Opera North audiences will know me best as a Director and Choreographer, but I started out in life as a dancer. My debut as a professional dancer was at the Leeds Grand Theatre. A few years later, my first job as a choreographer was with Opera North on a production of King Priam which premiered at the Leeds Grand. Incredibly the next milestone of my career was to be offered the opportunity to direct an opera – for Opera North premiering at the Leeds Grand!
To say this company and theatre are important to me would be missing the point – they have been, and continue to be, vital. I don’t think any other company would have taken such a risk and supported me in the way Opera North has done, and my artistic home is with them and the Leeds Grand.
International Women’s Day is a really great opportunity to say thank you to them: for believing in me, for supporting me and, with each commission, for pushing me to develop as an artist. I would never be where I am today without them.