Flora Wellesley Wesley
Flora is a dance artist and actor who has worked with a variety of choreographers, directors and visual artists besides independently and collaboratively producing her own work. Freelance performance projects include: dancing for choreographers Simonetta Alessandri, Seke Chimutengwende, Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome, Eva Recacha, Robbie Synge, and companies immigrants and animals and REQUARDT&ROSENBERG; working with visual artists William Hunt, Ed Fornieles, Eddie Peake, Grace Schwindt and Tino Seghal; and collaborating on research projects led by performance maker Guy Dartnell and theatre director Rebecca McCutcheon. Flora studied at undergraduate and postgraduate level at London Contemporary Dance School, where she completed her MA in Performance. Her thesis explores the opportunities for agency created within the creative process of Mr. Lawrence (2011), a multi-modal performance work directed by Seke Chimutengwende. A multidisciplinary educational experience on an exchange at California Institute of the Arts in 2008, studying subjects from film to performing objects and acting to dance for camera, stoked her interest in the scope of performance making. She acquired an appetite for experimentation and enjoys challenging herself as a performer across different forms and contexts. Flora is a co-founder of Hiru Dance OrganisationHiru Dance (The Public House 2011/12, The Cave 2011, Lazy Susan 2011) and directed and performed with Trumpet Creepers improvisation ensemble from 2008-12. In 2013, Flora was a resident artist at The Albert, a meanwhile arts space in Queen's Park, alongside fellow Hiru members. There, she developed a solo improvisation in performance practice anchored around a title, Sorbet du Soir, a costume, and a social, dialogical practice. She also led a weekly hybrid netball and dance club in the gymnasium. This year, Flora embarked on Nora, a dancer-led project conceived with collaborator Eleanor Sikorski, inviting Liz Aggiss (UK), Simon Tanguy (FR), and Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion (UK) to make new works for stage for them to perform from November 2015 onwards. She also recently spent two weeks in the studio with visual artist Kira O'Reilly as part of Prologue, a research lab produced by PanicLab. In May, she will start rehearsals for King Arthur, a new dance piece by Seke Chimutengwende for NOW '15 Festival.