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  • KJ Mortimer

    KJ Mortimer


    KJ began her training at The University of Chichester graduating with a 1st Class degree, after which she went on to join Transitions Dance Company gaining a Masters Degree from Trinity Laban. KJ has performed for choreographers such as Akram Khan, Lila Dance, Flexer and Sandiland, James Wilton, Jorge Crecis, Tim Casson, Balbir Singh, Katie Green, GlassHouse Dance, Katie Dale-Everett, Commotion Dance and Stopgap Dance Company. Alongside performing KJ loves to teach, she works closely with Instep Dance Company, Retrospectif Dance Company (over 50's dance) and is in her 6th year as associate lecturer at the University of Chichester. KJ is also a dance producer at The Point, Eastleigh.

  • Seke Chimutengwende

    Seke Chimutengwende


    Seke Chimutengwende is a dancer, choreographer, movement director and teacher. He has performed for companies such as DV8 Physical Theatre and Lost Dog and has performed solo and group improvisations internationally since 2006. His choreographies include, The Time Travel Piece which was a semi-finalist for The Place Prize 2012 and Black Holes, made in collaboration with Alexandrina Hemsley, which was selected for The British Council Showcase in Edinburgh 2019. Seke has also worked as a movement director for theatre productions at The Yard, Battersea Arts Centre and The Gate Theatre. Seke teaches at The Rambert School and London Contemporary Dance School.

  • Makiko Aoyama

    Makiko Aoyama


    Born in Aichi, Japan, Makiko Aoyama graduated from Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 2005. Since then she has worked for and collaborated with various companies and artists including: ACE dance and music, Collision, The Cholmondeleys, Lea Anderson, Fuel Theatre, Brightonshed, Frauke Requardt, Joanna Young, Sadler’s Wells Sampled and Clod Ensemble.

    Makiko has also helped choreograph works for Create (working together with a group of disabled adults and young children), Fuel Theatre – Phenomenal People (performing her solo piece as part of WOW festival at Southbank Centre), and Japan Society Family Day at the Golden Hinde – Momotaro. She has recently collaborated with a pianist Michael Start developing a new piece

  • Tamar Draper

    Tamar Draper


    Tamar is an independent dance maker/performer and is one half of dance company Tamar & Jo alongside fellow dance artist Jo Ashbridge. The company formed in 2018 after choreographing the duet Unseen Beings in response to the Turner Prize exhibition, they have a specific interest in costume collaboration and creating work with the community where they live in Hull. In 2020 they delivered their Doorstep Dances project which took dance directly to people’s doorsteps as a response to restrictions imposed by Covid-19. In 2019 Tamar & Jo received mentorship from Lea Anderson for the costume-based cabaret show STUNNERS, which looks at representations of women in the arts and media throughout the eras. Tamar is currently working as solo performer in a multi-media R&D project directed by Jo Ashbridge, researching Hull’s industrial music and performance art history. Tamar recently performed in a sensory, interactive dance theatre show designed and performed for people in care homes choreographed by TC Howard. Throughout Hull City of Culture 2017 Tamar performed in Gary Clarke’s Into the Light, Lucca Silverstrini’s PROTEIN (In)visible Dancing, as well as showing her own work at WORM Festival Humber Street Gallery.

  • Frida Amponsah

    Frida Amponsah

    Dance Apprentice

    My name is Frida Amponsah and I am a developing dance artist based in Hampshire. I trained at the University Of Chichester , and during my training I had the chance to explore a variety of contemporary techniques. In my third year I was a dancer for the 3Fall dance company. It was a fantastic module , and I was able to work with great choreographers such as Abi Mortimer , Joe Garbett and James Wilton. 2018 I was involved in the Mind The Gap training programme. This programme was a collaboration between Hofesh Shechter Dance Company and South East Dance, to provide professional dance training and mentoring sessions. My style of movement is quite eclectic. I am heavily influenced and inspired by other dance styles such as commercial and West African dance. I aim to continue exploring and highlighting my unique version of contemporary dance.

