Having trained in fine arts at Central St Martins, London as well as movement and dance (BA Hons) at the Laban Centre, London, I am an artist and educator with expertise in choreography, movement research, filmmaking and video/sound art. My interests lie in finding ways to combine these disciplines in participatory, inclusive and high-impact experiences that weave together multi disciplinary creative workshops, video-art-installation and film.
My specific experience in dance, music, film and teaching makes me uniquely equipped to lead the Body Talks programme. I have worked both in the UK & internationally as a dancer, choreographer, educator, filmmaker, director/producer for stage and site-specific productions, and have collaborated extensively with other artists using sound, lighting and film to produce immersive performance, music and dance videos, fashion shows and commercial events.
Running my participatory dance project, Movement of Freedom (2015-2020) involved teaching and directing the filming of children from diverse cultures living in hardship around the world, including Greece, London, Rio de Janeiro, Mumbai, New Orleans, Egypt and Zimbabwe. Over 20 years, I've gathered valuable experience teaching movement to people of all ages, working in venues from art galleries (e.g. Hauser & Wirth) and museums (e.g. Holburne Museum, V&A) to public street parties and festivals. Having partnered and built ongoing working relationships with NGOs, scientists, education specialists, charities, arts organisations and schools, I have become a practised and capable collaborator.
I have performed as a dancer and choreographer in the UK, France, Belgium and Norway and participated in international festivals, residencies and events. These have ranged from being an Elephant rider in Santus Circus to my current work directing and building Body Talks (a development of the Movement of Freedom Project).
Director of Body Talks
Consultant Somatic Psychologist for Body Talks
Larry Graber, MA, CBBP, will be bringing his academic research in the area of somatic healing to help monitor and maintain programme effectiveness for all participants. As well as acting as a consultant in this R&D, we also plan for him to become a partner and long term member of the Body Talks team. Larry is a psychotherapist in Santa Monica, CA specialising in arts and body-based psychotherapy for post-traumatic stress, couple therapy, clinical hypnosis, and medical psychology. He brings over 35 years’ experience in professional psychology, complementary medicine, dance, and creative arts, and is a certified body psychotherapist in Biodynamic Psychology. Larry held clinical/research positions in the UCLA School of Medicine, Veteran’s Administration Healthcare System, and Community Mental Health Clinics.
Larry studied indigenous healing practices from Nigeria, Ghana, Brazil, and Ancient Greece. He is completing a doctoral dissertation in clinical psychology at Saybrook University on the historical and contemporary role of the body in trauma psychotherapy.
Consultant Professor of Kinesiology for Body Talks Curriculum
Terry has a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina, USA; with a specialty in Pedagogy and Curriculum in Elementary Dance and Physical Education. As a dance educator and scholar, she has published and presented in the USA as well as internationally, in Canada and Singapore, specialising in teacher education in children’s dance, particularly creative dance. She has served as the Publication Unit Director of the National Dance Association and is presently the Associate Editor for the National Dance Society. She is presently a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, Northridge, teaching prospective teachers in Elementary Physical Education and Children’s Dance.
Director of Photography for Body Talks
Oliver Schofield is a London based Director of Photography (DoP) who works in Commercials, Branded Content & Documentaries worldwide. He has been DoP and filmed numerous documentaries for the BBC and other channels for global broadcast. He has extensive experience in filming informative and emotive documentaries and is therefore used to the discretion and sensitivity required. He will be cinematographer and will develop the visual film element of the workshops, video installation and documentaries with Hattie. He is looking forward to expanding his repertoire by working in a surround art installation format.
Video installation/ exhibition partner. Technical Devising and Creative Input for Video Installations for Body Talks
Insight Lighting are receivers of the Cultural Recovery Fund and are in the process of making a creative work space for projects such Body Talks. They are our video installation and exhibition partner for this BT development as it aligns with their aims. Therefore they are giving us a reduced supported price for experimentation with our video images as well as their expertise in immersive video projection and the technical requirements. We will take our images to their WorkLab and with them use their facilities to experiment and exhibit our prototype video installations as there is space for a small audience and all the equipment is already there.
Film Workshops Consultant for Body Talks Programme
Des is a former journalist for The Times of London and a producer/director for the BBC, ITV and Ch4. He is a composer and musician and founded the Young Directors Film School. He has just published his first novel, Dead & Talking. He will advise on how to most effectively include the educational filmmaking element into the programme as the Body Talks participants will be shown a variety of ways to experiment and film themselves dancing in the workshops and present these films to each other as a way of communicating with remote participants.
Mentor in Movement and Imagination Curriculum Development for Body Talks
Miranda Tufnell is a dance artist, writer and teacher in movement and imagination. She is also an Alexander teacher and cranio-sacral therapist. She has been showing her performance work in galleries and theatres across the UK and abroad since 1976, as well as developing pioneering arts and health work both within the NHS for a GP surgery in Cumbria and independently within the UK. Her latest book When I Open My Eyes: Dance Health Imagination (2017) documents this work. With Chris Crickmay she co-authored two handbooks on sourcing creative work entitled Body Space Image (1990) and A Widening Field (2004). Now based in Northumberland she continues to teach independently, mentor and make performance.
Consultant for immersive experiences (Video Installations) for Body Talks
Connie will act as consultant for the immersive element of the video / sound installations to help ensure that they will be a moving and inclusive experience for as wide a demographic as possible. She has over 20 years experience of live entertainment, arts and culture and making making multi-sensory immersive experiences which are in some way transportive, with a focus on immersive technologies and a personal obsession with the power of sound.
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