My practice often involves working with improvisation, attention to imagery and sensation, and text/writing, all coming from or working in relation to the body. I am concerned with the relationship between the audience and the performance, and the politics of the performance space. The themes in my work are often exploring what it means to be human, and the embodied self in relation to our lived environment. I have an ongoing curiosity around notions of absence and presence, memory, intimacy and states of transition or change. A concern with how the female body is respresented in performance is also an emerging commonality in a lot of my work.
Some of my performances have taken place outside of the theatre space, being in the form of installations, video and site-based works.
As a teacher I enjoy facilitating people to find their own means of expression, and to find dynamism and ease of movement with a sense of the embodied and whole self.
I am currently developing a project called Kin (working title), which is supported by Arts Council England, Falmouth University, Pavilion Dance and Swindon Dance. This project will see the creaton of a live duet performed by Lois Taylor and her teenage son Jake. Centred around thair shared love of dance, the work looks at themes such as dependency/independence, ageing/coming of age at a particular time of change in their lives. A video/animation work centred around similar themes will also be developed.
These works will be available for touring in Autumn 2013 and Spring 2014.
Soliloquy (2012)- installation work currently available for distribution to gallery, studio and other non-theatre spaces.
As a performer I have worked with artists including Angela Praed, Matthias Sperling and Andreya Ouamba, Henrietta Hale, Willi Dorner and this year performed Yvonne Rainers Trio A for the Move: Choreographing You exhibition at Londons Southbank Centre where I was an 'emerging artist in residence' from 2010-2012.
My teaching experience encompasses contemporary (release-based) technique, and leading skills-based workshops in improvisation, choreography, and Laban theories for actors. I have worked with ages from infants to adults, from community to professional settings. I particularly enjoy teaching young adults (14+) and emerging professionals. I was an Associate Lecturer at Plymouth University from 2011-2012, and I'm currently a Visiting Lecturer at Falmouth University.
I am the Dance Development Officer at The Works Dance and Theatre Cornwall where I enjoy supporting other professionals, the community and young people in their engagement with dance.