As well as being a dancer with Motionhouse Dance Theatre and some time writer for Article19, Helen Parlor is also a prolific choreographer creating dance theatre orientated work for her own projects. We previously featured Full Force Dance Company, another of Helen's projects, and during our video interview with her you can see video from her new, as yet untitled piece, created as a work in progress in Leamington Spa just two weeks ago and some new footage from Perfect by Motionhouse.
Helen's online biography describes her progress so far in ways only a biography can;
"Helen trained on the Swindon Dance Foundation course and was inspired by many great teachers there. She then gained a BA in Performing Arts at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. She went back to her 'roots' for her first professional contract with 'DansConnect', led through Swindon Dance. Here she worked with choreographers Scott Ambler, Yael Flexer, Banxy, Jonathon Lunn and Nikki Smedley.
Helen joined Motionhouse in Feb. 2000 and toured with Atomic, Fearless and Volatile productions. She enjoys choreography and has made pieces for Swindon Youth Dance Company, 2 Faced Dance Company, Frontline Dance, Surrey Youth County Company, D Men (Swindon's urban male group) and most recently Full Force Dance Company, an all male professional dance company based at Hampshire Dance and The Point, Eastleigh. Full Force toured 'Headcase' in 2004."
In the interview we discuss the good and the bad about being a dancer in the UK, what keeps Helen motivated to continue in the wacky world of dance and her thoughts on the creative process.
Helen's own piece is performed by Nikki O'Hara, Stuart Waters and Leanne [id-surname] with music by Ski (is that is his real name? Ed!) Perfect is performed by Helen Parlor, Vanessa Cook, Junior Cunningham, Wendy Hesketh and Stuart Waters with Music by Sophy Smith.
Telling the pieces apart is easy, Perfect is performed on sand, Untitled isn't!