Dr Simon Ellis is a choreographer, dancer and film-maker interested in practices and ideas to do with (not necessarily at the same time) power, responsibility, memory, dialogue and screens. He trained as a dancer at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, and his choreographies include Full (2001), Indelible (2003), Inert (2006), Gertrud (2008), Desire Lines (2010), and Pause. Listen. (2014). His film projects include Then/Now (2008), Tuesday (2009), and Anamnesis (2010). Simon collaborates with Colin Poole as Colin, Simon & I (colinsimonandi.com) and most recently they presented A Separation (2014) at Lilian Baylis Studio in London. They are currently developing a new performance to première at Independent Dance in London in May 2016.
Simon has a practice-as-research PhD from the University of Melbourne. The research explored liveness, improvisation, documentation and remembering, and was presented as a DVD-ROM. His work as a scholar includes understanding ways of knowing through writing, choreography and film, and in supporting the development of practice-as-research (see practiceasresearchblog.wordpress.com).
Dr. Nicola Conibere is a Senior Lecturer in Dance and a practicing artist with strong links to professional bodies and international festivals, as well as a solid history in securing funding. In addition to her lectureship at Coventry University she is a regular visiting lecturer on MA programmes at TrinityLaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. In 2015 she was awarded her AHRC funded, practice-based PhD. Her research is located in a nexus between dance, theatre and performance studies, addressing what choreographic practice offers to the politics of spectatorship, participation and notions of publics. Nicola was an Associate Artist with Nottingham based, international dance agency Dance4 from 2009 to 2014, and is regularly invited to contribute to public discussions and to join a range of research projects. She has wide ranging links in the dance and performing arts industries, as well as being an active participant in artist and researcher networks. Nicola’s choreographic work has been shown at venues including Royal Academy of Arts (London), Hayward Gallery (London), Nottingham Contemporary (Nottingham), ANTI Festival of Contemporary Art (Kuopio, Finland), Laban Theatre (London), Royal Opera House (London) and numerous other organisations.
Katye Coe is a dance artist based in the UK. She has practiced as a performer, choreographer and teacher since 1994. She is a senior lecturer in Dance at Coventry University. Katye performs for Joe Moran and Florence Peake. She teaches independently across the UK and internationally. Katye was the founding director of Decoda. Her current practice and curiosities engage working methods that deal with imagination, with enduring experience that may be caught in an accidental moment of encounter, or witnessed over much longer periods of time. She is living the possibility that one makes and performs work as an activist. The activity performed might be displaced and persistent, or commonplace and fleeting, revealing a raw craft through structures and through dancing that is always hopeful.