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 

Jackie Kibuka

cHOREOGRAPHER

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

Elsabet Yonas

Dance Artist

Elsabet is a dancer and choreographer, with a foundation in hip-hop. Her work is rooted in storytelling and is inspired by the extensive potentials that art holds in building communities. 

She has regularly facilitated in a range of participatory arts settings including UCL, The Roundhouse, Step In To Dance, LIFT and Talawa. It is these spaces and the individuals in them that have helped Elsabet craft her artistic voice in her participatory delivery.  

Her performance work includes Sadlers Wells ‘Breakin’ Convention’ (2018), Talawa’s ‘The Tide’ (UK Tour 2019), and The Roundhouse’s ‘Hive City Legacy’ in collaboration with Hot Brown Honey (UK Tour 2018-19). All three works explore themes of otherness and reflect Elsabet’s dedication to amplify voices of underrepresented groups.

Her work has been commissioned by and presented at Serendipity, Bernie Grant Arts Centre, The Place, Arts Admin, Barbican, Lisa Ullman, Breakin’ Convention, Zinnema, and Tempo Festival amongst others.  

 

Duja Sinada

Dance artist

Duja Sinada is a hip hop and contemporary dance artist and choreographer. Beginning her training from the age of 11 within the hip hop community dancing in various collectives and youth centres, she then went on to study at Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) where she obtained a BA (Hons) degree. 

Since graduating, Duja has been working as an independent freelance artist working and touring with various dance companies within the UK as well as high profile music artists and teaching workshops within local communities. 

Duja has also began curating her own body of work with the support of Catapult, (a year long professional development programme powered by NSCD for emerging artists). She is very passionate about creating safe spaces and opportunities for others, using movement as a creative outlet, as well as making work that is purposeful. 

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.

 

Charlotte Bickley

Composer

Charlotte Bickley is a composer, sound artist and DJ based in Leeds.

Under the alias CARLOS she DJs and plays live electronic sets, using multiple sound sources to create complex, layered sound worlds. Currently using a mixture of hardware drum machines and synthesisers, live percussion and sampling field recordings, this setup is constantly evolving depending on current research and influences.

She has played her live set at gigs and festivals across Europe, and released a cassette on Manchester label Cong Burn. She currently holds a monthly radio show on Leeds radio station Alto, and this summer she will complete a residency at the University of Hull to compose and perform a live piece of work in their 3D ambisonic studio, as part of their Sound Pioneers programme. Since completing a traineeship in theatre sound design at Leeds Playhouse in early 2019, she’s gone on to compose and design the sound for various theatre shows.

Her theatre practice centres on collaboration and exploration.

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

 

Sam Osbourne

Relighter

Sam is a Freelance Production Manager and Theatre Technician based in the East Midlands.

He has lit productions of ‘Pomona’, ‘Rhinoceros’, and ‘Order From Chaos’; sound designed ‘Vincent River’, ‘Vehement’ (both The Nottingham New Theatre) and ‘Mercutio’s Romeo and Juliet’ (Anegada Theatre). He has also worked with Lakeside Arts (Technician), Paradise Green (Technical Manager), Barn Theatre (Technician) and YESYESNONO (Production Manager).

He has produced new writing such as ‘Do I Wanna Know’.

Photo: Miguel Barrulas

Charlie Cridlan

Set and costume designer

Charlie is an imaginative theatre, opera and event designer with a flair for creating vivid, animated sets. Trained at the Old Vic, her background is in scenic art and illustration. She has 18 years experience working in and alongside a variety of companies, venues, scales and disciplines. Her work has a vibrant, illustrative quality and she is a skilled scenic artist.

Passionate about transforming spaces, she uses the possibility of form, fabric, light and colour to tell a story. She has created memorable, thought-provoking backdrops for events, workshops, dinners, photo shoots and launches. Charlie has a reputation for motivating people to create excellent work and she is known for her meticulous attention to detail and tenacity in achieving a shared vision.

Charlie has been nominated for several OFFIEs for best design. Her work has been exhibited at the V&A by The Society of British Theatre Designers. At The Vaults Festival 2016, ‘Orator’ received ‘Pick of the Week’ award. In 2018 ‘Caravan’ received the Audience Choice Award.

 

Miranda Laurence

Dramaturg

Miranda has worked across a number of roles in the arts sector since 2009, with a focus on dance and participatory arts, and artist development.

She is also a Relational Dynamics coach (accredited in June 2017 by CAW) offering coaching sessions to artists and other individuals to facilitate their thinking about career options, goals and professional development needs. She uses her coaching skills within her dramaturgy and producing roles.

Miranda’s work has included audience development; strategic development and organisational change; community engagement and working with non-professionals; work with and for people with disabilities; devising and multi-disciplinary work; links with academia; site-specific and site-responsive work; choreographer-performer solo work.

 

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