Contributors

An Introduction from Zannah Chisholm, Artistic Director and CEO

In the lonely days of Covid 19, we are determined to combine our annual Summit – which showcases dance to promoters – with our three-yearly Dance & Technology Event for the dance and tech communities, and make a month-long Dance & Tech Forum. Covid 19 has driven us all to new digital explorations and this Forum is a chance to think about different ways of creating, collaborating and sharing in the future. 

The journey of research has been fascinating and long. It’s involved international conversations, working through lots of questions, being challenged about the who, wheres and whys, watching incredible innovative work and learning so much along the way. The culmination of our planning is a carefully curated programme which includes the One Day Edit – a whole day showcasing different ways of creating and sharing dance work with a view to stimulating ideas and challenging questions about whether and how we may develop this forward. 

Please share this amazing programme with your colleagues and networks, and beyond your networks.  We’ve made it Pay What You Want to remove financial barriers to it. You can access it if you’re in Bournemouth, Leeds, Tokyo or Nairobi, so please send it across geographic boundaries and timezones and book your tickets now.

My huge thanks go to Jeanette Hinton who has put so much work and thought into it, to Cheryl Baldacchino who has backed her up along the way, and to Lizzy Maries and Matt Smee who are co-producing and managing the event.

Zannah Chisholm

Extended thanks to…

… the many artists, promoters, producers and professionals we consulted along the way as we constructed this programme. Special thanks to Laura Kriefman, New Movement Collective, Natasha Player, Seth Honnor and Charlie Tapp for their time and guidance.

Adrienne Hart – Neon Dance

One Day Edit

Neon Dance is an internationally renowned, Southwest (UK) based organisation that embraces a diverse and digital population; a place where artists, partners and people engage in experiences that are experimental and original, yet accessible to all. We develop dance works that explore technologies and design with the body as the central tenet; Adrienne Hart is the founder and Artistic Director and Ian Abbott is the Executive Producer.

We work closely with our highly skilled board; made up of individuals who hold senior roles within Oxford University, Science Museum Group, Bank of America, Barbican Centre and the Arts & Humanities Research Council. Adrienne Hart initially trained at Swindon Dance, winning a scholarship at the age of 17 to train at London Contemporary Dance School. Graduating in 2002, she now works internationally as a choreographer and as Artistic Director of Neon Dance.

Adrienne has worked in Russia, Belgium, Norway, Germany, Kosovo, Japan, USA, and extensively in the UK. Her work has been commissioned and supported by Arts Council England, British Council, Creative England, Sadler’s Wells, The Place, Modern Art Oxford, Glastonbury Festival, Reversible Destiny Foundation, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, South West Creative Technology Network, Pavilion Dance South West and Art Front Gallery. Commissions include working with Sadler’s Wells resident over 60’s performance group Company of Elders and her latest work ‘Puzzle Creature’ invited to premiere as part of Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial (Japan). 

Neon Dance Website

 

Alexander Whitley – Alexander Whitley Dance Company

One Day Edit

A Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate, Alexander has received critical acclaim for his works investigating the impact of technology, such as artificial intelligence, on contemporary human experience and his ground-breaking use of interactive technology to redefine the parameters of choreography. His works for AWDC using interactive technology include stage productions: Pattern Recognition(Sadler’s Wells commission) and The Measures Taken(Royal Opera House commission); the performance-installation: Strange Stranger (York Mediale and Sadler’s Wells co-commission); and VR experiences: Celestial Motion(Daydream) and Celestial Motion II multi-player VR(HTC Vive) created in collaboration with The Guardian VR studio.

Website: https://www.alexanderwhitley.com/ 

Allan Rankin – Target 3D

One Day Edit

Co-Founder and Managing Director of Target3D, Allan has been working in 3D Motion Capture and tracking for over 9 years, serving industry and education solutions in multiple sectors. Strong sales and business development skills with a passion for technology. His experience in the delivery of projects includes working on live stage production solutions incorporating tracking for full-body, object and driving avatars, props and projection mapping content alike.

