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About us

 

 

We are developing Attik into a Creative Movement LAB, a LAB that brings together Dance, Creativity, Science and Technology to try to understand how we move, what happens to us when we move and what extraordinary art we can make from these ideas.

And through this work we will begin to Develop Human Potential through Movement. And this human potential might be with 4 year olds, with 80 year olds in Homes, our youth company at Dartington or professionals. We believe movement and creativity have a profound effect on our ability to be the best we can be, and are interested in working with everyone who is interested in this.

The Artistic Director of Attik is Benjamin Dunks

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Photo Credit. Dom Moore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I lead on dance/movement and collaborative artistic practice and direct all artistic work.  I undertake scientific research around the links between movement and neurological development.  I work with the team to develop ideas for potential projects and work with Emma on fundraising, company development and building interdisciplinary ways of working.

My history in Dance covers all aspects of what dance is, from performer and maker, choreographer and educator and community and artistic director with all of these roles leading me to dance with everyone from 3 to 90 years of age and all experiences. I love watching people explore themselves, their identities, their creativity and their potential through playing with and making movement. I am fascinated by what happens to our bodies, physiologically, neurologically and hormonally when we dance creatively. How does this develop our potential? How does this support us in being the best we can be in other areas of what we do. More specifically, if we dance like this with children, what is the impact on their cognition? This is the link between science and art, and is where we are headed in the foreseeable future.

 

Innovation Producer is Emma McFarland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I lead on company vision and embedding digital thinking and human centered design processes in all aspects of the company’s work.  I develop ideas for potential projects with the team, as well as building our networks of collaborators.  I also work with Ben on fundraising, company development and building interdisciplinary ways of working.

I never  quite know what to call myself when people ask what I do as I’ve worn so many different hats so far including…. Film Festival Co-Director, Institutional Marketing Manager for an investment bank, Programme Director for an international not for profit, Arts Researcher & Evaluator, E-Learning Director, Author, Creative Producer and Community Dance Artist.  I now work as an Innovation Producer and Facilitator with a range of arts organisations and not for profits.  I have collected over 17 years experience in the arts sector and have a special interest in digital projects.

I recently graduated from digital school Hyper Island with an MA Digital Media Management (Distinction) and hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Community Dance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance and BA (Hons) Economics from Liverpool John Moore’s University.

A few of my passions are OS maps, hiking, swimming in the sea, new ideas, new discoveries, working with people from a crazy mix of backgrounds and interests, late nights, debating stuff, my pets and I’m a passionate supporter of animal welfare.

 

Education Artist is Leroy Ward

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Photo Credit. Dom Moore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I work with young people in dance in primary schools and secondary schools and in leading parkour-style workshops as after school clubs in both secondary and primary schools. I lead work with boys and dance, and when I was the Director of South Dance Company (an all male youth company) I developed, with the company, a unique methodology of making dance. This was an intuitive user-led process, where no idea was left ‘unexplored’, meaning that whatever idea was suggested by whichever member of the company, that idea was explored by everyone. This meant that it took a lot longer to make our work than most companies, but it also meant the work looked and felt different and there was something different invested in it by everyone.

I also work with a number of integrated dance companies, most notably the amazing Wheelfever.

 

 

 

Trustees

(Biographies and photos to come shortly)

 

Clint Jones – Chair

 

 

Dan Solly – Secretary

 

 

Louise Tilbury

 

 

Wendy Hannon