Charlotte Darbyshire

Professional morning class | Monday 25 - Friday 29 June | 10am - 12 noon daily
In these morning classes, we will develop a daily enquiry into how our unique body functions, feels and moves. We will use visualization, focused touch, exploratory movement and dialogue to gain a deeper understanding of our cellular body, from the boundary of the skin to the deep support of the organs.
Having dived into our inner worlds, we will then play with different holding forms and performance practices to explore how this deeper connection to self, supports us to build a clearer and more conscious relationship with the world around us.


Charlotte Darbyshire, co -director of Candoco Dance Company, is a British dance artist, currently living in Northern France where she co-runs La Traversée, an initiative for interdisciplinary arts practice, research and performance, with composer Jules Maxwell, choreographer Henrietta Hale (co-director of Dog Kennel Hill Project), painter Pippa Darbyshire and actor/film maker Tony Wadham. Together they run regular performance events, artist residencies and residential workshop programs. Charlotte also runs her own private practice, having trained with Linda Hartley in ‘Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy’.

Charlotte’s current inspirations are BMC, Authentic Movement, her recent research with Deborah Hay and her regular collaborations with Henrietta Hale.
Charlotte is also developing her choreography for camera.
This year she directed a dance art film with disabled artists Welly O’Brien and Kate Marsh. ‘The lily the rose’ is being shown in Light Moves Festival of Screendance 2016 in Limerick. Charlotte’s first short film ‘Taut’ was commissioned by Channel 4 and won the New Filmmaker Award at The Place in 2001. She was also Assistant Choreographer on Alison Murray’s feature film, ‘Mouth to Mouth’ 2005.

Charlotte was a founder member of CandoCo Dance Company, performing and teaching with them internationally (1991 – 1999). This inspired her on-going practice and research into inclusive and creative approaches to dance practice for disabled and non-disabled people, trained and untrained dancers. Independently, Charlotte has led integrated projects in UK, Colombia, Croatia, Bangladesh and Sweden and recently she co-wrote a pioneering dance training programme for adults with learning disabilities.

Charlotte was a faculty member at TrinityLaban and London School of Contemporary Dance (2000 – 2011). Her teaching included: Experiential Anatomy into Contemporary Technique, Choreography, Performance and Teaching Practice.

This year Charlotte has worked with Deborah Hay in Paris and is regularly teaching in Zagreb, on training programme ‘Laban/Bartenieff & Somatic studies International’ with Janet Kaylo.