Julie Cunningham has worked professionally as a dance artist for fifteen years performing both nationally and internationally. After training at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London, Julie has worked with Ballett der Stadt Theater Koblenz, Germany, Michael Clark Company and spent many years in the USA working with ground-breaking choreographer Merce Cunningham (no relation).
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.
Rosemary Lee has been choreographing, performing and directing for over 30 years. Known for working in a variety of contexts and media, she has created large-scale site-specific works with cross-generational casts, solos for herself and other performers, installations and films. Rosie has regularly used studio space at DanceEast for her R&D as well as mentoring the choreographers working on the 2017 community dance project and has delivered an Artist Retreat for dance practitioners.
Born in Penrith in the UK, Alexander Whitley trained at the Royal Ballet School and throughout his career has performed with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, Michael Clark Company, Sydney Dance Company, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance and New Movement Collective, of which he is a founder-member. DanceEast has supported Alex with studio space, commissioning funds, production weeks and preview performance opportunities. He has also worked with our CAT students and Aldeburgh Young Musicians on a Music and Dance Colab in 2016.
Anna Williams is an award winning dancer and choreographer based in the UK. She has worked as a performer and maker in dance, theatre, opera and live art for over twenty years. She was the recipient of the Prix Individuel (ADAMI) performance award at the International Festival for Choreography Bagnolet, Paris and her choreography has been nominated for a South Bank Show Award. DanceEast has supported Anna with the R&D of new work and by commissioning The Doodle Dance Show and The Buildy Uppy Dance Show.
James Cousins trained at London Contemporary Dance School where he received the Robert Cohan Award for most promising dance artist. On graduating Cousins joined the cast of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake. He has performed nationally and internationally and in Joe Wright’s 2012 film Anna Karenina.
DanceEast works with a range of artists and dance companies across the UK and internationally.
The Associate Artists’ scheme provides individually tailored packages to meet the needs of each artist which can include a bursary, studio space, use of and opportunities to present work in the Studio Theatre, to share research and receive feedback, an international residency and advice from the DanceEast team.
Artists will have a significant artistic presence at the DanceHouse, engaging with all departments including the Creative Programme to collaborate, devise and test exciting and innovative ideas.
Lucy Bayliss, Head of Creative Programmes