The Company

Artistic Director

Sue Lewis

IMG_0353Born in London, then came to Wales as a child, Sue spent many years developing dance in the South Wales Valleys.  First, as Head of the Dance Department at Ebbw Vale Comprehensive School and subsequently as Director of Blaenau Gwent’s flagship Youth Dance Company, The Move.
Originally graduated in Physical Education and Performing Arts, Sue then trained in Dance with Dilys Price OBE at Cardiff College of Education going on from there to work on large scale community projects with professional companies including The National Dance Company of Wales Sue has undergone further training with Siobhan Davies, and now works as a freelance dance consultant and choreographer.  In 2010, Sue became general manager of FFIN DANCE advising the Board in an artistic capacity and running the company’s business enterprises. In April 2017, Sue steered the company through a community asset transfer taking over The Beaufort Theatre where she is now the Senior Manager

Associate Choreographer

Gary Lambert

Gary Lambert trained at the Royal Ballet School, where as a student and graduate he worked with the Royal Ballet.

In 1983 Gary joined London Festival Ballet where he danced for two years working with the likes of Glen Tetley, Alvin Alley and Ashton before moving on to Rambert Dance Company.During his time in Rambert he received national and international acclaim for his performance as a dancer and while at Rambert began choreographing.

He has made works for Rambert, Phoenix Dance Company, English National Ballet Scottish Dance theatre, Ricochet Dance Company, Tambuka, the national contemporary dance company of Zimbabwe and had work presented at the cultural Olympiad in Atlanta.  He established the company Small Axe which received acclaim at the International choreographic competition in Groningen, winning first prize.He was Assistant Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Company for two years. He has worked as an Independent choreographer, teacher and performer on projects and collaborations with the likes of Laurie Booth, Hans peter Kuhn and Art Angel and in 1999 presented XXL A site-specific work at the Arches, Glasgow funded by the Tramway in collaboration with DJ Dave Clarke and Carl

In 2011 he created Synapsequence for FFIN DANCE collaborating with composer Ronen Kozokaro.  In summer of 2012, Gary curated a dance festival at Burg Namedy in Germany at the invitation of Princess Heide von Hohenzollern.  He reworked 2 of his pieces for FFIN DANCE for 2013, Degrees of Freedom and Axiom Tangent

Gary began working in Jacksonville with The White Oak Project and has consequently choreographed 2 new works for the company inspired by his practice in The States – Sentient Trace in 2014 and Re-tracing Emergence in 2015

The Dancers

Catrin Lewis - Assistant to the director

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Catrin graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Dance in July 2013 and it was there that she worked with choreographers such as Kerry Nicholls, Charlotte Darbyshire, Gary Lambert, Henrietta Hale, Lea Anderson and Fred Gehrig. She originally began dancing in South Wales as a member of The Move Blaenau Gwent Youth Dance Company and associate member of National Dance Company Wales. It was during her time studying at The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance that she was able to explore the depths and possibilities of her choreographic nature. Catrin spent a particularly large amount of time under the guidance of artists Angus Balbernie, Errol White and Janice Claxton undertaking various lectures, workshops and intensive projects.

Catrin performed for FFIN DANCE during the 2012 tour of Connections being selected by Gary Lambert to perform in Synapsequence as a result of a student work placement period with the company.

This is Catrin’s fifth season performing with the company: as well as directing her own choreography that has been professionally commissioned after the work was initially witnessed as in independent project at Laban Bonnie Bird Theatre in July 2013. Catrin has a keen interest in dance for film and has collaborated with Aoise Tutty and music label Autonomy, using this type of media to assist with her second commission d-cay for The Power of 3 Tour 2015. In the 10th season for the company, Catrin collaborated with company dancer Julian to make Memoir, a biographical duet.

Julian Lewis – Rehearsal and class co-ordinator

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Julian graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2013. During his training, he worked with many choreographers as well as creating his own choreography. Julian went on to complete a UK and international tour as a member of EDge, the postgraduate dance company of London Contemporary Dance School. During the year, he performed in several works by renowned choreographers including Ben Wright, Trisha Brown, Yael Flexer, Joe Moran and Idan Cohen. As an EDge dancer, Julian also performed at Dance Umbrella 2013 with Dog Kennel Hill Project and an outdoor performance project by Mariana Tengner Barros in Famalicão, Portugal.
Julian has performed in many other projects including the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony, Street Stories at the Royal Opera House, Slow Knowing by Katarzyna Witek at The Place, Connect It at the 2015 BBC Proms and Pinot! The Musical at the New Wimbledon Theatre. Julian has also joined Cascade Dance Theatre for research and development and is Artistic Co-Director of Traceworks Dance, with whom he has choreographed, taught and performed for various projects. As a freelance dance teacher, Julian works regularly for The Place, Greenwich Leisure Limited and DSP Performing.
Julian has been a company dancer for FFIN DANCE since August 2015. With FFIN, Julian has toured in several works for the company, lead many workshops and projects for the ffin dance faktry and took a leading role in the Decisive Moments dance and photography project collaborating with Ann Sholem and Roy Campbell-Moore.

Sarah Lee Pryke

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After 6 years of professional dance training, Sarah graduated with a degree in Contemporary Dance form Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2014. Before training at Laban, she was an associate with National Dance Company Wales, it was here that she really ignited a passion and drive for a more technical and physical approach to contemporary dance.
Sarah joined the company for the t e n Tour in 2016

Georgia Turier-Duerden

Georgia image 1Georgina began her dance journey by training in classical ballet from the age of three and having predominantly trained in ballet from this point her eyes were opened to the world of contemporary dance during her GCSEs and Alevels. At the age of 18 Georgina was accepted onto the BA(Hons) Contemporary Dance Programme at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. During her time there, Georgina was lucky enough to work with choreographers such as Zoi Dimitriou, Dr Naomi Lefebvre Sell, Lizzie Kew Ross, and Eleven Farrer House as well as performing in many student choreographies. The highlights during the three years are having her choreography, ‘What the hell we want!,’ selected for the second year show and being chosen to perform the lead in the re-staging of Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling. Since graduating in 2017 Georgina has led several contemporary workshops in Sussex and has had the opportunity to train with SDT, New Adventures, Nat Whittingham and Gabbie Cook, Russell Maliphant, and the Martha Graham School. Georgina is very excited to be joining FFIN DANCE in her first professional company job since graduating and looks forward to sharing her passion for dance with as many people as possible.