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.
Now in her eighth decade, Emilyn Claid has created a new solo show in collaboration with choreographer Heidi Rustgaard and artist Florence Peake. emilyn claid, UNTITLED 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.
“Untitled is the process of accepting and enjoying transformation and it’s riveting” Dance Art Journal
Upcoming tour dates for emilyn claid, UNTITLED:
4 March Duckie London (excerpt)
11 March Undisiciplined, South East Dance Brighton