Company Chameleon started when Anthony Missen and Kevin Edward Turner met at Trafford Youth Dance Theatre in the mid-1990s. Two ordinary lads from Manchester, they shared an ambition to dance professionally. After developing their talent at Trafford, they went on to train with the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and after graduating travelled and worked with some of the world’s most innovative dance companies and choreographers.
They came home in 2007 with the aim of setting up their own dance company – and Company Chameleon was born. Today, Company Chameleon tours internationally, staging over 50 indoor and outdoor performances every year. Wherever we perform, we lead a dance class or a workshop. As a result, we have introduced thousands of young people, from countries all over the world, to a different side of dance and movement. In 2019, Company Chameleon welcomed Dame Darcey Bussell on board as the Company’s first-ever Patron.
Kevin started dancing at the age of eight with Trafford Youth Dance Theatre. Here, his love for dance was born and he learned improvisation, contact improvisation and creative dance. His formal studies were at the Northern school of Contemporary Dance. As an undergraduate Kevin performed and choreographed with the National Youth Dance Company and graduated with a first-class honours’ degree.
Kevin’s professional engagements include working with Rambert Dance Company, Scottish Dance Theatre, Phoenix Dance Theatre, CassaniDance, Rubberbandancegroup (Canada), Henri Oguike Dance Company, Company Decalage, Mad Dogs Dance Theatre, Finn Walker and Roda. He has worked as an independent artist in collaboration with Gansango in Seattle, Crossfade in Budapest and Navala Chaudhari in London. He has taught in most major British contemporary dance institutions, as well as in Canada, USA, Hungary, Trinidad and Tobago, South Korea, South Africa and all-over continental Europe.
Kevin co-founded Company Chameleon in 2007 and has since created, performed, led, directed, produced, taught and facilitated performances, masterclasses, workshops, residences, interventions and participatory projects nationally and internationally.
By invitation, Kevin has featured in several television programmes and documentaries including BBC One’s Going Back, Giving Back in 2016 and BBC Two’s Dancing to Happiness with Darcey Bussell in 2018, which explored how dance can improve your mental health.
Kevin is a passionate advocate for the positive impact of dance on overall health and wellbeing and as a result has vast experience delivering workshops in many different settings from hospitals and care units to prisons and young offenders’ institutions. He has been invited to speak at various symposiums and conferences such as TEDX on the transformative power of dance and its relationship with health, wellbeing and mental health.
His stage production Witness, which drew from his own personal journey of living with bi-polar disorder, was received with critical acclaim being praised for its honesty and courage and for creating a totally original view of mental health through dance and movement.
As an award-winning dance artist, Kevin has been awarded the dance web scholarship in 2007 under the framework of Impulstanz and in 2016 won a residency at Impulstanz after winning the dance improvisation battle Rhythm is a Dancer.
In 2017, Kevin was commissioned by Manchester City Council and Library Live to create a significant site-specific work at Manchester Central Library. The Company’s biggest commission to date, the production featured a cast of 65 multi-disciplinary artists. The work went on to be nominated and shortlisted at the Manchester Culture Awards 2018 for Best Performance.
Anthony is a Clore Fellow, a Without Walls Board Director, and a member of the Greater Manchester Culture Steering Group. He is a founding Director of New Movement Collective and co-founder of Company Chameleon.
He received formal training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and went onto dance with companies including Scottish Dance Theatre, Mad Dogs Dance Theatre, Cie. Willi Dorner (Vienna), and choreographers including Rui Horta, Didi Veldman and Liv Lorent.
He was Movement Director for Dundee Rep Theatres production of Playhouse Creatures (2007), Romeo and Juliet (2008) for the 2015 Production of Oresteia at HOME Manchester, and most recently for Terra, the first National Theatre connections play to incorporate movement.
Anthony has taught in most major British contemporary dance institutions, to several professional dance companies and in many countries including South Africa, Ethiopia, Israel, Trinidad, Morocco, Sweden, Spain, France, Italy, Germany and Austria. He has led many Choreographic and skills-based Residencies.
