Lucy Haighton is an independent performance & theatre maker, movement artist, 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 different 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.
In 2019 Lucy founded 50+ Contemporary Dance Sheffield, an open level contemporary dance group for people aged 50 and over living in Sheffield. The group established after conversations with older women who felt there were no classes or groups available in Sheffield that represented their ages, mobilities & abilities as dancers.
Lucy currently / previously works with organisations such as Theatre Delicatessen, Access Space & The Montgomery (Sheffield), Yorkshire Dance (Leeds), CAST & DARTS (Doncaster), The Barnsley Civic (Barnsley), Deda (Derby), HOOT Arts (Huddersfield) & both Sheffield Universities.
As a performer Lucy has collaborated & performed with numerous independent artists & companies including Gary Clarke, Lisa May Thomas, Gerry Turvey, Allie Carr, Jack Webb, Sonia Sabri (Manasamitra), Dora Frankel, Hype Dance Company, Balbir Singh Dance Company, Forest Sounds Theatre and Grimm & Co and and has performed across the country in national tours and at the Brighton & Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. From 2013 Lucy has been part of the Sheffield collective The Dance Network Sheffield resulting in the collaboration of site specific work City Scapes choreographed by Gerry Turvey. Since 2017 Lucy has worked closely as a performer & collaborator with Spiltmilk Dance.
Lucy trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds & the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance in Dundee graduating in 2012.