Jane is currently developing Night Flying in collaboration with long time collaborator David Williams, supported by Dance4, for 2019 touring.
She trained in theatre at Bretton Hall in the early 90’s before dancing for various choreographers (Wayne McGregor, Colin Poole, Wendy Houstoun, Deborah Hay) and creating her own work to tour (Life Forces, Singer, Come on Sun). She regularly collaborates with companies and directors (Quarantine, Lone Twin, The Gate, NTS Scotland, Blind Ditch) and in various contexts (education, community and academic research).
Across Jane’s work is an interest in how choreographic practice can stimulate insight and reflection, helping people to increase connection with themselves and others. Her collaborative approach often involves working closely with transforming materials where she explores ways in which the movements of bodies and objects can create ‘image worlds’ of great affective resonance and tenderness. Usually triggered by some aspect of her own lived experience, these ‘worlds’ invite a quiet attention to detail, and an active slowing down into present process. Jane’s work might be characterised by a patient attention to remaining present to the detail of environment, materials and structures, and their intricate possibilities as they morph and unravel into spaces of freedom and uncertainty.
Jane’s relationship with Dance4 grew during Street Dance, a collaboration with Lone Twin where danced portraits with the residents of Sneignton were sited on the streets (2009). She later created A Dance at Home: four performances in people’s homes created and performed by the home owners, commissioned by the Commission Collective and Dance4 (2015). Director Paul Russ then invited Jane to take the Dance4 staff team through a creative participatory project to support the organisation in deepening awareness around how it engages the public in projects (2016-17).
Jane is an associate artist at Exeter Phoenix and a Kaleider Resident.