We wanted to introduce you to Keira Martin, dancer, choreographer, maker and working class Yorkshire lass from Barnsley.
Throughout the second half of this year, Keira will be working with us, assisting programming at The Civic, scouting out dance talent for a bespoke weekend of performance. This placement is funded via Surf The Wave, a programme which directly connects artists and programmers to find and create new audiences for dance work.
She says: “People, places and art that represents communities and the working class are at the heart of what I do”
With an extensive 20 year + experience of facilitating community projects, training and participatory workshops within the UK and Internationally, she brings to this role a real desire to directly engage with the local community, to discover the sort of work which would be popular with audiences in Barnsley.
Raised by parents who were Irish Folk musicians/ singers her heritage is fundamental to her work which openly highlights social and political issues related to identity, gender, social justice, culture and class.
It is very visible in her recent film “Familiar Struggle” created with Yorkshire filmmaker Wayne Sables, which has recently won an award for Best Experimental Film at The Montreal Independent Film Festival 2021. It also won the award for Best Directors at LA Sun Film Festival and has been selected for Chicago Indie Film Awards.
We are so pleased to welcome Keira into the fold, and we will be keep you updated with her goings on.
In the meanwhile you can find out more about Keira on her website.