Tom Hobden and Kate Flurrie

Choreographer Tom Hobden and film director Kate Flurrie first collaborated in 2012 by a chance experiment and have continued to build a dynamic partnership which has since produced the highest quality dance, film and education performances. Their style lies between Flurrie’s detailed commercial film experience and Hobden’s love for charismatic community performers. Tom and Kate have worked on several projects during their time as Associate Artists most notably the large-scale community dance project in 2016, The Village.

Hobden originally trained to be an actor at DeMonfort University with a BA in Contemporary Performing Arts and pursued his study with an MA in Choreography at London Contemporary Dance School. His passion is in the community and working alongside everyday people to become the most extraordinary performers.  In his career he has worked for or alongside:  DanceEast, Dance United, Royal Ballet School, Re:bourne, Darren Ellis Dance, Tom Dale Dance, Matthias Sperling and New Art Club.

Flurrie gained a BA (Hons) in Media Arts with Video Production and started her career in video production with a top agency in London. Within two years she advanced from production coordinator to Director, and over that period produced promotional videos for major clients including; Police sunglasses, Gordon’s Gin, Williams F1 and Royal Bank of Scotland. Her exceptional skill is in her highly creative approach to direction and visuals and her most recent challenge has been to develop a unique filmic language that blends seamlessly with live performance.

The company have just been successful in receiving their first Grants for the Arts from Arts Council England to research and develop their new work 20 Questions; a show fusing real people’s stories with dance and film. The company are currently hard at work in the studio, working with local people to find out what really makes them tick. The interviews are filmed and the answers translated into movement and all these elements will be fused together into an intricate and deeply personal performance. The company hopes to tour the work in 2017, so keep your eyes peeled for it in the region!

“We are over the moon to be selected as DanceEast's Associate Artists. The two year scheme will offer invaluable support at a crucial time in our career and help us to develop a unique intergenerational company. We are so proud to represent DanceEast and are excited to bring innovative and challenging dance to Ipswich and beyond.”
Tom Hobden and Kate Flurrie