It’s six months since my appointment as Artistic Director of National Dance Company Wales was announced. But today is the day I finally step officially into the new role. It’s not that I haven’t worked with the company in the interim – attending meetings and performances, representing the company at events, getting to work with the dancers a little. But today is when that becomes my full time job – my first ever full time job.
It was important for me to finish my work as Artist in Residence at the Walthamstow Wetlands, important to honour that work as an individual artist and all that it has taught me over the years. I know that what I’ve experienced thanks to the Wetlands will come with me as I begin work in Wales – the interdependence of people and place, of human and non-human, the creation of structures of sanctuary and refuge for all. It will come in my body that has danced on the Wetlands with wind, birds, trains, helicopters, people and jackhammers. I hope I can share that embodied experience with all kinds of people in all kinds of places, sharing from this dancing body to many others that will teach me new things.