From Roots to Wings
- Henry Moore Institute
- Wednesday, 7 November 2018
- Lecture by Sharon Watson in the Institute's seminar room, starting at 6pm
Programmed alongside our major exhibition Senga Nengudi, this talk will explore aspects of dance, sculpture and collaboration in Nengudi's work.
Sharon Watson trained at the London School of Contemporary Dance and joined Phoenix Dance Theatre as a dancer from 1989 to 1997. During this period Watson choreographed two major works as well as creating new works for Northern School of Contemporary Dance, National Youth Dance Company and Union Dance.
Watson formed her own company, ABCD, in 1998. Focusing largely on working with live music, ABCD has toured both nationally and internationally. She returned to Phoenix in 2000 as Rehearsal and Tour Director and toured extensively for 6 years. In 2006 she embarked upon a fellowship with the Clore Leadership Programme, delivering a Choreographers and Composers course at the Sage Gateshead. Watson also continued freelance work mentoring emerging artists, lecturing in vocational dance schools and delivering bespoke training programmes.
Watson was appointed as Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre in May 2009 and in 2010 was named as one of the Cultural Leadership Programme’s Women to Watch. Since 2009 Watson has choreographed seven major works for Phoenix Dance including a collaboration with the BBC for the seven-part series Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, which screened in 2015.
In 2016 she was awarded the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts’ Companionship Award from Sir Paul McCartney and named Sue Ryder’s ‘Yorkshire Woman of the Year’. Watson was acknowledged at the 2017 Northern Power Women Awards as part of the very first ‘Top 50 Power List’. Most recently she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance for her exceptional contribution to the school, contemporary dance and wider culture at large.