Glasgow-based Saffy Setohy works across choreography, performance, participatory work and movement direction in an expanded field. Interdisciplinary collaboration is at the heart of her work.
Her current practices are concerned perception, interconnection, sensation and interdependancy. She is interested in how our bodies interact with our environments and with non-human things. Having recently completed Hatha Yoga teacher training, she is also exploring how to integrate these practices within her art.
Recently Saffy was awarded the choreographer bursary by Saltire Society and Scottish Dance Theatre. In 2015-2016, Saffy was selected to participate in the Dance Artist/Curator Mentorship Scheme, supported by Siobhan Davies Dance. She was an ‘emerging artist in residence’ at the Southbank Centre from 2010-2012, and is currently an associate artist of Insitu European network for art in public space, supported by UZ Arts.
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.
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.
Saffy 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.
"I am interested in how relationships between human and non human things can emerge through the body in performance, often working with sound, visual materials and environments. I’m curious about people and place, transformation, and interconnectedness. Through making performance I attempt to listen to, speak of and ask questions about the things we can’t always express in words. I seek to frame or construct relational situations in which open-ended encounters between performance, environment and audience can happen. "