Mhairi Allan (In-Filled-Her)
Mhairi graduated from Middlesex University 1995 with BA (Contemporary) in Dance and Spanish. Further education led to an MA in Dance studies (Dance Anthropology). Since 2000, Mhairi has worked independently and through CityMoves Dance Agency as a contemporary dance tutor, performer and choreographer both in a professional and community capacity. She has choreographed and performed with artists exploring multi-media and physical theatre, and most recently choreography for dance film. This year, she collaborated with film maker Paul Foy to create a short solo dance film Ellie. She also co-directed the dance film The Visit with the adult performance group Elementz. Perfomances this year have included work as part of 100Days/100 Dances at Aberdeen Gallery and ongoing performance work with choreographer and performance artist Imogene Newland. Mhairi recently choreographed in a residency at Seventeen in Aberdeen with dance photographer Colin Thom and dancers Thania Acaron and Jennifer Farmer as part of DanceLive festival. For two years she has collaborated with Thania Acarón & Ross Whyte (Orphaned Limbs Collective) in several residencies in Edinburgh, Dumfries and Aberdeen.
Mhairi finished her teacher training with Yoga Scotland with experience in Alexander technique, Contact Improvisation and Release technique, all of which inform her movement practice. She has also worked creatively with adults with dementia incorporating movement and reminiscence. Mhairi is a trained nurse with experience both in the UK and overseas in several specialties and currently works in oncology and palliative care in Aberdeen.
Jamie Boylan (In-Filled-Her, The Witching Hour)
Jamie Boylan is a freelance dance artist based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. From 2007-2013, he worked as a Lecturer in Technique, Choreography & Contextual Studies at the University of Central Lancashire. Other teaching credits include: the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, the Northern Ballet School and the University of Chester. Jamie has a particular interest in the Laban/Bartenieff framework which, over the past ten years, has become integral to his artistic and pedagogic practice.
Jamie graduated in French & Drama (1st Class) from Royal Holloway University of London and trained in dance at the École Professionelle Superieur d’Enseignment de la Danse (Montpellier, France) and London Contemporary Dance School graduating with a BA(Hons) in 2005 and an MA by Research in 2010. Working as a freelance dance artist, Jamie has worked with Scottish Youth Dance (Y-Dance), The National Centre for Dance of Scotland, Fife-Shed Inclusive Theatre Company and has performed with Aletta Collins Dance Company, Arty Physical Intelligence and the National Theatre of the Faroe Islands. From 2009-2010 Jamie toured his own solo work within the UK, then 2012-2013 collaborated and performed with Scottish based Puerto-Rican choreographer Thania Acarón (Orphaned Limbs Collective) in IN-FILLED-HER. He is currently in collaboration with award-winning folk duo, O’Hooley and Tidow, creating a dance-film for their latest album, the Hum.
Juan Leiba (In-Filled-Her, When in Roam)
Born in Buenos Aires, his training in dance starts with a research in Body Biomechanics and movement. His academic studies continue at the National Art University Institute and are completed at the Contemporary Dance Workshop of the General San Martin Theatre, on different techniques of Contemporary Dance. After that, he graduated from the Laboratory of Dramatic Research at the CCC Buenos Aires. Juan Leiba’s repertoire includes teaching contemporary dance, work in operas, aerial dance companies and dance film.
He was part of Luis Garay company (Argentina 20042005); Juan Onofri’s Grupo JOB (Argentina 20052007); Miguel Robles company (Argentina 20052010); Brenda Angiel aerial dance company (Argentina 20072010); José Vidal’s HOPSCOTCH (The Place, London 2010); Joumana Mourad’s IJAD Dance Company (London, 2010); Sirius Dance, directed by Pilar Dukes Torras and Nicolaas Mackmann (Barcelona, 2011); Por Instantes, directed by Julia Koch and Daniel Zippi (Barcelona 2012) and Lautaro Reyes’s Cámara Lúcida project (Barcelona 2012) as interpreter and also contributing with the creative process of the choreographies. In 2012 & 2013, he travelled for dance residencies in Edinburgh, Scotland to co-choreograph and perform IN-FILLED-HER, directed by Thania Acarón (Orphaned Limbs Collective), with whom he has collaborated since 2010. On February 2013 creates des, together with Sheila Ferrer, a project creating new ways of using research as a foundational base for approaching aerial dance in connection with the contemporary dance.
After performing as a dancer in the operas “Agrippina” and “Cendrillon”, at the Liceu Theatre of Barcelona (November 2013 January 2014), he moves to Madrid, where he is founded Vuela Danza Aérea, an aerial teaching centre and company. www.vueladanzaerea.com.
Richard White (Guest Artist, The Witching Hour)
Richard White was an archaeologist and photographer, who began working as a dancer in 2000, taking as many classes and exploring as many different styles as possible. In 2001 he studied at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance and performed in Oedipus Rex by the Canadian Opera Company. His studies continued at the University of Leeds where he undertook a BA(hons) in Dance. Richard also performed in Random Dance Company’s production, Untold, as a community dancer. Richard currently leads several community dance projects in Aberdeen. (Photo credit: Colin Thom)
John Mackie (Guest Artist, The Witching Hour)
Eric McGill (when in roam)
Eric McGill is a Canadian swinging trapeze and aerial straps artist based in the United Kingdom. Eric started his acrobatic career at the age of seven as a competitive trampolinist. In 2010 Eric graduated from the National Circus School in Montreal. With his swinging trapeze and aerial straps acts he has worked in cabarets, big tented shows and large outdoor festivals around the world including Germany, Mexico, Australia, Canada, and the UK to name a few. www.ericmcgill.net
Angharad Jones (when in roam)
Angharad Jones grew up on the North Wales coast and trained at Ballet West, Scotland. Angharad was also a member of National Youth Dance Wales under the direction of Errol White, Theo Clinkard and Odette Hughes which was a valuable part of her training. Angharad has worked on various projects as a dancer/performer, most recently with Little Light Dance and Digital Theatre on their children's show 'The Flying Bedroom'. Angharad is also a dancer for Vertical Dance Kate Lawrence performing in Wales and internationally. Previous projects include touring work such as 'Dawns Ysbrydion' by Sarah Williams and Eddie Ladd (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru). Angharad is currently based in North Wales where she regularly teaches and facilitates dance classes and workshops for people of all ages and abilities.
John Mackie wrote for, amongst others, David Bowie, Brian Auger, R. J. Bunn of Roxy Music, the jazz-funk legend Brian Auger, Jim Mullen, and the award winning composers Howard Skempton and Dave Smith, and has been publishing poetry and song lyrics since 1965.
John wrote the poem "The Ribbon and the Limb" especially for The Witching Hour in 2014.
John passed away in December 2016, and we honour his collaborations with Orphaned Limbs Collective.
Colin Thom, Photographer
Colin Thom is an Aberdeen based photographer who combines full time photographic teaching for North East Scotland College and Robert Gordons University with a number of commercial and personal based projects and collaborations. While acting as resident photographer for City Moves Dance Agency and representing Creative Scotland’s Get Scotland Dancing, Colin has had the opportunity to work with and photograph many of Scotland’s leading and emerging dance artists and choreographers and Aberdeen’s community based groups resulting in a recent exhibition of his work entitled ‘Gesture’ at Seventeen Gallery, Aberdeen, which opened the 2014 Dance Live Festival. His work has also been used in a variety of publicity and promotional material, both in print and electronic form. With a BA in Commercial Photography (with distinction) and almost twenty years’ experience teaching and working within photography Colin continues to develop his practice and embrace new and exciting photographic opportunities.