Hayley Matthews is an independent contemporary dancer, dance maker and director of ENSEMBLE, an umbrella for her dance work, set up in 2014.. Hayley performs, makes and teaches nationally and internationally and also has Rolfing (hands on structural integration) practices in London and Norwich.
As a dance artist and director of ENSEMBLE she is interested in how we create and live in urban space; how we express experience and who we are in movement; how we find efficiency, openness and potential; ; how we can address the forth wall in performance and create integrated spaces; and how Rolfing and Rolfing movement can inform and shape dance practice- in their understanding of the body and its relationship to gravity, in how we become patterned by habits and events and in how we can find freedom, support, ease and balance, and perhaps struggle in the in-between.
Hayley first studied Fine Art at London Guildhall and went on study Art History and Curatorship at Leeds University, returning to dance in 2006, when she undertook two apprenticeships with Adam Benjamin 2007 - 2009 (founder Candoco Dance) and Frances Nii Yartey 2006 (founding figure in African Contemporary Dance, and director of National Dance Ensemble, Ghana and Noyam). Her studies and interest in Curatorship , Art History and Fine Art continue to inform how she works as an artist. Hayley trained as a certified Rolfer 2014-2016 at The British Academy of Rolfing and Structural Integration
Hayley trained and continues to train with many other artists alongside Rolfing, making and performing including Russel Malipant (UK), Rosas (Brussels), Kirsty Simpson (UK), Ben Duke (UK), Chisato Ohno (UK/Israel), Tere O’Connor (US), Anton Lachky (Slovakia), Jordi Cortes (Spain), Miranda Tufnell (UK), Deborah Hay (UK), Lauren Potter (UK), Yael Flexor, Charles Linehan (UK), Gary Carter (UK), Matinacola (Germany), Rick Nodine (US/UK), Rosalind Crisp (Australia), Siobhan Davies (UK).
ENSEMBLE has received support from ACE, Norwich Arts Center, Norfolk and Norwich Festival, OPEN Ealing (London), Norfolk County Council, DanceEast, (Ipswitch), Norfolk Library Service, Dove Street Studios (Norwich), Norwich Puppet Theater, Tanz Fabrik (Berlin) and Scanners Inc. It has produced two tours of first show Still in the City crossing Norfolk, London and Berlin, and work in progress and preview showings for a solo and ensemble show under company project The Home Projects in Norfolk.
Hayley has taught, choreographed and performed with East London Dance as lead artist (London 2008 ), Noyam Dance Company as dancer and apprentice (Ghana 2007), Dance Umbrella as group leader on Overture 2012 (London 2008), Green Candle Dance Company as artist and youth dance leader (London 2009), Theatre Venture as assistant choreographer (London 2009), ActOne as lead artist with children with and without disabilities (Hertfordshire 2009-2010), Creative Partnerships as lead artist on schools projects (London 2009), Hemihelp as choreographer (London), PAL and StressFree as dancer and choreographer (London/Paris 2010), Candoco Youth Dance Company as dancer (London 2008-2009), Happy at Home as lead artist with family projects in Hackney (London 2010), Abingdon House School as resident dance artist with children with learning delay (London 2009-2012), Camden Fringe Festival as performer and choreographer (London 2015), Tanz Fabrik as performer and choreographer (Berlin 2015), National Theatre Ghana as dancer (Ghana 2016), The Cockpit as dancer and choreographer (London 2015), OPEN Ealing as dancer and choreographer (London), Norwich Art Centre and Dove Street Studios as performer and director (Norwich, UK 2015-2016), Norwich Puppet Theatre and Wells Maltings (Norfolk UK 2016), Sheringham Little Theatre (Norfolk UK 2016).