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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 BEEE Creative and a senior member of the dance faculty at Middlesex University London.

Photo | Cheniece Warner | London | 2019

Events

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

Seyr Festival

Tehran, Iran

Feb 6-8, 2019

KnowingUnknowing

DVD Launches

Middlesex University

London | Jan 17, 2019

Dance Ireland,

Dublin | Jan 25, 2019

InShadow Lisbon Screendance Festival

Nov 15-Dec 15, 2018

Light Moves Festival of Screen Dance 2018

Dance Limerick,

Ireland

Nov 8-11, 2018

Narrating the Somatic

Symposium

Middlesex University

London

Feb 24, 2018

Light Moves 

ScreenDance Symposium

University of Limerick,

Ireland

Nov 4-5, 2017

Estancias Coreograficas

Rhythm and Dance Symposium

University of Oviedo,

Spain

Aug 7, 2017

Dance Fields

Conference

Roehampton University,

London

Apr 19-22, 2017

4th International Dance Festival, Wałbryzch

Poland

Nov 24-28, 2016

Wright-ing the Somatic

Symposium

Middlesex University

London

Aug 19-20, 2016

Segni di un communitie

Community Dance Festival

Galatina,

Italy

May 31-Jun 5, 2016