about

Helen
Calcutt

Helen is known for her dynamism and versatility as a choreographer, movement director, and dance artist, with over a decade’s experience sharing her unique approach to movement across the U.K. and internationally. She works with specialisms in dance-theatre and site-specific production, drawing on her wide range of movement experience to push the boundaries of technical and creative interplay. To date, she has collaborated with the likes of Apple, the Birmingham Royal Ballet, ME Dance Company, Autin Dance Theatre, the DanceXchange, Def Motion, Poetry International, Midlands Actor’s Theatre, the Birmingham Int. Dance Festival, and the BBC, helping shape performances and experiences for theatre, open-air spaces, and film.

Helen is a self-trained Contemporary artist, something she considers an enormous strength to her professional practice. She is also trained in the Cuban styles of salsa, rumba, and son – Graham technique, and Jazz – with vast experience as a commercial dancer. As a performer, Helen works with a sensitivity to internal dynamics of the body and their potential towards expression, largely through improvisational play, response to live music, voice, and breath.

Also a poet, Helen explores the cross-over between language and movement. She was awarded a DYCP from Arts Council England to support the development of this practice in April 2021. She was nominated for a Women in Dance Award by AWA Dance for her work in dance education, in March 2021.

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