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My performance practice draws on a broad range of techniques and styles from contemporary dance, improvisation, voice-movement and Butoh.

I have worked with various projects and companies including “Beats Per Minute” (2018) created by Cora Bissett, Glasgow; “Vibragera” (2009) produced by Riskteatern Tyst Theatre, Sweden; Candoco Dance Company (2003-2006), and many others.

Here is a selection of current and past projects.

Sumida River in sign language

colour illustrated poster with background of water with a person in a small boat, mountains, pink sky, semi-abstract woman in foreground holding green fans, facing left towards a tree branch with pink blossom,  a small bird flying towards her, text "SUMIDA RIVER iN Sign Language" in handwritten type face

“Sumida River” is a classic Japanese Noh play written by Kanze Motomasa (c.1401–1432), and will be performed as part of Noh Reimagined 2021. The play has inspired Japanese and Western artists through the ages, such as Chikamatsu Monzaemon’s puppet play.

In this special production by What More? Productions, “Sumida River” has been given a 21st century makeover, mixing in British Sign Language used by Deaf performers to create a drama of gestural intensity.

Upcoming date

19 June 2021: Kings Place, London, UK

52 Portraits

colour image of Chisato dressed in black beside a brown table, leaning sideways with left hand on table, looking up at right hand curled over her face

“52 Portraits” is a digital project by choreographer Jonathan Burrows, composer Matteo Fargion and videographer Hugo Glendinning.

A short gestural portrait of a dancer or performer was released every Monday throughout 2016.


Supported and produced by Sadler’s Wells

Shaping Sounds 2

colour photo of side view of female performer in pink vest top, leaning and curving her body backwards, with right hand held in front, left arm held up behind, abstract blue, red black projection behind, with semi-transparent female figure facing forwards in same pose

Dance4 associate and performance artist Guy Dartnell, acoustic specialist Dirk Puschel, and I were involved in research using voice-movement techniques combined with exciting new acoustic equipment and software, which then had only been used in the aircraft and car industries.

The idea was to see if a Deaf person might be able to develop their feeling about, connection to, and use of their own voice to become a ‘soundtrack’ to their own movement. Through visual mapping of vocal sounds on video images, can another layer be added to the experience of Deaf and hearing audiences in relationship to sound lead movement?


  • 2012, Greenwich Dance, London, UK
  • 2012,University of Bedfordshire, Bedfordshire, UK


David Ball