Roberta works as a director, choreographer, dancer, singer and teacher and synthesises these roles to make performance pieces under the company name mysteryskin. Founded in 2012, mysteryskin produces dances and kinesthetic works for diverse contexts, incorporating musical and sound design elements as well as sculptural forms. Roberta’s portfolio is centred around choreography and poetics, and she often works collaboratively with musicians and dance artists. She is currently developing new work for both digital and live performance spaces.
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’, she decided to intensively pursue her own pathway into 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 in 2008. Roberta received the Vienna DanceWeb scholarship in 2009 and was an active member of Chisenhale Dance Space from 2009-2014, curating and presenting her own work and research. She has been artist in residence at Critical Path Laboratory in Sydney, Australia, Dance City, Dance Base, Dartington, and Colina Marseille. She has presented her work at British Dance Edition, Tanzmesse, Dance Umbrella, Nottdance, Greenwich Dance Agency and Tramway Glasgow amongst others.
Through her own experience of 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