karla shacklock company ltd
Award-winning choreography and performance
A cutting-edge company run by choreographer, movement director and performer Karla Shacklock, seeking the extraordinary in all things ordinary and delivering original performance across the UK and beyond...
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'The Happiness' toured UK theatre venues and toured rurally in Spring 2015 and Spring/Autumn 2016 and is still available for future touring.

It's fast, fun, thoughtful and physical and throws happiness up for all to question, see, experience and, ultimately, feel.

According to one audience member "you'll go home with smiley ache!" (Lisa Lort, Bath Dance)

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Getting Out of the Box - How to Survive as a Dance Artist...

In autumn 2016 Karla facilitated five survival events across the UK - hosted by Pavilion Dance South West, Yorkshire Dance and Barnsley Civic, South East Dance, Theatre Bristol and Trinity Centre, and Dance 4.

The free events were an opportunity for artists, venues, producers, programmers and funders to have authentic conversations, to play with thinking in new ways and to consider how we can work together in order to survive and thrive.

Over 50 inspiring dance legends (including Liz Aggiss, Charlotte Vincent, Theo Clinkard, Ben Duke, Jean Abreu and many more) shared their OOTB stories in person and through survival letters, and artists were given time and space to think about their own journey.
Topics included: touring, funding, health and wellbeing, networking, parenthood, and generally how to keep going when it starts to feel tough.

In 2017 we'll be continuing the research and disseminating the findings and letters, including a short film of the events. Make sure you are signed up to our mailing list to keep up to date with all things OOTB.

I'M BACK! I've been on maternity leave for a while, but I'm back in the theatre zone again now! I'm available for performing, movement direction and lecturing once again, so don't hesitate to get in touch!

ARTIST SUPPORT ASSOCIATE: Karla is currently in role at Theatre Bristol for a couple of days every other week and is available to offer South West artists mentoring support. More info here: http://theatrebristol.net/ArtistSupportAssociate

MOVEMENT DIRECTION: Last Spring Karla collaborated with Michael Oakley on the world premiere of 'William Wordsworth' - a Theatre by the Lake and English Touring Theatre Co-Production. More info on the Movement Direction page.

BEYOND BOUNDARIES SUMMIT: Karla was asked by PDSW to curate the 2017 summit, exploring how we can work together beyond regional boundaries, to build networks and support the touring of high quality work to venues and festivals nationally. More info here: http://www.pdsw.org.uk/what-s-on/other-events/beyond-boundaries-dance-summit/

NEW SHOW: In 2017 we began R&D for a brand new show 'Am I good enough?' (working title) whilst in residence at The Point. Watch this space for further developments!

TOURING: We've been on the road with The Happiness for two years now, and will be taking a bit of a break this Spring/summer, but If you are interested in booking the show for your venue or festival for future seasons, please download the Tour Pack on the Productions page.

LECTURING/WORKSHOPS: Karla will be doing a spot of guest lecturing again this year, at Laban, Bath Spa University, Bristol University and Central School of Speech and Drama and delivering masterclasses at Salisbury Playhouse.

BONNIE BIRD AWARD: Karla is thrilled to have been awarded the Marion North Mentoring Award - one of the prestigious Bonnie Bird Awards, which she received at a ceremony at Sadlers Wells.

PUBLICATION: Karla's latest paper 'Further Beyond: Seeking truth, seeking self, and simply being in performance' has been published. See Research page for a link.

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