Sophie is a freelance curator and arts producer with wide and varied experience in devising, producing and managing contemporary art projects. Sophie has recently joined Tilted as Producer and General Manager.
Board of Directors:
- Co – Chairs – David Steele & Christopher Thomson
David Steele started his career as a dancer and choreographer, then moved into dance education at The Laban Centre, ending his time there as Head of Technique and the Education Unit.
Following the Laban, he was invited to the Ecole Supérieure of the Centre Nationale de Dance Contemporaine in Angers, France as Guest Lecturer in Contemporary dance. David was also with the CNDC as Guest Artist at the Avignon Festival, before being appointed Principal Lecturer in Contemporary Dance at the Conservatoire National Musique et Danse, Lyon. During this period, he was also a member of the visiting faculty at Rosella Hightower School in Cannes, and Rudra Bejart in Lausanne.
In 1993, David was invited to become Director of DanseProjektet, an artistic and educational venture of the Ministry of Culture in Copenhagen. During this time he led the initiative to establish the first State Education in the field, subsequently being appointed as Founding Rector of The Danish National School for Contemporary Dance.
After six years in Denmark, he returned to London and worked for the first time at London Contemporary Dance School, initially appointed as Head of Advanced Performance and Artistic Director of the Graduate Company, then Head of Postgraduate Studies.
In 2006, David returned to France to the CNDC as Director of Studies, where he worked to ensure the awarding of the National Professional Diploma in Dance, and the establishment of a Bachelors Degree in Contemporary Dance (the first in France), followed by a Masters Degree, both in collaboration with Université Paris VIII.
In 2008, he was created a Chevalier dans l’order des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in recognition of his contribution to contemporary dance.
David re-joined London Contemporary Dance School as Assistant Director in 2010, subsequently becoming Vice Principal and Director of Studies. From 2017 to 2018, he was Dean of Dance at Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.
Christoper Thomson read French and linguistics at Edinburgh University before leaving to study speech and drama at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He performed with the Lindsay Kemp Company and with a number of small-scale dance companies, becoming a founding member of Ludus Dance Company in 1975, and Artistic Director of the company from 1983-86. From 1986 to 1991, he directed the Community Dance Diploma course at Trinity Laban.
Chris is former Chair of the Community Dance Foundation and Vice-Chair of Dance UK. He is Co-Chair of the UK’s Dance Programme Board, which draws together national organisations to take a strategic view of dance provision for children and young people.
In 2015, he retired from the post of Director of Creative Teaching and Learning at The Place, where he had worked for over 20 years, leading on education, community and youth programmes, as well as collaborating on projects in health and wellbeing with, among others, stroke survivors and GPs in training.
As part of audience engagement initiatives, he also produced the highly successful animated film series, Planet Dance.
Chris has spoken and taught about community dance in many countries, including Denmark, Switzerland, France, Finland, Italy, Japan and Sweden. Chris will bring to the Tilted Board his deep knowledge of dance in education and community contexts, as well as his experience of governance and arts management.
- Trustee – Amy Bell
Amy Bell is a London-based dance artist whose work embraces performing, making, writing, teaching and curation. Amy’s recent works, The Forecast and TOMBO(Y)LA, use the interplay and slippage between words and body to interrogate processes of change in felt gender and sexual identities with humour, warmth and poetic rigour.
Amy is currently Artist Development Manager at The Place, where she also curates Splayed, a festival of disruptive femininities. She has previously curated Bend It, a queer performance night at Yorkshire Dance and In the Making for Rambert. Amy was a Work Place Associate Artist 2018, a Sadler’s Wells Summer University Artist 2011-2014 and a Choreodrome Europe Artist in 2012. In 2014, she received a Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship Fund bursary to research queer culture and performance in San Francisco in 2014. Amy’s performance work has included theatrical, installation, and site-sensitive works for Tino Sehgal, Lea Anderson, Hussein Chalayan & Damian Jalet, Alessandro Sciarroni, Charlotte Spencer, Chiara Frigo, Marco D’Agostin, and Maresa Von Stockert’s Tilted Productions, amongst others. Previously, together with Valentina Golfieri, she made a series of darkly absurd short duets, and has also created a variety of collaborations, including with live artist Lucy Hutson, and actress Jane Horrocks.
She teaches and lectures widely, facilitating discussions, choreographic workshops, training and creative provocations for dancers and non-dancers across the world. She led Next Choreography; a course for young makers at Siobhan Davies Dance 2016-2018. Amy read English at Cambridge University and trained at London Contemporary Dance School.
- Trustee – Kimberley Harvey
Kimberley Harvey is a freelance dancer, choreographer and teacher. Alongside this, she is also a Candoco Artist, which includes teaching for Candoco Dance Company on a national and international basis.
For the past two years, Kimberley has worked as Dancer-in-Residence for GOSH Arts at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. Now in her ninth year of working professionally in the dance sector, Kimberley’s work as a professional dancer has led her to performing in a variety of settings and venues for stage, outdoor festivals and site-specific work; predominantly in contemporary dance, but also physical theatre.
Kimberley also has her own inclusive contemporary dance company, Subtle Kraft Co., which she formed in 2011 with friend and fellow dance, Anna Bergström. The company’s work centres around relationships in their various forms and with all their complexities. Currently, Subtle Kraft Co. mainly moves between making live performance work and dance for camera. Particular highlights include the creation of On The Tip Of My Tongue, a dance film collaboration between Kimberley and fellow dance artist, Andrew Graham, alongside filmmaker, Anthony Graham. The film was positively received and has been shown in the UK at at international film festivals. Subtle Kraft Co. have also received Arts Council Funding, including for Inky Matter, a solo looking at the value and difficulty of letter writing and the idea that we all have an unwritten letter inside us.
For Subtle Kraft Co., there is always a genuine intrigue around how the audience and the performer encounter one another and what the nature of the meeting could be.