Caroline Salem

For twenty-five years Caroline has been committed to questioning ‘the choreographic’ in relation to making architecture, music/ sound, theatre, writing and meaning. From 1986-1992 in addition to UK training Caroline trained regularly in New York culminating in a one year residency 1990 -91 when she created work supported by Dancing in the Streets and the Fulbright Scholarship fund. These years also saw consecutive Spring Loaded Seasons and a series of festival commissions, including a collaboration with jazz legend Cecil Taylor at the Bloomsbury Theatre. On her return from NY she was the first to win the choreographic Pepiniere pour Jeune Artistes. Caroline won the award, which funded a 9 month residency with the Ballet de Zaragoza and the production of a full length ballet: Visitas Divisivas (1992).

Pedagogy and Movement Direction dominated the next decade(1993-2002). On returning from Spain Caroline worked with Deborah Paige on the award winning production of A Midsummer’s Nights Dream at the Salisbury Playhouse, and Ian Brown at the Traverse, Edinburgh. This led to on going work as a movement director for theatre and opera. Simultaneously Caroline began teaching in HE; at Middlesex University (1993-2001) and De Montfort Universtiy (1995-1998) She was Head of Movement at Circus Space, London, for their BA (Circus) 2000-2002. Caroline has led workshops in many other institutions including Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia and Princeton Universities, USA.

In 2003, following the design and build of live/work studios at Clarence Mews with Architect Ed Frith, Caroline developed a series of programmes which aim to support the creation of new work. Space@Clarence Mews offers independent artists high quality studio space, exchange between artists and work in progress performances. Caroline also provides mentoring and dramaturgy for participating artists.

In collaboration with Ed Frith, Caroline returned to creating and producing independent performance work; Ramp(2005) with performers Marc Brew and Jo Dyer for the Stephen Lawrence Gallery, and House 1 (2006) , House 2 (2007) Stairs (2009) all within the distinctive Inside Outside performance events Ed and Caroline produce at Clarence Mews “the whole form of the evening – the waiting outside of the gate on chairs in the street (a bit of inside already outside), the careful consideration of group size and the way in which we rotated throughout the different installation spaces – began a dismantling of both our senses and the borders between ourselves and the space. This delicate consideration had a real beauty.”

2010-2015 Caroline has been delving into fundamental movement research she calls Heart Line Scores. In addition Caroline is producing reflective writings, exhibitions and lecture presentations on Choreography and Architecture with collaborator Ed Frith; Alva Aalto Conference Aug 2011, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich 2012, Somatic Practices Conference 2013, AUB Bournemouth 2013, Architecture & Humanities Conference, UWE Bristol 2013.

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