Jack Webb

Jack is an award-winning choreographer/director, movement director, dancer and teacher working across dance, theatre, opera and film. He is based in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has been working internationally for the past 16 years.

He creates evocative and compelling dance performance that is strongly rooted in the dancing and moving body. His practice is concerned with a variety of enquiries that explore ways in which to transform and deconstruct the body, states of consciousness and being, distortion of the body and creation of dynamic softness and flow. His work is often influenced by and attempts to connect to the goings on in nature and in society, is of an existential nature and attempts to zoom in on the inner and outer emotional and physical landscapes of the performer and audience.

Jack's current enquiries are focused on finding choreographic languages that hone in on the human experience, purity of movement and image, life and movement in the in between spaces and themes of belonging, loneliness and place that explore the longing for connection and meaning that exists within all of us.

Most recent choreographic projects include Sense of Centre in association with Feral which was part of the Made in Scotland showcase 2022, Like Stone, a film commission from the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, Haud Close, a digital project for Scottish Ballet Health and Other Each Other, Of A Place, a digital work created with and for Contemporary Performance Practice students and participants over the age of 60 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Other recent projects include Each for Other (2018), a commission for Maiden Voyage Dance, Belfast, Facades/Fronts (2018), a collaboration with artist Emily Speed, commissioned by Look Again Festival and City Moves Dance Agency, Aberdeen, To Be Seen (2017), a film commissioned by BBC Scotland, THE END (2016), a co-production with Tramway and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Drawn to Drone (2016), created originally for Jack as part of a Scottish Ballet mentoring scheme and then later remounted on Scottish Ballet.

Other works include Multipath Fading (2017), an archive project presented at Dance International Glasgow, Bone and Shadow (2016) a collaboration with artist Tony Humbleyard, commissioned by Shetland Arts at Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland, An End (2016), Inside Opulence (2014), commissioned by Wilton's Music Hall, London, In A Leisurely or Aimless Way (2014), Quartet (2013), a Tramway co-production in collaboration with Rosalind Masson, GlitterGrid (2013), Fleshnote (2013), Together In Self Scale (2012), Beta Wave Transport (2011), the Bravest Thing You Can Do Is Be Still (2010), You, Except Broken (2009) and the Colour of Memory (2007) and numerous commissions for student works at the Royal conservatoire of Scotland, the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick, the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, University of Roehampton, London, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, Dance 4 Centre for Advanced Training, Nottingham and Fusion Youth Dance Company amongst others.

Over the past 15 years Jack's work has been presented in various festivals and venues internationally including Tramway (Scotland), BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (England), Artica Svalbard (Arctic Circle, Norway), Wilton's Music Hall (England), the Place (England), Greenwich Dance Agency (England), Oval House (England), Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival (England), Mirabilia Festival (Italy), Screendance Festival, Dansmuseet (Sweden), Dance 4's Nottdance (England), New Territories, International Festival of Live Art (Scotland), the Arches (Scotland), Dance Base Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Scotland), Dance Live (Scotland), the Traverse (Scotland), Dance City (England), Dock 11, Berlin (Germany), Ada Studio, Berlin (Germany) and All 1 Forum, Hamburg (Germany) amongst many others.

In 2016 -17 Jack was an associate artist at Tramway, Glasgow and was the winner of the One to Watch award at the Sunday Herald Scottish Culture awards.

Movement Director
Recent movement direction credits include movement direction for 'Wolfie' by Ross Willis, directed by Joanna Bowman for the Tron Theatre, Glasgow, associate movement director for 'the Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart' by David Greig, directed and co-created by Wils Wilson, a co-production between the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, National Theatre of Scotland and Double M Arts and Events, movement direction and choreography for 'L'etoile ', an opera by Emmanuel Chabrier, directed by PJ Harris for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Fringe First winning 'Silkworm' by Vlad Butucea for Pearlfisher, directed by Mojisola Elufowoju, the CATS award winning 'I Am Tiger' by Oliver Emmanuel for Perth Theatre and Imaginate, directed by Lu Kemp and movement direction/choreography for music videos 'Cockcrow' and 'Party On' by Aidan Moffat and RM Hubbert.

Jack trained at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, Dundee and since 2006 has worked extensively as a dancer and performer with numerous companies and choreographers.

Most recent projects include work with Liz Roche Company (Ireland), Coisceim Dance Theatre, work by David Bolger (Ireland), Irish National Opera, choreography by Liz Roche (Ireland), Company Chordelia, works by Kally Lloyd Jones (Scotland).

Other companies and choreographers include Hussein Chalayan and Damien Jalet, Sadlers Wells (England), Croiglan Integrated Dance, works by David Bolger and Adam Benjamin (Ireland), David Hughes Dance, works by Kylie Walters (Scotland), Alan Greig Dance Theatre (Scotland), the Curve Foundation Dance Company, works by Hofesh Schecter, Henri Oguike, Jonathan Watkins and Morgan Runacre Temple (Scotland), Jose Vidal Company (England), Dance Theatre Luxembourg, work by Jean Guillame Weis, Via Negativa (Slovenia), Lucy Suggate (Scotland), Charles Linehan (England), Simon Vincenzi (England), Grange Park Opera, choreography by Ben Wright (England), Matthew Hawkins (Scotland), Ian Spink (Scotland) Angus Balbernie (England).

In 2016 Jack was nominated for the Best Dance Performer award at the Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards.

Jack is an experienced and well established teacher. Over the past fifteen years he has worked extensively as a teacher, lecturer and facilitator in many contexts ranging from higher education in leading conservatoires, training for professional dancers, work with older people, youth dance and everything in between. As a teacher, lecturer and facilitator Jack has worked with many organisations and institutions including the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow Clyde College, Dance Studio Scotland, Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick, University of Roehampton, London, Greenwich Dance Agency, London, the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and VERVE postgraduate company, Dance City, Newcastle, Pro Dance Leeds, Dance 4, Centre for Advanced Training, Nottingham, Reykjavik Dance Atelier, Iceland, the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, Gray's School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, Scottish Dance Theatre, Scottish Ballet, Perth College, Dundee College, Edinburgh College, Dance Base, Scotland's National Centre for Dance, Dance House, Glasgow, City Moves Dance Agency, Aberdeen, Visible Fictions Theatre Company, Indepen-dance Glasgow, National Youth Dance Company of Scotland, Y,Dance, Scotland, New Territories, International Festival of Live Art, Catch 8 Workshop Series, Cork Midsummer Festival, Ireland and PRIME, Scotland's semi professional dance company for the over 60's.