Roberta Jean is a choreographer, director, singer and teacher. She synthesises these roles to make film works and live performances, and works collaboratively with artists and makers from across disciplines to produce dances for diverse contexts. Her choreography is centred around poetics and is often underpinned by anthropological research.
Roberta’s parents practiced dance professionally and she grew up watching performances and the process of making choreography. It wasn’t however until she experienced Meg Stuart and Ann Hamilton’s collaboration ‘Appetite’, that she decided to intensively pursue her own pathway into dance and performance.
She trained in Contemporary Dance and Ballet at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and specialised in choreography, she then went on to complete an MA in Performance Making at Goldsmiths College, London. Roberta has been a resident artist in London (Shunt, Greenwich Foot Tunnel, Chisenhale Dance Space, Greenwich Dance Agency and Battersea Arts Centre as part of THE INDEPENDENTS), Cardiff (Welsh Independent Dance), Marseille (as part of COLINA), Nottingham (Dance4), Totnes (Dartington Hall) and Vienna (DanceWeb in-conjunction with ImPulsTanz). She is also one of the founding curators of Chisenhale Art Club as featured in Time Outs Best of 2010.