Wednesday, 18 September 2013


I have recently started working with a new West Midlands based physical theatre company called 7Theatre.

We are working towards a performance in October called 'Grey Matter'.
"Inspired by the true story of a 23 year old girl, Grey Matter explores the breakdown of the body, brain and relationships after a stroke."
Find the link here:


Make Shift...


TripSwitch Dance..

For our Final Major Project, Charly, Emma & I created a dance company called TripSwitch Dance. 

Tripswitch Dance presents an evening of work in which the performers and audience members are invited to explore the moving body as a means of communication. This piece journeys through a map of tasks, explorations and improvisations highlighting the themes of behaviour, identity and personality within performance. This work investigates the possibilities of movement development using the methods of accumulation and repetition. Through the means of installation, speech and sound, Tripswitch Dance explore the relationship between spectator and performer and aim to convey the vulnerability of this exchange by dissolving the barriers between them.


Hello Blog world!!

So I haven't posted on here for a very long time (sorry!!) & I've decided to take this blog into my professional dance career.

This is going to take some getting used to, especially as this started as part of a project whilst attending University. So please bear with me as I track my journey into becoming a freelance dance artist.


Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Experience of Teaching...

I am reflecting today after my peer facilitation/ teaching session.
Teaching is something relatively new to me - I have aiding in others teaching & led small improvisations before, but never have I self-led a group on a topic of my choice.
What follows is the hand-out sheet I gave to my peers...

Contralateral Movement Pattern..

"The Contralateral pattern is the basic pattern of our bipedal walking and running... Most mammals display this pattern in their normal walking gait. Although at certain phrases of the movement the coordination appears to be the same as for the homolateral pattern, the initiation is different"   Wisdom Of The Body Moving, Linda Hartley

Seeing the body in 4 quarters...

Finding the diagonal lines through the centre...

Intention and desire for the other... Being engaged in the world...

 Psoas Muscle:
"As part of the iliopsoas, psoas major contributes to flexion and external rotation in the hip joint. On the lumbar spine, unilateral contraction bends the trunk laterally, while bilateral contraction raises the trunk from it's supine position."
"It forms part of a group of muscles called the hip flexors, whose action is primarily to lift the upper leg towards the body when the body is fixed or to pull the body towards the leg when the leg is fixed."


 I found it was really difficult to know when to add in more information.
I gave my dancers choices of what they wanted to move with.
Feeding into the space - different things to work with.
Showed clear images


Saturday, 16 March 2013

Cecilia Macfarlane Workshop, Give your heart to another..

Cecilia is an independent dance artist who passionately believes that dance is for everyone.
(I think she is an incredibly intelligent & influential woman - I could listen to her for hours!)

Trying to remember myself as a dancer without deadlines!!!!

Finding the heart of me. Where is it?
What colour is it?
For me, today, my heart is in my core. A deep connection. It is a purple light floating within my core.

Un-organised, messy, asymmetrical movement.

Discussing our knowledge of the difference between 'therapeutic' & 'dance movement therapy'
Finding a way of being

Dance Movement Therapy:
Relationship with my body, the space & the therapist
Expression through another means
Silent form
An agenda - something you want to change


Friday, 15 March 2013

Homologous Pattern..

The frog!!

Not walking in opposition.
Differentiation between upper & lower body - 2 limbs at the same time, symmetry.
Begins in the later stages of utero - this pattern is part of the birthing process, ingrained.
Like the spinal pattern, we have yield & push and reach & pull in the homologous pattern.
This pattern starts to take us into moving through space.
Can find support from the organ system in this.
Sense of sight is coming into play.
Moving with intention.