Karen da Silva is an independent dance theatre artist who has been performing in dance, theatre and film and making work since 1994. With a training and background in dance and theatre, Karen’s work focuses on choreographing character based dance performance. Her vignette style solo work takes a wry and often witty look at the unique, peculiarities of British female experience, both past and present. These evocative pieces are created for specific sites in which episodes of the character’s life appear in their ‘real’ context.
Recent work includes; LAUNDERETTE, performed in a launderette as part of Guildford International Music Festival, 2013; ABIGAIL HURLEY’S 7.47 a short film shown at Dancing Bodies, Moving Images Film Festival at Coventry University, 2012; LISA NAERWELL’S HEN NIGHT, performed in Woking town square as part of Woking Dance Festival’s Summer Shorts, 2011; THE UNBUILT LIFE OF CECILIA GREY, created for and performed in Guildford Cathedral as part of Guildford International Music Festival 2009 and BETTY’S DAY OUT, performed in Woking Shopping Centre 2007.
As a dramaturge and choreographer Karen works with dance and performance artists specifically looking at ways into choreographing character. Most recently she has worked with Florence Peake on Duckie Goes To The Gateways, 2013; Dr. Jean Johnson-Jones on Negro Spirituals, 2012, and pop singer Marlon Roudette on his music video Hold On Me, 2012.
Karen has taught release based contemporary dance at Laban Trinity and London Metropolitan University. She is currently a lecturer in the dance department at the University of Surrey where she is also pursuing a doctorate in choreography, characterisation and philosophy.
The Un-Built Life of Cecilia Grey
Photographed by Paul Stead