REPLICAS uses real-life text messages from three couples at various stages of their relationships as inspiration for dance duets, each exploring how we communicate in the digital age. Raw text messages, videos and photos are sent to audiences in real time, giving us an inside view of the on-stage relationships.

Live Text allows audiences to follow each storyline before and after the show. Through inventive ballet and breaking inspired choreography, REPLICAS 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


Jennifer Essex works as a choreographer, dancer, and teacher on projects across the UK and internationally. Her work has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Council England, Dance City, and Pavilion Dance.

Current research includes developing projects that use technology to develop inclusive and interactive experiences and exploring at how new technology affects social interactions.

Portia Graves

Music Composer

Portia Graves is an original and alternative composer specialising in music and sound design for stage and screen, including film, television, dance and theatre. She has always been passionate about creating music for visual movement.

Composing for dance is Portia’s most recent venture, but she has developed a true passion for it and has enjoyed collaborating with choreographer Jennifer Essex over the past 3 years creating a variety of dance performances and installations

Emily Rose Spreadborough

Costume Designer

Emily Rose Spreadborough is a costume designer, maker and embroiderer. She studied ‘Costume with Textiles’ at Huddersfield University and was awarded the Hand & Lock atelier’s prize for hand embroidery in 2015.

Emily specializes in contemporary costume and its relationship with movement and digital technology. Recent design work incudes ‘Flatland’, a Live Art experiment developing the use of alternate construction materials, and their affect on movement and character.

Louiseanne Wong


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). Louiseanne has trained and performed with professional performance companies such as ParkourDance Company, Avant Garde Dance, Y-Space (Hong Kong), and Show Off Dolls Dance Company (Los Angeles).

Based in London now, she explores her artistic and research endeavours with her musicological foundation and diverse vocational dance training in ballet, contemporary, and hip-hop.

Natalie Trewinnard


Natalie took an apprenticeship with Scottish Dance Theatre (SDT) whilst studying for a postgraduate diploma with LCDS in 2008 - 2009. She became a full time company member with SDT from 2009 - 2013, Director Janet Smith. Creating and performing in works by Ina Christel Johannessen, Janet Smith, Ben Duke, Kate Weare, Ben Levy, Rachel Lopez De La Nieta, Jo Stromgren, Victor Quijada, Henri Oguike, James Wilton and Fleur Darkin.

She also performed in work by Hofesh Shechter, and Liv Lorent’s works for SDT Luxuria and Tenderhook. She joined balletLorent in August 2013, where she took on the title role in the company's critically acclaimed Rapunzel, performed in The Night Ball.

Rosie Macari


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.she furthered her training after graduating with a First Class BA (Hons) degree in Contemporary Dance from Laban Conservatoire.

During her training she had the chance to perform works by renewed choreographers such as Richard Alston, Charles Linehan, Tony Thatcher and Gary Lambert. Since graduating Rosie has also performed and toured through out the UK and America for companies such as Chantry Dance Company, Neville Campbell, Makros Dance, Jennifer Essex Dance, Lo-Giudice Dance and Kelly Abbott Dance Theatre.

Chris Vann


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.

From graduating Laban, Chris joined Rosie Kay Dance Company. Whilst with Rosie Kay he has have been involved in several projects with the company including 5 Soldiers (original cast) highlights include the Madrid en Danza Festival and a months residency in Berlin as well as touring extensively throughout the UK for two consecutive tours (2010-11, 2011-12), There is Hope (2013), Asylum (re-cast, 2013) and more recently research and development for the company’s future work MK:Ultra (2015).

Paul Harman


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. Represented UK on International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ). Chair of Tees Valley Dance since 2012. Likes to bop.

Christina Blackwell


Christina Blackwell is a retired Clinical Psychologist living in Newcastle. She began ballet classes at 7 and 56 years later, she's still dancing. Having seen from her personal and professional experience that regular dancing is one of the best ways to maximise physical and psychological wellbeing, she is an advocate for the benefits of dance, and attends a tap and a ballet class at Dance City every week.

A firm believer in continuing to challenge oneself in retirement and grasping every opportunity to do new things, she's very excited to be joining REPLICAS for her first appearance with a professional company.

Alyssa Lisle


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. She is part of a small North East touring company, Eliot Smith Company, and enjoys teaching dance within Dance City in Newcastle and in various schools within the North East'

Beth Brownless


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 such as Ana Baer, Jennifer Essex, Heike Salzer, Lorraine Smith and Jack Webb

Bethany has always enjoyed performing until recently she has found a passion for videography, creating short dance films, documenting previous projects and creating choreography which is manipulated by projection