My road so far has been a glorious, and sometimes bafflingly, winding one. With so many trails to tempt me in different directions, it’s impossible to choose just one. Will I ever stop wandering into colourful corners of the wilderness? I certainly hope not.
In my twenties I danced on stages across the world as a stilt-walking alien, shape-shifting Goddess and body popping cyborg, entertaining the global Hawkwind family and space rock fanatics. I danced at Manchester clubs illumiNaughty and Monster Monster and at festivals around the UK with a fierce troupe of warrior women called Ultra Violet Violence. I also found my creative partner in crime Miss Laura McGee.
After meeting artist and tattooist Loren Fetterman (and eventually planning to marry him!) we started doing performance art together. Written in Skin was our first project and saw the poetry of strangers blood-lined into my skin for 6hrs during a live audience at Cornerhouse, Manchester. Next came KAIROS and this time I was strapped to a giant 12ft timepiece which spun for 4hrs whilst poetry and paint were hurled at my body. These two pieces deepened my fascination with endurance art and embodied performance. I have given lectures about these topics to students at Manchester University and Wimbledon Art College as well the first ‘Trans-States – The Art of Crossing Over’ conference at the University of Northampton.
I also write horror fiction, with dark but revelatory themes at their black heart. I’ve always been a Goth, with Wednesday Addams as my role model and Brandon Lee my first prepubescent crush. My first published short story Mother’s Nature appeared in Martian Migraine Press’s Cthulhusattva : Tales of Black Gnosis and a book of my poetry Unstables Fables is available to buy via Amazon.
After the Ultra Violet Violence troupe turned into a duo called The Ultra Violets, I started devising the LABOLIS immersive theatre series in which the streets of Manchester where turned into an urban Labyrinths. LABOLIS has been funded by Cornerhouse’s Micro Commission scheme, The Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England.
With The Ultra Violets I have collaborated with the Peaches Christ team from San Francisco, danced for The Levellers, created abstract choreography for A Queer Review, made music videos with Zsa Zsa Noir, performed in fashion shows for MunkiSpanner, appeared at film festivals in Switzerland, choreographed cabaret shows for AND Festival and also produced a number of events at Cornerhouse and HOME Mcr (Declan Clarke’s The Most Cruel of All Goddesses and Humberto’s Velez’s The Storming).
Oh, and if you’re thinking of getting hitched I also plan weddings with unusual creative twists, check out Alternative Weddings MCR for more info on that!