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Friends of TPD

A place for us to celebrate and support our artistic peers. Check out the wonderful artists below and the incredible work they are doing!


Amy Foskett

Artistic Director of Amy Foskett Dance

Amy grew up in Westbury, Wiltshire. She had her first taste of professional training on the CAT scheme at Swindon Dance, Amy went on to train at Trinity Laban Conservatiore of Music and Dance. After completing her degree, Amy started up her own dance company Amy Foskett Dance (AFD) and has produced works that have been performed around the South West and London. Amy Foskett was a part of Swindon Dance’s Young Professionals Programme 2018/2020.

Check out Amy's work here: 

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- Instagram: @AmyFoskettDance

- Facebook: Amy Foskett Dance

Image by Alex Winn

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Ghost and John

Multidisciplinary Art Duo

Ghost and John are a Hong Kong multidisciplinary art duo who are best known for their innovative integration of performance and contemporary technologies. Drawing from their experiences of working within biology and computer science, they have developed a dynamic artistic practice that examines the intricacies of the body and nature, technological advances and folklore that accompany history. Their embrace of digital technology allows them to create extended choreographic experience beyond theatre and dance, and broadcast their arts to wider audiences. Working across video, installation and performance, they create unique spectator encounters from scientific to spiritual, and from historical to mythical. Through complex investigations of social, historical, and cultural differences across the globe, they constantly explore the post-colonial trauma of Hong Kong, the use of technology in democratic society and new forms of art presentation.

Check out Ghost and John's work here:

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- Instagram: @Ghostandjohn

- Facebook: Ghost and John

- Twitter: @ghostandjohn


James Pett

Dancer and Choreographer

James is a dancer and choreographer based in London and working internationally. Through his work he aspires to find new ways to self-express and tell the stories that connect with others. We live in a time where technology is at the forefront of innovation. It drives the continuous onward momentum of life today. By contrast, as an artist, he believes our inner spirit is our greatest strength. Inspired by emotions and human connection, he seeks to create work that gives people a moment to stop, feel and connect to their inner being.


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- Instagram: @Jameskpett

- Facebook: James Pett


Jasmine Chiu

Dance Artist and Performer

Jasmine is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and actor based in London. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver BC, she’s moved through New York City to London working with the likes of Wayne McGregor, Akram Khan, Elisa Monte, Chase Brock, the Cohan Collective, and visual artist Anthea Hamilton. Jasmine played the role of ‘Little Phoenix’ at The Shed NYC's martial arts spectacle Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise, and is currently performing with Dresden-based multimedia artist Ulf Langheinrich in VORTEX. She holds a BFA Dance from The Boston Conservatory. 

Check out Jasmine's work here:

Follow Jasmine on:

- Instagram: @jasmchiu

Image by An Rong Xu

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John-William Watson

Dancer and Choreographer

John-William is a dancer and choreographer, from Leeds, who having studied at Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen (BE) is now based in the UK and is a current Young Associate Choreographer at Sadler’s Wells. His dance theatre work and unique movement vocabulary focusses on abstracting and playing with the everyday, utilitarian and pedestrian; both from a physical and dramaturgical standpoint. Through a surrealist lens, John-William's work explores the relationship between existentialism, the comedy of the mundane, nostalgia and time; influenced by his experiences as a gay and working-class artist. 

Check out John-William's work here:

Follow them on:

- Instagram: @johnwilliamwatson

- Facebook: John-William Watson Dance

Image by Emma Dalzel

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Matthew Rawcliffe

Dancer, Choreographer and Facilitator

Matthew is a choreographer, dancer and facilitator originally from Manchester. During his training at Rambert School, Matthew won the contemporary category of BBC Young Dancer. Recent work includes: Norrdans, The Pappy Show Physical Theatre, Manchester International Festival, Homotopia and Kneehigh Theatre. 