Website: https://www.target3d.co.uk/

Clarice Hilton – Independent

One Day Edit

Clarice Hilton is a creative technologist and researcher specialising in Unity and immersive artwork. She is a researcher at the University of London developing a movement based tool to intuitively design interaction in unity using machine learning. In her interdisciplinary practise she collaborates with filmmakers, dance practitioners, theatre makers and other artists to explore participatory and embodied experiences. She developed an interactive puppetry and AR touring show If Not Here… Where? with The Little Angel, Great Ormond Street Hospital. She was the creative technologist on SOMA a virtual reality experience exploring the somatic experience between the physical and the virtual in VR by Lisa May Thomas. She worked as a developer on The Collider developed by Anagram which has toured internationally at Tribeca, Venice Film Festival, IDFA Doc Lab and Sandbox Immersive Festival (best immersive artwork) and was named one of 2019 top immersive experiences by Forbes. She previously taught Interactive Storytelling and Unity at UCL on the Immersive Factual Storytelling course

Dani Clode – Dani Clode Design 

One Day Edit

Dani Clode is a multi-disciplinary collaborative designer investigating the perception and future architecture of our bodies. Dani works to challenge the boundaries of prosthetic design, incorporating new materials and design processes to extend the human form. Her main project the Third Thumb is currently being developed further for neuroscience research in collaboration with The Plasticity Lab, exploring the brain’s ability to adapt to augmentation.

Website: https://www.daniclodedesign.com/

Daniel Caulfield-Sriklad – London College of Fashion

One Day Edit

 

Daniel Caulfield-Sriklad is an academic and practitioner with interdisciplinary experience working across fashion, design and communication within higher education and the cultural and creative industries. Graduating with an MA in Fashion Curation in 2013, his curatorial and research practice has explored the embodied nature of dress within physical, virtual and immaterial space.

His research led to being awarded a Fulbright scholarship to work with The Drexel Digital Museum Project, Philadelphia, USA in 2015, working with an interdisciplinary team on the high-resolution capture, imaging and animation of historic garments from the Fox Historic Costume Collection.

Daniel is currently Knowledge Exchange Lead for the School of Media and Communication at the London College of Fashion, UAL, initiating and developing collaborative opportunities that interplay with industry, third sector, public engagement and community developments.

Emma McFarland – Studio Wayne McGregor/National Portrait Gallery Independent

Wavelength (8 October)

Emma leads the innovation programme at The National Gallery alongside her work as an independent Innovation and Digital Producer and Consultant with organisations including Studio Wayne McGregor – where she leads the QuestLab Network programme – Made by Katie Green, The Goethe Institute, Alexander Whitley Dance Company, Pell Ensemble, Knowle West Media Centre and Pavilion Dance South West.   

In 2017, Emma gained MA Digital Management (Distinction) from digital school Hyper Island.

Emma’s work – spanning the arts, social inclusion and digital worlds – has always been about making new connections between people, ideas and disciplines which help us to do things differently and make more of a difference.  After graduating with BA (Hons) Economics, Emma started her career in investment bank CS First Boston before moving into the not for profit sector, where she launched one of the voluntary sector’s first UK wide e-learning initiatives www.wiseradviser.org.uk and consulted on social inclusion policy and programme development.  

She has over 20 years experience in the arts and cultural sector and has worked in the dance sector since 2005, gaining PG Cert Dance in the Community from Trinity Laban, and working in senior management and producing roles with organisations including Swindon Dance, Pavilion Dance South West, Trinity Laban, 2Faced Dance and Magpie Dance.  She is a Fellow of the RSA.

Website: https://www.studioemc.co.uk/

Esteban Fourmi – Company AΦE

Wavelength (15 October)

Esteban Fourmi is the Artistic Director of AΦE, which he co-founded in 2013 with Aoi Nakamura.

After training at the Conservatoires of Angers and Paris as well as Rosella Hightower school (Cannes) in France, Esteban received further training at Palucca Schule (Dresden) and The Place (London).

