I grew up in mid-Sussex. Following three years failing as a telecommunications apprentice engineer and initial attempts at teacher training, I studied dance for three years with Sigurd Leeder at his small international studio school in Switzerland.
(In the 1920s and 30s in Germany Leeder was close to Rudolph Laban and Kurt Jooss, the three of them developing work that influenced a generation – and more – of dancers, choreographers and educators across Europe and beyond.)
Throughout the 1970s, 80s and 90s I developed and made new work and taught in a wide spectrum of situations and settings – solo and ensemble performances, cross discipline collaborations, in hospitals and prisons, arts centres and universities, in a range of community residences, and through anthropology and social science research where advocacy of embodying the imagination is placed in the foreground. I have travelled with this work to Holland, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Austria, the United States, South Africa and Singapore.
Since 2001 I have collaborated with:
For the last 17 years I have lived at Burnlaw – an arts community interest company and orgainic farm in the North Pennine hills of Northumberland. I have walked these hills lots of times. They provide an alternative studio and incubating environment for new and developing ideas.