about the cast

Emma Jane Greig

Artistic Director

After graduating with BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Manchester, Emma-Jane founded professional hip hop theatre company, Body Politic.

As Artistic Director, Emma-Jane Greig works collaboratively with creatives to approach taboo socio-politic subject matter with an authentic flair for integrating narrative with Hip Hop movement.

Emma-Jane and Body Politic as a result have been selected by Oxford Dance Forum (ODF) for their 3-year producer support programme, to receive in-kind support to galvanize national partnerships. Alongside, this Emma-Jane was also selected to become an associates artist at Swindon Dance (2020-2022), the only regional dance agency to house an Urban CAT scheme for aspiring young Hip Hop artists.

 Image by Camilla Greenwell 

L’atisse Rhoden

Choreographer

A multi – disciplinary creative, L’atisse performed for two favourable UK Hip Hop companies over the years before deciding to nurture her own creativity and establish herself an independent artist.

Experimenting with a neutral balance of Contemporary and Hip Hop dance styles, L’atisse presented her first theatre works at Open Art Surgery in 2016, ‘Ayrose’ touching on depression and which quickly captured the attention of her new audience. After presenting two more pieces for Breakin’ Convention, L’atisse became a New Wave Associate for Sadlers Wells in 2017.

Her work goes beyond live performance, focusing on film presenting the visuals as a package alongside her photography. Her creations are intensely though provoking, inspired by dream like – narratives and surrealism.

Nicole McDowall

Dance Artist

Nicole is a movement artist from South London, with a passion for improvised movement.

She currently trains in the styles of Hip Hop and Popping, and is an original member of the Popping Crew Aim Collective.

In her years of experience, she has worked with Boy Blue Entertainment, Myself UK Dance Company and Avant Garde Dance Company, to name a few.

 

She is an original cast member of the critically acclaimed Boy Blue Entertainment Production Blak Whyte Gray, which has toured internationally since 2016.

 

Jackie Kibuka

Dance Artist

Jackie is an authentic, passionate and versatile movement artist with over 12 years experience in many dance styles. She’s loves story telling and always looks to inspire and encourage many others.

She has a vast diverse training background including with Runway House, Boadicea Company and Far From The Norm (training group) and many more.

Credits include Breaking Convention, LFW AW18, Diversity Live, ITV Loose Women, Resolution Festival, Clout! Fringe Festival (2019), The Tide – Talawa Theatre Company, Everyone’s Talking about Jamie (film), Body Politic – THEM (R&D), and Some Like It Hip Hop (2019) a ZooNation production.

Image by Amy Cook Photography

Christina Dionysopoulou

Dance Artist

Christina Dionysopoulou is a London-based female dance artist, holding a BA (Hons) Degree in Dance from Kingston University and is centred in both the hip hop theatre & community outreach sector.

Christina has cemented her reputation as an artist whose language is formed through both street dance and contemporary dance resulting in an experimental approach to movement research.

She has worked with Hofesh Shechter & East London Dance, Olivier award- winning choreographer Botis Seva and Far From The Norm company, Etta Ermini Dance Theatre and hip-hop theatre practitioners Chris Reyes, Lee Griffiths, Rachel Kay, Paul Sadot and Body Politic.

 

lee griffiths

producer

Lee has been producing for Hip Hop dance theatre creatives in the UK since 2015, and prior had a professional performance and choreography career herself before the birth of her son. 

Raised in Cornwall and first introduced to dance in her local village hall, Lee graduated from Kingston University in 2011 with a BA (Hons) in Dance. Lee was one of the first BENCH fellows on the 2Faced Dance Company artist development programme for female makers and is a strong advocate for the visibility and equality of female voices in the Hip Hop dance sector. 

Lee is now working across education, artist development, participation and performance to make sure Hip Hop dance theatre and female voices are heard and valued!

Image by Jane Hobson 

Chloe Kenward

lighting designer

Chloe’s recent lighting designs include Kes (West Yorkshire Playhouse), random (West Yorkshire Playhouse), K.R.U.M.P. Macbeth (Artists4Artists), Mum (Shanelle ‘Tali’ Fergus), The Clockmaker’s Daughter (Trinity Laban), Carmen and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Isango Ensemble, South Africa and USA), Layla’s Room (Theatre Centre) and Orator, (Far From The Norm, Vaults Festival).

Chloe has re-lit many productions around the world, for companies including Hofesh Shechter, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Headlong, Northern Stage, English Touring Theatre, Graeae and Vincent Dance Theatre. Chloe won the Michael Northern Bursary Award for showing ‘exemplary talent in lighting design’, and has a first class degree in Drama from the University of Hull.

Alongside designing, she also regularly teaches lighting for Goldsmiths College and Rose Bruford.

 

Image by Antoine Bonfills

 

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