Maximising opportunities for dance in Hull
To keep the work fresh and pertinent we have a group of advisors who we work with. They bring a wealth of knowledge about the contemporary and artistic climate.
Lea Anderson is a founder member and Artistic Director of The Cholmondeleys and Featherstonehaughs, dance companies. In 2002 Lea was awarded an MBE for her services to dance. Lea’s films Flesh and Blood and Cross Channel have been designated as set texts for GCSE and A’ level Dance and Performance Studies in the UK. Lea is an artist in residence at the Southbank Centre London and was appointed Regents Professor at the University of California in Los Angeles in 2014. Her latest works include a performed exhibition of choreography and costume at The V&A museum in London last year, and in March 2017 a commission by the British Council in Lima, Peru to create a site-specific work on an ancient archeological site for the FAEL festival. A full-length theatre piece - Ladies and Gentlemen toured the UK in autumn 2017.
Jo Ashbridge is a Hull-based choreographer, performer and events producer. She studied BA Dance at Liverpool John Moores University, graduating in 2006. She has since been an instrumental part Hull’s dance community, setting up Facebook group Dance Network Hull, running various classes and community projects, and curating annual performance event Danza! 2011-2015. She won Dance Manchester’s 2014 Turn Prize with her solo work, and has recently teamed up with fellow dance artist Tamar Draper (Tamar & Jo) to create work for Hull2017, Freedom Festival and Head’s Up theatre festival, as well as well as setting up a weekly Adult Contemporary Dance class.
Campbell Edinborough is a performance-maker working across the fields of dance, theatre, live art and installation. His creative practice is informed by his training in movement and somatic practices, and by his ongoing scholarly research. Campbell has taught movement and performance internationally at institutions including the University of Hull, the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and New York University. He is the author of Theatrical Reality: Space, Embodiment and Empathy in Performance (Intellect 2016) and recently edited a special issue of Theatre, Dance and Performance Training devoted to training for immersive, interactive and participatory performance.
Gustavo Fijalkow’s professional career as a dancer and performer has spanned twenty years. As a creative producer and production director (2004-2014) of a mixed-abled dance company, he co-directed transcultural projects in Germany, several African, South American and Asian countries. He conceptualized, co-established and curated festivals, such as the Crossings Dance Festival in Düsseldorf, Germany. Initially a festival for mixed-abled dance, Gustavo turned it into a multidisciplinary platform aiming at challenging the prevailing discourse around ability/disability. He received 2010 his M.A. (Germany) in International Arts Management. He has co-conceptualised and co-curated symposia both in Germany and the UK and is currently recipient of a full stipend to work on his doctoral thesis National Dance Platforms. A Comparative Study on the Cases in the UK, Germany, Israel and Sri Lanka at the Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University (GB).
Liv Lorent established balletLORENT in 1993 and has since been touring works both nationally and internationally to much acclaim. Liv has received many awards for her works including: Jerwood Choreography Award (2001); The Arts Foundation Choreography Award (2005); Journal Culture Awards: Artist of The Year (2008), ‘Performance of the Year’ for Rapunzel (2012). In 2014 Liv was awarded an MBE for Services to Dance. Snow White received Highly Commended in the Family Arts Festival Awards Family Events category. Liv also takes commissions independently from balletLORENT, and has worked with Scottish Dance Theatre, Northern Stage, BalletBoyz, National Youth Music Theatre, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Singapore Dance Theatre.