Ruth is first and foremost a contemporary dance artist. She specialises in outdoor, sited and site-specific choreography - this work is created, and tours, under the project company name of Axial Dance. Axial Dance outdoor work has been booked and performed at many of the major festivals including Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, Mintfest, Isle Of Wight Festival and Festival No 6. Former Axial Dance commissions have come from Lakes Alive, Waiblingen Festival of Light, Germany and Urban Moves International Festival.
Ruth has created a wealth of mass movement and parade choreographic work (often including delivery of masterclasses) e.g. working on Manchester Day Parade with 2000 performers, since inception. Ruth works for a number of diverse clients, including choreographer for Avanti Display on their Hydromania show and choreographer for Invisible Dust, on Kasia Molga’s Human Sensor and Coral Love Story projects.
Ruth choreographs for theatre and delivers movement for actors. She has choreographed over 50 professional theatre productions at theatres such as York Theatre Royal and Sheffield Crucible. Ruth also teaches and facilitates dance and movement in educational settings - e.g. currently at University of Manchester Theatre Department and delivering on an MA in Music Therapy at The Royal Northern College Of Music. She also teaches and facilitates dance and movement in community settings - e.g. currently running Ad Hoc Dance (an adult community dance company she founded 25 years ago) and working for Parkinson's UK. Ruth also teaches private dance/movement/Laban lessons in her home dance studio: The Loft Dance Studio.
Ruth first worked with dancers from Traceworks Dance in 2017 for Avanti Display's Hydromania in Greenwich and worked with the company again in 2018 on a London re-creation of Kasia Molga's Human Sensor for Invisible Dust.
Photo | Paul Wilson