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This programme of funding from Arts Council England is helping us to further the development of diversity in dance, as well as championing a shift in perception towards invisible disabilities. We're working with a team of amazing people who have a wide range of expertise to help drive our work forwards. Read more about them below.

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Cath James - SHD Steering Group

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Cath James - Artistic Director / South East Dance

Biography:

Cath leads on the artistic direction of South East Dance and works alongside Rachel Gibson, the Executive Director to ensure the effective management and leadership of South East Dance.
Originally from Australia, Cath’s background is in dance, having been a dancer at Rambert Dance Company and Siobhan Davies amongst others. Cath also taught dance internationally, before moving into producing, mentoring and management. She has curated, written about and choreographed dance during her 40-year career.


Cath has been on many arts charity boards including Pavilion Dance South West and Brighton Digital Festival, and was Chair of the Merlin Theatre in Frome.
Dance is still a huge part of Cath’s life, taking regular dance and Pilates classes. She has been known to do the odd yoga session and to get creative in her own silent disco on her allotment too.

 

How we are working together:

Cath is on Second Hand Dance’s steering group.

 

First contact with Rosie/Second Hand Dance:

Grass – such a thoughtful, beautiful, imaginative work for the under 5s.

Carolyn ML Forsyth - SHD Steering Group

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Biography:

Carolyn ML Forsyth is a freelance producer with extensive experience in producing at venues, festivals and site-specific contexts. She had the opportunity to work with some of the best production teams in the UK and beyond. 

Carolyn’s producing highlights include: site specific pieces Fly By Night by Duke Riley, dance extravaganza of SESSION by Still House, Empire Sounds and Steppaz. The Velveteen Rabbit by Purni Morell (which made its New York and Barcelona debut in 2016); Something Very Far Away by Mark Arends and Matthew Robbins which won the Off West End Award for Best Production for Young People and toured to Singapore and Melbourne Festivals. 

She has co-produced with leading regional venues and independent production companies and led on UK and international presentations with Dance Umbrella, Lokal, Homo Novus, Spring, Spieltart festivals.  Carolyn is committed to equality in the Arts, facilitating leading and emerging artists to give our audiences the very best in cultural engagement and opportunities. 

 

How we are working together:

Carolyn is on Second Hand Dance’s steering group.

 

First contact with Rosie/Second Hand Dance:

I first met Rosie when working as the Producer at the Unicorn Theatre. We worked together on the Research & Development for Grass.

 

Favourite Second Hand Dance show:

'Grass' as it introduced me to the world and work of Second Hand Dance.

 

Zannah Chisholm - SHD Steering Group

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Biography:

Zannah Chisholm is Artistic Director/CEO of Pavilion Dance South West (PDSW). She was a freelancer for 8 years providing facilitation and project management to artists and organisations and has held roles at Arts Council England, Devon Arts In Schools Initiative, R C Sherriff Rosebriars Trust and Spare Tyre Theatre Company. She studied Performing Arts at Leicester Poly. Zannah is on the Learning & Skills Board of the Dorset LEP, on the Executive Group of National Dance Network, is a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellow and a Social Entrepeneur Award winner. She’s a proud solo parent of two young people in secondary school.


How we are working together:


Zannah is on Second Hand Dance’s steering group.


First contact with Rosie/Second Hand Dance:


I first worked with Rosie in 2012/13 when she choreographed work for a SW libraries programme I was leading linked to the Summer Reading Challenge. It evolved into a three-year programme with a live tour and a digital dance website promoted with AR.


Favourite Second Hand Dance show:


My favourite show was Creepy House in 2013 as I spent a lot of time with the dancers and companies in libraries across SW England and was so glad to be taking this work into such a range of communities, with Rosie's choreography adapting brilliantly to the different audiences and spaces.