He has worked with many companies including Johannes Wieland Dance company in Kassel (2008), Punchdrunk (2013- present), NovaTanz, and was involved in Film and TV productions as well.

In 2009 Esteban joined Jasmin Vardimon Company and has been deeply involved in the work of JVC ever since, as a dancer and education facilitator.Esteban started choreography alongside his performing career and created “Dress up yourself!” (2008) for State Thetaer Kassel and “Hard Core Will Never Die” (2013) for Woking Dance Festival. For AΦE, Esteban and Aoi have created WHIST (2017) and 0AR (2018) and are currently developing their new production REBOOT.

Website: http://www.aoiesteban.com

Hemma Philamore – University of Bristol

Hemma Philamore is a Lecturer in Robotics at the University of Bristol and Bristol Robotics Laboratory. She specializes in soft, energy-autonomous and bio-hybrid robots. Her work includes microbial and protein-based systems for electrical power generation and robotic actuator synthesis, robots and sensors for monitoring aquatic environments, wearable technology, and work with artists and performers on interactive artworks combining sound, touch, and play.   

Holly Thomas – Independent

One Day Edit

Holly is a dance artist and performer, working with improvisation, inclusive practice andintegrated audio description. She is visually impaired and uses her lived experience to inform her work. After completing a BA  Honours degree studying drama , she went on to work in the performing arts, finding  dance through an education project  at The Place with Saburo Teshigawara and his company Karas and through working with Touchdown Dance.  Holly has worked with visually impaired people in the field of arts and education.

Holly is currently working with PECo theatre and is a company member with Touchdown Dance and The Velcro Collective. She was the participant co-ordinator, for the SOMA project and has been working with Lisa May Thomas exploring visual perception and the felt experience relative to the VR environment.

Joumana Mourad– IJAD Dance Company

Wavelength (15 October)

Joumana Mourad Choreographer, Founder of IJAD, Open Online Theatre and MeWe-WeMe movement technique.

IJAD:

Artistic Director embraces digital technologies in dance, creating performances presented on three different yet interlinked stages (physical, digital-stream and digital-social) to create meaningful worldwide conversations, before, during and after a performance.

From working with 45 performers in Taiwan to engaging audiences across four continents with its live-stream, IJAD embraces unconventional spaces and new formats.  

Open Online Theatre.

Open Online Theatre is IJAD brainchild.  A new platform that allows IJAD and other performing arts companies/organisations to develop a new dynamics through the work they develop in and with the digital realm.

MeWe-WeMe: A concept of a workshop based on balancing a physical space and one’s relation to (and within) a group

Roundtable discussion:

In 2019-2020 we have created a series of discussions around performances in and with the digital sphere. Podcast available.

Website: www.ijaddancecompany.com

Kwesi Johnson – Agile Digital Studio / The Cultural Assembly

One Day Edit & Wavelength (22 October)

Kwesi Johnson is a movement specialist, moving minds, bodies and attitudes for over 20 years as the Creative Director of The Cultural Assembly and former Artistic Director/choreographer of NPO, Kompany Malakhi. He’s also a pioneer of the now worldwide performance genre, Hip Hop Theatre.

His current work lies at the intersection of digital, the creative arts & technology and repurposing commercial real estate into creative hubs making online/offline performance and community building work where access and distribution is democratised.

Partners, supporters and commissioners have included The BBC, Vauxhall, The British Council, Arts Council England, Savilles Estates and The National Theatre.

 

Link to Up My street Demo Work in Progress – https://vimeo.com/361190053

How we are applying it – https://upmystreet.theculturalassembly.com/wp/52-2

Website: https://theculturalassembly.com

Laura Kriefman – Hellion Trace/Barbican Theatre Plymouth

One Day Edit & Wavelength (29 October)

Laura Kriefman is the Director, Producer and Artist behind Hellion Trace and has over a decade of experience delivering interdisciplinary projects worldwide that fuse the performing arts and creative technology.

