Tess is an independent artist based in Edinburgh. She has worked for the last six years as a performer for a variety of choreographers and companies, as well as continually developing her own choreographic practice through a number of artistic residencies, commissions and collaborations.
Her choreographic work, currently rooted in improvisation and physical theatre, utilises the experiences encountered in her own life to draw upon, constructing both obscure and deeply authentic environments, bringing the audience fully into a somewhat chaotic and intriguing theatrical world.
She has spent the last four years studying the methods of Flying Low and Passing Through, created by David Zambrano, which has become the main focus of her current teaching practise, an ambassador of sharing this work across Scotland and further afield. This has also become a vital part of her individual movement practice and philosophical understanding of what dance represents in the wider context of community and culture.
Her inaugural professional work is a self choreographed solo titled ‘How to Survive the Future’, supported by Dance Base, Room 2 Manoeuvre/The Brunton, premiering as a work in progress at Hidden Door Festival 2017. The piece has since been performed at the Brighton Fringe 2018, selected for a run of performances at Dance Base’s Festival during the Edinburgh Fringe 2018, programmed for DanceLive 2018 in Aberdeen and Flock Festival - The Riley Theatre/NSCD in Leeds 2019