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Choreographer: Jacqueline Lansley

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Jacky Lansley’s career as a choreographer has spanned more than three decades. Throughout this period she has worked extensively in the UK and Europe, and in the USA, Brazil and Russia; she has presented and performed work within a diverse range of sites, landscapes, festivals and venues, and has a special relationship with Cornwall, which has inspired several recent works such as View from the Shore (co-produced with the Hall for Cornwall and ROH2). It is the translation of this wide experience of space and context into choreographic language which informs her current work. Following an early training at the senior Royal Ballet School, Lansley was a professional dancer with the Royal Ballet Company before studying at the London Contemporary Dance School where she received the Fred Bromwich Award for choreography. She went on to become a pioneer of the British New Dance movement, performing and choreographing work with innovative groups such as Strider -co-founded with Richard Alston; Limited Dance Company - co-founded with Sally Potter (with whom she received a Time Out Achievement Award) creating a series of landmark productions. Lansley has also worked as a director and choreographer in mainstream theatre, including several productions for the Manchester Royal Exchange (The Tempest, The Doll’s House, The Crucible); Almeida Theatre, L’Odeon Theatre, Paris and Channel 4 (on The Possessed with Meyerholdian Director Yuri Lyubimov); for The Women’s Playhouse Trust (The Lucky Chance/Royal Court; Miss Julie /Liverpool Playhouse; Beauty and the Beast/Old Vic) and at the Bristol Old Vic she co directed Hiawatha with Lily Susan Todd. Film projects as a performer and choreographer include The Goldiggers, The London Story, Orlando and The Man Who Cried, directed by Sally Potter. Lansley wrote and directed her own short film The Life Class 16 min in 2008 - a contemporary narrative dance film exploring themes and imagery from Fokine’s The Firebird. Lansley is an Associate Lecturer at Plymouth University, and currently directs a professional development programme The Speaking Dancer: Interdisciplinary Performance Training for actors and dancers at the Dance Research Studio. Jacky is the Artistic Director of the Dance Research Studio and an Associate Artist with the Hall for Cornwall. Her most recent site specific project Standing Stones premiered at York Minster and toured to 13 other major UK cathedrals to critical acclaim (see website for further details).


Jacky Lansley, The Life Class/ dance film, Through The Fire, Choreographer/writer
Jacky Lansley/Rachel Wesson, Standing Stones (Cathedral tour), Ascendance Rep, Choreographer
Tim Brinkman/Jacky Lansley, View from the Shore, Hall for Cornwall/JLDT, Choreographer
Tim Brinkman/Jacky Lansley, Anamule Dance, Hall for Cornwall/JLDT, Choreographer
Jacky Lansley, Holding Space , Jacky Lansley Dance Theatre at ROH2, Choreographer/producer
Jacky Lansley, Bird, JLTD at The South Bank, Choreographer
Sally Potter, The Man Who Cried/film, Adventure Pictures, Choreographer


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