Charlotte Darbyshire

Photography: Camilla Greenwell

Charlotte Darbyshire is a British independent dance artist. She works as a choreographer and director of live performance and dance for camera. She is also an experienced performer, educator, facilitator and movement therapist.

Charlotte was a founder member of Candoco Dance Company, performing and teaching internationally with them for 10 years. This inspired her on-going practice and research into inclusive and creative approaches to dance practice for disabled and non-disabled people, trained and untrained dancers. Independently, Charlotte has led integrated projects in UK, Colombia, Croatia, Bangladesh and Sweden and led related teacher-training workshops and lectures.

As a performer, Charlotte has worked for Ricochet Dance Productions, Carol Brown, Aletta Collins, Company Q, Company Pyke and Dog Kennel Hill Project. She was recently invited by Deborah Hay to be part of her choreographic research in Findhorn and is now engaged in a daily performance practice of Hay’s solo ‘At Once’.

Charlotte was a Dance Lecturer at Trinity Laban and London School of Contemporary Dance (2000 – 2011). Her teaching included: Experiential Anatomy into Contemporary Technique, Choreography, Performance and Teaching Practice.

She now lives in Northern France where she co-runs La Traversée, an initiative for interdisciplinary arts practice, research and performance, with composer Jules Maxwell, painter Pippa Darbyshire, actor and film maker Tony Wadham and choreographer Henrietta Hale (co-director of Dog Kennel Hill Project). Together they run regular performance events, artist residencies and movement workshops. Charlotte also runs a private practice involving Integrated Bodywork and Movement Therapy and can concentrate on developing her choreography for camera. Her first short film ‘Taut’ was commissioned by Channel 4 and won the New Filmmaker Award at The Place in 2001. She was Assistant Choreographer on Alison Murray’s feature film, ‘Mouth to Mouth’ 2005 and recently directed ‘the lily the rose’ featuring Candoco associate artists Welly O’Brien and Kate Marsh.