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 Director of Dance and Professional Practice programmes at Middlesex University London.
Photo | Cheniece Warner | London | 2019
Texas Woman's University,
Denton Texas USA
Oct 5-7 2023
9th International Festival of Dance, Guest artist
Sept 9-10 2023
performance with Sandra Sok
Performing Picnic PARK Festival,
Aug 6 2023
part of the World Arts and Embodiment Forum
East-15 Acting School, University of Essex
April 11-13 2023
installation performance work
with Adesola Akinleye for DancingStrong Movement Lab.
IRIE! Dance Theatre, London
Nov 25 2022
plus London Nursery schools and SEN schools tour March 2023
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
Deptford Waterside and Fordham Park, London
June 12 2021
digital online performance Theatrum Mundi book launch Adesola Akinleye's Dance, Architecture and Engineering,
April 30, 2021
The Place, London
Jan 29, 2020
installation of PhD research
Nov 5, 2019
Nov 1/2, 2019
The centre for embodiment & somatic movement education and therapy,
Aug 30-Sept 2, 2019
April 12, 2019