Artistic Director, Choreographer, Producer
Richard Chappell is an internationally renowned choreographer. Since 2013, Richard has lead his own ensemble Richard Chappell Dance as a platform for his choreographic research and critically acclaimed performance work.
Based between Wales and the South West of England, Richard is currently a commissioned artist for Swindon Dance and Associate Artist at Exeter Northcott. Prior to this, Richard was a Resident Artist for Dance in Devon and Discovery Artist at Pavilion Dance South West.
Richard's creative process is rooted in collaboration, co-authorship and emotional connectivity. Richard also loves to work in community settings, creating ambitious choreography for large intergenerational community casts with organisations such as Dance Blast, Dance in Devon and Torbay Culture.
As a guest choreographer, Richard has created work for renowned dance companies and theatres, including the Royal Opera House, Stuttgart Ballet, National Dance Company Wales, BalletWorks, English National Ballet, Belfast Ensemble, Transitions Dance Company and Frontier Danceland (Singapore). For institutions, Richard has created works for Rambert School, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Singapore) and Chichester University.
Focusing on contemporary technique, improvisation and choreography, Richard has guest lectured for renowned course, including Rambert School, ArtEz Institute of the Arts (Holland), Lasalle College of Arts (Singapore), Singapore School of the Arts, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Bath Spa University and Tring Park School.
As a community dance artist, Richard has five years of experience working as an inclusive arts facilitator and support worker for ROC Creative, alongside delivering regular workings to young people with learning difficulties, through Lifeworks and Dance in Devon. Richard works regularly with young people through organisations such as One Dance UK, National Youth Ballet and the Centre of Advanced Training programmes at Dance City, Swindon Dance and DanceXchange.
Richard has undertaken artistic research through National Dance Company Wales, Studio Wayne McGregor and Surf the Wave and is a former lead artist on PDSW’s Young Choreographers Programme. His professional training consisted of the Royal Ballet School's Associates program, Tring Park School and BA(Hons) from Rambert School.
Saoirse Anton is a producer, writer, theatre-maker and critic.
She is currently Company Manager with Richard Chappell Dance, and has previously worked with National Dance Company Wales, Dublin Dance Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival, The Abbey Theatre, National Theatre of Ireland, Youth Theatre Ireland, Laois Arts Office, BANBHA Theatre Company, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Dublin City Arts Office and Arts Council Ireland.
As a poet, she has performed extensively in Ireland and Cardiff, including performances at Dunamaise Arts Centre Portlaoise supporting Stephen James Smith on his My Ireland Tour, at Cardiff Poetry Festival, and as a featured artist in First Fortnight Festival's Therapy Sessions in Dublin. Selected poems have been published in Rise Up and Repeal, an anthology from Sad Press Poetry. Her short poetry film for children, An Oíche is Speisíalta, was recently produced by RTÉ and Studio 9 as part of RTÉ’s 2020 Christmas programming. She was awarded first place in the Cardiff Writers Circle 2021 Poetry Competition for her poem, Heartbuzz. She is due to release her debut spoken-word album and accompanying pamphlet with sinc-x Records in 2022.
As a theatre critic and writer, her work has appeared in a monthly column on takeyourseats.ie, in The Reviews Hub, The V&A's TheatreVoice podcast, TN2 Magazine, and on her own website Sitting On The Fourth Wall. She has been invited to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on several occasions as part of the Network of Independent Critics, has appeared at Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin, has represented Youth Theatre Ireland at On The Edge Festival in Birmingham, and has facilitated theatre criticism workshops for Youth Theatre Ireland and NDCWales.
Charlie completed the ‘Artist in Process’ professional training program at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (AT), majoring in choreography. He graduated with distinction from the Professional Dance Course at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts (UK), having commenced formal training at the Centre for Advanced Training, London Contemporary Dance School and was founding member of the English National Ballet Youth Company. .
He has choreographed independent works that have been performed internationally as well as commissions for various companies, festivals and projects in the U.K. and abroad. Charlie works internationally as a performer, rehearsal director and choreographic assistant in a variety of artistic environments and has been guest teacher for English National Ballet (Engagement), Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, London Studio Centre, Images Ballet Company, National Youth Ballet of Great Britain and British Youth Music Theatre, amongst others. Alongside his freelance portfolio he is Associate Creative Development Director at the National Youth Ballet of Great Britain AND Associate Artist at English National Ballet.
Alongside his commitment to dance, Charlie is a qualified Clinical Sports Therapist and musculoskeletal health specialist. He specialises in the treatment and rehabilitation of dancers and movement practitioners and has worked internationally as an independent therapist with dance companies, organisations, professionals and students. He has devised courses and workshops on various topics within dance health and well-being which have been delivered on professional and vocational training programmes in the UK and abroad.
In addition, Charlie is a certified mat-work Pilates instructor (BASI) and is certified in various specialist areas such as medical acupuncture, first response emergency and urgent care and a range of advanced manual and soft tissue therapies. He is currently diversifying his practice with qualifications including Integrative Health and Nutrition Coaching and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. He is a tutor at Active Health Group (UK) teaching on the professional Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation and Sports Massage Therapy courses as well as leading specialist workshops and courses. He is a registered practitioner with the Complimentary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHCR) and professional member of the Foundation for Community Dance, One Dance UK and the Sports Therapy Organisation (MSTO GST).
For Richard Chappell Dance, Charlie started work as company rehearsal director in Spring 2020, contributing towards the Spring tour of Still Touch and now continuing on to support RCD’s Online and Outdoor Programme and future creations.
Robert James Communications Consultant
Robert James is a freelance communications consultant with over 13 years' experience of working with some of the world's leading arts and cultural organisations. Before going freelance he worked as PR Manager at the Science Museum, Head of Communications at English National Ballet, Press Officer at Sadler's Wells and Account Manager at Arthur Leone PR, an arts and heritage PR agency. Robert has a wealth of experience in developing comprehensive communications strategies, creative PR and marketing campaigns, crisis management and profile development. Passionate about the power of the arts, Robert has dedicated his career to working with creatives and organisations to promote their work to the widest possible audience.
Charlie is a freelance sound designer, sound engineer and events technician based in the South West. He has a wealth of experience from within the live events industry, ranging from scenic carpentry through to lighting, sound and production management, in sectors including theatre, dance, live music and festivals. He also has extensive experience of both U.K and international touring, and has engineered and designed for National Dance Company Wales, toured the Unites States with Canadian-based Caravan Stage Company aboard their 100ft theatre tall ship, sound designed Splice Theatre’s ‘The Dug Out’, as well as ‘Wild Worlds V’ by Artful Badger Company of Animals. He also mixed for a time at the New Orleans venue Little Gem Saloon over the winter of 2014/2015.