Bettina Carpi

Bettina Carpi is an independent dance maker, performer and teacher with over 20 years experience. Having found her love for performance and a deep curiosity and passion for exploring physicality and the body’s possibility for expression during her dance training at Studio BüHNE in Switzerland, she went on to study contemporary dance and choreography at the London Contemporary Dance School from 1996-1999.

After graduation she worked as a dancer for various dance companies and choreographers in London, and was lucky to dance with Candoco Dance Company for 8 years, touring internationally (North and South America, Europe and Asia) as well as performing at the Closing Ceremony for the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics.

Her highlights have been co-creating and performing the award winning dance theatre pieces Metamorphosis and The World’s Greatest Show by choreographer Arthur Pita, including two week long runs at the Royal Opera House in London and the Joyce Theatre in New York, working with English National Opera on their production of Klinghoffer and working closely with choreographers Annie Pui Ling Lok and Marc Brew over many years.

Bettina completed an MA in Dance at the University of Chester in 2015 and in 2017 Bettina and her husband, composer Gary Lloyd founded Company Carpi to give expression to their collaborative projects, coinciding with their first ACE funded project The Mirror of Love based on a work by acclaimed author Alan Moore. As Company Carpi they have also created a piece inaugurating the 100,000 Genomes Project commissioned by NHS Manchester & Centre Point, an ACE funded performance project with and about the Syrian refugee crisis in collaboration with performance artist Claire Henderson Davis, an University of Chester funded R&D with music, dance & drama students based on Knots by revolutionary psychiatrist R.D. Laing and in 2019 they created The Stumbling Block – a quartet for two dancer and two drummers based on the poetry cycle by the celebrated author, poet and sculptor Brian Catling. Works in progress include a new dance piece for gallery spaces ‘When You Light A Candle You Also Cast A Shadow’ and an opera with dance Dotter of Her Fathers Eyes based on Mary & Bryan Talbot’s graphic novel with a libretto by Mary Talbot herself.

Bettina is an Associate Lecturer at several Universities in the North West, a board member of Cheshire Dance and was Dance Artist in Residence at the University of Chester from 2016-2018.

Bettina’s dance practice is inspired by cross fertilisation & interdisciplinary work, seeing how different art forms and modes of expression can enrich each other whilst celebrating the joy, power and poetic nature of dance.

 

"I am inspired by cross fertilisation & interdisciplinary work, seeing how different art forms and modes of expression can enrich each other whilst celebrating the joy, power and poetic nature of dance."

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