Fiona Millward

Class Description | Morning Class | 13-17 May 2019

The framework for each class is a curiosity around perception, pattern, and relationship, drawing on a range of approaches such as improvisation, touch, Rolf Movement, Franklin Balls, set material. Time is offered and space shared to deepen connection to ground/breath/spine, savour the complexities of relationship, reveal gesture, rootle out the integrity of structure, and embody shifts in orientation.

Biography

Fiona Millward has worked throughout the UK and abroad as a dancer, teacher and choreographer since 1985, and values immensely the alchemy of collaboration that underpins these various roles. Teaching provides an ongoing source of inspiration with opportunities to investigate her own creative practice, and sees her regularly teaching nationally and internationally in a variety of settings. She has been a qualified Franklin Method® Educator (Levels 1&2) since 2002 and a Certified Rolfer™since 2014.

Her choreographic work has received a range of awards and commissions, and she has also enjoyed working as a dramaturg, mentor, and choreographic advisor. As a performer she has worked with choreographers, such as: Alex Howard, Deborah Hay, Charlie Morrissey, Victoria Marks, Fin Walker, David Dorfman, Gill Clarke, Yael Flexer, and Darrell Jones.

She has enjoyed a long term collaboration with Rosemary Lee working as Rehearsal Director on the Dance Umbrella commission Square Dances, Choreographer’s Assistant on Under The Vaulted Sky for IF Milton Keynes, and is currently leading a project for Rosemary on 30 local women Rising as part of Bath International Music Festival for Bath Dance and ICIA, University of Bath in association with Artsadmin.

Fiona was a Lecturer in Dance at De Montfort University in 2006; Head of Movement at the Oxford School of Drama 1999 – 2004; and is a National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) Fellow for her work with ID, which she co-directed 1996 - 2015.

Post ID she has been working as a Rolfer in Bristol and Oxford, and will qualify as a Rolf Movement® Practitioner in November 2016. She is also delighted to be part of Alex Howard’s research and performance project Without Measure, which looks at the relationship between Dance and the Environment.