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Matilda Bjärum

Matilda is a dance artist born in Lund, Sweden, however she has spent the last years living in the UK and the Netherlands whilst studying at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. She has been involved in works by Humanhood, Vinicius Salles, Vloeistof, Alexandra Pirci, Joseph Mercier, MOov and Graham Adey.
She had the pleasure of being one of the apprentice dancers with Scottish Dance Theatre during the 2019/2020 season, where she toured and performed works by Emmanuel Gat, Janine Harrington, Colette Sadler and 7oito. Matilda continues to develop her artistry in multifaceted ways; in 2019 she started the podcast Head, Shoulders, Knees and Pod and is currently part of the event managing team for the queer culture platform PAGE28.

Matilda is excited to keep on working with Sababa Co. and seeing how Chameleon Life develops!

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Polly Constance

From sleepy Hampshire, Polly is a southern-based dance artist, learning to negotiate the hurdles that come with being a freelance dancer. She recently graduated from Northern School of Contemporary Dance with first-class honours, where she worked with artists Phil Sanger, Wayne Parsons, Eleanor Sikorski and Fernanda Prata.

Currently, Polly is a part of GradLab 20/21, working with choreographer Katie Serridge and performing in her new work A Dish of Figs in Fine Weather. She is also a co-founder of Honestly Casual Projects, a new company established with Chana Joyce. Together they dream up new creations, master the art of composing emails and have produced three films: the colour blue, They Followed Their Feet and This Book Needs Another Angle. Most recently, Polly has become a part of Bridport Youth Dance, where she teaches and shares her love of dancing and choreography. In February 2020, Polly performed in Sababa Co.’s work Aize Balagan at the Resolution Festival at The Place, London, and continues to work with the company on a new work.

Outside of the studio, Polly enjoys painting, reading, writing short poems and baking banana bread.

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Shannon Dray

Born in Dundee, Scotland, Shannon began dancing at Scottish Dance Theatre’s Creative Learning. From 2014 to 2017, she studied at The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance achieving a Higher National Diploma. Shannon then studied at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, England, receiving a bachelor of arts degree with first-class honours in contemporary dance. During this time, she was senior dancer of The National Youth Dance Company of Scotland and was doing freelance work for various artists, including Sababa Co.

She is now a company dancer in Compagnie Grenade, France.

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Rose Lewis


Born in Newcastle, Rose began dancing at the age of three, training in a variety of styles at her local dance school before dancing competitively for eight years. At age 11 she worked with BalletLORENT as part of their junior cast to create and tour Rapunzel, and at the age of 12 she joined DanceCity Centre for Advanced Training where she trained for five years, performing works by Anna Watkins, Anthony Lo-Giudice, Neville Campbell and Joss Arnott. In 2015, Rose joined the National Youth Dance Company in London, where she performed and toured In-Nocentes by Michael Keegan-Dolan. She has recently graduated from Northern School of Contemporary Dance with a first-class honours degree, where she performed a variety of works by Amaury Lebrun, Douglas Thorpe, Lea Anderson and Gary Clarke. Following this, she joined VERVE in 2019, where she has been involved in works by Botis Seva, Barnaby Booth, Caroline Finn and Matthew Robinson.

In February 2020, she performed Sababa Co.’s work Aize Balagan at the Resolution Festival at The Place, London, and continues to work with the company on an upcoming piece.

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Corrie McKenzie


Originally from Edinburgh, Corrie graduated from The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance in 2018. During her training, she toured work internationally and nationally with the National Youth Dance Company of Scotland. In 2018/19, she started her postgraduate training with MapDance, working with the likes of Jose Agudo, Liz Aggis, Anthony Missen and Didy Veldman. In 2019, Corrie was a company dancer for Harry Parr, performing in Resolution Festival at The Place, 2020. Corrie also joined Flexer and Sandiland as an apprentice artist in 2019 and has worked on two of the their recent R & D projects, including Acting Our Age and Imagining Otherwise. Other artists Corrie has worked with are Hagit Yakira, Theo Clinkard, Tamsyn Russell and Thomas Small.

Corrie joins the Sababa Co. family this year for a new work.

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Fay Reilly


Born in North Yorkshire, Fay moved up to Scotland at a young age. She started her professional training at The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance in 2016 after three years with the Junior and Senior Scottish Ballet Associates. During her time in Scotland, Fay was a company member of The National Youth Dance Company of Scotland and toured work by Anna Kenrick nationally and internationally. Fay has also had the pleasure of working with Theo Clinkard and Barnaby Booth, and most recently performed at Resolution Festival at The Place, London, with Sababa Co.’s work Aize Balagan. Fay is currently a third year student at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and continues her work with Sababa Co..

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John Robinson

 

John began dancing at an early age. He was part of the Royal Ballet Mid Associate Programme for 2 years and the DanceEast Centre of Advanced Training for 6 years, before attending the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, graduating with a first-class degree. John was recently the apprentice for 2Faced Dance Company touring in their triple bill Everything [but the girl], performing works by Tamsin Fitzgerald and Fleur Darkin across the UK.

John is particularly interested in improvisation and physical theatre; he loves working with text and movement, and playing with how one can inform the other. He started his work with Sababa Co. in 2020 towards a new production.