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about articulate animal

articulate animal is a dance/performance company established in 2007 by dance artist Sue Hawksley, as a vehicle for collaborative and interdisciplinary creative inquiry focused on the moving body. The work of the company reflects Sue's passion and curiosity for dance and movement, and her openess to engaging different media, styles and approaches. Of the company's projects to date, some highlight collaboration with a visual artist, film maker or composer, some emphasise language, while others employ technological mediation and interactive performance environments. Each articulate animal project is a unique creative exploration evolving out of the particular artistry, vision and skills of the people involved.


about Sue Hawksley


photo: Maria Falconer
Sue Hawksley is an independent dance artist and bodywork therapist. Her initial dance training was with Shirley Rees Edwards' Southern Ballet School in Bournemouth, then at the Royal Ballet School in London, graduating in 1983 with the Teaching Diploma - Dip.RBS(TTC).

Sue has performed with Rambert Dance Company, Mantis, Scottish Ballet and cie. Philippe Genty among others, working with choreographers such as Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, Siobhan Davies, Richard Alston, Ashley Page and Michael Clark. She has undertaken many freelance projects as performer, choreographer or educator, acquiring skills in contemporary dance and somatic movement practices, puppetry, and working with new technologies. She qualified as a massage and bodywork therapist in 1991 and this practice profoundly informs her approach to dance.

Her choreographic practice is concerned primarily with movement and issues around identity and territory, and she is particularly interested in interdisciplinary and collaborative practices. She holds a practice-led PhD in Dance & Choreography from the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art. Her research explores how choreographic and somatic practices, philosophy, and mediation through performance and technology can be employed in the critical engagement of concepts of embodiment.

Sue has extensive teaching experience including at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance. Most recently she was in post as Senior Lecturer in Dance, and course co-ordinator for the MA Dance Performance and Choreography at the University of Bedfordshire.

about Sue's academic research

contact: sue [at] articulateanimal [dot] org [dot] uk

website last updated: March 2014 © Sue Hawksley 2014


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