JANE TURNER : BIOGRAPHY
Jane Turner has been making "Emotionally propelled choreography...formidable" (The Stage, London)
since forming her own dance company in London in the 1990s. Her work has toured in UK and
Europe. "Her images not only compelled the attention, they resonated long after in the memory"
(MTD Journal of the Performing Arts). Her choreographic method maps the essential dynamics,
histories and possibilities of individual bodies and selves to weave multi-textural
choreographic events "Excellent" (Suddeutsche Zeitung, Munich) and draws on wide experience working with different media and digital technologies that result in work that is "Mesmerising, playful, provocative" (East Anglian Daily Times).





I grew up in Hertfordshire and started taking classes in traditional dance theatre forms aged 3. In my teens was performing seasonally in panto chorus and opera. After a BA Performing Arts (dance major) at Middlesex University, where I was trained in Limon, Humphrey, Cunningham techniques and interdisciplinary performance possibilities, I danced with the Scala Ballet, Barcelona. I went on to diverse experiences: teaching dance in a Rudolph Steiner school in Germany, performing with a children's theatre company, running a community dance magazine/organisation, taking an MA in Performing Arts, leading a dance group at the Brixton Fridge nightclub, all influences that led to the decision to make my own dance work.

Interested in how the world works, and our place in that, I created "at the still point in the turning world" for a newly formed contemporary dance company in 1990, and have continued to make and tour new dance ever since. My work has been seen at theatres from the Palladium to the ICA, at railway stations and in city squares, in colleges and playgrounds, in London, England, Europe and Canada. It often explores femaleness: biology, representations, expressions as well as scientific and theoretical ideas and experiments with audiovisual media. I am a p/t Senior Lecturer at London Metropolitan University and live with my photographer husband and, now, 2 children in the Eastern Region. I am half Welsh.
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