Artistic Director, Louise Gibbons, works in; health, education & communities with everyone from Early Years to Older People. Louise’s work is inclusive, collaborative and has people at the very heart of it. Her work spans; performance, choreography and facilitation.
Louise is a skilled performer in a number of diverse settings including; outdoors (inc. site specific), traditional & non-traditional theatre spaces, health settings and parades/carnivals. Sponge (TOIH) was an interactive EY show which toured nationally/internationally between 2016-18. Louise regularly performs as a dancer and puppeteer both in parades and walkabouts at numerous festivals & carnivals with Global Grooves & Juba Do Leão. She has previously worked with a range of dance companies & choreographers.
Louise’s choreographic practice spans contemporary dance and traditional Afro-Brazilian dance styles. In 2020, she secured ACE funding to create an interactive dance-theatre show made for intergenerational audiences entitled ‘Miss Baines’. This work was born out of Lancaster’s local history and was mentored by award winning choreographer Gary Clarke. Since 2014 Louise has worked with Juba Do Leão, a Manchester based percussion and dance collective, both as a performer & Lead Dance Artist – creating new choreography for parades and carnivals in the UK and beyond..
TEACHING & FACILITATION
Since graduating in 2010 from MMUC with a First Class degree in Dance, she has gone on to build her practice in facilitation working in community and educational settings for numerous organisations e.g Ludus Dance & Cheshire Dance. Louise leads regular Afro-Brazilian dance workshops for adults in Lancaster.
Louise has a regular practice within Alder Hey Children’s Hospital (Liverpool) with Small Things Dance Collective where she both performs and facilitates movement on the wards. Since 2016 she has been developing her practice with somatic dance and improvisation to enhance wellbeing and creativity for the children and young people in hospital.
CPD / MENTORING
During 2019-20, Louise was an Associate Artist at Ludus Dance on the Occupied scheme. Through the scheme, Louise received mentoring as well as seed funding and support in kind to develop an idea, which led to the creation of ‘Miss Baines’. Louise also took part in a mentoring scheme with Dance Consortia North West (2019-20).