He has worked as a facilitator for The National Theatre for their Theatre Nation Partnerships programme.
He co-founded Company Chameleon in 2007, producing and choreographing critically acclaimed performance works both for the stage and outdoor contexts. He has developed many successful educational programmes in different countries, with a particular focus on young men, disadvantaged children and children at risk.
Anthony has made touring works for La Mov (Spain), Norrdans (Sweden) and most recently Ballett-Theater Chemnitz (Germany).
David first worked with Company Chameleon in 2011. As a member of male youth dance company, Fuzzy Logic, he performed in a curtain raiser choreographed by Anthony & Kevin. Years later after graduating from London Contemporary Dance School he came on board as a post graduate apprentice dancer and upon the completion of that apprenticeship in 2016, began touring with the company all over the world. David is heavily involved with the delivery of the company’s outreach work and has also taken on various choreographic projects including the making of his own curtain raiser performance for Chameleon’s ’10’ as well as a piece for the junior youth company.
Born in San Francisco, Juliana graduated from San Francisco School of the Arts. She continued her studies at Point Park University in Pittsburgh and culminated her studies at the Conservatorio Superior de Danza Maria de Ávila in Madrid, receiving a Bachelor of Arts. She has trained with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Lines Ballet and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Juliana has worked with Luke Murphy, Bennyroyce Royon,Tom Weinburger and performed works by Ohad Naharin, Jose Limon and Martha Graham. After graduating she joined Dantzaz Konpainia for two years, where she toured throughout Europe performing works by Itzik Galili, Wubkje Kuindersman, Janis Claxton, Jorge Jauregui, Lukas Timulak and Victoria P. Miranda.
Leanne worked in arts and cultural management in local government for over 15 years including at Tameside, Salford and Stockport Councils. With a background in contemporary dance and a founder member of Third Estate Music & Dance, she previously lectured in dance and worked with Dance Manchester (formerly DiGM). Leanne is on the Board of Directors at Brighter Sound in Manchester.
Sam graduated from York St John University with a first class degree in Performance: Dance and then went onto to train professionally at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Sam has performed for 12 Degrees North, working with Alesandra Seutin (Vocab Dance) and Gary Clarke and in several productions by Balbir Singh Dance Company. As a Freelance Dance Artist Sam has worked for a number of organisations including The Lowry (Centre for Advanced Training, The Lowry Youth Dance Company), Rosie Kay Dance Company, Dance Manchester, Edge Hill University and University of Salford. She was Community Dance Artist for New Adventures and Re:Bourne’s production of Lord of the Flies at both The Lowry and Bradford Alhambra, and in 2015 became Access & Education Officer at Phoenix Dance Theatre where she delivered a wide range of community and education programmes. Sam joined Company Chameleon in 2017 in the role of Learning & Participation Manager.
Amber graduated from London Studio Centre in 2016 with a first-class degree in Theatre Dance and has since completed her PGCE (14+) in FE Education. In 2017 Amber was appointed as The Lowry’s Dance Ambassador and worked alongside the Learning & Engagement team promoting the North West’s youth dance provision. Amber now works as an Outreach Facilitator for the North West Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) scheme and performs regularly as a freelance dance artist. Amber joined Company Chameleon in July 2018 as Dance Development Artist, developing Manchester’s regional dance activity.
Nicola’s approach combines strategic and creative thinking with over 15 years’ marketing and communications experience in arts and culture. Since setting up her own consultancy in 2008, she’s worked with a range of clients, including Manchester City Council, on cultural events programme, Library Live, campaign marketing, audience development and recruitment for Community Arts North West, and brand and strategy development for Brighter Sound. She leads brand development workshops across sectors, helping organisations to define their proposition and strengthen overall strategy. Nicola is also a primary school governor and within this role leads on governor skills and development.
