Ellen van Schuylenburch trained at the Rotterdam Dance Academy and after graduating danced with Nederlands Dans Theater. She then left for New York to train at the Cunningham Studio and to develop her skills as a free lance dancer with many key post modern choreographers including Bill T Jones, David Gordon, Karole Armitage and Jim Self. She is a founder member of the Michael Clark Company and later the Laurie Booth Company touring nationally and internationally. Ellen has taught company class for many professional companies, including Rambert, Random, Michael Clark Company and Arc Dance and schools like SEAD Salzburg, Skole For Moderne Dans Copenhagen and the Central School of Ballet. Most recently Ellen has been rehearsal director for the Richard Alston Dance Company and the Russell Maliphant Company. She has taught extensively worldwide and has recently worked with the undergraduate students on the BA programme at Laban. Ellen met Charlotte in 2006 at a choreographic mentoring course, led by Jonathan Burrows in Findhorn, Scotland. Ellen was invited to join the Stand Up research in 2007, a period of intense research initiated by Vincent Dance Theatre.
Jem Treays is a Wales based performer, director and choreographer. He performs scored improvisational work that investigates the personal whilst exploring the mechanics of choreography and dance. He engages collaboratively with other artists (most notably director Paula Crutchlow from BlindDitch) to provoke and to catalyse the work. He strives to create engaging multi textured work that crosses the disciplines of dance, improvisation, acting and voice. Jem performed in Surrender Yourself To Me, Charlotte Vincent’s commission for Welsh Independent Dance in 2005. He was invited to join the Stand Up research in 2007, a period of intense research initiated by Vincent Dance Theatre.
Gerard Renvez is a sculptor and was Artist in Residence at University of Nottingham, Djanogly Gallery between 2000-2002. Previous cross art form collaborations include Paper Evidence and a fleur de peau with Wayne McGregor and prima ballerina Viviana Durante, co produced by Nottingham Playhouse in 2000. In 2002 Gerard became a Nesta Fellow with an award to develop his work further. This award led to a research collaboration with Vincent Dance Theatre in 2005.
Jane Mason is a choreographer and performer based in Devon. She trained in Dramatic Arts at Bretton Hall before dancing for Random Dance Company between 1993-1997. Jane has since danced for various choreographers including Colin Poole, Charles Linehan, Wendy Houstoun, balletLORENT, Emilyn Claid and Mark Bruce. Jane met Charlotte Vincent at Rui Horta’s COLINA project in Portugal. In 2005 Jane joined Vincent Dance Theatre’s collaborative research project with Nesta Fellow Gerard Renvez. Jane is an associate artist of Dance South West and based in Devon.
Theatre writer, editor and theatre practitioner and, more recently, a Unitarian minister in training,
After university in Leeds Claire co-founded Impact Theatre Cooperative, and worked for ten years as a performer and maker. She subsequently took up a Judith Wilson Fellowship at Churchill College, University of Cambridge, and has since combined research, writing, curating and teaching, in the UK at Dartington College of Arts and De Montfort University and, currently, at Goldsmiths University where she is convening the MA in Performance Making for 2015/16, in the US (where Claire lived for eight years) she directed the programme in InterArts at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.
Claire has held positions as Director of the International Centre for Fine Art Research at University of Arts London and, most recently, at the Norwegian Theatre Academy where she remains an Associate Professor of Research. Claire has a strong interest in methodologies of research, and in pedagogical research and has been a member of the ARHC Peer Review College, and worked as a consultant and advisor to Higher Education programmes in the Netherlands and Scandinavia as well as the US and the UK.
Claire’s writing embraces the critical creative divide, and her PhD, BETWEEN WRITING AND PERFORMANCE, explored the journey between theatre writing and narrative fiction. As a critic Claire writes about visual artists, theatre practice as well as writers whose interests cross disciplines, experimental textualities, artists’ books, publishing and the pedagogy of art and performance. Claire is on on the Board of PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, in New York, and is co-founder of the interdisciplinary arts journal, Performance Research and joined VDT’s Board of Directors in 2016. Claire also co-hosts The Table with Charlotte Vincent. She lives in London.
