Penny Chivas

Freelance dance artist working over a variety of practices with a particular interest in environmental concerns, improvisation and cross-artform practices. Most recently, this has led to the creation of 'Burnt Out' - "One Australian's experience of our changing climate", a solo dance theatre work which toured Scotland in 2021. She is also investigating filmic practices, and 'Out of Time' made with Alan Paterson has been screened internationally in 2021/22. Working with fellow TWR With Paul Michael Henry, "Dissipate" has been screened as part of Mexican and US Festivals, and again at Screen.Dance 2020.

Has also worked with choreographers/companies such as Julia McGhee Ian Spink, Scottish Opera, Vanessa Grasse (MESH, and The Land We Are), Stillmotion, Theatre Cryptic and Lyra Theatre. Co-founded @TheGlasgowJam with Tom Pritchard, directing the work alongside Tom, and later Laura Gonzalez from 2013-2017.
Graduate WAAPA and VCA (Australia). Currently, Penny is part-time MEd student at RCS where is she writing her dissertation on the application of ecopedagogies to dance improvisational practices, working with Julia McGhee on 'The Morrich Project' as a collaborator and the development of a new work entitled 'Footprint'.

Penny is also a freelance teacher, and enjoys working between community and professional and inclusive settings.