Announcing UPLIFT 2023 artists

31 July 2023

As part of UPLIFT, our new Artist Development programme for Dance Artists in the North West, we’re thrilled to announce this year’s supported artists.

Douglas Thorpe
Mad Dogs Dance Theatre

Douglas trained at London Contemporary Dance School before joining Phoenix Dance Theatre, where he danced for twenty-years. He founded his own company Mad Dogs Dance Theatre in 2008. Douglas has created works for Phoenix Dance Theatre, ACE Dance and Music, and Staatstheater Tanz, Braunschweig, Germany.

On Instagram at @maddogsdancetheatre

Jordan Sheard

Jordan is a Manchester based mover, maker and producer. Drawing inspiration from the world around her, she creates playful and sincere work. She is passionate about creating access to dance, a passion which fuels her freelance and choreographic work. Jordan is grateful for this time with UPLIFT to collaborate and continue researching into her creative practice.

On Instagram @jordansheard

Maea Morgan and Lucy Halfpenny

SheSomaDance is a female-led collective created by Maea Morgan and Lucy Halfpenny, who bonded during their time with Emergence, the postgraduate dance company of Joss Arnott and Salford University.

Together they discovered an interest in authentic female identity. Through their work, they aim to empower and contribute to a vibrant community of female artists by exploring women’s relationships, sensitivity, strength, self-expression and explosiveness.

On Instagram @shesomadance

Each artist will be in residence at Company Chameleon for three weeks this Autumn.

The artists will create, adapt and develop dance works with the support of Chameleon’s Creative team, including choreographic mentoring with Co-Artistic Director, Anthony Missen.

Following on, artists will meet, connect and present their work at our Scratch Night in November.

We look forward to working with our UPLIFT artists to develop their creative practice this Autumn.

Look out on social for more UPLIFT news including updates, pics and vids from the studio.

Chameleon is committed to raising the bar for dance in the North West and supporting dance artists with different voices, histories and stories. UPLIFT is part of a new programme, which demonstrates this commitment.

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