I live currently in Folkestone UK where I have been studying Tamalpa Life/Art Embodiment training for 3 years and more recently Ecosystem Restoration Design. In 2019 I co-founded Folkestone Dance (http://www.folkestonedance.com/).
I was born in London in 1967. I studied History and Film at UEA (Norwich) and Northern media school (Sheffield). In 1993 I was lured away by the bright lights of Punk Rock Club toilets and excited fifteen year olds in Brownie costumes to make a film about the U.S. Riot Girl band Bikini Kill. This film took me to New York, then San Francisco where I lived for 5 years. I made films such as She’s Real, Worse than Queer (1996), which I toured across the U.S. and Canada in 1996. From 1994 to 1998 I worked as a Staff member, Curator and Editor at Cinema/Gallery/ Cultural Hub, Artists Television Access and taught at the Academy of Art College and performed in and curated Live Performance/ Screenings Shoot the Women first.
In 1998 I returned to London. Until 2004 I managed Sidecar Ltd., a Video access and production company in Hackney, east London, providing skills, training and creative outlet mostly for folk labelled “at risk”: eg. school excluded, young offenders and people with mental health issues. I also made documentaries, documentation and music videos: As Is your Due (1999), Breaking the boundaries (2001), The Experimental Playground (2003), The Pool of London (2006), There ain’t no Black in the Union Jack (2008) and Laga Beach in 2009/10.
In 2004 I developed a Dance Film called Inside I’m Dancing with the dance company Booming Cherries (which much later evolved into I am not a Village). I shifted focus: I closed the video business, moved to a boat on the river Thames and learned to dance Flamenco, soon beginning many years study and practice of dance, improvisation and performance; eg. Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Flamenco, Samba and other Afro-Brazilian Dance, Action Theatre, Commedia Dell’arte, Viewpoints, Bodyweather, Feldenkreis and Butoh. In October 2011 I received an M.A. in performance and creative research at Roehampton University, London. I made character based interactive Site-Specific, Promenade and Theatrical Performance: e.g. 7000 Year Old Woman (2009), A Sailor went to Sea, (2010); I am not a village (2011). Venues include Tate Modern, the A Foundation, the Italian Cultural Institute, Park Road Pilot, the Woodmill, Basement Art Projects, Battersea Arts Centre, Toihaus Saltzburg Red Shoe Space, Coachwerks Brighton, Schloss Broellin Germany, Kulturhuset Stockholm..
From 2006-2016 I managed a community live/work/event space in Hackney that hosted innumerable magical interactive happenings as well as local activist campaigns. I also began performing in & directing the Live-dance-film “I am not a Village” (www.iamnotavillage.com). I moved to Folkestone in 2017 when our rent was raised 150%.
I am now developing an idea to create a similarly beloved and generative hub in a more natural environment and pursuing learning in permaculture, ecosystem restoration and natural building to this end. I call my new mission “Dance Farming”.
“You’re really weird” Lynn BreedLove, Tribe 8, 1995
“You are a very eccentric person Lucy” Guillermo Gomez-Pena, 2008
“I just want to add that I think that you are an extraordinary and amazing person” Geraldine Pilgrim 2009