Shobana Jeyasingh

Shobana Jeyasingh founded Shobana Jeyasingh Dance in 1988 and has since created over 60 original and critically acclaimed theatre, site, and lens-based works.These works have toured extensively to Europe, USA, India and the Far East.

Shobana has honorary doctorates from the universities of Surrey, Leicester and Chichester. She was awarded the prestigious Woman of the World Award in 2017 and was appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2020. Shobana Jeyasingh dance was recognised as the Best Independent Company in the Critics Circle National Dance Awards in 2020.

Dr Lucie Clements

Lucie is a Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society) providing evidence-based psychoeducational workshops and consultancy for performing artists both in vocational training and professional companies. Lucie trained in classical ballet, but injury led her to transition into studying Psychology. Her expertise lies in promoting individual psychological wellbeing and developing positive psychosocial climates within dance. In 2020 Lucie reached the shortlist for One Dance UK’s Applied Dance Scientist Award, in recognition of her work supporting dancers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Luca Silvestrini

Luca Silvestrini is Protein’s Artistic Director. He is known for his unique style of dance theatre combining choreography, text, humour and social commentary to present the everyday in revealing and subversive ways, on- and off-stage. Protein’s work, including Dear Body, LOL (lots of love), Border Tales, The Little Prince, En Route and dance film The Sun Inside, has toured the world, from the USA to Russia, Columbia to China.

Luca has won a Jerwood Choreography Award, a Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award, The Place Prize Audience Award and received a Rayne Fellowship and in 2020, he was awarded the prestigious Premio della Critica by the Italian Associazione Nazionale Critici di Teatro for his work in dance. Protein is an Artistic Resident Company at Woolwich Works and Luca is an Affiliate Artist at The Place.

Kasia Truefitt

Kasia began her dance training in Contemporary Dance from a young age but found a true love for choreography and dance whilst studying her MA in Choreography at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2015.

After graduating, Kasia became the Participation Officer for Blue Elephant Theatre in South London, a member of the Youth Advisory Group for Siobhan Davies Dance as well as establishing Truefitt Collective Dance Theatre.

In February 2019 Kasia trained as a facilitator in Dancing Mindfulness with The Creative Institute for Mindfulness before travelling to LA in November 2019 to complete further training and become a faculty partner. Kasia’s experience and love for the industry has enabled her to work actively within the creative arts as an advocate for providing artistic opportunities to wider communities.

Joël Cottrell

Joël Cottrell is a producer. He has worked with artists and organisations such as Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Luca Silvestrini’s Protein, Russell Maliphant and Sadler’s Wells. He has toured work at all scales and also worked in programming and artist development.

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