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 others, and the world around us.
As Artistic Co-Director of Candoco Dance Company, Charlotte will be joined this week by company members.


Charlotte Darbyshire, 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 Independent Dance and Dog Kennel Hill Project), painter Pippa Darbyshire and actor/film maker Tony Wadham. Together they run performance events, artist residencies and residential workshop programs. Charlotte also runs her own private Movement Therapy practice.

Charlotte’s current practice draws upon her training with Linda Hartley in ‘Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy’, the main strands of which are: Body Mind Centring, Authentic Movement and Somatic Psychology. She also has an ongoing performance practice of Deborah Hay’s Solo Commissioning project ‘At Once’.
Charlotte also directs Dance for Camera. Her films include: ‘Taut’, commissioned by Channel 4 and winner of the New Filmmaker Award at The Place in 2001; ‘the lily the rose’, made with and for disabled artists Welly O’Brien and Kate Marsh and winner of the Light Moves Festival Prize, 2016.
Charlotte is Artistic Co-Director of Candoco Dance Company, alongside Ben Wright. She was a founder member of CandoCo, performing and teaching with them internationally from 1991 to 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 inclusive projects and advocacy work in UK, Colombia, Croatia, Bangladesh and Sweden.
Charlotte was a faculty member at TrinityLaban Conservatoire for Music and Dance and London School of Contemporary Dance (2000 – 2011). Her teaching included: Experiential Anatomy into Contemporary Technique, Choreography, Performance and Teaching Practice.

This year Charlotte is on the faculty for Janet Kaylo’s programme ‘Laban/Bartenieff & Somatic Studies International’ in Toronto.