Bethan graduated from Leeds Beckett University in 2016 with a 2:1 degree in Contemporary Dance. After working freelance as a producer, performer and workshop facilitator in the year after graduating, she began her MA studies in Arts Management, Policy and Practice at The University of Manchester and graduated in December 2018. Bethan joined Stainsby Arts Festival as a trustee in 2020.
When you meet Clare one of the first things you will notice is her sunny disposition, smiley welcome and enthusiasm for making dance happen. Graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University in the early 90’s with a Creative Arts degree, she joined Dance Manchester in 1995 as Company Administrator whilst also working as a freelance teacher in contemporary dance. Changing roles in 2008 to project co-ordinator, Clare has worked in the dance sector now for almost a quarter of a century, working with and alongside Greater Manchester communities, schools, professional and emerging artists and cultural organisations.
Gemma began her career with Scottish Dance Theatre in 2002 under the direction of Janet Smith. She joined Rambert in 2006, where her many highlights included the role of Mother (Christopher Bruce’s Hush) and Blanche Du Bois (Javier De Frutos’s Elysian Fields).
In October 2012 Gemma toured the USA with the Russell Maliphant Company and went on to join Company Chameleon, where she has worked as performer, choreographer and rehearsal director. She was a guest artist with Mad Dogs Dance Theatre in 2013, and in April 2014 performed with HeadSpaceDance, working with Johan Inger and acclaimed Theatre Director Matthew Dunster. In January 2017 Gemma was a guest dancer for the Royal Ballet performing in Les Enfant Terribles directed by Javier De Frutos.
Gemma is a founding member of both Goddard Nixon (an acclaimed choreographic collaboration with Jonathan Goddard) and of New Movement Collective (nominated as Best Independent Company at the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards 2013).
Sara Marques, began her contact with Contemporary Dance at the Balleteatro Professional School in Porto, where she concluded her course in 2014. She later joined the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (Leeds) where she graduated as a Professional Contemporary Dance Performer in June (2017) with a 1st class BPA (Hons) degree. During her time in Leeds, she had the fortuity of performing with Kassichana O.- Jameson in the contemporary finals of BBC Young Dancers 2015, worked with Gracefool Collective, Hannes Langolf (DV8), Kerry Nicholl,, among others. Over this past year she has worked in the role of apprentice with Company Chameleon through NSCD’s Postgraduate Apprenticeship Scheme. Later as Chameleon Associate Artist , Sara had the opportunity to perform in a number of site-specific, outdoor and indoor settings nationally and internationally, worked with Navala Chaudari, representing Company Chameleon in Sweden where had worked along with Norrdans ( Sweden), Thomas Noone Dance ( Spain) and Spelbound (Italy). A longside, Sara is been working with Jamaal Burmark in Birmmingahm in his new project “Extendeplay” , developing and performing “[IRMÃ]” a co-creation with Alice Bonazzi at DepfordX Fringe Festival, Resolutions19 and in CIDADE+CORPO in Porto, Portugal in 2019.
Originally from Bologna, Italy, Alice began dancing at the age of six at Mousike’ Dance Centre. In 2014 Alice moved to the UK to study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, graduating in 2017 with a First-Class Honours degree in Contemporary Dance. During her time at Laban, Alice worked with Zoi Dimitriou, Fernanda Prata, Maciej Kuzminski and she performed in works by Maxine Doyle, Matthew Bourne and Bawren Tavaziva. In 2017, Alice joined Company Chameleon as an apprentice through Northern School of Contemporary Dance’s Postgraduate Apprenticeship Scheme. In 2018 Alice took part in the UK tour of “Modern Warrior” by Rosie Kay Dance Company and “Pedalling The Tracks” by MOTUS. Together with Sara Marques she’s currently developing her first choreographic work IRMÃ, which premiered at Deptford Fringe Festival and will be performed at Resolution2019 in London and at CORPO+CIDADE Festival in Porto (Portugal).
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Wow, what a brilliant Autumn UK Tour of 10! We’ve enjoyed every minute and can’t believe it’s over!
It’s been amazing to receive such wonderful comments, thank you to everyone for their feedback.