What We Are About

REPLICAS is an outdoor interactive dance work which clashes the populist with the philosophical, transporting audiences to striking new worlds. The work examines questions at the forefront of our culture: how communication is changing in the digital age, what is to be lost and what can be gained by our new intimacy with technology and what is the role of touch in our time – can we be touched by technology.

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    Jennifer Essex works as a choreographer, dancer, and teacher on projects across the UK and internationally.

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    Portia Graves is an original and alternative composer specialising in music and sound design for stage and screen, including film, television, dance and theatre.

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    Emily Rose Spreadborough

    Emily is a costume designer, maker and embroiderer. She studied at Huddersfield University and was awarded the Hand & Lock atelier’s prize for hand embroidery.

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    Louiseanne Wong

    Hong Kong bred and raised, Louiseanne Wong is a movement artist, choreographer and coach. She studied Bachelor of Music at The University of Manchester (2011) and MA Choreography at Trinity Laban (2014).

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    Chris Vann started dance at the age of 17 at Stourbridge College for 3 years and then further 3 years Dance Theatre BA (Hons) training at Trinity Laban, London.

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    Rosie Macari is a North East based dance artist having worked nationally and internationally as a performer. Rosie began her training at the age of 13 on the Newcastle Centre for Advanced training programme held at Dance City.

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    Natalie took an apprenticeship with Scottish Dance Theatre (SDT) whilst studying for a postgraduate diploma with LCDS in 2008 - 2009.

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    75 years old. Started as a professional actor in 1963. Since 1970 has been running professional theatre companies for children and young people until retirement in 2008.

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    Christina Blackwell is a retired Clinical Psychologist living in Newcastle. She began ballet classes at 7 and 56 years later, she's still dancing.

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    Bethany Brownless is currently studying a BA Dance (Hons) degree at Teesside University. She has had experiences of performing, teaching and working alongside many choreographers to create performances.

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    Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Alyssa studied on the CAT programme at Dance City from the age of 13 and went on to gain a 1st Class Honours Degree in Dance Professional Practice.

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