August 2017, Paris:
I am delighted to be teaching at Paris Summer Academy 2017
I work across professional and community arts with people of all ages and
abilities, facilitating explorations into the creative body. My practice is
multi-artform and responsive, integrating movement with language
and drawing inspiration from contact/ improvisation, dance and theatre.
As well as offering workshops within traditional arts and education
settings, I have worked in areas of social deprivation, post-war zones,
refugee camps and with those living under dictatorship – including
UK, Bosnia, Kosova, Albania, Australia. Working collaboratively, I was
twice invited to Iran by British Council/Fadj International Festival to
teach and co-create new work for theatre students and artists.
I am an Engagement Artist with Edinburgh Festival Theatre and have
worked extensively with young people for over 20 years. I am
currently pursuing studies in Somatic Movement Education and
Infant Developmental Movement Education with Body Mind
Centering and also trained as a Pilates teacher.
Projects both past and present include: Paris Summer Academy 2016,
University of Edinburgh/ Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Beacon
Arts, Dance Base, Youth Music Theatre UK, Performance Captain
Commonwealth Games, Scottish Youth Dance and War Child.
See The Lost Things with Beacon Arts. Ongoing teaching includes
participation in the Scottish contact/ improvisation circuit.
I am an Associate Artist with Starcatchers, Edinburgh. ‘Dance and Play’
was devised as a professional training in creative movement for
practitioners in the Early Years sector and is now delivered Scotland-wide.
This approach is informed by the study of Infant Developmental
Movement Education and the work of Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen.
‘Moving Matters: Play, Create, Imagine’ was an artist residency
hosted by Hillend Children’s Centre, an integrated nursery in
Greenock, together with Starcatchers. The project involved
mentoring, dialogue, discovery, creative movement research
& development in collaboration with staff and children over
a 6 month period from 2015 – 2016. Read more here