Susanne Thomas — Choreographer
Susanne is a German born choreographer and director, currently based in Leeds. Her wealth of choreographic work has been presented in both indoor and outdoor sites in the UK and worldwide, with venues ranging from theatres and museums, department stores and railway stations to the Royal Opera House and the National Theatre. Her company Seven Sisters Group has been at the vanguard of site-specific and immersive performance since the early 90s.
Susanne’s UK-based career began 26-years ago with a scholarship to study at London Contemporary Dance School, upon which she quickly became an established artist in London before moving North four years ago. She is co-artistic director of Seven Sisters Group, together with designer Sophie Jump. Their projects focus on communicating contemporary issues through new and idiosyncratic works that defy labelling. Evolving with advancements in hand-held technology, Seven Sisters Group has led the way in morphing virtual reality and site-specific performance. Recent projects incorporating these innovative approaches have drawn great acclaim, with ‘Like a Fish Out Of Water’, winning the “Gold Award for Exceptional Achievement Across All Categories” at World Stage Design 2013.
Ben Skinner — Illustrator
Born in Brighton, U.K, Ben works as a freelance artist, dancer and researcher. He holds a degree in Anthropology from Durham University in which he specialised in migration theory and the anthropology of art. He also holds a BPA in Contemporary Dance from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance where he was kindly supported by the South Square Trust and the NSCD Bursary Scheme. In 2016 he completed a masters in Creative Practice exploring the language of performance art, investigating charcoal, clay and the nature of the thinking-body within each discipline.
Current projects include puppetry for Steve Johnstone's' Folklore' tour and dancing for Vanessa Grasse's street-based choreography 'Mesh' . In October 2018 Ben will embark upon a practice led, interdisciplinary arts PhD programme facilitated by Leeds University.
Valentina Golfieri — Choreographer and Costume Designer
Valentina was born in Rimini, Italy. She trained at London Contemporary Dance School where she completed her BA and MA after spending a year touring with the postgraduate company EDge.
Valentina is the Associate Director of Arthur Pita’s Open Heart Productions. She has created and performed roles in Arthur’s productions since 2010, including the Royal Ballet’s Metamorphoses, God’s Garden and The World’s Greatest Show. She is currently touring with the company’s production of The Little Match Girl. She has also been a member of Protein Dance since 2011, as performer and Assistant Director. With the Company she has toured the globe performing, teaching and leading projects with hard to reach communities. She has also performed extensively with Frauke Requardt, Will Tuckett, Clod Ensemble, David Rosenberg, Daniel Kramer, Royal Opera amongst others.
Valentina guest teaches throughout the country and designs costumes for dance, including productions for Candoco, StopGap, Sweetshop Revolution, Frauke Requardt and NSCD’s Verve.
Luke Haywood — Lighting Designer
Luke trained at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance (London) graduating with BA in Lighting Design. Working in Theatre, Dance and TV, Luke is keen to explore the way in which lighting can create and control the world of the actor/dancer. He is currently the technical manager and resident lighting designer for Phoenix Dance Theatre
Recent designs include, Calyx and Beast for Phoenix Dance Theatre (UK & European Tour), Dust for AGITART Companyia (Robin Howard Theatre UK), The Wonderful World of Dissocia (Unicorn Theatre UK), Twelfth Night (Turner Auditorium TX USA) and Bright Unconquered Sons (Pleasance Theatre UK & Rozen Theater Netherlands).
Luke recently designed lights for the New Adventures Choreography Award 2016 showcase working with choreographer Jamaal Burkmar at the Platform Theatre he has also designed lights for VERVE, since 2013 working with choreographers such as James Wilton, Ben Duke, Gemma Nixon and Jonathan Goddard, Kerry Nichols, Luca Silvestrini, Anton Lachky, Renaud Wiser and Theo Clinkard.
His lighting is often highlighted by industry reviewers with Dance Europe 2014 reporting, “special praise must go to Luke Haywood’s lighting which is wonderfully atmospheric”.
Joshua Hughes-Games — Designer / Videographer
Joshua Hughes-Games is a designer, videographer and printer based in Bristol, UK.
Joshua’s work is largely based around print, videography and artistic direction with a strong focus on analogue techniques and labour intensive design practices, including screen printing, Risograph and experimental filmmaking. Josh has worked closely with a wide range of artists within the fields of dance, theatre and music to create videos, installation pieces, printed matter and concept development.
In recent years Josh has worked with, and designed for, an impressive cross section of talent including projects for artists in the blossoming Tokyo grime scene and his continuing art direction and design for the internationally renowned Bandulu Records. He spent a large portion of 2016 working from a range of artist residencies around the world including time spent at the Né Na Contemporary art space (Thailand), The AIRYamanashi (Japan), 100W Corsicana (Texas, USA) and a solo show of work in Tokyo.
— IG: @joshuahughesgames
Otis Jones — Musician
Otis Jones is a Musician and Dancer, who began dancing with Swindon Dance before undertaking a 3 years training program at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
Since his graduation he has composed scores for dance and dance films for arstist and companies, such as Ciemulator Dance Theatre, John Wannehag, Jamaal Burkmar Dance and Möbius Dance. He has also composed music for independent feature films and online advertisements. Otis has considerable experience working as a multi-instrumentalist, which he utilizes for his compositional work, whilst performing live with bands (both original work and covers) and as an accompanist for the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
Otis is a founding member of Snakebox, a dance and music duo that explores the synergy of music and movement.
Danilo Moroni — Photographer
Danilo Moroni is a Sicilian born artist based in London. Danilo grew up in a photographer’s family and he first picked up a film camera at the age of eight when he started exploring through the Sicilian streets. Danilo combines in his images the contrast of street photography, the beauty of fashion and performance, and a fine-art touch to create striking images with a strong storytelling element.
Collaborating with composer Vincenzo Lamagna, Danilo conceived and co-directed the music video Kingdom. The strong collaboration between the two artists culminated in the creation of a fine-art audio-visual experience. In 2015 Danilo started working with Matthew’s Bourne New Adventures & Re:Bourne for whom he has been producing all imagery and campaigns of its New Adventures Choreographer Award. In 2017 Danilo starts collaborating with English National Ballet for Dance Journeys creating a series of images and short film screened at Sadler's Wells Theatre.
Danilo co-founded and runs FARM 1027 a versatile collective of photographers, cinematographers and other specialists trained to develop concepts and ideas and morph them into fully functional audio-visual formats.
Danilo is currently working on creating a new series of images and a book, which will be published and exhibited in 2017. Additionally, he is co-directing a new visual dance piece about dyslexia called Mentally Zero.