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Follow them on:

- Instagram: @matthewrawcliffe


Quaba Ernest

Artistic Director of Venza Dance

Quaba Venza Ernest born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He began his dance training at Dance Theatre of Harlem under the direction of Arthur Mitchell & Robert Garland. After attending Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music And Art & Performing Arts, he later went on to study dance at State University of New York at Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. There he selected as a recipient of an Adopt-A-Dancer Scholarship. He has danced in works by Kimberly Bartosik, George Balanchine, Darius Barnes, Ronald K. Brown, Sidra Bell, Norbert De La Cruz lll, Sharon Eyal, Johan Inger, Ana Maria Lucaciu, Loni Landon, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Damani Pompey, Jerome Robbins, Ted Shawn, Medhi Walerski and Doug Varone. He has studied at Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Doug Varone & Dancers, Eastman, Jacob’s Pillow, and Springboard Danse Montreal under the direction of Alexandra Wells. Quaba is a recipient of the 2019 Thayer Fellowship in the Arts. He was a member Ballet BC for the 2019-2020 season. He has been featured in HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness, the NY Times for performances at BAM Fisher & Jacob’s Pillow, the aYia Music Video  Directed by Salomon Ligthelm/Choreographed by Amy Gardner and has also been a featured model in JBL’s Spring Vibes Model Campaign. He has recently begun creating works for his own company Venza Dance. His piece titled “String Theory” was selected to be a part of the 2019 New Century Dance Festival & his dance film “Astomi” was selected as a winner in the 27th Quinzena de Dança de Almada – International Dance Festival (2019). He is one the 2021 Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Fellows.

Check out Quaba's work here:

Follow them on:

- Instagram: @quaba_ernest and  @venzadance

Image by Kevin Jacob Photography


Rachel Laird

Freelance Artist

Rachel Laird is based in London as a freelance artist. Previously she trained at Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School for her Postgraduate, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance for her BA degree and prior to this at The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance. During this time, she was lucky to have worked with Gustavo Remirez Sansano, Lotte Sigh, Morten Innstrand, Yael Flexer, Filip Van Huffle, Theo Clinkard, Hagit Yakira, Heidi Rustgaard, Dam Van Huynh, Joan Cleville & Matthew Robinson among others. 

Since being freelance Rachel has performed for The English National Opera in their production of Orphée, Peut-Être Theatre (children's dance theatre) touring their work SHH...Bang! And Tidy Up to China, Roisin O'Brien in A Falling Ballet, The Natashas Project and A Truefitt Collective with whom she trained as one of the first Dancing Mindfulness Facilitators in the UK. Rachel is also a co-founder of Sliding Doors Collective alongside fellow Scot and TPD dancer Clara Cowen. The Dance theatre duo had their debut sold out performance at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019, followed by sold out performances in London including Rising Tides and Resolution Festival 2020 at The Place.


Currently Rachel is performing in 'Eugene Onegin' for Garsington Opera. In her spare time she makes and sells pottery under @mudhoneypottery. 

Check out their work here:

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- Instagram: @rachellairddance 

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Richard Chappell Dance

Led by Artistic Director Richard Chappell

Richard Chappell Dance is an internationally renowned ensemble, which creates memorable and moving dance at the forefront of theatre, interdisciplinary collaboration and site responsive performance. RCD is an Associate Company at Exeter Northcott, commissioned company at Swindon Dance and a resident company at Exeter Phoenix. 

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- Twitter: @RChappellDance

Image by Jack Thomson

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Valerie Ebuwa

Dance Artist, Activist, Writer and Model

Valerie Ebuwa is a freelance dance artist, activist, writer and model based in London. She started her training at Lewisham College before obtaining a BA HONS degree from London Contemporary Dance School. Amongst others she’s recently worked with; Vincent Dance Theatre, Clod Ensemble, Eddie Peake, MichaelDouglas Kollektiv and Compagnie Thor. As a maker, she has choreographed and created Body Data, CTRL+V, ValUE and Down Bad/ How do you wanna go out? Valerie writes for I am Hip Hop magazine; a printed and online publication championing Hip Hop culture. Her work has been featured in Crack Magazine, i-D Glass Magazine and The Earth Issue.

Check out Valerie's work here:

Follow Valerie on:

- Instagram: @Valerie_ebuwe

Image by Holly Whittaker

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