Her expertise in these areas has been recognised by numerous international fellowships including: Questlab Artist in Residence with Wayne McGregor, 2018 Mozilla XR Studio Fellow, PRS Female Innovator in Music (keychange.eu), 2016 INK Fellow, 2015 WIRED Magazine/The Space Creative Fellow and a 2011-2012 Fellow of the Clore Cultural Leadership Programme.

Hellion Trace (formerly Guerilla Dance Project) have won multiple awards for digital innovation and specialise in Augmented Dance: the fusion between movement and technology. Resident at the Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol, they create interactive installations and spectacles that have been commissioned worldwide including USA, Brazil, Ireland, Croatia, Europe, India, and Indonesia. Recent work includes Kicking The Mic, a performance piece fusing live tap dance, looping and a fully sound reactive LED dress, winning the Smart Oxford Playable City Commission, and Mass Crane Dance which was launched as part of her Creative Fellowship with WIRED Magazine. Mass Crane Dance is a spectacular meeting of music, light, and synchronised construction cranes dancing across the skylight at night: The inaugural Crane Dance Bristol event was seen by 10,000 people and reached 4 million people online.

Laura has been a guest speaker at INK, WIRED, ReMIX, SxSW Interactive, World Science Fair (New York), IRCAM Paris, the Southbank Centre, and TEDxRoma, TEDxDanubia and TEDxLondon. She has been an expert reviewer for MoCo for the last 4 years, and for SIGGraph and has recently started a practice based PhD into Augmented Choreography with the 3d3 Research Centre.

Website: http://www.helliontrace.com/

Lea Anderson – Independent

CPD for Professional Artists 

Lea Anderson is an independent artist and artistic director of The Cholmondeleys and The Featherstonehaughs companies. As well as touring extensively throughout the UK and overseas, the companies are renowned for their pioneering work in non-theatrical spaces and venues. In 2002 Lea was awarded an MBE for her services to dance, and in 2006 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Dartington College of Arts.

In 2014 Lea was appointed Regents Professor at the University of California, in Los Angeles. She is currently Artist in Residence at the Southbank Centre, London and holds a Creative Fellowship at The Bill Douglas Film Museum.

Lea is a director and choreographer with an interest in intangible cultural heritage and living collections. She poses as a special dance historian to re/create performed exhibitions and archives.

During lockdown Lea created Elvis Legs (Quarantine Mix), a distanced ensemble dance work, funded using Kickstarter and filmed on Zoom.

Website: :http://www.leaanderson.com/

Lisa May Thomas – Independent

One Day Edit

Award-winning dance artist and film-maker, Lisa May Thomas has worked extensively at the intersection of performance and technology. Her choreography and films have been exhibited and broadcast worldwide at international galleries and on national television. Lisa’s PhD at the University of Bristol takes a dance and somatic approach in researching digital technology as a tool to facilitate embodied experiences and explore sensory perception.

Soma is an hour-long participatory experience that takes participants on a sensory journey and offers them the opportunity to explore different ways of seeing and feeling across physical, virtual and imagined realities. Soma is led by dance artist and researcher Lisa May Thomas and brings together an experienced team of professional dancers whose individual practices contribute to the delivery of the work.

Website: https://soma-project.co.uk/

Make Amplify (Jennifer Irons & Zach Walker)

One Day Edit & Wavelength (15 October)

We are makeAMPLIFY; a collective of award-winning artists & technologists working with artistic directors Jennifer Irons and Zach Walker. We create spectacular large-scale outdoor immersive events that transform people and public spaces into the extraordinary. We illuminate and re-imagine city centres and landscapes, bringing forgotten or ignored buildings to life, and engaging communities and audiences in life-affirming stories that celebrate being together physically, emotionally and digitally.

makeAMPLIFY are resident artists with Studio Wayne McGregor’s Questlab Network focusing on intersections between dance & technology, and ArtsDriva @ Fusebox program to experiment with arts and emerging, immersive technologies.

