facilitator- performer- intersectional feminist

about me

 

 

 
 Image: Eleanor Horton Chandler

Image: Eleanor Horton Chandler

Rachel is an independent dance artist doing socially-engaged work in diverse communities whilst studying for a Masters in Applied Theatre part time at Goldsmiths University. She is Co-Director of BLINK Dance Theatre and teaches and performs regularly with them. She is currently involved in projects with Emergency Exit Arts, Mousetrap Projects and Oxford Youth Dance. Underlining Rachel’s work in all contexts is the belief that dancing is political, underlined by Deborah Hay’s statement: ‘It is not how we dance or why we dance, but that we dance.’

Rachel’s projects include work with young self-identifying women in primary and youth club settings, beginning with their subjective experience of the body and encouraging critical reflection on their position in society. She works with Parasol Dance, Oxford to create play opportunities for children and young people and in 2015 she founded 'Disco Dadz' in partnership with Dancin' Oxford Festival and Barton Community Association, which is a monthly dance and disco session for lone male caregivers and their children. In the past years Rachel has worked with intergenerational and cross-cultural performance projects including carnival arts (Brouhaha International projects in Goa,India and Cape Town, South Africa 2016, 2017 ) and contemporary art practices (at Royal Academy of Art, gallery contexts in London and Folkestone). She performs regularly in the works of Gaby Agis and Florence Peake and is a guest lecturer with BLINK Dance Theatre at Central School of Speech and Drama and Goldsmiths University London.