Cindy Claes (UK)
Cindy Claes is an artist wearing many hats: Choreographer, playwright, dancer, dance teacher, performer.
She did extensive research on dancehall culture in Jamaica, krumping in Los Angeles and hip hop theatre. Cindy has been a recipient of the Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship Fund (2008). In 2009 Cindy was supported by ADAD and the Bonnie Bird with an encouragement grant. Her work rapidly kept growing and she was awarded the Bonnie Bird UK New Choreography Award in 2010. Cindy feels proud and honoured for having received two Grant for the Arts from Arts Council England in 2013. She is also an ADAD Trailblazer 2013-14 which is supporting her research on exciting international dance exchanges.
As a choreographer her recent works include: Is My Whining Winding You Up? a three women comedy dancehall show, PuzzelB, a political hip hop theatre piece produced in Belgium, and School Fi Wifey a Jamaican re-adaptation of a Moliere classic. As a performer, Cindy played one of the lead roles in the acclaimed short dance film One Man Walking (Channel 4, UK).
Cindy has been working with lead organisations in the UK such as East London Dance (artistic director for Limitless Dance Youth Company), Jonzi D Productions (rehearsal director, CPD leader, hip hop theatre teacher), Breakin' Convention and the Royal Opera House ("New Dance Makers" - education/dance teacher) to name but a few.
Cindy Claes founded her own company in 2008. Cindy Claes Productions brings dancehall, hip hop and krumping to the theatre! Producing mind-blowing dance theatre productions and telling stories through dance, the company creates authentic experiences for all audiences. Cindy's aim is to raise awareness through laughter and tears and bring audiences on a roller-coaster of emotions.
Cindy Claes Productions also offers training opportunities, inspiring dance classes for all as well as professional development and mentoring programs for emerging artists.
Cindy Claes Productions portrays the hip hop, dancehall and krumping community as intellectual, outspoken and articulate. Their earthshaking productions stand for transformation within society. Dance and Theatre are used as a tool to make people think, educate audiences, raise awareness, entertain and bring communities together.
The company is based in London (UK) and has presented work in Hollywood (The Ford Amphitheater), San Francisco (Palace of Fine Arts), Kingston (Jamaica), Brussels (Belgium, at Zinnema) and in major venues in London (UK) such as Sadler’s Wells, Lillian Baylis, Stratford Circus, The Albany, etc.
For more info about her travels, international experiences and her artistic vision, visit www.cindyclaes.com