and Macrobert, Stirling. Created You Said You Liked the Dancing dance film

2011

  • Visiting Artist: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland: Choreography module with
  • Contemporary Performance Practice students. Academic term researching choreographic process and practice, and creating live performance Arena
  • Advisor: Viviane Hullin for CPP final degree show
  • Movement Advisor: for Lu Kemp, All Change Please, DanceBase Residency
  • Advisor: Anita Clark for her MA degree performance presentation

2009-2011

  • Co-Director: with Tamara McLorg and Royston Maldoom, community dance development project in Vienna, Austria, creating choreography, training and mentoring dance artists and organizations in disability-led dance practice. Leading to the development of Tanz die Toleranz

2008

  • Artistic Collaborator: with X Factor Dance Company supporting a learning disabled performer in the site-specific work Other Voices, Other Rooms Performed in the Freemasons Hall, Edinburgh
  • Core Member: Artist as Leader, an Arts Lab initiated by The Cultural Enterprise Office, Performance Arts Lab and On the Edge Research

2007-2010

  • Co-Director: with Tamara McLorg and Royston Maldoom, community dance development project in Detmold, Germany, creating choreography, training and mentoring dance artists and organizations in disability-led dance practice. Leading to the development of Residance

2007

  • Working Group Member: Working In Public: Art, Practice and Policy with Suzanne Lacy and On the Edge Research, a seminar series aiming to develop a new level of thinking in relation to art practices that work within social and cultural spheres. Culminated in a public presentation at The Scottish Parliament
  • Mentor: to creative producer Jean Cameron in her Dancebase residency Vote With Your Feet looking at connections between dance, live art and social and political action

2006-2009

  • Co-director and Mentor: with Tamara McLorg and Royston Maldoom, community dance development project in Hamburg, Germany, creating choreography, training and mentoring dance artists and organizations in disability-led dance practice. Leading to the development of Here We Are dance company

2005-2008

  • Director and Advisor: for Alan Grieg to work with traveller dance and X-Factor Dance Company to create the dance for camera film and the live performance of Person or Persons Unknown

1999 – 2005

  • Artistic Director: of traveller dance a company of learning disabled performers. Artlink Edinburgh and the Lothians

2005 – 2007

  • Working on Creative Scotland Award with Cesc Gelabert, Rosemary Lee and Martine Pisani . and traveller dance. Leading to the publication ‘Take A Look at What is Actually There’

2003 – 2004

  • Initiated the Edinburgh International Festival Residency for experienced learning disabled performers. Initial project idea involving 9 learning disabled dancers and 5 dancers from the Gelabert-Azzopardi company was developed into the performance. Arthur’s Feet choreographed by Cesc Gelabert. Performed in The Edinburgh International Festival 2004

2003 – 2004

  • Established and led year-long residency for traveller dance in The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh. Resulted in individual portrait film series Amplification and Restriction

1999 – 2004

  • Lead Artist with Artlink Edinburgh and the Lothians

1996 – 1998

  • Consultancy, jury membership and conference presentations for the Arts Council of Ontario in Community Dance and Arts

1997

  • Training programme leader and devisor for the Danny Grossman Dance Company in Toronto, Canada developing skills in community, education and outreach dance

1993

  • Advisor: for Royston Maldoom for the European Youth Dance Festival in Duisburg, Germany. The first time adults with learning disabilities performed publicly in a professional arena

1991

  • Initiated Out of Order, along with Nikki Milican, as company in residence in New Moves, Glasgow, with choreography by Liz Rankin. This was the first time a disability-led company had been programmed in New Moves. Out of Order went on to tour Britain over the next year
  • Devisor and teacher: Step, Ball and Change a dance training initiative in inclusive dance with ProjectAbility and Strathclyde Regional Council Social Work Department
  • Artists Residency: in homes for the elderly with the Arts in Fife

1989 –1991

  • Director of Dance: for ProjectAbility for Glasgow’s year as European City of Culture

1987 –1989

  • Arts and Disability Residency: with The Arts in Fife, the first post of its kind in Scotland

1985-1986

  • Workshop Leader: for Movement and Growth Programmes for the Elderly and Those Who Care for Them, with Dunfermline College of Physical Education

