Meet the choreographers: Anna-Lise Marie Hearn

Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform is excited to announce the fourth interview in a series profiling the upcoming choreographers and artists for our third platform, which takes place Tuesday, November 10th at The Galvanisers Union. 

Be the first to hear from the choreographers about their work and thoughts, and get an insight into their process and rehearsals.


Anna-Lise Marie Hearn 409KBAnna-Lise Marie Dance is a contemporary dance company creating collaborative and eclectic works that pioneer and challenge movement, thought and articulation of the body. The work of the company is intricate, strong and physically articulate, and aims to challenge and evoke thought and stir an emotion or reaction in those engaging in the work.

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Meet the Artists: Jonna Tideman

Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform is excited to announce the third interview in a series profiling the upcoming choreographers and artists for our third platform which takes place Tuesday, November 10th at The Galvanisers Union. 

For this interview be the first to hear from one of the two visual artists showcasing work at the platform. 


Jonna Tideman 76KB - Copy Jonna Tideman draws during meetings, on the train, at cafés and at home. Sometimes she just draws in her head and saves it for later. Her work is inspired by people, both strangers and loved ones, feelings, thoughts and other impressions. It all gathers in her body and at some point she needs it to get out, by drawing or dancing. Simple really.

Jonna Tideman lives in Malmö, Sweden. Besides drawing she currently works as a dancer at the Museum of Modern Art and produces her own work ‘Nordiska Väsen’ in which she mixes artistic expressions.

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Meet the choreographers: Lizzie J Klotz

Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform is excited to announce the second interview in a series profiling the upcoming choreographers and artists for our third platform which takes place Tuesday, November 10th at The Galvanisers Union. 

Be the first to hear from the choreographers about their work and thoughts, and get an insight into their process and rehearsals.


CSUkF4sW0AAFQlfLizzie J Klotz: As an independent dance artist and filmmaker based in the North East of England, Lizzie is working on various performance, participation and choreography projects within the region, with companies such as State of Grace, Lo-Giudice Dance, Kelly Abbott Dance Theatre, Late to the Conversation, Bait and Northumberland Arts Development. (To read a full biography of Lizzie you can visit the Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform website)

Lizzie’s work is marked by an interest in human behaviour, exploring actions, reactions and interactions of the everyday. Working in both live and video performance, she is interested in combining elements of dance, text and song. She creates sensitive, humorous and thought-provoking work. Her work has been presented nationally and internationally throughout Europe, the Middle East and South America.

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Meet the choreographers: Esther Manon Siddiquie

Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform is exited to announce a new interview series profiling the upcoming choreographers and artists for our third platform which takes place Tuesday, November 10th at the Galvanisers Union. 

Be the first to hear from the choreographers about their work and thoughts, and get an insight into their process and rehearsals. 


Esther Manon Siddiquie 568KBEsther Manon Siddiquie is based in Berlin and London and works as a choreographer and performer.  Esther graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 2013, where she was awarded the Charlotte Kirk Patrick Award for exceptional potential as a dance artist. (To read a full biography of Esther you can visit the Kaleidoscopic Arts website.)

In 2014 she participated in ‘Exit Visa’, a new artist development programme for recent graduates run by London Contemporary Dance School and The Place. There she created the piece ‘Suitcase – Ein Tanzstück für Zuschauer’. It has been performed at Tanzmesse Düsseldorf and Swallowsfeet Festival among others – now to include Kaleidoscopic Arts’ third platform on November 10th.

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Emerged: an interview with choreographer Shannon Mockli

We here at Kaleidoscopic Arts believe a choreographer can emerge from anywhere through anyone so we try our best to represent female choreographers from different places, backgrounds, and ages both in interviews and in our platforms.

For our second emerged interview we decided to choose choreographer Shannon Mockli. Mockli is the same age as our previous interviewee, however, lives on the opposite side of the US (and for us opposite side of the Atlantic.)

Shannon Mockli is an Associate Professor of Dance10419058_10152471065463257_749496295890441307_n at the University of Oregon. She recently presented her new work “Breathing Under Water” in Portland, OR. You can read more about Shannon here.

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Emerged: an interview with choreographer T. Lang

This is the first in a series of interviews with an already emerged choreographer in order to give a perspective of what lies ahead. 


Supporting the positive events occurring in the world of female choreographers reflects the core of Kaleidoscopic Arts. However, the urge to write about them was heavily influenced by an interview we held last week with choreographer T. Lang.

tlangheadshotLang is the artistic director of T. Lang Dance – based in Atlanta, Georgia – and an associate professor at Spelman College. A Graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of The Arts she moved to Atlanta in 2008 after dancing professionally in New York and has been choreographing and developing her company/repertoire ever since.

We sat down to a video call with her to ask about the process of becoming an emerged female choreographer and the obstacles she faced and occasionally still faces today. Here are our questions and briefs of the answers and insights that she gave us.

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Interview for Gender in Dance by Isaac Ouro-Gnao

In March 2015 Isaac Ouro-Gnao, editor of Gender in Dance, invited us to an interview to find out if there is a need and importance for a female exclusive platform.

You can read his full article and many more on the Gender in Dance website, a valuable resource to anyone interested in gender issues in the dance world. Gender in Dance is also on Twitter and on Facebook.

We thought this interview would be a great start to our Kaleidoscopic Arts blog and Isaac kindly agreed for us to republish it. We spoke about very complex issues and hope this interview will be part of the wider debate. The debate and our own thinking have to be on-going and the ideas and thoughts we present here are not at all conclusive. They are the beginning of our own approach and we are curious and excited to see where producing the Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform will take us.

Thank you Isaac for making us reflect on our practice and ambitions!

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