Hybrid Festival Carousel of Performances
Doors open at 6:30 PM for performances by Kate Lawrence and Zoe Partington.
About Kate Lawrence
Kate Lawrence joined Bangor University as lecturer in Performance in 2010 after eleven years as dance lecturer at University of Surrey. She received her BA in Dance Theatre from the Laban Centre, London and her doctorate from the University of Surrey (2017).
In the 1990s, she was founding artistic director and performer with Nomads, a feminist dance theatre company that toured theatres in the UK and Europe. She became interested in site-specific dance and performance at the University of Surrey and made her first site work in 2001 in response to an Arts Council England Year of the Artist award.
Concurrently, her passion for rock climbing has led her to develop a pioneering practice: vertical dance. She’s a recognised expert in this field, receiving invitations to teach all over the world and commissions to create and present choreography at iconic buildings such as Belfast City Hall, the National Library of Wales, the Millenium Centre Cardiff, Guildford Cathedral, Bristol Docks Cranes and Base Sousmarine Saint Nazaire.
She’s been commissioned by the National Theatre Wales, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, the National Dance Company Wales, Circomedia Bristol and Marc Rees amongst others to produce vertical dance elements of their productions on places such as Brangwyn Hall Swansea and Mount Snowdon. Kate also writes about site-specific performance and vertical dance. She has a developing interest in creative audio description for performance and in sign language in performance which she’s currently exploring with Signdance Collective International. She’s deeply committed to collaborative and devised performance practices and to performance in public spaces.
About Zoe Partington
Zoe Partington is a contemporary visual artist who uses her installations to develop viscerally-powerful audio visual and tactile representations of Disabled people’s journeys and experiences through spaces.
Zoe predominantly works as a creative consultant and international advisor for the cultural sector. A researcher, auditor and creative equality trainer for museums and galleries, she empowers them with the knowledge needed to develop their skills and experiences for meeting the needs of Disabled visitors.
Zoe is passionate about inclusion, changing the perspectives and stereotypes which modern society often holds about Disabled people.
This event takes place as part of wider Hybrid Festival programming from 6th – 21st August 2021 by Signdance Collective in association with Wycombe Arts Centre.
The Hybrid Festival public engagement project is an in-person/post-lockdown event promoting creativity, confidence, unity and a sense of belonging. Highlights include Signdance Collective’s work-in-progress Oriente Plus, in-person and remote creative engagement opportunities at Islands workshops, “The Land of I” exhibition curated by Tabitha Gunstone-Pollock and MACA Nights in memory of Lionel Macauley.