Caroline Salem

For over 30 years Caroline has been committed to questioning ‘the choreographic’ in relation to making architecture, music/sound, theatre, writing and meaning. From 1986-1992, in addition to UK training, Caroline trained regularly in New York culminating in a one year residency 1990-91 when she created work supported by Dancing in the Streets and the Fulbright Scholarship fund. These years also saw consecutive Spring Loaded Seasons and a series of festival commissions, including a collaboration with jazz legend Cecil Taylor at the Bloomsbury Theatre. On her return from NY she was the first to win the choreographic Pepiniere pour Jeune Artistes. This European award funded a 9 month residency with the Ballet de Zaragoza and the production of a full length ballet: Visitas Divisivas (1992).

Pedagogy and Movement Direction dominated the next decade (1993-2002). On returning from Spain Caroline worked with Deborah Paige on the award winning production of A Midsummer’s Nights Dream at the Salisbury Playhouse, and Ian Brown at the Traverse, Edinburgh. This led to on going work as a movement director for theatre and opera. Simultaneously Caroline began teaching in HE; at Middlesex University (1993-2001) and De Montfort University (1995-1998). She was Head of Movement at Circus Space, London, for their BA (Circus) 2000-2002. Caroline has led workshops in many other institutions including Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia and Princeton Universities, USA.

In 2003, following the design and build of live/work studios at Clarence Mews with Architect Ed Frith, Caroline developed a series of programmes which aim to support the creation of new work. Space Clarence Mews offers independent artists high quality studio space, exchange between artists and work in progress performances. Caroline also provides mentoring and dramaturgy for participating artists.

In collaboration with Ed Frith, Caroline returned to creating and producing independent performance work; Ramp (2005) with performers Marc Brew and Jo Dyer for the Stephen Lawrence Gallery, and House 1 (2006), House 2 (2007), Stairs (2009) all within the distinctive Inside Outside performance events Ed and Caroline produced at Space Clarence Mews.

‘The whole form of the evening – the waiting outside of the gate on chairs in the street (a bit of inside already outside), the careful consideration of group size and the way in which we rotated throughout the different installation spaces – began a dismantling of both our senses and the borders between ourselves and the space. This delicate consideration had a real beauty.’

In addition Caroline continues to work across disciplines with Architect Ed Frith producing reflective writings, exhibitions and lecture presentations on Choreography and Architecture and their 30year combined practice; Alva Aalto Conference Aug 2011, Stephen Lawrence Gallery University of Greenwich 2012, Somatic Practices Conference 2013 Coventry C-Dare, AUB Bournemouth 2013 Architecture & Humanities Conference, UWE Bristol 2013 and Cork 2016 Architecture and Humanities Conferences,  Architecture and Literature Conference University of Canterbury Kent May 2016, and  Spinoza and the Arts Interstices Conference Aukland NZ May 2017. In December 2019 Caroline and Ed were invited as one of three leads for ‘Dancing About Architecture’, the first of a series of international Creative Connections Conference at University College Cork, while through 2019, across a series of events at the Coventry C-DARE research centre in 2019  we were invited to present, and participate, in the AHRC ‘Sensing the City’ project, led by Professor Nicholas Wybrow of Warwick University’s Theatre Dept.

2010-2020 Caroline has been continuing her studio research and making practice delving into fundamental movement research she calls Heart Line Scores. 

Caroline is also a qualified (2013) Relational Dynamics 1st Coach.

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