Glasgow-based Saffy Setohy is an artist working across choreography, performance, participatory work/facilitation, and movement direction in an expanded field. Interdisciplinary collaboration is at the heart of her work.

Saffy is influenced by somatic practices, and philosophies of ecology, feminism and new materialism, leading her to employ non human-centric ways of working with place and subject. She is often asking the question of what an ecological practice might be. She seeks to frame relational, social situations in which new, and potentially transformative connections and perceptions can emerge. 

She has made various collaborative installation, outdoor, sited, stage and screen works for rural and urban contexts, commissioned and presented in the UK and internationally. 

Trained at Laban, Saffy graduated in 2007. She has worked as a performer with choreographers including Henrietta Hale, Matthias Sperling, Angela Praed, Willi Dorner, and performed in the restaging of Yvonne Rainers’ seminal post-modern work Trio A for Move: Choreographing You at the Hayward Gallery. 

 

Saffy was: 

-awarded the choreographer bursary by Saltire Society and Scottish Dance Theatre in 2017

- an associate artist of Insitu European network for art in public space, supported by UZ Arts

-selected to participate in the Dance Artist/Curator Mentorship Scheme, supported by Siobhan Davies Dance in 2016

-‘emerging artist in residence’ at the Southbank Centre from 2010-2012

She teaches and facilitates in a range of inclusive education and community contexts, and is a visiting university lecturer. She is both an artist member and board member of The Work Room, an organisation supporting the development of contemporary choreographic practices. 

 

"Saffy Setohy is establishing herself as an inquisitive artist with a commitment to exploring her movement ideas deeply and with attention to detail. Often with a particular connection to the physical landscape around her, Saffy is creating personal, evocative, human work which reaches out to her audience."

Gilian Dale

Executive Director

Dance in Devon, 2014

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