AbouTime Dance Company
AbouTime Dance Company
Jenny was born in Preston and began dancing at a very young age, at Highfield School of Dancing in Hoghton and then with Ludus Youth Dance Company, Cardinal Newman College and then went on to train professionally. She completed her degree at London Contemporary Dance School and Masters at Trinity Laban. She worked as a professional artist in London, before moving back home to the North West.
AbouTime Dance Company is inspired by Jenny's love of heritage and story telling through dance performance. She also has a particular passion for engaging different communities in arts and dance that wouldn't already do so by using heritage and personal links as an access point.
The company works collaboratively with artists across different art forms. Below are the details of AbouTime Dance Company's key collaborators.
Ellen Turner is a Lancashire born and based performer on this project and will co-choreograph and perform in the work. After training at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Ellen has had a colourful dance career working with Ludus Dance Company, Tmesis Theatre, Yael Flexer, TC Howard, Tim Casson, Ben Wright, Gary Clarke, and Nigel Charnock to name a few. In 2012 she won The Turn prize of choreographic achievement for her solo ‘Car-Door Moment.’ She continually develops her choreographic interests and in 2014, Ellen formed TurnAround Dance Theatre. Repertoire includes: ‘Trudy’, ‘Love Life’ and also, arts funded shows: ‘Mirrored Minds’ and ‘The Thief, The Fox and The Phoenix’ which is an outdoor, family friendly circus and dance theatre show.
Lucy Starkey is a dancer, trained at the London Contemporary Dance School and toured internationally with Verve Dance Company. She performs and creates work in a variety of contexts including theatres, outdoor street arts festivals, opera, and eclectic site specific venues. She is highly skilled in creating quality dance work with fellow professionals and younger participants. She is currently researching with Made by Katie Green, creating site specific choreography reaching large family audiences in museums, libraries and caves.
Aimee is a Lancashire born dancer. She trained with the Royal Ballet School, followed by completing her BA (Hons) degree (1st class) at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, London. Whilst here she performed works by various choreographers, including Mark Baldwin, and performed at the Royal Opera House and Sadler's Wells Theatre. After graduating, she performed with Rambert Dance Company at In Transit Festival, London. She has toured internationally with Ballet Cymru in their productions of Giselle, Beauty and the Beast, The Tempest and Little Red Riding Hood. She also collaborated with Cerys Matthews in the production TIR, and Tanja Ramen in the site specific production Cold Rolling. She has now returned to her roots in the North West, and has worked creatively on various projects, including work with Born and Bred Dance Theatre. She is now very excited to be working with Aboutime Dance Company.
Musician/ Sound designer
Lee Affen is a composer, music producer and sound designer from Manchester, now based in Lancaster. His passion for music has led him to work in bands, write for singers and compose for theatre, film and dance. Lee’s work includes the composition of new and original live scores for the 1920s silent films Metropolis, Nosferatu and Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans. Lee was also MD for Othello at Lancaster Castle, composer for The Bare Project’s Time Passes. Listen, and also Love is a Battlefield, with Louise Fazackerley for BBC Radio 3 and New Voices. This was a dance poetry piece inspired by stories of Post Traumatic Stress relating to war.
Lee’s recent work has seen him composing a score for the dance piece The Thief, The Fox and The Phoenix, composing and designing a score for the Bare Project’s immersive theatre piece How to Survive the Blitz and Other Things…. and writing and performing a new score for the 1928 film The Passion of Joan of Arc.
Alongside this, Lee also delivers music workshops and has worked on community based arts events and festivals around the UK.
Katie Duxbury graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2009 with a degree in Theatre Design. Since then she has worked in wardrobe departments across the country, in roles ranging from Costume Maker and Dresser to Wardrobe Supervisor. She is now based in Lancaster, where she works regularly as Wardrobe Deputy for the Dukes Theatre.
Katie loves to design whenever possible, and is constantly constructing her own range of wearable creations, as well as getting involved in arts projects outside of the theatre. She aspires to celebrate the joy and beauty of costume, using colour and texture to develop each item of clothing as a unique work of art.
Helen is a Lancashire based Dance Artist and Co-Director of LPM Dance Theatre.
In 2011, with a joint ambition to develop new dance experiences in the North West, she established LPM Dance Theatre with George Adams. The company now has a track record of delivering a widely varied programme of participation and performance work for a diverse range of settings. The company frequently work in collaboration with other artists and regional organisations, offering project management, fundraising support and mentoring.
Helen is delighted to be working with AbouTime Dance Company on various projects. Especially because she hopes to join the community cast with her new baby, possibly the youngest member of the cast!