Wendy Houstoun is a movement/theatre artist who remains committed to finding new forms to address her themes. Over the years, her work has developed a uniquely distinctive style that combines movement with text, and meaning with humour. Since 1980, Wendy has worked extensively as a solo performer, and in collaboration with companies and artists whose work challenges, enriches, and extends the boundaries of, dance and theatre. Her work with DV8 Physical Theatre, Tim Etchells and Forced Entertainment, film-maker David Hinton, Jonathan Burrows, Nigel Charnock, performance artist Rose English, Gloria Theatre, Lumiere and Son Theatre Company and Ludus Dance Company has explored large and small stages, specific sites, film and installation.
Wendy’s solo pieces, Haunted, Daunted and Flaunted, Happy Hour (commissioned by Chisenhale Dance Space), and The 48 Almost Love Lyrics have all toured Europe. She has made two films, Touched and Diary of a Dancer for BBC with David Hinton. Site-specific commissions include Mind the Gap for the South Bank Centre, Reverse Effect for Cultural Industry, and Take Me to the River for the South Bank and Greenwich & Docklands Festival. Wendy is an artist who experiments with ideas in her work, but keeps her audience very much in mind. While her work challenges preconceptions about movement, she communicates clearly and humorously about our culture. Wendy is based in London.
Ruth is the Creative Director of Encounters. As a professional artist and consultant, she has used the transformational power of the arts to work with thousands of people over the last 20 years. Encountershas developed a professional practice as forensic artists working on location to discover and represent real people and places. Using disused shop spaces, street based interventions, interactive media, text, performance and photography they create interaction with and in response to residents and the immediate urban environment. As an individual artist Ruth specialises in arts science work, including a six-month residency at CNAP, a microbial gene centre at York University and a residency at Gallery Oldham as part of the Arts Catalyst Clean Rooms exhibition exploring bio-ethics. Before moving to Sheffield in 2000 Ruth was based in London where she was the artistic director of Louder Than Words Productions, at the Young Vic Theatre. She also works as a consultant in the field of arts and regeneration and is based in Totnes.
Liz Aggiss is a performer, choreographer, film-maker, writer, artiste and Professor of Visual Performance at the University of Brighton. She makes live performances, dance films and screen dance installations. From cabaret, vaudeville, opera, live art, dance theatre, her work is eclectic, borrowing from a range of performance styles and is inherently cross-genre, unclassifiable, dodging categorization. Existing on both stage and screen it blurs the boundaries between high art and popular culture. In 1994 she received the Bonnie Bird Choreography Award and in 2003 an Arts Council Dance Fellowship Award.
She collaborated from 1980 to 2006 with Billy Cowie creating over thirty live works and toured nationally and internationally as a solo artist and with her company Divas Dance Theatre. In 1986, together with collaborator Cowie, she choreographed and performed Grotesque Dancer. This visually arresting solo work raised the debate on feminist work, polarised critics and became their successful signature piece, written about as an important contribution to UK contemporary dance history.
She has guested with British experimental company Lumiere & Son in a reconstruction of The Blue Duck, in Performing Clothes (Gale, Morris, Bergese) and Off The Rails (Tarascas, Rubin), created commissioned work for Extemporary, Intoto and Transitions Dance Companies, worked with special needs dance groups High Spin and Carousel, sat on national, regional, local committees and advisory panels, been Artist in Residence at the Duncan Centre Prague and L’Opera Montpellier France, spoken at conferences and debates, written for magazines including Dance Theatre Journal and Animated, appeared on Children’s TV, corporate videos, Radio 4, performed on the alternative cabaret circuit, and toured rock stadiums supporting The Stranglers with her dance trio The Wild Wigglers.
In 2008 Liz Aggiss and Charlotte Vincent created Double Vision (original titled Radio Play). Liz is based in Brighton.