About – Jane Turner

According to my Mum I get it from my Welsh great grandfather who taught Russian dancing in a gym that he set up in Porthcawl, South Wales. Perhaps because Mum’s parents couldn’t afford dance classes when she was growing up she took me to them when I was three, and it went from there. By my teens I was performing in the annual City pantomime chorus, went on to win a Record Mirror ‘Best Dressed Disco Dancer’ competition in my Nana’s gold ballroom dancing sandals and a charity shop find, before taking a first degree in Performing Arts (dance major) at Middlesex Polytechnic and then joining the Scala Ballet, Barcelona. I went on to tour with the Hallmark Theatre Company, ran a dance group at the Brixton Fridge club, set up and led a community dance organisation and magazine DICE, before launching the dance company TURNING WORLDS.

Since then I have worked extensively as a performer, movement director, teacher and choreographer in commercial, educational and theatrical contexts, relishing making creative things happen in multiple collaborations. My work has been seen in theatres from the Palladium to the ICA, railway stations and city squares, colleges and playgrounds, in London, England, Europe and Canada. It often explores femaleness: biology, representations, expressions as well as scientific and theoretical ideas, and experiments with audiovisual interactive media, and led to a PhD award in 2012 from Chichester University. These interests led to this tribute to modern dance pioneer Loie Fuller, in collaboration with Chris Frazer Smith and dancer Gwen Jones, that was presented as part of the Light Moves Festival in Limerick 2016 as part of their Short Films programme and is part of TURNING WORLDS’s touring Semaphore#selfies

Jane Turner

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