Name: Helen Calcutt
Dance Level: Experienced
Helen is a professional dance artist, choreographer, and poet, known for her dynamism and versatility. She is driven to explore the body as a power-house of emotional storytelling, creating highly physical and thought-provoking choreographic work. She shares her distinct approach to movement and dance across the U.K. and internationally, creating dance performances and experiences for theatre, open-air spaces, and film.
Originally a student of modern dance and jazz (U.K.A, CHB Performing Arts) Helen went on to train in the Cuban techniques of Salsa, Rumba, and Son, before establishing her professional Contemporary practice in 2014. She is trained in Graham Technique with Marcia Edwards Dance Company, and is a fully qualified Creative Practitioner (Creative Alliance, 2012). Choreographically, Helen draws on a wide range of movement experiences, such as Cuban Rumba, Hip-Hop, and Contemporary, invariably pushing the boundaries of technical interplay. Her approach to dance is deeply immersive, with a specialism in dance-theatre, and the cross-over between language and movement. She is inspired to work with live music and voice, as well as poetry and text.
To date, Helen has worked with the likes of Apple, Made in LDN, the Birmingham Royal Ballet, ME Dance Company, Def Motion, Vamos Cubana, Canela Fina, Midland’s Actors Theatre, Poetry International, BIDF the BBC, and The Southbank Centre. Her work has been supported by Arts Council England. She was nominated for a Women in Dance Award with AWA Dance (Advancing Women’s Aspirations with Dance) March 2021.
Dance Style: Commercial, Contact Improvisation, Contemporary, Film, Hip Hop, Jazz, Large cast movement and staging specialist, Movement Direction, Salsa
Work Context: commercials,community,dance theatre,devised theatre,digital internet,film,installations,live art and performance art,live music,music video,physical theatre,pure dance,television