Dance artist Ben Ash wasselected to successfully receive the recent research and development commission around the theme of landscape, supported by Dance4, NN Contemporary Art and The Gallery at De Montfort University.

Ben has been selected from a huge number of applications from a large pool of interesting proposals and undertook a residency at Dance4 in March 2018, with another residency at NN Contemporary Art gallery in Northampton afterwards.

Speaking about the commission Ben said: ‘I’m delighted to undertake this research with a residency at Dance4. In this research I’m looking forward to exploring a practice that inhabits spaces through a considered way of interacting with a collection of wooden tripods in motion along a pathway, a kind of mobile DIY self build, forming and reforming, dissolving, resting, passing through, finding location, being disturbed.. I am also looking forward to opening up this research as a means to investigate the nature of self and other through arranging and rearranging the objects in conversation.’

Ben Ash has a performance career spanning over 2 decades. As an independent dancer he has performed works by Rosemary Butcher, Charles Linehan, Rosemary Lee, Charlie Morrisey, Richard Alston, Siobhan Davies, Wayne McGregor and Wally Cardona.

He is a member of performance company Dog Kennel Hill Project and in 2013 began training as a Biodynamic Craniosacral therapist. He also teaches Craniosacral therapy on the Craniosacral Therapy Educational Trust practitioner training programs in London and is a Mentor for final year students embarking on clinical practice at the trusts Teaching clinic in London.