Catherine Bennett

Movement Director

Catherine is a performer, director, choreographer and film-maker.

Trained at the Rambert School, Catherine was a performer with Matthew Hawkins' Fresh Dances from 1994 to 1996 and a core member of Random Dance Company from 1997 to 2002. As a freelance dance artist, she performed with Houston Grand Opera and English National Opera, and participated in the 2003 Jerwood Bank Project with the Siobhan Davies Dance Company. A Member of Walker Dance Park Music since 2003, Catherine is also engaged in performance and research work with Carol Brown Dances. She directed her first short film My Desert with Pedro Machado, and also made a film with Lucy Cash for Volcano's i-witness. She was awarded a unique Research, Training and Development Bursary from Arts Council England. 

Catherine directed Shelf Life with Paul Davies, a Volcano & National Theatre Wales production. Choreographed Seagulls, Black Stuff, Alice, A Clockwork Orange for Volcano Theatre Company and performs in 147 Questions about Love.

November 2017- Creation and performance of An Examination commissioned by Arts Council of
Wales.
Aug 2014- to date Creation and performance of 147 Questions of Love commissioned by Volcano
theatre Performed at Dance Base for Edinburgh festival, touring throughout Wales.
Feb 2013- Performer for Siobhan Davies Dance Company - A Table Of Contents.
Sept 2012 - Performed and devised - Solo, commissioned by Siobhan Davies Dance Company
May 2008 to April 2011 Siobhan Davies Dance Company Collaborating and performing in the
piece ‘The Collection’ At The Victoria Miro Art Gallery, Hayward Gallery, and Ikon Gallery.
2008 - Creation and UK tour of three productions funded by the Arts Council Of Wales - A few little
drops, What am I doing here?, i-Witness.
Feb – Apr 07
Carol Brown Dances
Performer and assistant for Glow at Woking Dance Festival
Nov 05 – nov07
Walker Dance Park Music
Creation and UK tour of new production 5 Two 10
Oct – Nov 05
Grand Théâtre de Genève Opéra
Soloist in The Cunning Little Vixen, choreographed by Alleta Collins June – July 05
Somerset House
Performer in site-specific production Kool Down, Alleta Collins
Oct 04 – May 05 Walker Dance Park Music
Creation and UK tour of Essence
Feb – Nov 04
Carol Brown Dances
Creation / presentation of The Changing Room at Greenwich Dance Agency, Ludwig Foundation,
Germany and at Dance Umbrella
Walker Dance Park Music 2003 - Creation and International tours of '5 two 10' and 'Silence Of The
Soul.'
Niklas Laustiola
Performer in Feeder at The Place Theatre May 03 – May 04
Performer for English National Opera Dec 02 – feb 03
Performer in Kovanschina
Houston Grand Opera Sept – Nov 02
Performer in Ariodante, choreographed by Michael Keegan Dolan
Random dance Company 1997 - 2002 -Wayne Mcgregor
Extensive national and international tours of The Millenarium (1997-1999), Sulphur 16 (1998-2000),
Aeon (1999-2001), The Trilogy (2000-2001) and Nemesis (2002) - Collaborations with The Royal
Ballet on Duologue, performed in London and the Kennedy Centre, Washington (2001) and with
Gothenburg Ballet, performed simultaneously in Snape Maltings, England and Gothenburg (2002)
- Numerous Site-Specific Projects including the opening of the World Disability Championships;
Neurotransmission Kaleidoscope Project at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, the Museum of
Contemporary Art, Glasgow and the Saatchi Gallery, London; Hive with National Youth Dance
Wales
- Digital Performance Projects including Trial By Video in collaboration with Australian multi-media
artists Company in Space, London (Simultaneously broadcast in Melbourne); a camera/projector
mediated performance at the Bruce Nauman exhibition at The Hayward Gallery, London and a
Shinkansen seminar with international digital artists in collaboration with Middlesex University,
London
Matthew Hawkins / Fresh Dances Group
Numerous residencies and performances in the UK and Belgium
Rambert School Performance Company
Solo performance of Descent choreographed by Kenneth McMillan
RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
October 2017 - Devised and led The Co-Create Project for BA Social Care students at Swansea
University. Studying non - verbal communication, culminating in a performance devised by the
students.
Feb 2013 Awarded an MA - Research by Practice - from The University Of Bedfordshire -
Performing Phenomenology: A practice-led investigation of contemporary Performance Oct 2008
Produced, directed, and wrote the film Things We Found funded by Welsh Arts Council. Oct 2007
Produced, directed and performed in Arts Council England-funded dance film My Desert
Mentoring Bristol-based choreographer Laila Diallo
Participated in choreographic residency in Findhorn with Jonathan Burrows Feb – Mar 2006
Participated in NESTA-funded R&D project with dance photographer ChrisNash
Feb- March 2006