  • Laila Diallo


    Laïla is a dance maker based in Bristol. Alongside independently and collaboratively devising work for live performance, she often works as movement director in theatre and opera. Choreographic commissions include amongst others: SOMETHING ABOUT WILDERNESS and several attempts at taming beauty for Skanes Dansteater (Sweden, 2017), Husk for Candoco Dance Company (UK, 2018), All my Song for Joyce Theatre (USA, 2019). The recipient of a Rayne Fellowship for Choreographers in 2006, Laïla also was Associate Artist at ROH2, Royal Opera House, between 2009 and 2012, and recipient of a 2018 Leverhulme Art Scholarship through Bristol Old Vic Ferment.


  • Marisa Zanotti

    Marisa Zanotti

    Director, Author, Choreographer, Film-maker

  • Grant Cieciura


  • Alex Morrison

    Producer, Author

  • Philip Jeck


    Philip Jeck studied visual arts at Dartington College of Arts in the 1970’s and has been creating sound with record-players since the early 80’s. He has worked with many dance and theatre companies and played with musicians/composers such as Jah Wobble, Steve Lacy, Gavin Bryars, Jaki Liebezeit, David Sylvian, Sidsel Endresen and Bernhard Lang.

    He has released 11 solo albums, the most recent “Cardinal”, a double vinyl release on Touch. “Suite”, another vinyl -only release, won a Distinction at The Prix Ars Electronica, and a cassette release on The Tapeworm, “Spool”, playing only bass guitar. His CD “Sand” (2008) was 2nd in The Wire’s top 50 of the year. His largest work made with Lol Sargent, “Vinyl Requiem” was for 180 record-players, 9 slide-projectors and 2 16mm movie-projectors. It received a Time Out Performance Award. Vinyl Coda I-III, a commission from Bavarian Radio in 1999 won the Karl Sczuka Foderpreis for Radio Art.

    Philip also still works as a visual artist, usually incorporating sound and has shown installations at The Bluecoat, Liverpool, Hayward Gallery, London, The Hamburger Bahnhof Gallery, Berlin, ZKM in Karlsruhe and The Shanghai and Liverpool Bienalles

  • Emily Oliver

    Web Developer

  • Sasha Cookson

    Digital Apprentice

    I am a dance film artist and photographer based in Hampshire. I graduated from the University of Chichester with a BA (Hons) in dance where i discovered and explored an interest in dance film work - the relationship between movement, music and the camera. I was able to work with Yael Flexer and Nic Sandiland as a filming assistant on their production of ‘Curiouser’ and then with Nic Sandiland as a filming assistant on a dance film in collaboration with Cumbria Youth Dance Company. In the future I would also like to expand into documentary filmmaking.

  • Kate Flatt

    Historical Dance Expert for Waltz workshop

    Kate Flatt is a choreographer, movement director and dance educator. Her work includes Three Sisters, Dream Play, Albert Speer (NT); Dr Faustus, T’is Pity She’s a Whore (Young Vic); Hamlet (Old Vic), Kreutzer Sonata (The Gate); Fiddler on the Roof, Les Miserables (West End). Dance works include Undivided Loves (Phoenix Dance), The Dancing Room (BBC2), Soul Play, Ballroom of Joys and Sorrows, Oss and Ox, Step Ladder and a Goat, The Weathermen. Opera includes Turandot, Aida, (ROH); Gloriana, Peter Grimes (Opera North) The Carmelites, Verdi’s Requiem (ENO). Kate is a Rayne Foundation and Churchill Fellow. She was awarded an OBE in 2020


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  • Matthew Hawkins


    A Londoner by birth, Matthew Hawkins now lives in Edinburgh where he teaches college students, professionals and the wider community whilst maintaining a practice in new choreography. Matthew trained classically and danced with The Royal Ballet for five years before starting his independent career in 1982. He undertook postgraduate training in choreography with Merce Cunningham and with David Gordon and is a Jerwood Choreography Prize winner. Supported by The British Council, Hawkins has mounted study projects in educational and professional settings in China, Tunisia, Venezuela, Turkey, Slovakia and Russia. Meanwhile, he has accomplished new dancing roles in works by Ian Spink, Siobhan Davies, Michael Clark, Rose English and Blanca Li (among many others). Currently, Matthew's dance writing is published in monographs, exhibition catalogues and specialist magazines.

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