Tess Letham

Tess is an award winning performer and prominent dance-theatre maker based in Edinburgh. Her work spans theatre, film, outdoor and large-scale spectacle and has included performance projects by Shotput, Simon Fildes/Cagoule, David Zambrano, PanicLab, and Mairead McClean/The Wapping Project, as well as her own productions.

Her creations combine passions for multi-disciplinary theatre, dynamic physicality and high quality integrated design and has included her inaugural show, “How to Survive the Future”, and mid-scale work, “Remedy for Memory”, both programmed for Dance Base Fringe Festival, 2018 & 2022. Her latest projects are being developed under the handle Fair Play, which include “Where We Used to Wander” commissioned for Hidden Door 2023, and currently in development, “What ever happened to Harmony Banks?”
Improvisation is at the core of her performance practice, and in 2021, she was awarded the #LoveDanceScotland bursary for her project “Six for Six”, supported by Dance Base and Tramway.

She is a highly accomplished teacher, working for organisations such as Scottish Dance Theatre, The Place, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Dance Base. Her teaching methodologies have been significantly influenced by her extensive training with internationally renowned teacher David Zambrano, including Flying Low, Passing Through, Improvisation for Performance and more recently Couple Dancing, sharing this work across the UK and beyond. Through these methods she has been drawn to philosophical ideas within the context of movement practices and group learning, which extend to our relationships with others, our environment, our roles within society and our communities. Learning that reaches far beyond the dance studio.

Alongside this her curatorial work and leadership has been instrumental to the development of award winning Hidden Door festival, working over the last three years to create a prominent platform for dance and showcasing the talent of emerging performance makers in Scotland at this multi-art form festival.