Clara Giraud - SHD Steering Group

 

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Clara Giraud - Arts Producer

Biography:

Clara Giraud is an arts producer, supporting individual artists, organisations and partnerships to enable cultural exchanges and conversations. She is currently working with Mayor of London’s Culture Team on London Borough of Culture. In 2014-2019 she was Project Manager at Artsadmin, delivering Unlimited, a commissioning programme for arts by disabled artists, funded in majority by Arts Council England. She has worked closely with performance maker Joseph Mercier, with whom she co-founded company PanicLab, presenting work in the realms of dance, live art and theatre. Clara engages with work that is political, personal, serious yet with a good dose of humour. She places collaboration, generosity, transparency and change at the heart of everything she does. Clara was chair of the Independent Dance Management Network 2015/16. At present, she is chair of the Board of Chisenhale Dance Space in London, and Advisory Board Member of the IETM network.

 

How we are working together:

Clara is on Second Hand Dance’s steering group.

 

First Contact with Rosie/Second Hand Dance:

Rosie and I rubbed shoulders as members of Chisenhale Dance Space in 2010, I experienced my first Second Hand Dance show in the iconic performance space there, and was drawn in to the softness and openness of the movement.

 

Favourite Second Hand Dance show:

I had the privilege to experience a hospital-adapted version of Touch in 2019, and I was blown away by the resonance of the choreography, the sounds and the playfulness in a medical environment. It left something really strong with me, and anchored my belief of the huge benefits of bringing dance to audiences where they are.

 

www.claragiraud.co.uk

Sarah Pickthall - Mentor

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Biography:

Sarah is a consultant, trainer and accredited executive coach with specialisms in disability, diversity and inclusion. With over 25 years of experience across, arts, culture, heritage, creative media, digital and education, Sarah’s work is dedicated to ensuring a broad range of voices and opinions are represented and included in the creative and cultural fabric of the UK and beyond. Sarah was one of the first women to train in Japanese Kabuki theatre and dance in Tokyo. A former television writer, performer and puppeteer for the Media Merchants, for CITV, Sarah joined Arts Council England in 2004 working in Disability Development and was the first Chair of its Disabled Workers Group. In 2008, she conceived Sync as part of the Cultural Leadership Programme, alongside Jo Verrent of Unlimited. 11 years on, Sync is the only leadership and coaching programme that explores the interface between disability and leadership for Deaf and disabled leaders here in the UK, Australia, South Korea, Singapore and Canada. She was digital dance producer for Deaf Artist/Choreographer, ChisatoMinamimura.com for 4 years and is current Chair of AccessAllAreasTheatre.org in Hackney, London.


How we are working together:


Sarah is providing leadership mentoring to Rosie, as well as working with Second Hand Dance to support their organisational development.


First contact with Rosie/Second Hand Dance:

Rosie found me! How lucky was I!


Favourite Second Hand Dance show:


I love 'TOUCH', but have only seen it on film. It has huge potential for development more widely.

Rebecca Goldsmith - Digital Engagement

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Rebecca Goldsmith - Digital Engagement

Biography:

Rebecca is a freelance creative specialising in arts development and interdisciplinary engagement. She has devised and delivered projects and programmes for a wide range of arts and cultural organisations over the past 15 years, from a local to international basis.  She is a Trustee of QUAD - an international centre for engagement in contemporary arts and digital media - and is an advocate for creative engagement with young audiences. As an AHRC-funded doctoral candidate, she is exploring poetry filmmaking in academic and creative contexts, with a particular focus on how digital technologies can support access to the arts.


How we are working together:

Rebecca is supporting us in developing our digital engagement strategy, as well as creating content for our website and social media.


First Contact with Rosie/Second Hand Dance:

I'd already heard of Rosie and Second Hand Dance because of their innovative approach to dance for young audiences, but it was SHD's Executive Producer Claire who made the introductions.


Favourite Second Hand Dance show:

I'm very excited about the new work in development!

 

Partners

 

Arts Council England
South East Dance