DANCER & DANCEMAKER
Innovative movement for film, theatre, outdoor, interactive, and site-specific works.
How Long is a Piece of String at Dance City
This summer I was commissioned by Dance City and supported by Arts Council England to start working on a new interactive dance theatre show for children and families called How Long is a Piece of String. You can see a snipet of our sharing as part of Dance Edits HERE
FREE Teacher CPD
I'm so excited to be delivering some FREE teacher CPD through The BIG Creative Teachers Event March 20th. I hope you can join me in Redcar! More information HERE
Commission from Dance City
I'm thrilled to be among the North East dance artists awarded commissions from Dance City this year. I'm planning to start work on a new piece for children and families this spring. I've been experimenting with ways to use technology to inspire creative interaction. More about the commission HERE
A Viking Christmas
How exciting to be working as the Movement Director for A Viking Christmas at the beautiful Queen's Hall Theatre in Hexham!
"A VIKING CHRISTMAS is a new mid-winter’s show with live music, spell-binding real magic, action and laughter, set in the north of England, produced by Queen’s Hall Arts and written by North East playwright Gary Kitching.
A magical, mythical tale from the frozen land of the Nordic Kings, evil wizards and the Great Warriors of the Kingdom of Northumbria.
Join Lotte, a brave little girl, on her mid-winters adventure as she travels through the ice-covered kingdom of perilous, mystical places and mysterious beings, to the land of high castles and dark places, to the home of the Red Caps and the scary All-Father.
Weaving tales of the north, newly told, discover a new Viking twist on the Christmas story this December."
Hope to see you there for a cracking Christmas adventure (and my very first Panto!)
Opera North Young Creatives
I'm thrilled to be working with Opera North Young Creatives as the Movement director for their upcoming production. The group has been looking at lullabies from across the world, inspired by songs from northern based refugees, linking with the theme of displacement in Martinů’s opera, The Greek Passion.
Once Upon a Wall on tour!
My new show with Fully Booked Theatre, Once Upon a Wall is touring the UK this summer supported by Middlesbrough Council, Stockton International Riverside Festival and Arts Council England. It's interactive with lots of opportunities for children and brave adults to get involved in the action of building a giant wall and trying to put Humpty together again. Full tour dates or the Fully Booked website: www.fullybookedtheatre.com
Space Rebel Princess takes flight for the third year running!
Space Rebel Princess, my interactive show for children with Fully Booked Theatre is touring the UK for the third year in a row. Originally commissioned by Middlesbrough Council and Dance City, the show tells the tale of a princess raised for royalty and not for rocketry who dreams of blasting off into space. Full details of where you can join us at www.fullybookedtheatre.com.
New show with Fully Booked Theatre!
I'm so thrilled to have received funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England to create a new work for children: Once Upon a Wall. Watch this space!!
I finally returned to Winnipeg this winter to teach two days of workshops with Young Lungs Dance Exchange. It was wonderful to meet a new generation of incredible prairie artists and great to be able to work at Videopool - such a cool space!
The Snow Queen's Lost Book of Charms
I'm thrilled to be working with Wintertide Festival this November to create a brand new promenade piece. Expect lots of sparkle, dancing, music, and poetry from award-winning poet Harry Man.
Space Rebel Princess soars into its 2nd season!
This year my interactive show for children and families heads to Mouth of the Tyne Festival, Stockton International Riverside Festival, DN Festival, Tamworth Library, and Greenbelt Festival. Hope to see you soon. All the info: www.fullybookedtheatre.com
New show with Tmesis Theatre
For the past few months I've been working with Tmesis Theatre on a new work which explores loss, immortality, and our digital souls. The work will premiere at the Unity Theatre in Liverpool in the autumn before setting off on a national tour. Full tour dates HERE
New article in The Dance Current
I had the opportunity to write about the making of Space Rebel Princess for my favourite magazine The Dance Current. Check it out along with their other wonderful articles HERE
Space Rebel Princess
Space Rebel Princess takes to the sky this April at Young Fest in Liverpool before heading to Middlesbrough Library July 1st. We're also part of SpareParts Festival, which will be touring to Sandbach Transport Festival, TrAction Festival Crewe, and Tram Sunday Fleetwood. This new interactive show for children, commissioned by Middlesbrough Council, is a collaboration between myself and award-winning poet Harry Man.
I'm on tour with Tmesis Theatre's Happy Hour! We're headed to The Old Rep Theatre in Birmingham, Northwich Memorial Court, and Bridport Arts Centre before going back to where it all began for a show in Liverpool as part of Physical Fest. More info on tickets and dates here.
I'm very excited to be working with Stockton International Riverside Festival this year to present REPLICAS, a new digitally interactive work for six dancers. You can follow us on TWITTER and INSTAGRAM to stay up to date with developments as they happen.
