When did you study at LCDS?
Tells us a little bit about what happened since! What are the key moments in your career?
I started my career as an independent dance artist, working in Switzerland with fellow LCDS alumnus Lucia Baumgartner, and in Spain, where I started off my own company Proyecto Babel, focusing on collaborative and site-specific work. Surviving financially was a real struggle and at some point I decided a big change was needed. It was 2005, and I came back to London. I met with LCDS alumna Frauke Requardt and started working with her as a dancer. In 2010 I resumed my choreographic practice having established myself back in the UK and soon after I became a finalist of the Place Prize. I was an artist in residence at The Place and later on I joined the Sadler’s Well Summer University Programme. It is 2020. I keep making work. I keep meeting wonderful people in this business. I also lecture at LCDS, which was the best place I could have ever landed on as a student.
What did you take away from your creative education? What lessons did you carry with you through your career?
Passion for the medium of dance. Inquisitiveness. Desire to make work. Desire to dance. Reflective thinking. Rigour. Discipline. Love. Care. Patience (never enough).
Great friends and people in my life.
How has dance shaped your life? What were the challenges you had to overcome to keep dancing or to remain in the dance industry?
I have had some pretty tough times, particularly financially. I was (am) very shy, this is very difficult when you need to convince others to support you. I also learnt by not getting it right that you need to be strategic as well as passionate.
Having children was also a huge challenge in the profession. I stopped dancing, primarily because I had no flexibility anymore with my time and mobility, and childcare costs being so expensive.
What are your hopes for the dance community?
For FEMALE dancers, choreographers, collaborators, curators, producers, presenters, programmers, CEOs, to be more widely represented and valued across the sector.
For FEMALE artists to be leaders.
For more support to the arts from institutions.
For better pay.
For fair working conditions.