artist & writer
I am a choreographer, digital installation artist, and sometime dance writer. Previously Professor in Choreography and New Media (part-time) at the University of Chichester, UK and currently Professor Emerita in Dance at the same University, I re-embarked on a freelance career in 2013.
Co-founder of the Bristol Community Dance Centre in the early 1980s, I later worked for several years as a dance artist in education with some of Britain's top contemporary dance artists, at the same time developing my own choreographic work. I then became an artist-scholar in higher education.
I work extensively in close collaboration with artists from other disciplines (composers, visual artists, digital artists and theatre practitioners) and scientists, geographers, and others. My work has been presented nationally and internationally,from London to Los Angeles; Glasgow to Kampala, Uganda, Birmingham UK to Brisbane, Australia, and takes many forms, including digital dance works, music-theatre works, mixed media performance and digital installations. I lecture on dialogues between the choreographic and the digital, and conduct workshops for dance artists and other arts practitioners in countries across the globe.
The focus of my artistic work lies in the dialogue between choreographic concepts and new technologies. I have a particular interest in collaborative practices. I have created digital installations in collaboration with other artists; some have involved a performance element, some focus on audience-directed interactivity, some combine the two. Through these installations I have explore notions of sensation and affect through the use of movement and digital media. More recently I have started investigating the expansion of concepts of choreographic space, culminating in an installation entitled Streamlines, and a book, co-edited with Gretchen Schiller of Grenoble University, entilted Choreographic Dwellings: Practising Place.
I continue my research activity into integrated dialogues between between choreographic and philosophical discourses through both practice and theoretical debate, and collaborative practices with artists and practitioners from other disciplines.