Summer Dancing: 25 June - 3 July 2010, a seasonal festival of contemporary dance in the city of Coventry

Artistic Director

Katye Coe is a dance artist and senior lecturer whose primary dance practices are Skinner Releasing Technique, Contact Improvisation and Non stylised movement (Helen Poynor). She is collaborating with Joe Moran (Dance Art Foundation) on a new duet and is currently touring her solo, Behind my Back, which will be shown in London and Essex this Spring. Katye is the artistic director of Summer Dancing, an international festival of dance and performance. Current teaching includes improvisation, experiential anatomy, choreography, interdisciplinary making, site practice and contextual studies.

Festival Management

Cath Cullinane
Born in Liverpool.

Worked in Technical Production for a number of Theatres and Colleges, including Dartington College of Arts, LIPA, The Unity Theatre Liverpool, Bristol Old Vic, IOU Theatre, The Gardener Arts Centre, Brighton, The Brewery Arts Centre Kendal, The Bluecoat Arts Centre Liverpool, Brouhaha International, Leap Festival, and performance art group Vis plastica, based in Vienna.

Recent Lighting design projects has been in collaboration with following artists, Mariella Greil (Austria), Werner Moebius (Austria), Walt Shaw (U.K) Simon Piasecki (U.K) and The Estate/Mark Evens.(U.K).

I am currently, Senior Theatre Technician/Skills Instructor at Coventry University.

Jenna Hubbard is a West Midlands based dance artist with an interest in site specific dance performance. Jenna has developed several community pieces in Coventry and Kent. She is a member of Spiltmilk Dance and is currently working on their 'Spiltmilk say Dance' tour. She teaches parent and child creative dance classes in Kenilworth and guest teaches for Oxford Youth Dance. Jenna is working as a project manager for the Institute for Creative Enterprise, helping creative graduates find employment and develop their business ideas.

Lily Hayward-Smith. Lily is an independent dance artist based in the West Midlands. She graduated from Coventry University with a Masters in Dance Making and Performance in September 2009. She is interested in body work practices such as Body Mind Centering and Skinner Releasing Technique and her performance work builds from improvisation and process led enquiry.

Lily is a member of The Wednesday Group which meets once a month to explore group improvisation. She has been commissioned by Talking Birds to create a project for the Fargo Space programme in Coventry, which will take place later this year.

Lily is currently working as a dance facilitator at Coventry University and is a Project Manager for the Summer Dancing festival.

Amy Voris is a dance-artist based in the West Midlands. Her current practice is inspired by authentic movement and by collaboration with other artists. She regularly works with composer James Buchanan and photographer Christian Kipp and has ongoing creative relationships with dance artists Regula Voegelin, Meghan Flanigan, Satya Dunning, Natalie Garrett and Caroline Salem. She was a founding member of Rose's Thoughts Dance Company (choreographer Ruth Segalis, London 1996 - 2003). Amy currently teaches at Coventry University and is training in Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy with Linda Hartley.

Teaching Faculty and Performers

Gaby Agis is one of the pioneers of collaborative performance in Britain, creating works for galleries, museums, theatres, film and opera. She is well-known for her site-specific work; her latest project (2008-2010), Peripheral Landscape, a duet for Eeva Maria-Mutka, and Titta Court, was researched and performed in Lapland (Northern Finland) and West Wales. Since 1993 Gaby has taught the Introductory and Ongoing Skinner Releasing Technique world-wide.

Kirsty Alexander
After studying law, and then training in dance at Laban, Kirsty enjoyed an extensive performance career working with a diverse range of dance and theatre companies, including Gaby Agis, Rosemary Butcher, Michael Clark, Gill Clarke, , Station House Opera and Michel Laub. Her own choreographic work is often site-specific and in collaboration with artists from other disciplines. She is a certified teacher of Skinner Releasing Technique, serves on the Creative Council of the Skinner Releasing Institute, the Artist Council of Falling Wide Projects and is Associate Editor of the Journal for Dance and Somatic Practices. Her current research draws upon Skinner Releasing Technique to explore the notion of embodied wisdom within ethics. Kirsty has taught extensively in a wide variety of professional and educational contexts, was Head of Undergraduate Studies at Laban from 2000-2004 and is currently Assistant director of London Contemporary Dance School.

