Sally Marie trained at Central School of Ballet and worked with amongst others, Protein Dance, Sean Tuan John, Jasmin Vardimon, Tilted Productions, H2, Frauke Requart, Deja Donne, Rajni Shah, IJAD and Duckie. During her performing career, she received four nominations as Best Female Performer from both Dance Europe and the National Dance Awards, along with one for a Spotlight Award for new talent. She also won the New Adventures Choreography Award 2013 and The Children’s Choreography Award 2014 for a Sadler’s Well’s / Place commission piece. Sweetshop Revolution, her company was nominated as Best Independent Company by The National Dance Awards 2016 and her new work ‘BeautifuL was also in the final of the Samuel Beckett Awards 2017.
Of her two initial solos, The Extra was performed at The Royal Opera House and four full- length works followed. Her most recent creation, ‘I loved you and I loved you’ toured to twenty venues nationally and was nominated as Best Dance Production by The Welsh Theatre Awards 2015.
Aside from the company, Sally was commissioned to make The Looking Boy by Ignition Festival and choreographed Nerve for Baron’s Court Theatre as well as Reasons to be Cheerful, a musical by GRAEAE for Theatre Royal, Stratford East and a circus solo about a vampire waitress called Violet Smile. Sally also choreographed Ridiculussmuss’s show, The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland.
Commissions recently include Cherry Pops and Frozen Snow for Edge Hill University, Ice Dust Chronicle for Images, W O N D E R L A N D for Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Palma Violets, Crimson Smile for the Centre for Advanced Training in Birmingham. and
Her project Everyday People, produced by The Dance Movement gave six members of the public the chance to choreograph on four professional dancers and was followed by a re-working of her full length dance-theatre piece Tree for the outdoors, where it was heralded as the ‘highlight’ of The InsideOut Festival. It premiered in September as part of The InsideOut Festival. Sally also choreographed Archipelago for The Lighthouse Poole last September and has recently completed a research period for her new work BeautifuL, which was a finalist in the Oxford Samuel Beckett Award. This piece has now been awarded full Arts Council England funding and is currently in production and will be touring nationally in Spring 2018.
Alongside her choreographic work, Sally is presently developing The Sweetshop Tigers, a scheme for new graduates – as well as mentoring other artists, most recently Keira Martin, Zoe Parker, Stuart Waters, Lennie and Ray Prendergast.
‘I came to movement because I was too shy to speak. I stayed with it because I found in it some essential honesty. Movement seems to speak the silence between the full stops that words can never reach.’
Reviews of Sally as a performer.
One of the most interesting talents to emerge within recent years. Keith Watson, Evening Standard
We all love people who make us laugh and Sally is one of the most appealing and innovative visual comediennes around – actually, strike ‘one of’. Since I can’t think of another that comes close to her particular ingenuity. Graham Watts, Ballet.co.uk
Reviews of the Company’s recent work:
Reviews from our last show ‘I loved you and I loved you’.
‘Here is a new dance theatre production…and it’s something special…quirkily detailed dance.’ **** The Times
‘I loved you and I loved you‘ is a miniature gem’ **** The Observer
(In all, I loved and I loved you received 6 x 4 star reviews.)