Jennifer Irons is an award-winning choreographer/ performer/ director working internationally across theatre, commercial and socially engaged projects. In addition to her own work, she specializes in mass movement and is Associate Choreographer with Complicité and Mass Movement Director for Akram Khan Company. www.jenniferirons.co.uk

Zach Walker is a multi-disciplinary artist commissioned by galleries, museums, festivals and commercial events including Google Chromecast Launch in Las Vegas and Matte BLACK in NYC. He was Visual Director for Decibel Electronic Festival in Seattle for 4 years, with his and makeAMPLIFY’s work featuring with Moby, DJ Shadow, and the Light Surgeons. www.zachwalker.co.uk

Website: https://www.makeamplify.co.uk/

New Movement Collective (Malgorzata Dzierzon & Renaud Wiser)

One Day Edit

NMC is a group of dance artists collectively redefining the boundaries of choreography and performance through ambitious, cross-disciplinary practice.

Malgorzata (Gosia) Dzierzon

Born and trained in Poland, as a dancer Gosia worked with the Royal Danish Ballet, Gothenburg Ballet and Rambert among others. Since 2006 she lives in the UK where she has been twice nominated for Best Female Dancer (modern) in the National Dance Critics Circle Awards. Since 2013 she has been working as a freelance choreographer, producer and teacher. Malgorzata’s recent choreographic credits include Flight for Rambert, Twilight Dances for Fertile Ground, Rasputin 11 for Opera Wroclaw in partnership with Ballet Semperoper and Rambert Tryptyk a winning entry into the 2020 ‘Choreographic Territories –New Avant-garde Routes’ programme in Poland.  

A member of New Movement Collective, where she produced and co-choreographed a number of productions, including two Southbank Centre commissions and Project XO commissioned by the Sadler’s Wells. Malgorzata is a Clore Cultural Leadership Programme Fellow, a guest tutor at Architectural Association, Royal Academy of Dance and in 2020 Artist in Residence at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Since 2018 she is an artistic co-director of Newcastle- based company Fertile Ground.

Renaud Wiser                                                                                                                         

Born in Switzerland and trained as a dancer with the Ballet Junior in Geneva, Renaud performed with Ballet du Grand Theatre de Genève, Ballet National de Marseille, Gothenburg Ballet, Rambert and Bonachela Dance Company. He is the Artistic Director of Renaud Wiser Dance Company and a founder-member of New Movement Collective. Twice commissioned by Dance City in Newcastle, his work (individual and collaborative) has been presented in key venues in the UK including Sadler’s Wells Lilian Baylis, Southbank Centre, Dance City, DanceEast, Greenwich Dance, Pavilion Dance South West, Rich Mix and at festivals in France, Belgium, Poland, Latvia, Italy and Switzerland.

In 2018 Renaud created The Disappearing Act, a new work for his company and in 2019 he co-created Digital Umbilical with Body Intelligence Collective. Renaud is a guest tutor at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, an associate artist at Swindon Dance and since 2018 an artistic co-director of Newcastle based company Fertile Ground.

Website: https://newmovement.org.uk/

Rebecca Evans – Pell Ensemble

Wavelength (8 October)

As Choreographer and Artistic Director of Pell Ensemble since 2012, Rebecca has developed and delivered digital dance performance, installations and engagement work in the UK & abroad. Rebecca was one of 10 choreographers selected by Studio Wayne McGregor to take part in Questlab Network 2018/19, a nationally significant program developing cross-disciplinary digital and dance practices. 

Her practice has included combining movement with live coding, generative projection, 360 sound, walking apps and interactive performance. She was on The BENCH 2015/2016 and has been commissioned by 2Faced Dance, Wilton’s Strike, Spontaneous Combustion Festival, The Vaults, Athens Digital Arts Festival, London Borough of Culture and Waltham Forest Virtual Culture.

Rebecca’s choreographic work examines the shift in digital culture and its effect on our souls and society. While Rebecca is not a coder she looks at creative ways to expand codes applications in collaboration with other artists and her audiences. Increasingly her work is made using elements of Human Centered Design allowing the entire making process to be informed by the audiences it is intended for- creating rich experiences that incorporate the body, digital and storytelling.