Andrea Buckley works as an independent dance artist, whose experience extends over 20 years, performing teaching and creating work in various professional contexts to include the wider community. Her primary research draws upon an extensive range of improvisation and contact skills as a way to continue to develop an awareness of the moving body and expand a repertoire of composition. She has performed with many independent artists touring UK, Ireland, Europe and parts of America. These include; Kirstie Simson, Nancy Stark-Smith, MacLennan Dance & Company, Rosemary Lee, Gill Clarke and Deborah Hay.

Committed to work happening in the North West Andrea is part of an artist led initiative, Liverpool Improvisation Collective (LIC) - initiating workshops, festivals and performance projects - they have a designated artist led space at the Bluecoat, Liverpool. Presently as well as working with Siobhan Davies Dance, she is developing her own performance project Walking Within - Episode II in collaboration with film artist Dan Williams and Composer/musician Jamie McCarthy.

Gill Clarke is an independent dance artist. She was a founder member of Siobhan Davies Dance Company and has also performed and collaborated with other choreographers including Rosemary Butcher, Rosemary Lee, Janet Smith, Kate Brown and Marina Collard. Gill regards teaching as an integral part of her artistic practice. She regularly leads masterclasses and workshops internationally for students, professionals and companies, and is currently collaborating with filmmaker Becky Edmunds on a multi-screen installation - Stones and Bones. Head of Performance Studies at Laban - London 2000-2006, she continues a close working association with the organisation and is a member of the 'choreographic lab' research project supported by Northampton University. Gill was awarded an MBE for services to Dance and recently became Honorary Visiting Professor at University of Ulster.

Titta Court is dancer, choreographer and dance teacher based in Tornio, North Finland. Titta has worked as a professional dance artist since 1991 when she graduated from Theatre Academy Dance Department, Helsinki and has been choreographing her own works since 1996. She has lived in north Finland since 1997, and has helped to increase awareness of dance as an art form in her area. She works actively in the whole Barents region in collaboration with a host of different artists. Many of her works are composed in the moment and are inspired by the space and situation they are performed in. Titta has been accepted in Skinner Releasing Teacher Certification Program for years 2010-2011.

Chris Crickmay is an installation artist, teacher and writer with a particular interest in improvisation and in creating environments for performance. He works mainly in collaboration with dancers. He has also worked extensively in Higher Education, including several years as Head of Art and Design at Dartington. He has co-written two books with Miranda Tufnell: Body Space Image: notes towards improvisation and performance (1990) and A Widening Field: journeys in body and imagination (2004).

Dr Natalie Garrett is currently a Principle Lecturer in Dance at Coventry University, UK where she is Course Director for MA Dance Making and Performance and Post-graduate Programme Manager for Performing Arts. She is Associate Editor for the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices and on the editorial board for Dancelines, Research in Dance Education.

Natalie's training and education is principally in the area of Contemporary Dance. She gained her BA in Dance Theatre (1991-94) and MA in Dance Studies (1994-96) at the Laban Centre, London. She studied for a further year at London Contemporary Dance School (1997-98) gaining a certificate in performance studies. Natalie completed her PhD research at Roehampton University in 2007. Her research is theoretically situated within Feminist understandings of embodied subjectivity and is focused on the ways in which Somatic practices such as the Alexander Technique, Body Mind Centering and Skinner Releasing Technique can inform performance making, creativity and writing. 

Sylvia Hallett studied music at Dartington, and composition with Max Deutsch in Paris. She now works as both composer and improviser. She currently plays with LaXula, The London Improvisers Orchestra, ARC, and the London Hardingfelelag. She also performs solo, and in various duos. She has collaborated with dancer/choreographers Miranda Tufnell, Emilyn Claid, Jacky Lansley, From Here to Maturity, H2dance, and Eva Karczag, live art puppeteers DooCot, and Suffolk-based Wonderful Beast. She has also composed incidental music for numerous BBC radio plays and has toured the world as a performer with the Young Vic and The R S C.

Polly Hudson is a dancer, artist and teacher. She makes performance and moving image works (often combining the two) that are underpinned by somatic practise.
Recent works include Let Me Count the Ways, shown in San Francisco; a commission to make a physical response to the Richard Deacon exhibition at Birmingham's Ikon gallery where the subsequent live and video pieces were shown; the installation piece Multiple Body which was commissioned by the Fracture Dance and Moving Image festival; and the single screen Multiple Body, A Continent of Skin, shown at Ismeta Festival New York, at Brighton Screen Dance Festival and at the International VideoDanz Festival in Lisbon.
Polly is currently Associate Senior Lecturer in Dance at Coventry University

Eva Karczag is an independent dance artist, teaching, and performing solo and collaborative work internationally. Many of her collaborations have involved links across the arts. Her teaching and performance is particularly concerned with improvisation. She has been a member of several leading companies in the field of experimental dance, including the Trisha Brown Company, was a faculty member of EDDC, Arnhem, The Netherlands, and received her MFA from Bennington College, VT, USA.

