ENSEMBLE is a dance company and a collection of artists from performance, sound, light and photography, working to expand the horizons of contemporary dance
founded by dancer Hayley Matthews.
We use dance to amplify grace and intimacy; which explodes into spaces for contemplation and togetherness.
Based in Norwich UK, touring nationally and internationally.
Alongside sharing experiences of grace and intimacy our mission is to allow audiences to cross the great divide from passive, frontal observers to active, integrated, oriented experiencers of dance.
In 2016 our show Still in the City; intimacy through the eyes of dancers, musicians and young children, an experience of openness and grace in urban space brought 85% of children and 59% of adults to see contemporary dance in Norfolk for the first time.
33% children and 23% of adults to see contemporary dance who had never seen contemporary dance before
32% of the audience to a new venue in Norfolk they had never been to
100% said they would come again and recommend the show
“It’s the best performance I have seen for children”
“Compelling and completely absorbing. It was wonderful to watch the interaction with the children, completely uninhibited”
BOOTH; in the middle of intimacy and reality, is currently being created in the grit of reality on a rural recovery unit where residents are in recovery from substance abuse and homelessness with 2 dancers, a photographer, a composer and a musician.
BOOTH will premiere in Spring 2019, venues tbc, it transforms two adjoining spaces with large scale photography, projection, dance, spoken word and sound and is a timed performance exhibition that happens on a loop for 15-20 audience memberss at a time.
“Energy - change - movement - light & dark - Life”
“The power of being in and out of the light, an empathetic show”
HAYLEY MATTHEWS Biography