research (bodily writing)

Helen creates powerful, transcendent, and thought-provoking choreographic work in which language transcends the page, the human body and sound

Jacqueline Crookes, Made in LDN Apple Project, 2020

While voice and text have long been used to prompt and enrich the arena of dance, there is a marked difference between presenting dance and poetry ‘alongside’ one another, to actually assimilating the two.

As both a poet and dancer, Helen is currently undergoing her own choreographic research into developing a specific method of translation: where language, both verbalised and written, can be rediscovered and ‘re-read’ through the body, in dance.

Helen was awarded a DYCP by Arts Council England in April 2021 to further this unique area of practice. Her work will see collaborations with award-winning poet Alice Oswald, BBC Radio 4 producer Mair Bosworth, dancers Shelley Eva Haden and Sara Macqueen, ME Dance Company, and the University of Worcester’s Centre for Dance Research.