This year I've been developing a pilot project of dance classes for people living with dementia. The programme is being developed with support from Age UK in Darlinton, Tees Valley Dance, and two third year students at Teesside University. Check out the video HERE
September 1st 2015
Honda Advert and Virals
I spent several hundred hours working on an incredible new advert for Honda this sping with fantastic director Kim Kehrig (of This Girl Can fame) and super-cool choreographer Supple Nam. Check it out HERE
October 2nd, 2015
Aging Well Festival
I delighted to be screening my film, Hal, at the Aging Well Festival in Torbay. I will also be speaking about my work with people living with dementia and leading a cross-generational movement workshop. More HERE
August 19th, 2015
THE BENCH Fellowship
I am thrilled to have been chosen as a BENCH fellow for 2015-2016. The programme will provide mentoship to five female choreographers selcted from across the UK. More information HERE
May 20th - July 19th, 2015
MAX MARA ART PRIZE FOR WOMEN
It's been a great pleasure to work with award-winning artist Corin Sworn on her exhibition for the Whitechapel Gallery. The work is inspired by the characters and tales of mistaken identity from the Italian Commedia dell’Arte theatre. I worked with two amazing acrobats in Edinburgh, choreographing the films that accompany the installation. It got an excellent review in the guardian which you can read here.
April + May 2015
I have spent the last month rolling out of vehicles, walking in extreme precision, and avoiding being hit by a very beautiful new Honda all under the excellent direction of This Girl Can Director Kim Gehrig. It was so fun to work on this commercial and I can't wait to see it this autumn!
January 28th-February 27th, 2015 THAT'S AMORE WITH TMESIS
I'm thrilled to be working with Tmesis Theatre again in the new year, developing and touring That's Amore, a "hilarious, fast-paced, passionate and poignant piece of physical theatre which explores the vast world and culture of romantic love..."
December 6th, 2014 MISS-FITS CABARET
I've spent the past 7 weeks at the University of Cumbria working on a new show based on a 1930s cabaret. The students were fantastic, devising a host of magical and horrible characters. We had a three-night run at Stanwix Theatre to very enthusiatic crowds.
Decemebr 4th, 2014 HATCH & SCRATCH AT PAVILION DANCE
The company was incredibly excited to head to Pavilion Dance in Decemeber to hatch Distance Duet. We shared a bill with some incredible artists and left feeling very inspired. It was great to be able to talk to audiences about how they felt about leaving their phones on in the theatre, distraction, and finding out aboutthe secret lives of the characters onstage.
July 21st, 2014 DANCE CITY RESIDENCY
We spent a fantastic week in residence at Dance City developing Distance Duet. We experiemented with the fragmentation of text and the misunderstandings inherent in this mode of communication. Thanks to N and C for their messages - they even live texted the birth of a child! See what we got up to HERE. Can't wait to get back to work next week!
JULY 14th 2014 PAVILION DANCE RESIDENCY
Had a really inspiring first week of R&D for Distance Duet at Pavilion Dance. Thanks to C and S for their text messages! We've started to research how personalities come across through text versus how we can represent them physically, what social dynamics are at play and how we can use text messaging in live performance. Gearing up for week two at Dance City!
JUNE 14th 2014 LOOKING FOR COUPLES
I'm looking for couples/friends/siblings willing to share their text messages with me for a new work this summer supported by Arts Council Engalnd, Pavilion Dance, and Dance City. It takes text messages as its inspiration, using these abrupt, literal, and immediate communications as a starting place to create an imaginary relationship between two very physically real dancers. It should be lots of fun and you'll get a dance inspired by you and your partner's messages. If you're interested or know someone who might be please get in touch at email@example.com
What you get:
A dance inspired by your text messages and our undying gratitude! We will be researching and developing the project this summer alongside some amazing dancers, filmmakers and photographers so you'll receive lots of updates and lovely images of the work your messages have inspired
What we need from you:
To agree to texting each other at least once a day and to give us access to the messages. Your identity will not be made public.
For more information please contact Jennifer@jenniferessex.com
JUNE 7th, 8th, & 26th, 2014 SYNCHRONISED
I'm performing in Balbir Singh's SYNCRONISED this summer. The show fuses contemporary dance with Kathak and Syncronised swimming. We'll be visiting pools in Blackburn, Burnley, and Leicester. For more full details and booking check out the WEBSITE.
MAY 21, 2014 FIVE STAR REVIEW
SAFE HOUSE's premiere in Brighton was brilliant. We had an audience of over 5000 people and
got a fabulous review which you can read HERE.
MAY 19, 2014 PAVILION DANCE
I'm thrilled to be one of Pavilion Dance's 'Discovery Artists'. I will be spending time in their gorgeous Bournemouth studios this summer developing 'Distance Duet' and indulging in creative conversations. More HERE
The BIG Creative Teachers' Event
I'm delivering some free CPD for teachers as part of this brilliant day in Redcar. Register HERE
Beyond Belief at ALT PITCH ARTS & TECHNOLOGY FESTIVAL, Hastings
I'm back performing with Tmesis Theatre at St Mary in the Castle
MAY 17, 2014 - SAFE HOUSE
I'm thrilled to be performing in SAFE HOUSE alongside the amazing aerialists from Wired in a fabulous new outdoor touring production this summer. It's FREE! We'll be at the Brighton Festival on the 17th of May, Norfolk and Norwich Festival on the 24th of May, Greenwich and Docklands Festival on the 21st of June, Stockton Festival on the 1st and 2nd of August, and finally at the Leicester Festival on the 16th and 17th of August. Hope to see you there!
APRIL 20, 2013 (ONGOING) WHERE THE HEART IS
I’ve started working on a wonderful new project which explores concepts of home for people suffering from dementia. If you’re interested you can keep up with my journey as it unfolds here