Kate trained at The Laban Centre for Movement and Dance, specialising in Contemporary dance, choreological studies, choreography, dance history and human movement observation. She works full-time extensively in schools, the community and with intergenerational groups to develop work based on text, the abstract and narrative. Her work includes film and site specific work using the local environment and architectural space and light. She has been a movement director for Pamela Howard in 2016 for The Last Train To Tomorrow and in 2013 The New Jerusalem and was cast as a WW1 wife in the site specific piece End of The Journey, directed by Pamela Howard. She runs Dance House with Jill Hoskins, an arts initiative project to encourage original and diverse dance work within schools and then performance opportunities within a professional theatre. In 2015 a piece based on the Greek myth Alcyone was created by children and performed in St. Johns Chapel during the Chichester Festivities.
In 2017 Kate developed a dance theatre piece with 90 children based on The Iron Man using light, projection and puppetry. For the past 10 years she has created a year long project with intergenerational groups using film, voice work and movement which is performed at Chichester University
She strongly believes that the arts which ever form they encompass are not an illusive art but must be made available to everyone to experience, to take a risk and perhaps develop a different of the world now and again.
Jill is co-founder of Dance House with Kate Jones and is the production director for 7 events annually at The Alexandra Theatre, Bognor Regis. Dance House is an arts initiative project designed to encourage original and diverse dance work within schools and community dance groups and to provide participants with performance opportunities in a professional theatre.
The initiative benefits over 800 performers each year and Jill oversees the planning and co-ordination of the production to ensure that the joint overall artistic vision is realized. With pre-production planning beginning months before events take place, she is responsible for venue hire, working with theatre technical staff, creating production schedules, PR and marketing, budgeting and ensuring that all performers benefit from a full-house audience.
Jill’s other involvements include: Working with Kate Jones on an annual, year long, project with intergenerational groups using film, voice work and movement performed at Chichester University, for the last 9 years. The Last Train to Tomorrow performed in Chichester Cathedral for Holocaust Memorial Day 2016. Dance Industry productions for the last 10 years and London Children’s Ballet in 2014 and 2015.
On a day-to-day basis Jill’s desire is always to bring creative ideas to reality and create an environment where the talents of the performers and artistic team can flourish.
Jo Allum originally studied music at Hitchin College in Hertfordshire with John Railton before furthering her studies to degree level at Rolle College, Exmouth. She began her teaching career shortly after this, becoming involved with many school productions, choirs and music groups. She has sung with the London Philharmonic Choir as well as many local choirs and has led adult groups and workshops for a number of years. She leads the Chichester Community Choir, Get Vocal.
Jo has been Musical Director in a number of amateur productions involving adults and children, staged mainly at Southsea’s Kings Theatre and New Theatre Royal. These have included Godspell, Joseph, Peter Pan, Yanomamo, The Wizard of Oz and Bugsy Malone. She also led the music in a community play based on the abolition of the slave trade, ‘Brighter than the Moon’.
Keenly feeling the power of communication brought about through the performing arts, Jo is proud to be part of this moving Community Opera.