Rachel  Johnson

Rachel Johnson

Choreographer/ Videographer/ Editor. Director of company Experiential

London

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I am a freelance choreographer, film artist, and director of Experiential Dance based in London. I am interested in mixed-media art forms, immersive and participatory performance, and working collaboratively.

I understand dance to be movement and so question why dance viewing is traditionally passive? I desire to give audience members an active role- to give them ‘the freedom to wander, share in and experience the performance physically and emotionally rather than just visually.’ I founded Experiential to give audiences opportunities to not only see dance but to fully and personally experience it.

Experiential’s production ‘Bridging the Void’ toured nationally in 2015 through Arts Council funding and due to its success will be re-touring in Spring 2016. Film is a big part of my work and I have had film work commissioned by Pure Arts. Film has an unlimited capacity to provide new angles and perspectives on the physical relationship between the body and its environment.

I love the challenge of creating work for unusual spaces and different contexts. This includes: installations, theatre performances, film screenings and site-specific work. Previous work has been presented at the National Gallery, Vibe Gallery, Brighton Festival, Trinity Laban Cottage, Pure Arts Gallery, St Mary’s Church, Battle.

Working collaboratively is extremely important to me. I am very keen to develop ideas that can be strengthened and advanced through the expertise of many different people. I have previously worked with designers, musicians, architects, cinematographer’s psychologists and digital programmers.

Meeting new people, starting creative chats, and sharing and receiving advice are the best accompaniments to a tea break. Feel free to get in touch.

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I am a freelance choreographer, film artist, and director of Experiential Dance based in London. I am interested in mixed-media art forms, immersive and participatory performance, and working collaboratively.

I understand dance to be movement and so question why dance viewing is traditionally passive? I desire to give audience members an active role- to give them ‘the freedom to wander, share in and experience the performance physically and emotionally rather than just visually.’ I founded Experiential to give audiences opportunities to not only see dance but to fully and personally experience it.

Experiential’s production ‘Bridging the Void’ toured nationally in 2015 through Arts Council funding and due to its success will be re-touring in Spring 2016. Film is a big part of my work and I have had film work commissioned by Pure Arts. Film has an unlimited capacity to provide new angles and perspectives on the physical relationship between the body and its environment.

I love the challenge of creating work for unusual spaces and different contexts. This includes: installations, theatre performances, film screenings and site-specific work. Previous work has been presented at the National Gallery, Vibe Gallery, Brighton Festival, Trinity Laban Cottage, Pure Arts Gallery, St Mary’s Church, Battle.

Working collaboratively is extremely important to me. I am very keen to develop ideas that can be strengthened and advanced through the expertise of many different people. I have previously worked with designers, musicians, architects, cinematographer’s psychologists and digital programmers.

Meeting new people, starting creative chats, and sharing and receiving advice are the best accompaniments to a tea break. Feel free to get in touch.

Career stage
Senior
Industries
Dance, Digital, Film, Performing Arts, Visual Arts
My skills
choreography, Final Cut Pro, Management, Video Editing, Contemporary Dance, Digital Film, Producing
Job Roles
Camera Operator, Creative Director, Editor, Choreographer, Creative, Dance Teacher, Managing, Website Designer

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Work history

Jul 2014 - Present

Associate Artist
Pure Arts

Jan 2014 - Present

Director, Choreographer & Film Artist
Experiential

Aug 2013 - Aug 2013

Research Assistant
Welcome Collection Exhibition: ‘Thinking with the Body: Mind and movement in the work of Wayne McGregor/ Random Dance

Jan 2012 - Apr 2012

Assistant Dance Teacher
Dame Allan's School Newcastle Upon Tyne

Education

Sep 2013 - Oct 2014

Choreography - Ma
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance

Sep 2008 - Jul 2011

Dance - 1st Class Ba Hons
De Montfort University, Leicester

Sep 2007 - Jul 2008

Contemporary Dance - Foundation
Newcastle College

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Photography, International Relations, Journalism

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