THE BARROWLANDS PROJECT
Choreographer Michael Clark created a new work for the Cultural Olympiad which involved a cast of 43 community participants performing alongside Michael Clark Company dancers at Glasgow's iconic Barrowland Ballroom.
Role: Dance Leader
STRINGS: A SCREENDANCE FILM BY BARROWLAND BALLET
Strings brings together young people with complex needs such as autism with dance artists from Barrowland Ballet discovering the rich possibilities for connection through dance, celebrating the creative playfulness they discover together and children’s ability to take the lead.
Role: Dance Artist & facilitator
Grid Iron Theatre Company
Eight young people gather in a university student union cafe where they form alliances, fall in and out of love, and learn from the friction and energy created between one clique and another. A homage to classic coming-of age movies.
Role: Choreographer/Movement Director
FLY THE FLAG, 2021
Oona Doherty, Fuel Theatre
Young People from across the UK explore the right to freedom of opinion and expression in an ambitous new film project created by choreographer Oona Doherty alongside four associate artists. In partnership with Sky Arts, Fuel Theatre, Sadler's Wells, Millenium Centre, The Mac and Eden Court.
Role : Associate Artist for Scotland
All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre
Aerial dance project, run in partnership with Barnardo’s Scotland, Beacon Arts Centre and All or Nothing, is for children and young people (aged 4-21) with autism, neurodivergence and/or physical disabilities
Role: Aerial dance artist/facilitator, 2021-2022
National Theatre of Scotland
A darkly comic musical about grief, family and forgiveness, based on the much-loved cult film written and directed by Peter Mullan. Directed by Cora Bissett, with music and lyrics by Roddy Hart and Tommy Reilly and book by Douglas Maxwell.
Role: Associate Movement Director
I'm a person who loves to move. I've been a freelance dance artist since 2005 and this has enabled me to connect with people and communities across the world, as well as at home here in Scotland. My dance and physical theatre practice includes performing, choreographing, movement direction and teaching.
Most recently, I was associate movement director on National Theatre of Scotland's Orphans. I have also been working with All or Nothing as an aerial dance artist and facilitator on Creatability, which is an ongoing project with young people who are neurodivergent or have physical or learning disabilities. I was also an associate artist on Oona Doherty's Fly The Flag - a film project, commissioned by Sky Arts, where young people from across the UK explore freedom of expression and opinion.
During lockdowns, I've been developing my digital/remote practice. This has included making short dance films with young people through Achievement Bute, teaching online and launching a company, We Are Witches, with my dear friend and flatmate Kim Moore.
I'm a founding member of Glasgow based contemporary dance company Barrowland Ballet which has enabled me to perform and travel worldwide as well as lead on and develop participatory projects in local communities - most recent productions include the Tiger Trilogy, Poggle and Whiteout
As a dance and movement artist, I've worked on projects with Raw Material, Cora Bisset, Grid Iron Theatre Company, BBC Alba, Akram Khan Company, Edinburgh International Festival, Scottish Ballet, National Theatre of Scotland, Michael Clark Company, Scottish Dance Theatre, Vox Motus Theatre Company, East London Dance and Y-Dance.
As a creative performer, I've worked with Caroline Bowditch Company, Wee Stories, Stillmotion, David Hughes Dance, Freshmess Dance Company and Alan Greig Dance Theatre.
I trained at Edinburgh's Telford College from 2002-2005 where I gained a BA Honours in Dance and an HND in Professional Stage Dance.
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