biography

 


Jane trained in theatre at Bretton Hall University in the early 90’s. Since 1997 she has worked as an independent choreographer and performer creating her own work for live performance (Desert, The Brow, Come on Sun, Find This,) and for film (ANDOUT, Hard Told, The Pleasure of Gliding). She danced for Random Dance (94-97) before freelancing for choreographers including; Charles Linehan, Wendy Houstoun, Emilyn Claid, Colin Poole, balletLorent, most recently in Grope and Find it and Pull it Out for Deborah Hay. She choreographs in various collaborative contexts including Street Dance for Lone Twin and with directors for theatre productions including: Mr Kolpert (Royal Court), Song of Songs (Weeding Cane), Breathing Irregular (The Gate), SUSAN and DARREN, Old People, Children and Animals and Entitled for Quarantine and most recently Adrian Howells’ LIFE GUARD, a National Theatre of Scotland/Arches Co-Production. Jane created Lone Dances, three solos for young men commissioned by South East Dance and was part of research with a scientific team at Ircam, Paris, working with sound spatialisation technology since 2003.

Jane’s solo Singer (2012) was created during residencies at the Centre Chorégraphique National du Havre/Haute-Normandie and the Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen/Basse-Normandie in the context of the international DanSCe Dialogues Project in Spring 2011.

Her current work is a duet called Life Forces, working with performer/writer Phil Smith, dramaturg David Williams, animator Magali Charrier and sculptor/designer Sophia Clist. Life Forces is supported by: Bath ICIA, Pavilion Dance South West, The Point, Swindon Dance, The Place, Kaleider, Exeter University and Exeter City Council.
Jane presented Life Forces at the Siobhan Davies Studios, London in July for invited peers and promoters to initiate conversations around future possible contexts for the work.

Recent projects include: choreographing and performing in collaboration with Blind Ditch on This City’s Centre for the 2013 Exeter Unexpected Outdoor Arts Festival working with local residents in Exeter, 6th form students and arts professionals: http://www.thiscityscentre.net
Collaborating with SW based playwright Natalie McGrath on research for a new work ‘We’ll Meet in Moscow’ in response to Russia’s banning of Gay Pride for 100 years and From Source to Spring, a national libraries project working with young people on themes around WW1 commissioned by DAISI.

She’s been awarded Dance4’s 2014 Commission Collective to create ‘A Dance at Home’, was one of five shortlisted for the 2013 Bonnie Bird choreography fund and has been selected for Dance UK’s Mentoring Programme for dancers 2014 nominated by Theatre Bristol.