Undertook Arts Council England-funded research fellowship in Kolkata
Oct 2005 – 2007
Engaged in ongoing Arts Council England-funded research project focused on professional
development. Research undertaken to date includes placements with Trisha Brown Dance
Company and Rosas; residencies at Movement Research, New York, with Chrysa Parkinson at La
Raffinerie, Brussels and ImpulsDanz, Vienna; and R&D with Goat Island and film-maker Lucy Cash
in Prague
Sept 2005
Participated in R&D project at The Place Theatre with Jonathan Burrows Aug 2005 Participated in
R&D project with Gill Clarke and film-maker Becky Edmonds July 2005 Performer in Film 4 Dance
commission choreographed by Tom Sapsford; filmed by the Honey Brothers
Sept 2004
Participated in R&D residency at CCA, Glasgow with Anna Krzystek Apr 2003
Participated in R&D in London / Ireland with Carol Brown Dances for new production Spawn
Participated in Jerwood Bank Project 2003 with Siobhan Davies
Dance Company
Participated in Dance PAL 2002 residency directed by Emilyn Claid Participated in the
International Gulbenkian Course at Bretton Hall for professional choreographers and composers
as a dancer
TEACHING AND DIRECTING
September 2018 - Working as a lead Creative Practitioner in schools, devising a film with the
students about mental health.
July 2018 - Choreographer for Kate - Co production with National Theatre Wales and Volcano
Theatre Company
June 2017 - Choreographer for Mr and Mrs Clark - Electioneering, toured throughout Wales.
May 2017 – Choreographer for Jonny Cotsen – Louder is not always clearer.
January 2017 – Choreographer for The Populars - Volcano Theatre Company
September 2016 – Employed to teach Primary school teachers, Physical Literacy workshops for
NAWR – How to use movement as a teaching tool across the curriculum.
November 2016 – Choreographer for Macbeth for Volcano theatre company
September 2016– started weekly creative dance classes for 4yr – 13 yr olds in Swansea
September 2016 – worked with Bawso Refugee Youth Group and devised a piece with them.
September 2015 – Became a lead creative Practioner teaching for ACW throughout Primary
schools in the Swansea area.
September 2015 – Choreographer for Mr and Mrs Clarks piece Smash It up
November 2015- Created Youth theatre piece for Novfest. 10 Minutes Longer. Performed at the
Welsh National Theatre awards.
June 2014 to date Teaching youth workshops for Volcano theatre Company. 2009 to date
Movement lecturer at Swansea Metropolitan University
April 2015Choreographer for Seagulls Volcano theatre Company.
Nov 2014 Choreographer for Blackstuff - Volcano theatre Company
Sept 2012 Choreographer for A Clockwork Orange - Volcano Theatre Company
July 2012 Movement Director for NTW production In Water I am weightless
April 2009 Directed’ Attempts On Her Life’ By Martin Crimp for the Final year Showcase at
Swansea University.
June 2009
Devised and led Physical Literacy programme for London Primary Schools. 1997 – 2002
Directed Lithuanian performers in a devised production – ‘The First Water Museum of Vilnius”’
Directed Choreographic Module for MA students at laban. Choreographed and directed a new
work at Northern School of Contemporary Dance
Choreographed and directed a new work at Northern School of Contemporary Dance Taught class
regularly for CandoCo Dance Company and Greenwich Dance Agency
Led intensive choreographic residency with final year students at Central School of Ballet Led
workshops with StopGap Dance Company and with professional dancers from South East England
via the Oxford Forum
Directed Performance Module for final year BA dance students at
Taught class regularly for CandoCo Dance Company and Transitions Taught Performance Module
for final year BA dance students at Laban
Led intensive choreographic residency at Roehampton Institute Led intensive choreographic
residency at Kannon Dance Summer School, St Petersburg Taught class regularly for Matthew
Bourne’s New Adventures
Led intensive choreographic residency with Wales Youth Dance Company, creating new touring
piece entitled a(l)ttitude Led intensive choreographic residency with final year BA dance students
at London Contemporary Dance School
Led numerous choreographic workshops, master classes and residencies in the UK and abroad on
behalf of Random Dance Company ranging from primary school children to professionals.
COMMERCIAL WORK 2004 Choreographer on 33 x Around The Sun, feature- length film directed
by John Hardwick
2002Model in fashion shoot for The Other magazine Dancer in Goldfrapp video Dancer in BBC4
film version of Random Dance Company’s Nemesis 2000
Dancer for Ford Motor Company at Frankfurt Motor Show
1999 Dancer at Eriksson Trade Fair Frankfurt ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS 9 GCSE 4 A Level’s
Degree in Dance and performance at Rambert School.

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