An experienced dance practitioner, Debbie has worked in a broad range of professional, education and community contexts, managing and directing projects with youth and community groups nationwide. Collaborating with artists and academics, her choreography and performance work has taken her further afield to Scotland, USA, Holland, Portugal and Malta, where she has led summer schools and undertaken choreographic commissions. After completing her training at the London Contemporary Dance School in 1982, Debbie worked as an independent dancer and free-lance teacher for many years. She performed in a number of project-based works whilst an Associate Lecturer at the Laban Centre (now Trinity Laban). Debbie has been directing and managing her own work since 1997 and was resident artist at Salisbury Arts Centre for some years.
In 2006, under the auspices of her company Soma/Numa and UKFD, Debbie performed in and curated 'Body of Experience' an evening of multi-cultural solo dance works performed by mature artists which toured Nationally. Debbie is Artistic Director for D@win, the University’s student dance company, which tours to schools and colleges in Hampshire and beyond. Debbie was a Board member for Hampshire Dance (2004-2010) and since June 2012 appointed Trustee for Springs Dance Company in London.
Debbie’s area of research is concerned with exploring issues pertinent to dance and ageing in performance and notions of ‘performing the self’; her papers and performance work addressing the subject have been presented at International conferences and as articles in several Animated journal editions.
Areas of expertise
- Choreography and performance
- Dance Management - running own company for 12 years including funding applications, tour booking, choreography, performance, creating curtain raisers and facilitating educational workshops in a wide range of settings.
- Artistic Direction - Currently Artistic Director of D@win, the University of Winchester student dance company.
- Solo performance creation
- Exploring issues of identity
- Autobiography and the performing self
- Interdisciplinarity / collaboration
- Intergenerational work - working with older dancers, facilitating others within community dance practice
- Soma/Numa, x 20 performances Autumn/Winter 2006-2007
National Tour of Body of Experience, managed and directed an evening of dance works created and performed by six performers from culturally diverse forms
- Age, Agility and Anxiety – dilemmas of a mature dancer (2007)
- Conflict, Content and Context in the ageing body (2008) published Animated journal
- Something to say performances in Holland, Fonty's Dance Festival (work created for 3rd year students at Winchester)
- Reservedly So (2008) tour to colleges of F.E. by D@win, the University dance company
- Ripening (2009) Collaboration with Dr Malcolm Floyd exploring issues regarding age and performance, with particular reference to memory and health.
- Sonatas with….(2009) Malcolm Floyd and Steve Solloway, experimenting with choices of inspiration, craft and risk with live music, dance and text
- On middle ground (2010) performances at Salisbury Arts Centre, University of Lisbon, Corpus Christi College Oxford, The Point Dance & Arts Centre, University of Winchester
- Sharing the dance through the lived body (2010) paper. presented at 'Dancing through maturity' conference in Lisbon (October 2010) and 'Moving the boundaries' conference as part of Oxford Dance Festival (March 2011)
- Dancing with difference (2011) paper published Animated journal Winter 2012
- A nice little project (2012) devised solo performance with text and dance. Performances FLINT microfest at Salisbury Arts Centre (November 2012). Available for touring
- Threshold (2015) performances GOLive London and Winchester
- Bette Revisited (2015) performances GOLive London
Performances, Exhibitions and Installations
Debbie’s recent performance work is autobiographical and includes audience participation. ‘A nice little project’ (2014) has been presented at festivals for new work and GOLive 2014 & 2015, curated by leading dance critic Donald Hutera. Her latest solo work ‘Threshold’ (2015) exploring the passage of time, is currently available for touring and premiered at GOLive London June 2015. ‘Bette Revisited’ (2015) co-choreographed with Neil Fisher, is a re-working of a suite of dances to Bette Midler songs first created in 1986 and is also available for touring.
Debbie’s performance work has been presented in many venues in the region including The Point in Eastleigh, Salisbury Arts Centre and Winchester's Chesil Theatre and Theatre Royal. Debbie was delighted to receive the University of Winchester Senate Learning & Teaching Award 2014 in recognition of excellence in teaching and her engagement with the local and wider dance community. Debbie is a founder member of the Management Committee of the Research Centre for Arts and Wellbeing at the University, her work focusing on dance and arts practice as wellbeing and the impact/engagement with older people within community groups.Staff Directory