I am a working-class British Mancunian-born choreographer, theatre maker and researcher of Celtic ancestry, creating performance and outreach programmes which aim to raise voices and reconnect bodies. The artistic work which I now create reflects the diversity of my cultural experiences and inheritances. I am honestly and actively working on becoming comfortable with not 'fitting' into any particular performance-based category, but in focusing my energies on how performance can change minds and change lives.
I create dance theatre work that responds to lived experiences. My career highlights include solo performances of "Somewhere North of Here" (a response to the UK’s Brexit vote) and "Lies My Parents Told Me" (deconstructing British working-class ideologies of gender), and a commission from Dundee Rep Theatre to create an intergenerational flashmob for a performance at Dundee’s V&A Museum. My latest short work, "HERSTORY", explores female journeys through gender violence and was developed at Hip Hop theatre development lab, Open Art Surgery, with dramaturgical support from Jonzi D (Breakin’ Convention) and Ivan Blackstock (CRXSS PLXTFXRM).
From 2015-2019 I directed The Artifact, a dance company through which I developed and delivered therapeutic programmes in dance and spoken word across the UK. These programmes took techniques in dance and spoken word and utilised them to create new performance works with survivors of gender violence, stroke survivors and young people with additional support needs.
I began my career as a Producer, working with the Manchester International Festival, Pavilion Dance South West and Cheshire Dance. I have also worked with Rosie Kay Dance Company, Youth Theatre Arts Scotland and 2Faced Dance as a freelance dance artist, as well as supporting rappers such as Kano.
From 2010-2014 I lead dance and spoken word ensemble Broken Rose, performing across the UK and taking part in Jonzi D and Breakin' Convention's Open Art Surgery in Bournemouth in 2013. Broken Rose’s first show, spoken word and dance open stage event "Flow!" debuted at Contact Theatre in Manchester in October 2011. Broken Rose’s first children’s show, "Spooked", debuted with a six show run at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London in August 2013, as part of Lollibop Festival (known as “the Glastonbury for kids”).
I have an MFA (Distinction) in Art, Society and Publics from The University of Dundee, through which I explored the history and evolution of Hip Hop dance genres, the notion of post-hip-hop and their relationship to my own ever-evolving practice, whilst developing dance work for theatres, galleries, museums and film, with accompanying visual art and publications. I have undertaken training and mentoring with Ukweli Roach, Karla Shacklock and Christine Devaney. My most recent venture comes in the form of a doctorate, as PhD candidate at The University of Surrey researching "Resistance and reorientation: an exploration of spatial orientation and agency through representations of gender violence in the Hip Hop dance theatre works of British female choreographers."