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Artistic Priorities and Principles
- Deborah is a Welsh learner and values and respects the language of the beautiful country she has come to call home. While her work is predominantly English language she welcomes the use of the Welsh language in her creative processes, is experienced working in bi-lingual spaces and endeavours to communicate key information about her work bi-lingually.
- Mae Deborah yn dysgu Cymraeg ac mae hi’n parchu ac yn gwerthfawrogi iaith y wlad hyfryd mae hi wedi dod i’w galw’n gartref. Tra bod y rhan fwyaf o’i gwaith drwy gyfrwng y Saesneg mae hi’n croesawu defnydd o’r Gymraeg fel rhan o’i phrosesau gwaith, a chanddi brofiad o weithio mewn gofodau dwyieithog mae’n ymdrechu i gyfathrebu gwybodaeth allweddol am ei gwaith yn ddwyieithog.
- Deborah’s work is fiercely feminist. She is examining how her personal, anti-patriachal viewpoint intersects with broader political, social and cultural concerns: capitalism, colonialism and the climate crisis.
- Deborah is curious about the body as a site of both personal and shared experience. Her work is rooted in human movement that sits outside codified dance forms, movement that is unique to each individual and simultaneously connects to our shared humanity
- She weaves together movement, spoken word, visual imagery and sound to create non-linear experiences that reveal the connections and complexities of our human experience.
- Deborah is interested in the live transformation of both performers and audiences. She works with performance frames and choreographic scores that embrace the reality of the moment, offer opportunities for two way interaction and prioritise the potential for change.
- For Deborah dancing is a serious game that is filled with contradictions. Her work is absurd and logical, she combines pleasure and rage, exploring both the seriousness and the absurdity of our sociopolitical moment and the importance and irrelevance of dancing.
- Deborah is creating non-hierarchical relationships and minimising the separation between audience and performers. She gives the audience choice and autonomy within their experience enabling them as active agents in the space and the work.
- Deborah works collaboratively investing time, consideration and care to bring together exceptional and diverse teams and to create appropriate frameworks for the creative work to thrive. She builds predominantly female teams and works against the dominant dance aesthetic of young ‘elite’ bodies, engaging and valuing performers of a range of ages”
- Deborah is committed to making her work accessible, she is taking a multi sensory approach to the development of all emerging work to enrich the experience for people with varied access needs and considering the best ways to integrate BSL, captioning and/or audio description as new work develops.