Roberta Jean is a choreographer, director, singer and teacher. She synthesises these roles to make film works and live performances, and works collaboratively with artists and makers from across disciplines to produce dances for diverse contexts. Her choreography is centred around poetics and is often underpinned by anthropological research.
Roberta's parents were both dancers and she grew up watching work in studios and theatres. When she saw Meg Stuart and Ann Hamiltons’ collaboration, ‘Appetite’ as a teen, she decided to intensively pursue her own pathway into creating dance and performance. She trained as a dancer at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Ballet and Contemporary, she then widened her research field to explore historical and international performance practice, completing an MA in Performance Making at Goldsmiths College.
Roberta was nominated for the Total Theatre Dance Award in 2018. She has been artist in residence at Critical Path Laboratory in Sydney, Australia, Dance Limerick, Dance City, Dance Base, Dance4 and Dartington. She has presented her work as part of the Made In Scotland Showcase, at British Dance Edition, Sadler’s Wells, Tanzmesse, Dance Umbrella, Nottdance, Greenwich Dance Agency and Tramway Glasgow amongst others.
Through her own experience of struggling with and overcoming depression and anxiety, Roberta has developed a mindful approach to dance and movement exploration; as well as teaching dance she is a trained yoga teacher and often combines yoga and dance in her teaching practice.
'I feel Roberta offers something very special and original’.
Rosemary Butcher, Dance/Visual Artist
‘Brocade, is a powerful example of the best of British dance’.
Gillie Kleiman, Dance Artist
‘This shook and wowed audiences at Nottdance, completely brilliant’.
Paul Russ on Brocade, Director of Dance4, International Centre for Choreography