Dance Artist Luke Birch began his dance training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and then went on to complete his BA Hons degree at Laban in 2008. In 2009 he joined post graduate dance company Edge at The Place/LCDS. Professionally he has performed for Attik Dance Company, H2 Dance, Pair Dance, Yael Flexer, Nic Sandiland, Angela Praed, Charles Linehan, Dog Kennel Hill Project, Rosemary Lee (Rehearsal Director) and Punchdrunk. He has also worked on projects with artist Pablo Bronstein and Matthias Sperling for Tate, Martin Creed (Turner Prize Winner), and a restaging of Yvonne Rainer's Trio A at The Hayward Gallery. Luke also has a passion for teaching , having assisted projects for Laban; Pick Up The Pace project, NSCD Youth Programme and with Charlotte Darbyshire for Falling Wide, and more recently teaching at Greenwich Dance Agency, Big Dance, CAT Programme at The Place, Circus Space, Independent Dance, Shobana Jeyasingh Company Class and Yael Flexer Company Class. Luke is an Associate Lecturer at Surrey University and London Studio Centre.
Jan Hendrickse is an artist, composer, performer and improviser. He has performed or collaborated with a diverse range of artists and ensembles including Ornette Coleman and David Toop. His work crosses the boundaries of socially engaged practice, performance, installation and composition and has been commissioned by Tone festival, Deptford-X, Soundwaves, CHROMA ensemble and others. He features as a soloist on a large number of film scores including The Lord of The Rings, Narnia, Apocalyptico. He is a co-founder of New Music Incubator, an international professional development residency, and teaches at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He is currently undertaking a PhD at University of Kent.
Bill is a video and sound artist who has performed extensively throughout the UK and abroad. His work involves the combination of found objects, field recordings, repurposed live electronics, and digital media to create evolving structures for installations and live performance. Relocating to the UK from Texas in 2004, he was awarded a scholarship to pursue a PhD in Composition. Since then he has earned numerous awards and commissions including the PRS for New Music ATOM award, the GAVAA visual arts award, a PRS for New Music Three Festival commission, the 2010 Aberdeen Visual Arts Award, and was nominated for the Paul Hamlyn Award in 2012. In addition to working as a solo artist, Thompson has performed and collaborated with several well known artists including Keith Rowe, Ian Spink, Faust, EXAUDI and others. He is an avid supporter of new music and is the director of the Burning Harpsichord Series, a concert programme devoted to showcasing experimental music of the highest calibre.
Trained at Dartington College of Arts, Alicia Grace is a writer, dramaturg, performer and activist working in experimental performance practices. As a dramaturg Alicia has worked to develop critical discourse in regional dance practice with artists including, Rosanna Irvine (Dance House Glasgow), Stella Azzurra (Paper Cages Mother!), Jessie Percival (I never did), Saffy Setohy (soliloquy & Unexpected Animal/Kindling) and Lois Taylor. Alicia lectures on gender, place, and Disability politics in performance, and has an on-going practice in improvisation, somatic movement & book arts. Her publication includes poetry, arts criticism & academic research.
Reynir is an artist based in North London, In recent years has pursued a practice that integrates contemporary performance and site-specific installation with a critical use of digital media technology. Reynir's work often has the character of an ethical or aesthetic experiment. In the past few years, Reynir has been engaged to develop and perform work across Europe, including events and exhibitions in Italy, Spain, Germany, Brussels and Sweden. In May 2010 Reynir was awarded 'The Catlin Art Prize' for an installation entitled 'Stay Behind The Line' which led to media coverage in the Guardian, Independent and Saatchi Online. In 2012 Reynir was commissioned to create a solo show as part of FIERCE Festival in Birmingham and, last year, was nominated for Le Prix Cube 2013 in Paris, France. Reynir has recently taken part in the USURP Chance Tour as a video artist. The tour explores the legacy of John Cage and includes 'Indeterminacy' performed by Stewart Lee, Steve Beresford and Tania Chen. www.reynirhutber.blogspot.com
Charlotte Jackman Bloom
Charlotte is a socially engaged fine artist working across various media including video and photography. Graduating from University College Falmouth with a BA in Fine Art in 2011, her work has been presented in many group exhibitions across the UK and in India, including the Mother Tongue exhibition in the Vyner Street Gallery, London. www.charlottejackmanbloom.blogspot.co.uk
Nick Mott is a sound artist and illustrator based in Cornwall. Nick was part of the internationally successful band Volcano the Bear, and for the last couple of years has been developing an experimental solo practice creating several albums and working with new groups of collaborators. www.nickmottillustration.blogspot.com
Lois trained as a dancer and worked as a performer for Footloose dance company and Ludus dance company for 7 years. She founded Attik Dance in the Southwest and continued to perform and develop her own choreography in her role as Artistic Director for 19 years. She developed the company’s work in partnership with schools and social and community settings. On becoming a freelancer, she continued her performance work with Angela Praed's production The Bed. Lois works across a range of roles including mentoring other dancers, Creative Producer for the Vital Spark community arts festival in Liskeard, Cornwall, and Associate Lecturer at University College Falmouth. www.loistaylor.co.uk
Saffy is fortunate to have the pleasure of working with or be supported by a range of organisations including:
Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Pavilion Dance Southwest, Falmouth University, Swindon Dance, Plymouth University, Dance in Devon, Carn to Cove, The Works Dance and Theatre Cornwall, South East Dance, Le Phare Centre Choreographique du Havre, Laban, Dance Base, Southbank Centre, Bauhaus University, Lisa Ullman Travelling Scholarship Fund, Dance Beyond Borders, The Work Room, Platform, Creative Carbon Scotland, CityMoves Aberdeen, Dance House Glasgow, InSitu, UZ Arts, SWG3, Tramway, Kestle Barton Rural Centre for Contemporary Arts, The Barbican Plymouth, Siobhan Davies Dance.
She gratefully acknowledges the contribution that they, and numerous individuals, have made to the development of her work