state theta galleries
state theta galleries
state theta galleries

Centre for the Development of Movement, Health and the Arts in East Lothian

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Movement Training, Choreography and Performance

1977-80 University of London. Diploma in Dance and Theatre Arts.

1980-82 The Place - London School of Contemporary Dance

1980-90 Freelance Performer and Choreographer with dance theatre companies.

1982 Began studying at the British School of T’ai-Chi Chuan in London and continued this study with various teachers in Hong Kong, mainland China and Taiwan between 1987-89.

1982 - present Open dance classes in:

  • Contact improvisation
  • Release
  • Contemporary technique
  • Ballet

1985 - present Hatha Yoga. London and Scotland.

1986 Butoh Dance. Japan, France, U.K. (Kaso Ohno, Ko Murobushi, Mintanata Bodyweather)

1987 Was awarded an Arts Council training bursary to study T’ai-Chi Chuan and its relationship to dance.

1990 Founded State Theta, Collaborative Arts Performance Company as a development of research into T’ai-Chi Chuan and dance.

1993-95 Studied at the Fellside Alexander School in Cumbria on a one year developmental course and subsequently went on to do the first year of a three year teacher training course in the Alexander technique.
Whilst attending the school, taught Movement Shiatsu and its relationship to the Alexander Technique as part of the teacher training programme.

1996-97 Studied with Indonesian Dance masters, Ben Suharto and Suprapto Suryodarmo, in Healing Movement and Amerta Movement.

1999-2002 Body-Mind Centering in the US with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. Berkeley, California and Amherst, Massachusetts
Certified Practitioner Programme:

  • The Skeletal and Organ Systems
  • Developmental Patterns and Primitive Reflexes
  • The Ligamentous and Fluid Systems
  • The Nervous and Endocrine Systems
  • Studying Movement through the first year of life

1999 Awarded Scottish Arts Council Choreographic Development Award.
Performance Teetering on the Edge of Stillness an enquiry into the emergence of cellular life and death based on BodyMind Centering work.

2000 Expressive Arts Therapy and Education.
Anna Halprin - The Tamalpa Institute. USA.

2001 Level 1 training at The Tamalpa Institute, California.
(Scottish Arts Council Training Bursary)

2001 Scoring and Movement Ritual with Anna Halprin. California.

2001-2008 Expressive Arts Therapy and Education at The Tamalpa Institute in California with Anna Halprin

2001 Awarded Certificate of Completion of Level 1 Full Immersion Programme from the Tamalpa Institute

2003 Authentic Movement with Zoe Avstreih. The Naropa Institute, Boulder, Colorado.

2003 Attended the 25th Anniversary Conference for The Life Art Process. California.

2003 Began studying various styles of yoga in particular the work of Vanda Scaravelli

2003 European Contact Improvisation Teacher’s Conference. Findhorn, Scotland.

2003 Studied Authentic Movement with Zoe Avstreih at The Naropa Institute, Boulder, Colorado

2004 Attended and performed at ECITE conference in Greece with choreographer and director
Dieter Heitkamp from the Gotethe Insititute in Berlin.

2004 Attended BodySurf Scotland New Year event. A contact improvisation and 5 rhythms retreat.

2004 Scottish Arts Council bursary to attend Advanced Workshop lead by Daria Halprin in Hawaii.
Assistant to Daria in public workshops.

2005 Attended advanced workshop in the Life Art Work in Switzerland. Led by Daria Halprin

2006 Began working on creating a dedicated space for Movement and The Healing Arts in East Lothian.

2006-2008 awarded certificate of completion Teacher Training Programme in Movement based Expressive Arts and Therapy, Tamalpa Institute, California

2008 Qualified in Pilates matwork with the Pilates Foundation UK

2008 Audicia began studying with various Scaravelli inspired Yoga teachers eg. Diane Long, Sophie Hoare, Christine Borg, Mooie Scott and Louise Simmons.

2009 Certificate of completion: 120 hours Yoga training with Marc Woolford (Scaravelli approach)

2010 Certificate of completion: Facilitators workshop in the presentation of the Planetary Dance run by Anna Halprin CA

2010 - present. Facilitated Planetary Dance events both at home and abroad.

2010 Healing Movement and Amerta Movement with Suprapto Suryodarmo.

2011 Began collaboration with the Rev Di Williams MBE in contemplative and creative practice - Scotland

2011 Official documenter for the 2nd Planetary Dance Facilitators workhop - USA

2012 Assistant to Anna Halprin at Mountain Home Studio, summer programme - USA

2012 Studied with Sandra Reeve - Move into Life - UK

2012 Awarded Creative Scotland bursary to attend Evocative Leadership Mastery Programme in New Mexico

2012 Invited to become assistant director and core faculity for Tamalpa UK

2013 Co-director of Tamalpa UK and hosted Level 1 Training at State Theta Galleries.

2013 Teacher training with The Aquaviva Yoga School in Scaravelli Yoga

T’ai-Chi Chuan and Chi Gung Training

1982 - 1990 Trained at the British School of T’ai-Chi Chuan under the direction of John Kells
studying Yang style short and long forms, left and right plus Darlou and Energy work.

1984 - 1986 WuTan school of T’ai-Chi Chua , Scotland under the direction of Sifu Ian Cameron.
Wu style square and round forms.