Tom Marshman
I am an Arnolfini associate artist and I have been a practicing for ten years. I have produced over 20 projects in a wide range of medium including performance, photography, installation, publication and film. I actively encourage a dialogue with my audiences and participants. The results give very evocative glimpses into everyday things. My work addresses issues that are often considered as mundane or commonplace. I locate artwork in unusual spaces, developing the work in the community that exists there. Within my practice I endeavour to create site-specific art/performances that can formulate incisive interventions into the public realm.

I am interested in how memory shifts our view of the world we live in and how these are represented through artistic studies. I employ an approach that, Dee Heddon [Reader, Theatre Studies Glasgow University] refers to as an 'ideology of the humane'. I have a fascination for uncovering extraordinary stories from ordinary lives and creating narrative environments. My practice incorporates visual images, video, movement, sound, and text.

Fiona Millward has worked throughout the UK and abroad as a dancer, teacher and choreographer for the last 25 years. She has enjoyed dancing for many different choreographers, and regularly teaches for the British Council as well as independently. She has been the recipient of various awards and commissions for her choreographic work, relishing roles as a choreographer, dramaturg, choreographic consultant, collaborator and movement director. She is delighted to have been part of the ground breaking production of 'Grope and Find it and Pull it Out' - the first UK commission of a piece by Judson Church pioneer and US choreographer Deborah Hay. Collaborations are of particular interest to her, and she has ongoing ventures with Visual Artist and NESTA fellow Jo Fairfax, Theatre Director Katie Goodwin, Olga Zitluhina Dance Company, Latvia, and US Dance Artist Darrell Jones. From 1999 - 2004 she was Head of Movement at the Oxford School of Drama and from 2001 - 2005 a recipient of a joint National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts fellowship with Gill Clarke for their work with the Professional training programme, Independent Dance, which she has co-directed since 1996.

Jean-Hugues Miredin is currently working as a teacher, choreographer and performer and has been involved in the dance community for the past 25 years. Jean-Hugues come from a traditional dance background, where he studied technics such as Ballet, modern and contemporary dance. Eight years ago he met Kirstie Simson, and with her he started his journey within CI and Improvisation. Since then Jean-hugues has been teaching in many different European festivals, he is a member of Romacontact, Group based in Rome (italy) dedicated to development of CI within the Italian community ( His work and views on CI have been inspired by great teachers such as Kirstie Simson, Martin Keogh, Julyen Hamilton, K.J Holmes.
Jean-Hugues Miredin:

Joe Moran is a dance artist and Artistic Director of Dance Art Foundation. He creates dance and video works that are presented in theatres, galleries and public spaces; most recently, All Clear! at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and In Land at Toynbee Studios. As a dancer, he has worked with a number of distinguished choreographers including Gaby Agis, Kate Brown, Siobhan Davies (Bank project), Christopher House (Toronto Dance Theatre), Florence Peake and Stephanie Skura (improvisation project).

Founder and Artistic Director of Dance Art Foundation, Joe has extensive curatorial experience in artist development, independent dance, public art and dance-in-health. He has presented the work of seminal international dance artists Gaby Agis, Jennifer Monson, Yvonne Rainer and Stephanie Skura in London, and curated dance events in many of the capital’s landmark public spaces: Canary Wharf tube station, Evelina Children’s Hospital, the National Portrait Gallery, Siobhan Davies Studios and South London Gallery. Joe is the recipient of a number of awards including a 2009 Rebecca Skelton Fund Award and a 2005 Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Council for the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices (Intellect publications) and an Artistic Associate of Tamasha Theatre Company.

Charlie Morrissey Charlie Morrissey is a performer, teacher, director and researcher working in the UK and abroad. His teaching is informed by his own research in somatic dance practices, his performance work, and by long term working relationships and collaborations with Steve Paxton, Lisa Nelson, Kirstie Simson, K.J.Holmes, Scott Smith, and many others. Charlie is part of Movement 12 in Brighton curating an international programme of professional development opportunities for dance artists.

