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

‘Naked’ | dance-film poem by Red Storm Productions.
Performed and choreographed by Helen.

Translating words, into movement.

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.

Helen is developing a specific method of translation: where words, both verbalised and written, can be rediscovered and ‘re-spoken’ through the body, in the language of dance.

She was awarded a DYCP by Arts Council England in April 2021 to further this unique area of practice. Her work will see collaborations with artists leading in the field of interdisciplinary performance and arts, such as T.S. Eliot prize winning poet Alice Oswald, BBC Radio 4 producer Mair Bosworth, and the University of Worcester’s Centre for Dance Research.

Image: Poetry & Dance exploration session | The Southbank Centre | Poetry International


One Dance UK : Bringing poetry to life through dance