Rebecca also has developed and delivered, along with computing curriculum specialist Su Adams, their Dance and Coding programme in the UK and internationally. Developed in 2016 with further development support from Studio Wayne McGregor and University College of London’s Interaction Centre. The programme incorporates movement and physical computing to empower the next generation with knowledge to shape the digital future they would like to see. This has been delivered to over 800 participants for a wide range of partners including, MozFest, STEM from Dance (NYC), Olympic Park EAST summer school, University of Bath, Teesside University, Festival of Ingenuity, Dance in Devon and many primary and secondary schools across the UK

Website: https://www.pellensemble.com

Tamar Makin – Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL

One Day Edit

Tamar Makin is a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University College London, UK and leader of the Plasticity Lab. Her main interest is in understanding how our body representation changes in the brain (brain plasticity). Her primary model for this work is studying individuals with a hand loss.

Tamar graduated from the Brain and Behavioural Sciences programme at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2009. She was then awarded several career development fellowships to establish her research programme on brain plasticity in amputees at the University of Oxford, first as Research Fellow and later as a Principle Investigator.

In 2016 Tamar joined the faculty of UCL to continue this work. She is currently supported by the European Research Council (Starting Grant) and the Wellcome Trust (Senior Research Fellow).

Website: www.plasticity-lab.com

Tavaziva

Boy’s Khaya – Online only (14 – 16 October)

Bawren Tavaziva grew up in a rural village near Masvingo in Zimbabwe. Football, Michael Jackson, New Edition and Kung Fu movies viewed at the local community hall provided inspiration to Bawren and his friends. Bawren’s musical talents also developed at this time on a guitar made by his brother from a 5 litre tin can and fishing wire.

At the age of 12 Bawren Tavaziva attended an outreach ballet project with the National Ballet of Zimbabwe at his local community centre. From day one, his determination and talent led him to a life-long passion for dance. He danced with Tumbuka for five years and toured Africa. He came to England to join Phoenix and Union Dance and in 2004 he presented his own choreography and music as a finalist at The Place Prize with a deeply moving quintet entitled Umdhlalo Kasisi, in memory of his sister who sadly died of HIV.

After this, Bawren formed his own company and became Artistic Director of Tavaziva Dance and in the same year won a fellowship with Dance of the African Diaspora’s Trailblazer programme. He went on to produce further works for his own company. His productions include BOY’S KHAYA (premiering in 2020), Izindava 2017, Africarmen 2015, Tavaziva Ten 2014, Greed 2013, Sensual Africa 2012, Double Take 2011, Wild Dog 2010, Heart of Darkness 2009, Chatsva 2007, Bophelo 2006, and Soul Inspired 2005.

In 2015 Bawren Tavaziva and South African dancer Bafana Solomon Matea choreographed a large-scale dance piece called Madiba. It took place along Mandela Walk and the Riverside Terrace at London’s Southbank Centre, and was performed by degree and graduate dancers from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

In 2016 Artistic Director of Rambert Mark Baldwin OBE invited Bawren to work with Polka Theatre’s Artistic Director Pete Glanville to create Mud Child, a new work for children and family audiences.

In 2018 Bawren choreographed a piece for Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Youth Group, that was performed in Leeds and London as a part of a collection of works that had been conceptualised with the aim to raise awareness on, understand, and communicate issues around HIV/AIDS. He was also invited as a Shona Dance Consultant for Black Panther star and Tony-nominated writer Danai Gurira’s striking play ‘The Convert’. Bawren gave guidance on Shona Dance techniques and led a Q&A teaching the cast about traditional Zimbabwe in the 19th Century, and the Shona tribe in particular.

Tavaziva has produced a Black Dance Archives Learning Resource that documents Bawren Tavaziva’s dance career and includes interviews with Bawren and workshop examples.

