I have worked as Creative Producer and high level Project/Company Manager in the arts for over 15 years and have partnered with some of the UK’s most successful and highly acclaimed contemporary dance artists/chorographers to produce multi-award winning shows and accompanying education programmes. I work closely with artists to create and tour dance work internationally, supporting their long term visions and enabling rapid and remarkable career progress.
I've also delivered an extensive amount of fundraising/organisational development consulting work and partnered on successful funding bids with organisations such as: Avant Guard Dance-on “Elevate” during the creation of the brilliant Fagin’s Twist and Gravity and Levity on the European Aerial Dance Festivals. Over the course of my career I've secured circa to GBP £2, 000,000 (approx USD $2,500,00) for arts projects and programmes.
Alongside the producing and consulting work, I offer coaching and mentoring for artists to support their career development. Please contact me for more infomation on coaching and mentoring packages.
I'm passionate about creating work with authenticity, heart, humour and beauty; work which asks audiences and partcipants to reflect on our shared human experience. I am motivated by the transformative power that dance can have and how the arts can unite us, bringing increased depth and meaning to our lives.
Below you can see the trailers, press reviews and awards for some of the shows I have worked on:
Juliet and Romeo - LOST DOG DANCE
Producer on this humerous and heart-full show alongside amazing performer/director/ choreographer Ben Duke.
Currently nominated for three 2019 UK Dance Critic's Awards including Best Independent Dance Company.
Included in The Guardian's top 10 dance shows for 2018.
Pure pleasure. Smart, subversive and sexy ★★★★★ The Guardian
Superb. Devastating realism and dark humour ★★★★★ The Stage
Insightful, funny and rich. Smoulders with equal parts lust and loathing. ★★★★ Time Out
Squirmingly funny and no less heartbreaking'★★★★ The Times
Glorious. Full of warmth and intimacy ★★★★ The Independent
Paradise Lost (lies unopened besides me) from LOST DOG DANCE
Producer for Log Dog leading on touring this multi-award winning show which premiered in 2015. It has been peformed over 115 times across numerous countries.
Winner of the 2017 RTDI Award for the "most innovative and inspirational show."
Nominated for the 2016 Sky Academy Arts Award for dance.
Winner of the 2016 National Dance Critics Award for Outstanding Male Performance.
A virtuoso tour de force ★★★★★ The Stage
Achieves great things ★★★★★ The Observer
Brilliant dance theatre ★★★★★ The List
The comedy is divine, but the images of love and loss are achingly human ★★★★★ The Independent
A piece that transcends reality…it was a magical theatrical experience and I can only urge that you go and see it for yourself ★★★★★ Left Lion
Motherland from VINCENT DANCE THEATRE
General Manager running all aspects of this female-led dance company.
Delivers moments of extraordinary intimacy reminiscent of the late Pina Bausch -The Guardian
Slick and stylish dance theatre… gritty, gutsy humour -London Dance
Admirably uncompromising -The Times
Its power is that it is born not of hot-housed theory but of lived experience. It comes from the heart - The Observer
During my time at VDT I also worked on "The Table" -a public resource for nurturing dialogue and nourishing exchange between established female artists across disciplines.
Yesterday from JASMIN VARDIMON COMPANY
Company Manager -taking this highly sucessful company from being a small grant funded organisation to being a UK Arts Council- National Portfolio Organisation.
Beautiful. A deft theatrical touch -The Observer
Oozing with originality and invention’ London Dance\
The hard-hitting, attention-grabbing combination of anarchic energy pins us to our seats- The Guardian
They are virtuosi of contemporary physical dance, and whereas some do it pretty well, Jasmin Vardimon Company do it to perfection- Manchester Evening News
Yesterday restores your faith in dance as it stands out from the pack. Beautifully rendered and the effect is utterly mesmerising- Whatsonstage
Justitia from JASMIN VARDIMON COMPANY
Company Manager -taking this highly sucessful company from being a small grant funded organistion to being a UK Arts Council- National Portfolio Organisation.
‘Looks terrific – stylishly designed, vividly played’
‘Powerful choreography with that rare commodity – genuine theatrical appeal’- THE STAGE
‘Visual poetry… Every one of Vardimon’s dancers is tremendous’
‘A riveting piece of dance theatre. Vardimon has some killer moves and a cast to die for- METRO
‘Vardimon’s dancers are athletic and heartfelt, distinctive in movement and characterisation’- INDEPENDENT
I've also worked extensively with
Eleesha Drennan Dance on Channel Rose
Joanna Henderson on Motherhood (un)speakable (un)spoken
"Tess, thank you for all you've done for Lost Dog. Thank you for taking us from a small scale co, to a thriving independent company, even in a really tough climate. ..." Lost Dog dance