Thea Stanton

Thea Stanton

Choreographer and Movement Artist

London/ Chichester

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My name is Thea Stanton, and I’m a South-American born British choreographer. If I had to chose one word to describe my work, it would be 'connection'.

I am enjoy creating performances that use choreography and theatre imaginatively to engage both audiences and performers with both conventional or unusual settings, and create shared active experiences.

Drawn to both psychological and historical subjects my work tells stories about what it is to feel human, vulnerable and complex –and encourage performers and viewers alike to forge connections with each other and within themselves. Creating and immersive experience begins with work in the dance studio, and carries right through to all elements of the performance, from location to to the tickets, to leading the audience in and out of the space.

My movement style is a patchwork of influence from my varied educational background and interests from rigorous classical dance forms to more explorative somatic and contemporary practices, juxtaposing lyrical bright lines with more chaotic moments of contact and quirky physical theatre.

I completed a Masters in Choreography as a Scholar at Trinity Laban, graduating with Merit in 2013. I have previously choreographed works for the Place, The Bridewell Theatre, Lanterns Studio Theatre, TripSpace, The Royal Academy of Arts, Asylum, Edinburgh Fringe, and contributed to Big Dance (Trafalgar Square) 2012.

I have collaborated collectives Bastard Assignments, Ensemble Lumiere, as well as founding my own successful cross arts venture, Spun Through Shadows. I have also had extensive experience project managing events at venues such as the Southbank Centre, The Horniman Museum and Gardens, The Barbican Centre and the arts festival, ‘Spontaneous Combustion. Most recently I have been invited to lecture on immersion, the body and cross arts collaboration at Goldsmiths, Trinity Laban and Arts University Bournemouth.

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Thea is an incredibly insightful, curious and dedicated choreographer and theatre practitioner. It was a great pleasure and inspiration working with Thea throughout an intensive 9-month collaborative project, in which I felt both greatly challenged and completely supported by her tireless energies and bold approaches to her choreographic practice throughout our large-scale cross-arts project, Spun Through Shadows.

Where her dance work succeeds most is in keeping faithful roots in contemporary and traditional dance languages, whilst posing challenging questions about space, human connections, and the ever-evolving relationship between the audience and performer. These were elements of performance and production I had not thought about before working with Thea! I was able to watch her rehearse and choreograph in the studio over the duration of our project. this gave me the chance to observe a movement director who at once creates emotionally stirring and lyrical movement whilst taking a patient and energetic approach to whatever nuber of performers she works with.

As a collaborator, Thea has the rare gift of being able to work deeply within the world of contemporary dance, whilst taking a learned and bold approach to any and all theatrical demands of a large-scale collaborative performance. Thanks to her, I learnt a huge amount about both my own developing artistic language and the languages of dance, theatre and cross-arts. I am incredibly grateful for being able to work with Thea, and highly recommend her as both a collaborator and consultant in any artistic project!

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My name is Thea Stanton, and I’m a South-American born British choreographer. If I had to chose one word to describe my work, it would be 'connection'.

I am enjoy creating performances that use choreography and theatre imaginatively to engage both audiences and performers with both conventional or unusual settings, and create shared active experiences.

Drawn to both psychological and historical subjects my work tells stories about what it is to feel human, vulnerable and complex –and encourage performers and viewers alike to forge connections with each other and within themselves. Creating and immersive experience begins with work in the dance studio, and carries right through to all elements of the performance, from location to to the tickets, to leading the audience in and out of the space.

My movement style is a patchwork of influence from my varied educational background and interests from rigorous classical dance forms to more explorative somatic and contemporary practices, juxtaposing lyrical bright lines with more chaotic moments of contact and quirky physical theatre.

I completed a Masters in Choreography as a Scholar at Trinity Laban, graduating with Merit in 2013. I have previously choreographed works for the Place, The Bridewell Theatre, Lanterns Studio Theatre, TripSpace, The Royal Academy of Arts, Asylum, Edinburgh Fringe, and contributed to Big Dance (Trafalgar Square) 2012.

I have collaborated collectives Bastard Assignments, Ensemble Lumiere, as well as founding my own successful cross arts venture, Spun Through Shadows. I have also had extensive experience project managing events at venues such as the Southbank Centre, The Horniman Museum and Gardens, The Barbican Centre and the arts festival, ‘Spontaneous Combustion. Most recently I have been invited to lecture on immersion, the body and cross arts collaboration at Goldsmiths, Trinity Laban and Arts University Bournemouth.

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Performing Arts, Visual Arts
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choreography, cinematography, Contemporary Dance, Curating, dance, direction, lecturing, mentoring, movement direction, Producing, Project Management, teaching

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Thea is an incredibly insightful, curious and dedicated choreographer and theatre practitioner. It was a great pleasure and inspiration working with Thea throughout an intensive 9-month collaborative project, in which I felt both greatly challenged and completely supported by her tireless energies and bold approaches to her choreographic practice throughout our large-scale cross-arts project, Spun Through Shadows.

Where her dance work succeeds most is in keeping faithful roots in contemporary and traditional dance languages, whilst posing challenging questions about space, human connections, and the ever-evolving relationship between the audience and performer. These were elements of performance and production I had not thought about before working with Thea! I was able to watch her rehearse and choreograph in the studio over the duration of our project. this gave me the chance to observe a movement director who at once creates emotionally stirring and lyrical movement whilst taking a patient and energetic approach to whatever nuber of performers she works with.

As a collaborator, Thea has the rare gift of being able to work deeply within the world of contemporary dance, whilst taking a learned and bold approach to any and all theatrical demands of a large-scale collaborative performance. Thanks to her, I learnt a huge amount about both my own developing artistic language and the languages of dance, theatre and cross-arts. I am incredibly grateful for being able to work with Thea, and highly recommend her as both a collaborator and consultant in any artistic project!