1986 Received bursary from Scottish Arts Council to study T’ai-Chi Chuan and its
relationship to dance.

1986 WuTan T’ai-Chi Chuan. Hong Kong and mainland China under the direction of
Sifu Cheng Tin-Hung.
Studied weapon forms, straight sword and sabre.

1988 Yunnan Provence, mainland China. Dual T’ai-Chi Chuan and Chi Gung.
Grand Uncle Master Yang.

1990 - present Various forms of Chi Gung from visiting specialists including Zen Jing in both
the UK and USA.

2011 Inner Alchemy Chi Gung with Dr Bisong Guo

2013 Taiji Qijong with Master Zhongxian Wu


Professional Dance Work

State Theta Productions:

  • 1989-90; The Transformations Project
  • 1990; Just Beyond - Collaboration with Batik Artist, Jill Denton. Performance based on Creation and Evolution
  • 1990; Daucus carota - Collaboration with writer Tom McGrath. Based on Celtic mythology.
  • 1990; Reply - Collaboration with actor John Cobb. Based on the film ‘The Heart of the World’
  • 1992-93; The Quartz Cycle - Collaboration with geologist Dr. Graham Durrant. Directed by David Glass. Based on the geology of Scotland
  • 1994; The Pilgrimage - Audio-visual installation. Tain, Ross-shire.
  • 1995; Gold - Collaboration with Designer Dorinda Johnson and Gaelic writer DW Stuibhart. Directed by Pete Purdey. Based on the Kogi people of Colombia in collaboration with BBC documenter Alan Ereira.
  • 2002; Presentation - Video retrospective of the work of State Theta. California.

Other Companies worked with:

  • 1981-83; Media Arts Group - London
  • 1983-86; Axis Dance Company - Scotland (co-directed)
  • 1985-87; Catalyst Theatre Company - Scotland
  • 1986-88; Tom Yang Company - Scotland, China, Taiwan
  • 1989-91; Rosemary Butcher Dance - London
  • 1989; David Glass Mime Ensemble - London
  • 1989-present; State Theta - Scotland (co-founded)
  • 1990; Theatre Workshop Company - Scotland
  • 1993; Royal Lyceum Theatre Company - Scotland
  • 1994; Scottish Early Music Consort - Scotland
  • 1995-97; Group N - Scotland and England
  • 1996; Sara Porter - Scotland
  • 2002; Leah Stein - Scotland
  • 2004; Deiter Heitkamp - Greece
  • 2005; Mirav - Scotland

Choreographies and solos:

  • 1982; Animals - London
  • 1983; Passing - London School of Contemporary Dance (Commission)
  • 1983; The Floating Point - Scotland
  • 1984; Lumina - Scotland
  • 1985; Fire Dance - Scotland
  • 1986; Air - Scotland
  • 1987; The Bear and the Unicorn - Taiwan
  • 1988; St. Abbs - London
  • 1988; Shifts - London
  • 1989; Transformations - London
  • 1990; Just Beyond - Scotland
  • 1991; Reply - Scotland
  • 1991; Flute Solos 1 - England, Ireland
  • 1992; The Quartz Cycle - Scotland, Wales (Scottish Arts Council Funded)
  • 1993; Flute Solos 3 - England
  • 1995; Gold - Scotland, Wales (Scottish Arts Council Funded)
  • 1996-98; Dedicated Solos - Scotland.(Dedicated to Ben Suharto)
  • 1999; Teetering on the edge of Stillness - Scotland (Scottish Arts Council Funded)
  • 2002; Ancestors - USA
  • 2004; Voices - Greece

Choreographic Collaborations:

  • 1983; Forms of Recreation - Axis Dance Company, Scotland
  • 1983; Faces and Hands-Axis Dance Company, Scotland
  • 1984; Shaping Light - Axis Dance Company, Scotland
  • 1985; The Creation - Catalyst Theatre Company, Scotland
  • 1985; Chromosome-Catalyst Theatre Company, Scotland
  • 1985; The Lighthouse - Axis Dance Co. Lindsay John, Tom Yang
  • 1986; Trigon - Axis Dance Co. Tom Yang
  • 1986; View From Here - Axis Dance Co. Tour of Scotland
  • 1986; Egyptian Landscapes-Catalyst Theatre Co
  • 1986; Kuoga - Catalyst Theatre Co.
  • 1986; Dance for Africa - Catalyst Theatre Co.
  • 1986; Why I Chose Red - Sam Ainsley, Lindsay John, Scottish TV
  • 1987; Black Wings - Tom Yang Co. Scotland, China
  • 1987; Making Faces - Tom Yang, Tom McGrath. Scotland
  • 1987; Raj a Jar - Tom Yang Co. Scotland, China
  • 1987; The Faerie Points The Way - Tom Yang Co. Taiwan
  • 1988; Holding Up - John Bradley(painter) & Julia Clark(dancer) London
  • 1988; The Tortoise, the Snail and the Toadstool - Tom Yang Co. London
  • 1988; Desiderata - Tom Yang Co. London
  • 1988; Landscapes - Richard Cherns and Derek Houghton (musicians) Scotland
  • 1988; Three Free and Thunder - Derek Houghton(musician) London, Warwick
  • 1989; For Our Great Grandmother and Great Grandfather - Derek Houghton (musician). Scotland