Eeva-Maria Mutka is a performer based in Llandysul, West Wales. She trained at LAMDA 1989-92. E-M has worked in dance theatre & film, site specific works, cross art form improvisations, cinema and childrens TV in the UK and the Continent since 1990. In 2009-2010, E-M is performing the duet Peripheral Landscapes, directed by Gaby Agis and funded by the Arts Council of Wales, Jo Shapland's WID/Dancebytes commission Dance for Neanderthal and a Patua Dance mixed ability work Paisagem - Memory Landscape. She leads sessions in improvised dance and movement play and has worked extensively with groups of people with learning disabilities. Funded by Arts Care Gofal Celf , she's currently in training with the Touch Trust, to lead sessions for people with profound and multiple disabilities, and their carers.Eeva-Maria co-runs Penpynfarch, an international artists' retreat with a seasonal workshop programme in Llandysul,

Florence Peake is a movement artist venturing into the textured world of language. She has been creating her own work independently and in collaboration with other artists since 1998, which have been performed nationally and internationally. Training in dance and a background in painting, her practice now uses artists' materials, film, text and movement. Site and the placement of performance, finding its right home are important factors; Coventry Cathedral housed Duets for Objects (2008) and the National Portrait Gallery hosted Paper Portraits (2007). She teaches extensively in dance, improvisation and is a certified Skinner releasing teacher.

Helen Poynor is an independent movement artist whose approach has evolved out of 30 years of professional practice. She runs the Walk of Life movement workshop and training programme based on the Jurassic Coast on the Devon/Dorset borders. An internationally recognised movement teacher, director and performer Helen's early intensive training with Anna Halprin at the San Francisco Dancers' Workshop and Suprapto Suryodarmo from Java served as the foundation for the development of her unique approach to non-stylised and environmental movement. Helen has been practicing and teaching Movement Ritual since she first studied with Anna Halprin in 1980/1. A mentor for several established and emerging dancers and performers and a visiting Professor of Performance at Coventry University Helen is also a Registered Dance Movement Therapist (ADMP) and a Somatic Movement Therapist (ISMETA).

She is co-author of Anna Halprin with Libby Worth (Routledge 2004) and of Anna Halprin and the Sea Ranch Collective, an embodied engagement with place in the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices 1.1 (intellectbooks 2009)

Adrian Russi. For more than twenty years Adrian has been deeply involved in the exploration of the body and many things more that go beyond but stay connected with the physical basis. Beside dance he did martial art (Wu Chi, Tai Chi, Escrima, Kung Fu), bodywork and energy work. In 1992 he began to study Contact Improvisation, New Dance and Open Improvisation a short time later. After studies in New Dance at "bewegungs-art" in Freiburg / Germany Adrian started teaching Contact Improvisation and New Dance and initiated "Arte Schoki"; a company working with open improvisation on stage These became the basis for further performance work. Adrian's practice developed in manifold ways (workshops, festivals, laboratories) and with various teachers including Steve Paxton and Nancy Stark Smith. Other influences came from Lilo Stahl, Andrew Harwood and David Zambrano. Adrian studied Craniosacral Bodywork what has been very important for his understanding of the subtle connections within the body.

Lucia Walker (teacher and workshop facilitator) has been practicing and teaching Contact Improvisation since 1986. She first encountered the form in workshops with Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark-Smith and Kirstie Simson. In 1987 Lucia qualified as a teacher of Alexander Technique and teaches the technique to individuals, groups and on teacher training programmes in England, Germany, US and Japan.

Lucia worked for many years with Jointwork Dance Group exploring improvised performance and continued this research with Telling Times International Theatre project. She also works on performance collaborations with other artists and dancers Attention, vitality and curiosity are central to her work as a teacher and a performer.

Dr. Sarah Whatley. Her initial training was principally in ballet and modern dance at Laine Theatre Arts. She then went to Leicester Polytechnic (now De Montfort University) to complete her degree in Performing Arts (Dance) where she was privileged to work within a community of postmodern dance artists, theatre practitioners and contemporary composers.
She then went on to perform and choreograph with touring dance companies and artists in the 1980s and 1990s, including the Gregory Nash Group, touring nationally and internationally to small and middle-scale venues. As a performer and choreographer she is influenced by release approaches to movement and explores playful, indeterminate compositional structures.