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Faculty

Anne Bean
Anne Bean has undertaken numerous solo and collaborative projects worldwide in a range of media from light and sound to performance, sculpture and drawing. Born in Zambia and resident in the UK, she studied Fine Art at Cape Town and Reading Universities and made her first performance work outside Africa in 1970. Anne has twice been awarded the Time Out Award for performance art, once for her long-standing contribution to live art and then as a founder member of the legendary Bow Gamelan Ensemble with Paul Burwell and Richard Wilson.

Big Bear Theatre Company
Ursula Early
Ursula Early is the Artistic Director and Producer of Big Bear Theatre Company and an actress. She trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has performed extensively in Theatre, TV and Screen. Big Bear specialises in producing vibrant, fresh adaptations of the classics as well as discovering and developing contemporary work influenced by the classics. All Big Bear productions have a parallel programme of workshops, designed, led and facilitated by Ursula and her collaborators. Ursula is an invited member of the Production Exchange and in 2012 she was chosen as a producer for Old Vic New Voices, TS Eliot US/UK Exchange. She is an experienced independent workshop facilitator and is currently running acting courses for City Academy. Big Bear is an Associate Company at DRS.

Frank Bock
Founder member of The Featherstonehaughs Company (1987-1998), Frank has also worked with Bobby Baker, Rosemary Lee, and Graeme Miller. He was Co-director of Bock and Vincenzi making work with Simon Vincenzi from 1995 to 2007 creating a series of uncompromising theatre/dance projects, exploring the relationship between the language of movement and mystery of the image. In 2001 he began an Existential Psychotherapy Masters training and has worked since 2006 as a UKCP and BACP registered psychotherapist. In 2012 he began working as a curator for Independent Dance, responsible for Crossing Borders a series of talks inviting speakers from a broad spectrum of disciplines. He teaches on the Creative Practice M.A (Trinity Laban) and lectures at Doch in Stockholm 2013-2015 on the New Peformative Practice Masters Programme.

Sally Dean
Sally E. Dean has been a performer, performance maker and teacher over 14 years – both in university, professional and community settings. Her work interlinks the fields of health, movement, expression, culture and performance. Sally’s approach is informed by somatic-based practices and techniques. She is a certified teacher of Skinner Releasing Technique, an Amerta Movement practitioner (with Suprapto Suryodarmo from Java), and is a British Wheel of Yoga certified Scaravelli teacher. She also has a background in Butoh, physical theatre, improvisation and playwriting. Sally’s ethos is interdisciplinary and transcultural collaboration. Her teaching and performance work integrate site, object, nature and costume. She also leads the ‘Kolaborasi Project’, which facilitates artistic collaborations among American, European and Asian people with recent projects in Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

Fergus Early
Fergus Early OBE had an early career as a ballet dancer and later studied and then taught at the London School of Contemporary Dance before leaving to co-found X6 Dance Space and help develop its role as a leading force in the New Dance movement. He was also a founder of Chisenhale Dance Space and, in 1987, Green Candle Dance Company. The company works for and with children and young people and older people (60+), creating productions, running workshop programmes and delivering training for dance artists, teachers and health care workers. The company is currently running two ongoing projects for people living with early stage dementia. Fergus was awarded an OBE for services to dance in 2009 and an Honorary Doctorate from De Montfort University in 2010. His book, co-written with Jacky Lansley, The Wise Body: Conversations with Experienced Dancers was published in 2011.

Rose English
Rose English has been writing, directing and performing her own work for over thirty five years in venues as various as Tate Britain, Royal Court, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Adelaide Festival and Lincoln Center, New York. Her productions feature a diversity of co-performers including musicians, dancers, circus performers, magicians and horses. Rose’s shows range from her site-specific performances and collaborations of the 1970’s including QuadrilleBerlin and Mounting (with Sally Potter and Jacky Lansley), her acclaimed solos of the 1980’s including Plato’s Chair and The Beloved to her large scale spectaculars of the 1990’s including Walks on WaterThe Double Wedding and My Mathematics. A book about her work by Guy Brett: Abstract Vaudeville: The Work of Rose English; was published by Ridinghouse in 2015.

Anna Furse
Anna Furse has worked in theatre/dance professionally since 1978 in experimental, community/applied, site specific, repertory and international contexts. She has directed women-centred projects for companies as diverse as Bloodgroup, Graeae, Scarlet Theatre, Women’s Theatre Group (Sphinx), Women’s Playhouse Trust, Magdalena and The Royal Shakespeare Company. Over 30 years she has developed her own physical training methodology, which synthesizes a range of theatre, dance and martial arts techniques. Anna is currently Head of Department of Theatre and Performance at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she runs the MA in Performance Making and curates the Performance Research Forum. She is a Guest Professor in the Program Theater and Dance at Princeton University, USA and at the Academy of Visual Arts, Ljubljana. She is the author of Theatre in Pieces (2011) published by Methuen Drama.

Sylvia Hallett
Sylvia Hallett studied music at Dartington and composition with Max Deutsch in Paris. She now works as a composer, improviser and teacher. She has played in many international festivals since the late 1970s, working with respected musicians: Lol Coxhill, Maggie Nicols, Phil Minton, Evan Parker, David Toop and the groups Arc, The London Improvisers Orchestra, and the London Hardingfelelag. She also performs solo and in duo with Clive Bell, with Mike Adcock, and with Anna Homler. Dance projects include collaborations with h2dance, Miranda Tufnell, Emilyn Claid, Jacky Lansley, and Eva Karczag. She has musically directed world tours with the Young Vic’s acclaimed Grimm Tales, and RSC productions: Comedy of Errors, Tales from Ovid and Canterbury Tales. Sylvia has released three solo CDs including White Fog on the EMANEM label which features the bowed bicycle wheel.

