Hayley Matthews Biography

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Hayley Matthews Biography

Hayley is a contemporary dancer, choreographer and a Rolfer (Structural Integration Practitioner). Her parents tell her she first started dancing at 1 years old, as she climbed and tumbled while her twin sister sat and read books.
Hayley believes she dances to find the I that is not a twin, she uses dance and movement in order to know who she is and where she is.   

Hayley first studied Fine Art at London Guildhall, later pulled into academia she received a First Class degree in Material Culture, Architecture and Museum studies at Leeds University and a final year award winning essay (while dancing and choreographing with Leeds Stage Musical Society). She made it back on her contemporary dancing path with two mentorships 2006-2009 with Adam Benjamin (UK Founder of Candoco) in Plymouth, Cork and London and with the late fierce Francis Nii Yartey and Noyam Dance Company on polished stone floors in Accra, Ghana. Hayley has since danced, choreographed and taught at and for CoDa Dance (London/Essex), Cando2 (London), Sadlers Wells (London), East London Dance (London), Out There Festival (Great Yarmouth), Tanzfabrik (Berlin), Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Dance Umbrella (London) P.A.L/Stressfree (London/Paris), National Theatre Ghana (Accra), The Cockpit (London), Brighton Fringe Festival, The House of St Barnabas (London)  and at ActOne with Suzie Birchwood (Hertfordshire).

After a serious bike accident in 2010 Hayley took some time away from dancing in recovery and writing poetry. in 2014 Hayley moved to Norwich, UK and founded ENSEMBLE, and became a certified Rolfer in 2017, now practicing in London, France and East Anglia.

Her current artistic work pulls from all these things above, she is interested in health, function and movement, in the vital role of creative expression, and in curating experiences that give the public a bridge into contemporary dance and time to contemplate. In intimate, graceful, active citizenship. And in how we can get home to who we really are, and meet people from there; how we can learn to be vulnerable, intimate, fierce, functional and well and how performers and Rolfers can show people the way in this. 

ENSEMBLE is an international collection of artists from dance, sound and visuals, contributing through performances, workshops and interventions to active, intimate, graceful citizenship.


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).