Associate Artists

Over the last 12 years a number of artists have made DRS their home while working on specific research projects or getting involved in professional development activities. Some of these associates come and go while others are more continuously involved in teaching at the studio, developing their current projects or collaborating with Jacky Lansley on new performance work. Significantly these artists come from diverse backgrounds including dance, theatre, music, live art and community based work. This diversity reflects a basic ethos at DRS which is to place dance at the heart of critical cross disciplinary discussion and practice.

The community of associate artists at DRS supports core activities through teaching, mentoring, attending residency sharings, seminars and other public events. In exchange they receive free studio time where possible, mentoring from peer practitioners, marketing support, networking opportunities and the social/cultural benefits of being part of a dynamic artistic community.


Tricia Durdey

Tricia trained in dance in London and Amsterdam where she first encountered Jacky Lansley’s work during the days of X6 Dance Space. She caught up with Jacky years later through her workshops at Dance Research Studio, and has loved her approach to dance and theatre, that works deeply on a physical and intellectual level, whilst engaging with and exploring narrative. Tricia became an associate artist of DRS when working with Tim Taylor, and values her connection with the studio. At present she is developing ways to teach ballet to older people who have never danced before, and is involved in a project The Dinner Party by Ella Hurman. Tricia also teaches Pilates, and writes fiction. Her novel The Green Table (named after Jooss’ ballet) will be published in September 2015 by Cinnamon Press.


Ursula Early

Ursula Early is the Co-Director and Creative Producer of theatre and arts company Blackhorse Arts and the Producer and Programmer for Walthamstows leading performance venue CentrE17. Previously, she founded Big Bear Theatre Company and was a Production Coordinator for Commercial West-End and international touring Production Company: Glynis Henderson Productions (Producers of STOMP and others). Ursula trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has worked as an actress extensively in Theatre, Film and TV. She is delighted to be an ongoing Associate Artist with Dance Research Studio. 


Jreena Green

Jreena is a professional dancer, choreographer, dance teacher and ‘practical dance historian’ specialising in African American dance forms. She studied at The London Contemporary Dance School and did a degree in Dance Studies at Middlesex University. Credits as a dancer/performer include leads in Jacky Lansley’s ‘ABOUT US’,  the Jiving Lindy Hoppers dance company, Len Goodman documentary series ‘Cheek To Cheek’ , ‘Falling’ for Green Candle Dance Company, ‘Mrs Wobble’ for Theatre Peckham,  her own show ‘The Josephine Baker Show’ which toured the South of England. She also performed as part of the original cast of the Tony award winning show ‘The Lion King’.

As a choreographer, Jreena was a assistant dance captain/choreographic assistant on the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony and has lead on several music videos, international music tours, commercials (with Jake Nava for Guinness, YouTube) and feature films. She also works with the elderly, people with dementia and learning disability and ‘hard to reach’ young people through Green Candle Dance Company and Peckham Theatre. | @JreenaG


Green Candle Dance Company – Fergus Early

As an individual artist and as the Artistic Director of Green Candle Dance Company, I have had considerable involvement with DRS since its inception. As a performer, I have been involved in a number of Jacky Lansley’s creative projects, including Holding Space, View from the Shore, Anamule Dance, Guest Suites and The Life Class (film). My company has created and rehearsed several of its productions in the space and I have taught sessions on Jacky’s SDIPT and TIP professional development courses. DRS has Tardis-like qualities – enormous amounts of wonderful creativity emerging from such a seemingly modest amount of space!


Hey Ho Ha

Hey Ho Ha is a collaboration between London based performance makers, Nao Nagai and Yoko Nishimura, originally from Japan. Their work explores the curiosity in minutiae of life underscored by current issues and the everyday dramas. Their visceral and humorous approach manifests in their work, often surreal, sometimes discombobulating, evoking the feelings that are both universal and personal for the audiences. DRS has been an important hub for the development of Hey Ho Ha’s practice. The company devised and rehearsed many of their works at the studio as well as participated in numerous professional development trainings directed by Jacky Lansley.


Esther Huss

DRS is a place I return to, and develop in, continuously. It has been central to my development as a dance artist and facilitator. As head of ‘Dandelion Collective’, an inclusive dance group, I depend on such links and opportunities to develop my own work with the support and mentoring of Jacky Lansley. DRS carries the pioneering spirit of contemporary dance and performance art in the UK, it is a great privilege as a young artist to be part of and inspired by DRS.

Associate Artists

Grace Nicol

Grace Nicol is a choreographer, producer and academic. The primary concerns of her work are place, gender and class boundaries. Grace is the founder and producer of the performance platform, Womxn SRSLY which is a platform and support network for female identified and socialised female artists. To develop this practice further, Grace provides mentoring for female artists and is currently mentoring on the MA programme at ArtEZ.

Grace recently collaborated with Jacky Lansley on R-AGE (commissioned by Chisenhale Dance Space) and her work has been shown at The Place, CentrE17, The Yard, Guest Projects, Hackney Showroom, the V & A Museum and has toured nationally and internationally, winning a Stockholm Fringe Young STOFF Award in 2015. | @GraceBNicol

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Ingrid Mackinnon

Ingrid  is a London based dancer, movement director and teacher. As a dancer she has worked with Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Tavaziva Dance, Disneys The Lion King, Green Candle Dance, Royal Opera House, English National Opera and Uchenna Dance. Creative credits include assistant choreographer for Headwrap Diaries (Uchenna Dance), assistant movement director for Barbarians (Young Vic). Ingrid has a BA in Kinesiology from Western University (Canada), is a qualified STOTT mat work and Pilates instructor and has an MA in Movement: Directing & Teaching from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. In 2017, Ingrid co-founded Move Space with Laura Dredger to create a space to discuss issues, network and share practice with other Movement Directors working in the UK and International theatre industry. |  @ingridmackinnion


Project O

Project O is the performative fruits of conversations between Alexandrina Hemsley and Jamila Johnson-Small. The London-based project explores ideas around visibility and marginalisation, looking to the body as a site of politics. Their work has included dance performances for the stage (O, 2012), performative interventions in public spaces (BYBG: Be Your Black Girlfriend) and a publication (A Contemporary Struggle, 2013). In 2014 Dance Research Studio supported the research and development of a new work SWAGGA by Project O with Charlotte Cooper and Kay Hyatt. As Associate Artists at DRS, Project O were able to spend valuable time in the studio and in conversation with Jacky. SWAGGA was premiered at The Yard Theatre in June 2015. | @ContempStruggle | Image Credit: Katarzyna Perlak


Tim Taylor

Dance artist, teacher and Programme Manager for Dance at Morley College, Tim Taylor has enjoyed an association with Jacky Lansley and the Dance Research Studio for over a decade. Tim’s work as a dance artist derives from an enthusiasm for interdisciplinary practice encompassing expressionistic and abstract dance, song, cabaret, comedy and poetic writing and film making. Within his current practice he is experimenting with juxtaposing modes of performance concerned with the theme of desire and a shifting of perspective in relation to subject and object. As a teacher he bridges such areas of study as contemporary & jazz dance, acting skills, second language English and adult literacy. Since January 2012 he has run the dance department at Morley College – an institution offering a broad programme of part-time dance study, performance events, research work and the facilitation of dance in the community for adults. In 2017, he worked with artists Beech and Thomasson as a performer on their work Together at Tate Britain for the summer exhibition Art Now. In early 2018, he participated in the touring performance production of About Us, choreographed and directed by Jacky Lansley.

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