Lucy Haighton is an independent performance & theatre maker, movement artist & director, choreographer & community dance practitioner based in Sheffield, UK.
Lucy makes playful solo & duet work that aims to charm audiences as well as gently posing questions & has an interest in storytelling. Using movement, text, sound & imagery, her work spans live theatre performance, dance for film & site specific work and includes making, crafting & collaboration with other artists both in dance & other art forms including theatre, sound design & film.
Her practice focuses on creating opportunities for bringing different people & communities together to share meaningful experiences & connections through making & delivering live performances & community arts projects that are multifaceted, person-centered, intergenerational, inclusive & place people at their core.
Lucy is an experienced workshop facilitator working across numerous dance settings. Specialising in delivering creative movement sessions with older adults & adults living with dementia, Lucy collaborated on the three intergenerational project, We Danced, between care homes & primary schools in Sheffield (2016 – 2019). In 2018 Lucy gained a PSI (Postural Stability Instructor) qualification & delivers on a national falls prevention dance programme for older adults Dance To Health, which combines evidence based physiotherapy exercises with the creativity and energy of dance.
Lucy is Artistic Director & Founder 50+ Contemporary Dance Sheffield, a contemporary dance company for people aged 50+ in Sheffield. The company established after conversations with older women who felt there were no classes or groups available in Sheffield that represented their ages, mobilities and abilities as dancers.
Lucy currently works / previously has worked with organisations such as Theatre Deli, Access Space & The Montgomery (Sheffield), Yorkshire Dance (Leeds), CAST & DARTS (Doncaster), The Barnsley Civic (Barnsley), Deda & Derby Theatre (Derby), HOOT Arts (Huddersfield) & both Sheffield Universities.
As a performer and facilitator, Lucy has collaborated with numerous companies and independent artists including Spiltmilk Dance, Hubbub Theatre Company, Hype Dance Company, Balbir Singh Dance Company, Forest Sounds Theatre, The Dance Network Sheffield, Grimm & Co, Sonia Sabri (Manasamitra), Dora Frankel, Gary Clarke, Lisa May Thomas, Gerry Turvey and Allie Carr and has performed across the country in national tours and at the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.
Lucy trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds & the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance in Dundee graduating in 2012.