Emilyn Claid is a dance pioneer with a career as a performer and choreographer stretching back to the 1960s. She co-founded experimental collective X6 Dance Space in the 1970s, and was artistic director of Extemporary Dance Theatre in the 1980s. In the 1990s she choreographed for Phoenix and CandoCo, and performed a series of iconic solo works in which she found an authentic voice as a lesbian artist. Emilyn is also an emeritus professor and a Gestalt psychotherapist and has recently published FALLING Through Dance and Life, (Bloomsbury 2021), a book about dance performance that re-thinks Western culture’s physical, metaphorical and psychological relationship to gravity.
In 2021 Emilyn Claid undertook a period of studio research to pursue her ambition to return to performing at 72. The result is Emilyn Claid, Untitled created in collaboration with choreographer Heidi Rustgaard and artist Florence Peake which explores Emilyn’s interest in the intersection of movement and theatre, power and fragility and authenticity and fantasy. Moving between clay foot and creature, therapist and hunter, cruising and crumbling, Emilyn Claid, Untitled playfully embodies queering and ageing, teasing perceptions of what’s real and what’s imagined.
28 & 29 October iC4C Nottingham Nott Dance
2 November Colchester Arts Centre
4 & 5 November Harbourfront Centre Theatre Toronto Older and Reckless Festival
10 November Bath Spa University
12 November AMATA Falmouth University
23 November The Place London
26 November Art in Perpetuity Deptford Fest en Fest (excerpt)
7 December Posh Club Hackney (excerpt)