1980 – 1987

  • Dance and movement practitioner: for Borders Health Board based at Dingleton Hospital

AWARDS

  • Herald Angel Award Winner 2009
  • Creative Scotland Award Winner 2005
  • The Arts Council of Northern Ireland for Community Initiatives in the Arts, for intergenerational and cross-community choreography and development 1995

WRITING

  • 2009: Article for Animated on the strengths of disability-led dance
  • 2008: Article for Animated on quality and excellence in community dance
  • 2007: Take a Look at What Is Actually There: a publication that focuses on the contribution of learning disabled dancers to current contemporary dance practice. Resulting from a Creative Scotland Award funded and launched by the Scottish Arts Council in Tramway, Glasgow
  • 1986: Chapter in Movement and Growth Programmes for the Elderly and Those Who Care for Them: published by Dunfermline College of Physical Education

TEACHING :: LECTURING :: PRESENTATIONS

  • People’s Light Theatre: Malvern, PA, USA
  • The Arches: with Adrian Howells
  • Hospitalfield Arts: with Claire Barclay. Part of Fieldwork
  • Luminate: Dementia Friendly Arts Symposium with Alice McGrath
  • The Albert Drive Project: Symposium
  • New Territories Winter School: with Richard Layzell
  • FST: Symposium on the future of theatre & dance in Scotland; and on Site specific performance, as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • Moving On: conference in Glasgow, published in Animated October 2009
  • The Foundation for Community Dance: published in Animated 2008
  • Motley Theatre Design: London
  • Gray’s School of Art: Aberdeen
  • National Museum of Scotland: Edinburgh
  • Working In Public: Scottish Parliament Building
  • Dancebase: Edinburgh
  • City Moves: Aberdeen
  • Dance For All: Edinburgh
  • Grone Netzwerk Hamburg: Germany
  • Tanz Die Toleranz: Vienna, Austria
  • Residance: Detmold Germany
  • kontext Kultureproductionen: Hamburg, Germany
  • Elbe Werkstadt: Hamburg, Germany
  • Euroline: Open Stage Conference and Art Festival, Athens
  • Amici Dance Theatre Company: London
  • MacIntyre Care: Milton Keynes
  • Lung Ha’s Theatre Company: Edinburgh
  • Artlink Edinburgh and The Lothians
  • East Lothian Council: Let’s Dance Conference
  • Moray House College: Edinburgh
  • Artscare: Belfast
  • The Arts Council of Northern Ireland
  • The Foyle Arts Centre: Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland
  • European Youth Dance Festival: Duisberg, Germany
  • The National Ballet of Canada
  • Toronto and Scarborough Boards of Education
  • The Danny Grossman Dance Company: Toronto, Canada
  • Westbank Healing Centre: Fife
  • Sempervivum: Edinburgh
  • Hazelwood House: South Devon
  • Hospice Arts
  • Marie Curie Foundation
  • Samyeling Tibeten Centre: Eskdalemuir
  • TheatreCraft
  • ProjectAbility: Glasgow
  • The Arts in Fife
  • Borders Health Board

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

TEACHERS :: MENTORS :: WORKSHOPS :: RESIDENCIES

Suzanne Lacy; Anne Seagrave; Didier Theron; Richard Layzell; La Ribot; Raimund Hoghe; Mary Brennan; Goat Island Theatre Company; Cesc Gelabert; Liz Rankin; CandoCo; Gabrielle Roth; Miranda Tuffnell; Simon Whitehead; Wolfgang Stange; Royston Maldoom; Tamara McLorg; Jasmine Pasch; Walli Meier; Monika Pagneux; The Laban Guild; Lisa Ullman


BOARDS and COMMITTEES

  • 2000-Present: Rowan Tree Theatre Company, Board Member
  • 2012: Steering group member for Dance Sector Review Report for Creative Scotland
  • 2010-2012: MER Evaluation for Contemporary Performance Practice course at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • 2008-2010: Specialist Advisor in Dance for the Scottish Arts Council
  • 2007-2008: Public Art Reference Group, member for the Scottish Arts Council
  • 1996-1998: Arts Council of Ontario, jury member for Community Arts

FORMAL EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Education, Honours, in Physical Education: 1976 – 1980