Website: https://tavazivadance.com/bawren-tavaziva

Tom Dale – Tom Dale Company

Surge Digital: Online only (14 – 16 October)

We create world-class, collaborative, contemporary performance which is brave, explorative, exciting, urban and visceral and we tour this work across the UK and internationally. We combine dance, new technologies and the digital arts to offer an immersive experience and challenge convention.

Our practice is to holistically combine movement, light, sound and energy in a dynamic and shifting relationship within space and time; putting the body at the centre of digital interaction.

Experience, Interact, Play, Hear and Feel the work from a different and unique perspective. SURGE DIGITAL is Tom Dale Company’s new work for 2021

Website: http://tomdale.org.uk/

Tony Adigun – Avant Garde Dance

Wavelength (8 October)

Tony is a choreographer, director, curator, dancer, educator and mentor with a razor sharp eye for dance composition, musicality and form. Over the last 20 years, his unique dance vocabulary has gained respect from the highest echelons of the dance industry.

2019 saw the presentation of Tony venture into the world of digital tech with an innovative VR180 video project commissioned by The National Gallery, in partnership with Google.

Website: http://www.avantgardedance.com/ 

 

Wilkie Branson – Independent

TOM – Online only (14 – 16 October)

Wilkie Branson is an interdisciplinary dance artist and film-maker. Self-taught in both dance and film, which form the main focus of his work, the roots of his practice lie in b-boying. Wilkie’s dance style has developed into a unique fusion, with expression, accessibility and integrity at it’s heart. He received the Arts Foundation Choreographic Fellowship in 2012 and the UK Film & TV Charity John Brabourne Award in 2019.

Most recently he was the recipient of the Outstanding Production award in the 2019 Theatre and Technology Awards for TOM. Wilkie is a New Wave Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells and a Playtime Artist at PDSW.

Website: https://www.wilkiebranson.com/

Michaela Waldram-Jones – Executive Producer, TDC

Tom Dale Company is one of the UK’s leading contemporary dance companies based in Nottingham. By combining dance, electronic music and digital media, TDC is a leader in the field, producing world-class work which is simultaneously bold, exciting and constantly evolving.

Executive Producer Michaela Waldram-Jones is an experienced arts manager, producer, and marketing specialist with 27 years’ experience of marketing, making and touring performance, both nationally and internationally.  Michaela is a former Associate Producer for UK Arts International, (Afrovibes Festival)  and Marketing Manager for Northampton Theatres and ACE Theatre Officer for the East Midlands. A founder Board Member of the Arts Marketing Association, Michaela is passionate about creating meaningful experiences for audiences.

Ruairi Glynn – Director, Interactive Architecture Lab

One Day Edit

Ruairi Glynn is a visual artist whose work has been exhibited internationally including the Centre Pompidou Paris, the National Art Museum of China Beijing and Tate Modern London. His interactive installations reflect on rapid developments in robotic technologies examining the emerging aesthetics of animate behaviour in art, architecture and design. He is director of the Interactive Architecture Lab at the Bartlett, University College London

Website:  www.ruairiglynn.co.uk

Tim Casson – Choreographer, Educator and Performer

Wavelength Session 2 (October 15th) 

Tim is a Choreographer, Educator and Performer, creating for theatre, public, unusual and online spaces. His company Casson & Friends, make People Powered Performance: accessible, interactive and joyful dance projects that start with a conversation. Projects include Choreocracy, Night at the Theatre, and the World Record Breaking, The Dance WE Made, and have been presented in 11 countries worldwide.

Tim works extensively in education as a teacher, rehearsal director, mentor, consultant and producer for a wide range of dance organisations including Candoco, Skånes Dansteater, and Sadler’s Wells. As a performer Tim worked with Ben Wright, Katie Green, Nigel Charnock and extensively with Jasmin Vardimon Company, also founding their JV2 Training Programme. Tim also recently worked with Disney, Star Wars and Public Health England, to create Train Like a Jedi.

A DanceEast Associate Artist, Tim previously held associate positions at Pavilion Dance South West, Metal Peterborough and dancedigital. He is also a SERIOUSWORK Certified Facilitator of Lego® Serious Play® Method and Material

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