Welcome to footSTEPS...
Like many others, the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 brought my professional and personal life to a screeching halt. I couldn't dance with others, I couldn't teach dance classes and I couldn't create new choreography with the companies that I loved. I also couldn't travel anywhere - my love of climbing mountains, wandering through forests and museums, exploring beaches - it all had to be put on hold. It's amazing what your mind does to itself when your passions are suddenly taken away. As the UK began to ease lockdown, I wondered how I might go about celebrating my love of dance and travel (as well as my interest in other elements of global arts and culture) from that moment forward. Before lockdown, I had begun to plan a year travelling around the world with my partner, and so I gave myself a post-lockdown mission: to create a short dance film in every place I visit around the world.
In each of the dance films you will find on this site, my movement is completely improvised and inspired by my surroundings and my experiences in that location. Each film is accompanied by some information about the site, an exploration of my thoughts and inspiration for the dance, and some photos I took along the way. In each of these video posts, I take the time to explore the process of creating these dance videos - what I enjoyed or found challenging about working with each site, and the stories that I accumulated along the way.
I team these dance films with blog posts which serve as intervals to the footSTEPS dance show, taking the opportunity to post other content which focuses on travel, cultural tourism and my other work in the performing arts. As the world continues to change over the course of 2020, I'll also be developing new movement and travel-based content and videos, so keep checking back for that.
footSTEPS is a place where dance, travel and culture come together, where creativity is celebrated, and a place for me to explore my own ways of viewing this beautifully complex planet.
Photo by Ian Abbott.