Joelene English is a choreographer, performance artist and film maker. Since forming her company in 2006, her work has featured in an array of genres, venues and performative mediums. She teaches a wide range of students and professional artists.

Her work fuses taut choreography, beautiful scenography and emotional performance. Mental illness (and its impact in people) features regularly as a touchstone and theme of discussion throughout Joelene’s work.
Through the use of intricate set design and diverse multi-media, Joelene generates immersive & interactive worlds which people can step “through-the-looking-glass” into & experience for themselves. Her work is often inspired by deep and dark subject matter, allowing the audience to face their own demons & find catharsis via living interaction & experiential performance.

Wayne Summerbell is an alchemist of performance who uses the breadth of his training, technique and performative experience as tools to execute Joelene’s challenges, which have ranged from straight acting, writing and recitation of poetry and classical dance.

Wayne has been with the company since 2006, alongside keeping a busy schedule performing with a myriad of other companies internationally. He graduated from Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 2006 and now performs and teaches widely in London.

Most recently (summer 2014), he has finished filming a documentary for the BBC, with Lucy Worsely, on historical dance (which he has performed lots of, in London).

Krista Vuori is originally from Finland and works as performer/dancer and movement director in dance, theatre and circus. She trained at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance and has an MA in Dance Theatre
from Trinity Laban.
Krista is a strong and expressive performer and a brilliant collaborator. Most recently she performed in No Way Bac by Frantic Assembly. She has performed in pieces by Yolande Snaith, Luca Silvestrini, Thickskin Theatre, Levantes Dance and Lea Anderson.

Kane John Mills, Plymouth-born trained at Swindon Dance’s CAT scheme in Exeter (Youth Dance Academy), Plymouth Youth Dance Company (at the Barbican Theatre)and went on to further his training at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Kane is a dance, theatre, installation artist, writer and choreographer. He has performed and toured in many productions such as works by Jasmin Vardimon, Yael Flexer, Hannes Langolf, Protein Dance, Jos Baker, Helen Ganberg (Swerve Dance Theatre), GRIT Dance Company and commissioned works for Spindrift Dance Collective.

Alicia Meehan Collette is a North East based performance artist. Alicia trained in classical dance at Northern Ballet School, studied contemporary dance at degree level, graduating with a First Class Honours whom has continued to expand her contemporary performance practice further at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, graduating in 2013 with a Masters in Creative Practice. She has worked with renowned choreographers Tom Dale and Eleesha Drennan and toured their works across the UK.

James Froment is a freelance production manager, technician, LX designer and Technical Manager of Dance City.

We feel very fortunate to have him as our Stage Manager, with so many strings to his bow.

He works extensively around Newcastle and Gateshead and across the UK for corporate clients.

He designs for performance art and specialises in production for dance.

Recent credits include:
Molly Hodkinson – Barcelona Red
Dance City – Jack and the Beanstalk
Nadia Iftkhar – The Sense of an Ending

Lissie Connor is a Company Manager, Producer and Dance facilitator based in the North East. With over 8 years of industry experience following her BPA and Post Graduate diploma at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Mentorship from James Preston of Rosie Kay Dance Company.

Lissie works with many of the most exciting emerging artist in the North East, specialising in Dance Theatre, she focuses her production work on immersive theatre and major cultural outdoor events, working as Production coordinator for DAtechnical, creative cultural management.

Sarah Shead is Director and Creative Producer of Spin Arts Management – an independent producing company based in Yorkshire.

Spin Arts have raised more than one million pounds to support artists to develop new touring productions. Clients have included: BalletLORENT; Mad Dogs Dance Theatre; Rationale; Hip Hop productions; Tell Tale Hearts; Hagit Yakira Dance; Red Ladder Theatre; West Yorkshire Playhouse; Dance City; Dance UK; Freedom Studios and The Good Enough Mums Club to name a few.

Sarah is also an Associate Coach for PANDA and delivers a range of CPD initiatives with Dance UK, the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, University of Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan University, York St John’s University and The Civic.