We might be a small team but we make a big impact. Bringing skills from a variety of industries and backgrounds, the Staff and Board at Candoco is a devoted group of individuals committed to making excellent productions and learning experiences. The team is dedicated to exceeding the expectations of our audiences and participants and providing a safe and comfortable environment in which our dancers and artists can work.
Staff & Board
Candoco is the sum of many parts. The individuals that make up our Staff and Board are essential to ensure the smooth running of the company.
Sophie joins Candoco as Rehearsal Director in 2022. As a Performer, Maker and Facilitator Sophie has worked across the Contemporary Dance scene for many years. She has a developed teaching and artistic practice bringing Creative Contemporary Dance to all, drawing upon Improvisational and Compositional approaches, Somatic techniques, Internal Martial Arts and an ever present outdoors practice. She became a mother in 2021.
Head of Finance
Liz has a background in dance and has worked in a variety of roles and companies. For Candoco, she manages all aspects of the company’s financial responsibilities and, together with the Executive team, ensures the financial sustainability of the company.
Charlotte Darbyshire is an independent artist with over 25 years’ experience of working in contemporary dance and specifically in somatic and inclusive practices as a performer, maker, teacher and director of two award-winning films.
Deputy General Manager
Angie joined the team in early 2020. Her role has developed to include responsibility for Candoco’s Operations and Office Management, as well as providing support for our Comms team & Head of Finance. Contact Angie for general enquiries.
Director of Youth Dance Programme
Kimberley Harvey is a performer, choreographer and teacher. She has been a Candoco Artist since 2010 which has involved working as a teacher and a dancer, such as performing at the London 2012 Paralympic Closing Ceremony. Kimberley's relationship with Candoco began in 2000 as a founding member of the youth company, formerly known as Cando2.
Kat is a PhD researcher at C-DaRE, partnered with Candoco Dance Company to look at the role of an understudy in inclusive dance. Funded by M4C.
Learning Artist Producer
Jennifer is an award-winning choreographer, performer, producer and director working internationally across mass movement, commercial, theatre and socially engaged projects. She was a Candoco Associate Artist from 2005 - 2016 and brings this experience to her role as Learning Artist-Producer. She is responsible for the practical delivery of learning and artist development, and works in partnership with organizations around the globe to create a range of exciting projects.
Robert is a communications consultant specialising in dance. With over 13 years’ experience, he has worked with some of the world’s leading arts and cultural organisations. He is temporarily covering the role of communications with Lucy White.
Georgia joined Candoco in 2018 and as Producer develops Candoco’s programme of work for the main company and the smaller works programme, including touring activity. Georgia previously worked in the Sadler’s Wells Producing and Touring team.
Georgia joined Candoco in 2022 and has a background in dance. She has an MA in Dance Producing and Management and her role within the company is to assist both the Producing and Learning teams with the administration and coordination of their programmes and activities.
Barak adé Soleil
Embodied Thinker in Residence
Barak adé Soleil (they + he) is an award-winning artist and thinker who has been working within the global contemporary scene since 1991. Barak's creative practice speaks to the expanse of performativity and the labour of the Black body; utilising techniques drawn from the expanse of the African diaspora, queerness, disability culture, access aesthetics and postmodernism.
Lucy is an arts marketing specialist with nearly 20 years experience in the industry. A large amount of that time was spent at Sadler's Wells where she led the marketing for the venue's in house productions. She is temporarily covering the role of communications with Robert James.
Nelson Abbey joined the Board of Trustees in 2018. He is a media executive and writer based in London.
Henrietta joined the Candoco board in 2019. She is also a trustee of the John Laing Pension Fund and a director of Raven Housing Trust. She is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser.
Stephen Lightbown is a senior leader with significant experience in director level communications roles in the NHS.
Shivanti Lowton is an academic at Kingston University and has held various leadership roles in dance education. She is an enthusiastic supporter of community dance and is dedicated to the Widening Participation Agenda for Arts Education in the UK.
Kez is the Commissioning Editor for 7-12s non-scripted content in the BBC’s Children’s department. She has been committed to working with children and young people through the Arts for over 30 years. She is responsible for some of the BBC’s most successful factual brands for young people including the multi award-winning My Life documentary series and the BAFTA-winning Operation Ouch!
Vicky Malin is a disabled independent artist based in Brighton. She trained and performed with Candoco from 2008-2013. Vicky creates work, collaborates with other artists and facilitates workshops internationally. She is currently touring the piece Thank You Very Much by Claire Cunningham.
Charlotte was appointed as a trustee of Candoco in 2018. She has a legal background, and is currently a professor in the Centre for Dance Research at Coventry University. Her work as trustee includes helping the executive office holders think through the approach of Candoco to intellectual property in its relations with third parties.