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 now and available for performing, movement direction and lecturing once again, so don't hesitate to get in touch!

MOVEMENT DIRECTION: Karla is currently working as Movement Director on Marie Antionette, directed by Claire O'Reilly and due to open at The Egg, Theatre Royal Bath in February 2021 Covid19 allowing!

ZOOM PERFORMANCE: Karla has just taken part in her first ever creation and performance project on zoom. Karla was selected to be part of Hands Full Ensemble's new work 'Meditations on Motherhood'. You can check out the experiment in performance and paper here: https://motherswhomake.org/handsfull

R&D: Just before Lockdown Karla was invited to work with National Theatre Wales as a performer in the R&D for Hail Cremation, directed by Adele Thomas.

RESEARCH: Karla is currently in the process of applying for a two year research fellowship to undertake an in depth research project entitled (Re)Connecting with the Artist Self. More info coming soon.

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.

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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