Bethan is a London based dance artist and choreographer who has been working across the community, professional and educational dance sectors for the past ten years. Within her practice Bethan explores energetic Contemporary dance styles, social dance forms, choreographic site work and cross arts collaboration. Bethan is currently the Lead Tutor for the Postgraduate Diploma Community Dance at Trinity Laban, where she lectures and mentors emerging/developing community dance artists. Alongside this, she delivers a range of regular classes and projects as an independent dance artist. Bethan often delivers work for organisations including Southbank, Greenwich Dance, Arts Odyssey and Royal Museums Greenwich. In recent years, she has become more occupied with taking dance beyond theatres to create numerous cross-arts, site responsive, participatory performance works. The individual narratives and unique physical expression of the dancers she works with is at the core of Bethan’s practice. Through her work Bethan endeavors to challenge the traditional notion of a dance artist, choreographer or facilitator by seeking opportunities that can broaden her approaches to work and blur boundaries between dance, other art forms and fields of knowledge and impact upon social, political and environmental matters.
As a part of the AEP Skills Exchange Beth shared and enabled collective exploration of her recent artistic research into the connections between land and bodily markings. In her own words she explains more of the concepts and process behind this work:
What I have shared at the AEP Skills Exchange is a thread of my personal research that emerged from an expeditionary arts and science residency I undertook earlier this year called The Arctic Circle, through which I spent three weeks in and around the island of Svalbard, located half-way between Norway and the North Pole.