Catherine Bennett

Movement Director

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

She is Movement Director for Volcano's productions and directs and teaches the company's regular programme of creative movement for children aged 4-12, and directs movement for Volcano Youth Company.

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 has also engaged in performance and research work with Carol Brown Dances. She directed her first short film My Desert with Pedro Machado in 2007, and the following year made a film with Lucy Cash for Volcano's i-witness. With Siobhan Davies Dance Company she performed and devised Solo in 2012 and performed in Table of Contents in 2013. She was awarded a unique Research, Training and Development Bursary from Arts Council England and in 2017 was commissioned by Arts Council of Wales to create the solo piece An Examination. Catherine gained a practice-based research MA from The University Of Bedfordshire in 2013.

Catherine first performed with Volcano in A Few Little Drops in 2007, and subsequently devised and performed in What am I Doing Here? and i-witness. She directed Shelf Life with Paul Davies, a Volcano & National Theatre Wales co-production, in 2010. She created and performed 147 Questions about Love with Paul Davies, which played at Dance Base in the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe. She has choreographed Kate, The Populars, Seagulls, Black Stuff, Alice in Wonderland, A Clockwork Orange and 1977 for the company, and devised and performed in The Colonel, The Miller and The House for Sale and Time is a River Without Banks for Volcano at the Inhospit Festival in Formentera in 2018 and 2019. In February 2019 she directed and performed in Beastly Ongoings, a bespoke site-specific adventure for children and young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, conceived with Ysgol Crug Glas and supported by a Creative Collaborations award from Arts Council of Wales.

Catherine has also choreographed work for Mr & Mrs Clark and National Theatre of Wales, and has led workshops, masterclasses and residencies for Wales Youth Dance Company, Bourne’s New Adventures, CandoCo, Stopgap, Greenwich Dance Agency and Random Dance. She is a Lead Creative Practitioner under the Arts Council of Wales Creative Schools programme.

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