ABY WATSON is an artist, disabled dance maker, performer, and researcher based in Glasgow, Scotland.
Aby’s practice is a meeting place between contemporary performance and contemporary dance, and is an expression of neurodivergent embodiment. She’s a neurodivergent triple threat - she’s dyslexic, dyspraxic and has ADHD. Her work marries movement, choreography, text, and object, and plays with the tensions between virtuosity and the pedestrian, beauty and the grotesque, the silly and the serious.
She strives to challenge exclusive and neuronormative values in dance, as well as celebrate the creative potential of neurodivergent authorship and visibility in performance. In late 2019, Aby founded the Scottish Neurodiverse Performance Network, a space for neurodivergent artists to make connections and share projects, practice, advice, support and solidarity.
Her solo work has been seen at venues The Southbank Centre, Sophiensaele, Tramway and Wales Millennium Centre, amongst others. Aby trained in Contemporary Performance Practice at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she is currently undergoing a part-time practice-led PhD, titled ‘Disordering Dance’- an autoethnographic exploration into dance making from a lived experience of dyspraxia.