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Experienced dancer and performance maker with wide ranging interests, presently focussing on interactive and personalised performance, improvisation as a making and performance tool and integration of text into her dance practice.

 

Currently Helena is working on her first solo project, Majesty with support from Battersea Arts Centre and Greenwich Dance. Helena collaborated with Rosie Heafford, Alexandrina Hemsley and their three dads to make Dad Dancing which enjoyed a sell-out 3 week run at and was co-produced by Battersea Arts Centre. Helena has performed for Xavier le Roy, Lea Anderson and Tino Seghal. And continues to make work with long time collaborator Emelie Wangstedt, most recently on The Flying Project.

 

EDUCATION

Subjects/courses taken

Name of Institution

Level

Grade

Dance Theatre

Laban, London (2006-2009) (Validated by City University, London)

BA

First Class Honours

 

Contemporary Dance Performance

 

Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds (2005-2006)

 

Foundation Course

 

Passed with Distinction

 

I also hold a full, clean driver’s license, current DBS (formerly CRB) and Public Liability Insurance with The Foundation for Community Dance.

SELECTED PERFORMANCE AND CHOREOGRAPHY

 

 

2015-present "Majesty" my first solo project. Which aims to reclaim the word majesty from the crown wearers and empowers us all to see it in ourselves and the everyday world around us.

 

2012-present “Dad Dancing” by Alexandrina Hemsley, Rosie Heafford and myself. A SecondHand Dance and Battersea Arts Centre co-production. Working with our fathers and a large supporting cast we investigate fathers and dancing and the relationships in between. 3 week run at BAC Oct-Nov '14, touring '15-'16 http://www.dad-dancing.org/

 

2014-present "Grass" By Rosie Heafford. A children's show exploring the micro world of grass with characterisation, puppets, projection, text and song. Touring '15-'16 with a workshops encouraging play and getting muddy.

 

2013- “The Flying Project” by Emelie Wångstedt and myself. An on-going performance project exploring why humans yearn to fly. We have had residencies at Pear Tree studios and Dance City, Newcastle in the research of this project. We also were commissioned by Chisenhale Dance Space to work with primary schools in Tower Hamlets to develop the project.

 

2013- “A dance exhibition” By Ina Dokmo in collaboration with dancers. A three hour durational piece in a huge warehouse space in Gothenburg, Sweden. Exploring placing side-by-side different dance and movement styles with special consideration given to the meridians of Chinese medicine.

 

2012- “These Associations” by Tino Seghal at the Tate Modern. I was a core member of this highly physical and engaging work using song, story telling and movement.

 

2012- “In It” by Alexandrina Hemsley http://alexandrinahemsley.com/in-it/ performed at Public House http://publichouse.hirudance.org/. A duet with ideas on when are performers sharing something private and when does their dance become public. Using durational improvisational scores with moments of song, speech, dancing and thinking.

 

2012- “Say Something” By H2Dance (http://www.h2dance.com/News.html) performed at Waltham Abbey Gardens. Ensemble piece about the difficulties of being a freelance performer, using song and movement.

 

2012- “The Bridge” by Janine Harrington performed on The Millennium Bridge http://www.janineharrington.com/. Spanning the width of the Thames we danced alongside members of the public engaging a varied audience.

 

2012- “Collection 1: smooth meat, pig memories, wardrobe” collaboration between Emelie Wangstedt and myself. A collection of scores and spur of the moment silly ideas which we compiled into something near impossible and fun.  Performed at The Southbank Centre.

 

2010-2012 “You Me Bum Bum Train” Cast manager, stage manager and performer for this high energy, immersive production that won the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award and the Evening Standard Best Newcomer award.

 

2010-2012- “Trio A” by Yvonne Rainer. I learnt this seminal work whilst training and have since performed it at The Hayward Gallery as part of Move:Choreographing You and at Tate Modern as part of The Tanks Art in Action series.

 

2010/2011- “Prodution” by Xavier le Roy and Marten Spangberg as part of Move:Choreographing You at the Hayward Gallery, London and Haus der Kunst, Munich. A work interested in the production of knowledge and ideas on labour and how dance can be seen as an activity rather than a commodity in a gallery context. As part of our role in the exhibition we also performed Simone Forti’s Hangers and Huddle and Steve Kelly’s Test Room.

 

tEACHING/WORKSHOP EXPERIENCE

2015- present- Majesty workshops with a range of professional and non professional performers. Exploring majestic, empowering and euphoric dance.

2012-present- Dad Dancing workshops in London, Sussex, Surrey and Kent. Working with fathers and their children (aged 1-72) focussing on confidence and creativity.

2012- present- RSPLB (Royal Society for the Pursuit of Love Birds) matchmaking and amateur bird-watching society. Teaching one-to-one flying lessons (albatross, swift, duck or hummingbird) and The Mating Dance. Working with old, young and inebriated party-goers.

2013-2014- Dance Boosters teaching dance classes across four Tower Hamlets primary schools with Emelie Wangstedt. In relation to our work on The Flying Project.