Shira Hess
Shira leads Yoga workshops at DRS (Vinyasa Flow Tradition) which compliment the professional development programme; she says of her work: “My classes are strongly rooted in a vinyasa flow tradition (I trained with Claire Missingham); I try and draw on the rich world of yogic philosophy, so that the physical practice is not seen in isolation. For me challenging both the body and mind is what differentiates yoga and made it have such a profound impact on me. I enjoy nurturing through the practice and so hands-on assists are a vital part of my classes. I also work with mantras  and chanting  as participants move through the asanas; primarily participants will be moving mindfully with particular attention to breath, bandhas (energy locks) and alignment”.

Esther Huss
Esther Huss was born in Germany and has been living and practising in the UK for a decade. As a professional freelance dancer she has worked with choreographers including: Aletta Collins, Jacky Lansley, Michael Keagan-Dolan, Ron Howell, Bernadette Iglich and Kate Flatt. Throughout her career Esther has been involved with other art forms, closely working with musicians, sculptors and actors. She is passionate about making dance accessible to all people, and in 2013 she Co-founded the ‘Dandelion Collective’, a platform for inclusive activities, aiming to empower the individual and encourage an inclusive society. The ‘Dandelion Collective’ run weekly dance sessions open to anyone over 18, with or without a learning difficulty or disability. She is an Associate Artist of the Dance Research Studio and is currently working on a new improvisatory project with Jacky Lansley and Sylvia Hallett.

Project O
Jamila Johnson-Small / Alexandrina Hemsley
Project O is a collaboration between dance artists Alexandrina Hemsley and Jamila Johnson Small that aims to make visible positions of otherness, so that they will eventually no longer seem ‘other’. Spurned on by the general fallout from being black, mixed and female living in London today, Project O is continually trying to find different formats for presenting the intimacy and urgency of their politics, and to have a wider conversation. As well as working independently, Alexandrina and Jamila are both part of BELLYFLOP Magazine and work with other dance artists in various other formations including immigrants and animals (Jamila and Mira Kautto) and the Dad Dancing project (Alexandrina, Rosie Heafford and Helena Webb). Alexandrina and Jamila studied at Laban and The London School of Contemporary Dance respectively; they are Associate Artists with DRS.

Jacky Lansley
Jacky Lansley is an interdisciplinary choreographer, performance artist and writer who has been a leading exponent of new and independent dance practice within the UK for four decades. She was a founder of UK’s seminal independent dance studios – X6 Dance Space and Chisenhale Dance Space – and in 2002 she founded the Dance Research Studio where she directs the professional development programme that is dedicated to interdisciplinary performance practice. The artist’s work combines visual and theatrical disciplines and is concerned with space and the site specific; several of her works have been inspired by the Cornish landscape with which she has a long-term special relationship. Her most recent project Guest Suites was developed in dialogue with Bach’s Cello Suites which premiered in The Clore Studio at the Royal Opera House. She is co-author (with Fergus Early) of The Wise Body: Conversations with Experienced Dancers published by Intellect Books in 2011.

Tony Thatcher
From large ensembles (‘De Ereprijs-Holland; ‘Muziek Lod’- Belgium) to percussion quartets (‘Studs’/Jim Fulkerson USA), Tony Thatcher is known for his choreography with live music. Thatcher was educated as a dancer/choreographer at Falmouth School of Art and Goldsmith’s College, England. He gained his MFA from Bard College, New York 2001. He was also educated as an Alexander Technique teacher at ATON Amsterdam under Arie Jan Hoorweg. His company ‘Dancework’, based in London (with Christine Juffs), allowed him to introduce new American choreographers and teachers into London’s developing dance scene and as a founder faculty member of CNDO/EDDC, he contributed greatly in helping establish it as a major centre for experimental teaching and performing in Europe (1989 – 2002). He is currently Head of the MA Programme in Choreography at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Lily Susan Todd
Lily Susan Todd trained as the ATV Repertory Theatre Trainee Director Scheme and at the RSC. After directing many productions in rep, she became active in feminist theatre through the Women’s Street Theatre Group, then as collective member of Monstrous Regiment, Her many productions since range from Tosca for Dublin Opera to two English premieres of Marguerite Duras’ work, to running  flagship repertory seasons of contemporary classics with Annie Castledine at Derby Playhouse. A committed teacher of acting, she has trained actors at Trinity College Dublin, Central School of Speech and Drama, RADA and other schools. She produced the event Remembering Buzz in 2005, to mark the 30th anniversary of the death of the remarkable director Buzz Goodbody with whom she was at Sussex University. She continues to teach and direct and is now also writing for the theatre.

Sally Williams
Sally Williams is a creative producer, choreographer,   performer and Artistic Director of Cscape, Cornwall’s leading dance company. Recent works for the company include: 2013: Glendurgan Gold, The Venus Flower and other Stories, If the Shoe Fits; 2012: Trelissick Gardens Christmas fairies, Tin Violin (collaboration with BishBashBosh). In 2006/07 Sally worked with Jacky Lansley  at the Hall for Cornwall  and Royal Opera House, Clore Studio, performing in View from the Shore and in 2008 / 09 worked with Kneehigh Theatre in the national and international tour of Don John in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and Battersea Arts Centre (BAC). Sally has worked extensively as a specialist dance educator, producing and delivering dance projects with children and with hard to reach young people excluded from school or in care.  Sally is an Associate Lecturer at Falmouth University where she teaches on both the BA Theatre and BA Dance and Choreography courses.

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