Episode Three is a conversation between myself and Charlotte Darbyshire and I. Charlotte is also my sister in law, so I feel quite lucky to see the life of a dance artist close up.
Charlotte is a British independent dance artist.
She works as a choreographer and director of live performance and dance for camera. She is also an experienced performer, educator, facilitator and movement therapist.
Charlotte was a founder member of CandoCo Dance Company, performing and teaching internationally with them for 10 years. This inspired her on-going practice and research into inclusive and creative approaches to dance practice for disabled and non-disabled people, trained and untrained dancers. Independently, Charlotte has led integrated projects in UK, Colombia, Croatia, Bangladesh, Sweden and France.
She now lives in Northern France where she co-runs La Traversee an initiative for interdisciplinary arts practice, research and performance, with composer Jules Maxwell, painter Pippa Darbyshire, actor and film maker Tony Wadham and choreographer Henrietta Hale (co-director of Dog Kennel Hill Project). Together they run regular performance events, artist residencies and movement workshops. Charlotte also runs a private practice involving Integrated Bodywork and Movement Therapy.
About her films: Her first short film ‘Taut’ was commissioned by Channel 4 and won the New Filmmaker Award at The Place in 2001.
‘the lily the rose’ is Charlotte’s most recent film, shot in France this year by Tony Wadham, with sound score by Jules Maxwell. It is a poetic portrait of dance artists Kate Marsh and Welly O’Brien – a world of sisterhood, show business and song, inspired by the friendship and work of the artists themselves but also by Violet and Daisy Hilton, Baroque performers and conjoined twins from the 1930’s. The film captures their performance, shared stories, anatomy and their fascinatingly frank attitudes to disability.
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