FUSE Diverse Dance Lead Practitioner & Choreographer
Suzie West joined the Barbican Theatre team in 2018 leading our 4 year FUSE Diverse Dance project, which is funded by Arts Council England.
Suzie project designs and manages the Fuse Diverse Dance residencies, events and workshops, in conversation with the local dancers and community groups in the city. The aim is to offer platforms for people to dance, share and be creatively curious about fusing their own dance identity with others. The choreographic content of each project is carefully facilitated and guided by Suzie and her Fuse Diverse Dance Team to explore the possibilities of co-creation and exchange. Suzie is a researcher with expertise in partnership pedagogy: observing, challenging and reflecting on the role of dance for Fuse and the city, experimenting with ways to build innovative making methods and celebrate diversity. She is building a methodology with the Fuse team and participants that looks afresh at sharing and making dance.
Favourite Quote: “Question everything. Play. Be Inspired. Lets all rise to the beautiful challenges of our age and rise to our true mysterious luminosity.” Ben Okri, 2011, Our Planet, Our People