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About

 

Helen is a dance artist-scholar

fundamentally interested in people moving together 

and exploring possibilities for creative exploration

 through movement improvisation.

Helen earned her MFA Choreography from Roehampton University, her PhD from Middlesex University and has been making new choreographic work for over twenty five years.

Her work addresses some of the complexities of our embodied relationships with our sense of self and with each other, explored through improvised encounters using sound, text and touch, and has been presented at venues  internationally. 

Helen's movement practice is underpinned by the study of Bartenieff Fundamentals and other somatic movement philosophies, with a firm belief in the frameworks these practices offer for dancing and expressive living. Her doctoral research explores relationships between somatic practice and improvised performance-making through experiences of body-space-environment. Her current research takes this focus into adventures of natural environments and the development of pedagogies of practice in movement.

Helen is co-Artistic Director of  DancingStrong Movement Lab with Adesola Akinleye, a Trustee of The Lisa Ullman Travelling Scholarship Fund and  BEEE Creative and a senior member of the dance faculty at Middlesex University London.

Photo | Cheniece Warner | London | 2019

Events

Laban Bartenieff Movement System Summit

part of the World Arts and Embodiment Forum

East-15 Acting School, University of Essex

April 11-13 2023

SPLASH

installation performance work

with Adesola Akinleye

IRIE! Dance Theatre, London

Nov 25 2022

waves

collaborative performance work with Mikkel Svak and Cheniece Warner as part of New Horizons Festival

Middlesex University London

May 11-13 2022

Concrete-Water-Flesh performance as part of

Global Water Dances

Deptford Waterside and Fordham Park, London

June 12 2021

Concrete-Water-Flesh

digital online performance  Theatrum Mundi book launch Adesola Akinleye's Dance, Architecture and Engineering,

April 30, 2021

aGender

Resolution!

The Place, London

Jan 29, 2020

dancing the in-between-ness

installation of PhD research

Middlesex University

London

Nov 5, 2019

 

Queering the Somatic

Symposium

Middlesex University

London

Nov 1/2, 2019

Cultural, Intercultural and Transnational Dialogues in Dance and Spirituality Conference

Improvisation workshop

The centre for embodiment & somatic movement education and therapy,

Cheltenham

Aug 30-Sept 2, 2019

Per/Forming Futures Symposium

ADiE

​...whispers (solo)

Middlesex University

London

April 12, 2019