Dr Kate Lawrence
Kate Lawrence joined Bangor University as lecturer in Performance in 2010 after eleven years as dance lecturer at University of Surrey. She received her BA in Dance Theatre from the Laban Centre, London and her doctorate from the University of Surrey (2017). In the 1990s she was founding artistic director and performer with Nomads, a feminist dance theatre company that toured theatres in the UK and Europe. She became interested in site-specific dance and performance at University of Surrey and made her first site work in 2001 in response to an Arts Council England Year of the Artist award. Concurrently, her passion for rock climbing has led her to develop a pioneering practice: vertical dance. She is a recognised expert in this field, receiving invitations to teach all over the world and commissions to create and present choreography at iconic buildings such as Belfast City Hall, National Library of Wales, Millenium Centre Cardiff, Guildford Cathedral, Bristol Docks cranes and Base Sousmarine Saint Nazaire. She has been commissioned by National Theatre Wales, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, National Dance Company Wales, Circomedia Bristol and Marc Rees amongst others to produce vertical dance elements of their productions on places such as Brangwyn Hall Swansea and Mount Snowdon.
Kate also writes about site-specific performance and vertical dance. She has a developing interest in creative audio description for performance and in sign language in performance which she is currently exploring with Sign Dance Collective International. She is deeply committed to collaborative and devised performance practices and to performance in public spaces.