Head, Shoulders, Knees & POD is a podcast speaking to contemporary dance artists about their creative lives, what informs them and their current projects. By listening, you’ll get an intimate perspective on the processes and practices of creators in the UK and Europe.
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Matilda has danced in various styles throughout her life and started with attending a school mostly for Jazz and Musical dance in Sweden. When broadening her knowledge she found a more in-depth interest in contemporary dance and went on to study a bachelor at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. During her studies at NSCD, she had the pleasure of working with various international choreographers as well as the opportunity of receiving an Erasmus Exchange Scholarship to study and live in the Netherlands for three months. There she found and had the possibility of expanding her improvisation practice with her interest in the fusion of games and playfulness in choreographic work. This resulted in her work “Ghost Square” being awarded a place to perform at Yorkshire Dance’s evening BURST (2018), showcasing the creativity of the most promising new graduates. Matilda is now currently an apprentice dancer with Scottish Dance Theatre where she has performed works by Emmanuel Gat, Colette Sadler, Janine Harrington and 7oito. Through the research/development platform SPUTNIK with Scottish Dance Theatre she, together with the team, launched HSKpod, which fuels her interests in diving into different creative practices and getting a chance to have one on one conversations with inspiring artists.
Katie has been for most of her life across all sorts of dance styles, and although dancing itself is not her profession she still tries to move as often as possible.
Katie graduated with a BA (Hons) in International Festival & Event Management with Marketing in 2019 and now works in arts marketing at Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre.
She is primarily interested in how we can make theatre and dance more accessible to as many people as possible.
Katie is really looking forward to exploring how HSKPod can be used as a tool to explore audience development and to create mutually beneficial relationships with the marketing teams in other dance companies.
Katie also has a blog called What Katie Did Next where she writes about arts and culture, travel and lifestyle and is on a photography journey!
Mathilde started dancing at the age of 12 in various dance styles. She continued her dance training alongside school and did a one year foundation course in Oslo before moving to the UK to study at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. After graduating in 2019, she moved back to Norway to work as a freelance dance artist.
Since moving back she has performed in “Our Faces” by Lou Ditaranto for Dans/5 project in Oslo and has performed different solo works at an elderly care home. Currently she is editing episodes for the podcast HSKPod, and is also doing some dance teaching.
Reece started his dance training at 15 with Hertfordshire Youth Dance Company alongside school. He continued his training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and graduated with a 1st class honors degree in 2019. Reece has recently moved to Manchester as an apprentice dancer working with Company Chameleon.
At Chameleon, Reece was used in the creation and touring of their latest work, The Shadow and has performed in their other active works. Since beginning his apprenticeship, Reece has also been recording and editing episodes for the podcast HSKPod.
Tammy is a mover/creator/performer/human currently training at Northern School of Contemporary Dance(UK). Tammy strives to be in the place of absurdity and authenticity with her work, embracing the world of contradictions but mainly just trying to understand the senselessness of reality.
As well as dance as an artform, Tammy is also interested in injury prevention and rehabilitation. In 2018, She completed a Level 3 Certificate in Teaching Pilates and is currently training in sports therapy alongside her training at NSCD. This journey started with an injury, where in the humble process of rehabilitation, she learned the importance of mindfulness in her movement practice.
Tammy is a passionate plant whisperer, in her spare time she likes to relax with a cuppa and talk to her plants. Plastic plants are an offense to Tammy (and to the planet).