Since her training at Central School of Ballet, Sally Marie has performed extensively in work by with Protein Dance , Sean Tuan John, Jasmin Vardimon, Tilted Productions, Duckie at the Barbican, H2, Lulu’s Living Room, Rajni Shah, Deja Donne in Italy, Frauke Requart, IJAD, Geoff Moore and Gary Stevens.
She was twice voted Best Female Performer by Dance Europe, as well as being nominated for a Spotlight Award for new talent and twice nominated as Best Female Performer by the National Dance Awards. She won the New Adventures Choreography Award 2013, The Children’s Choreography Award 2014 and her recent work ‘I loved you and I loved you’ was nominated as Best Dance Production by The Welsh Theatre Awards 2015. The company was also nominated this year as Best Dance Company 2016 . Their new piece is also in the final of The Samuel Beckett Theatre Award 2017.
Through Sweetshop Revolution, Sally has choreographed two solos. Her first was called From Mum to Mum from Me and the second was called The Extra and performed at The Linbury, Royal Opera House. Since then she has made three full-length works: Dulce et Decorum, Tree and I loved you and I loved you and I loved you, which toured recently to 20 British venues. The work has been supported overall so far by Battersea Arts Centre, Birmingham DanceXChange, CoreoCymru and Arts Council England, Pavilion Dance South West, Dance 4, Dance East, Galeri and Theatre Harlech.
Last year Sally received commissions for numerous pieces, making Cherry Pops and Frozen Snow for Edge Hill University, Ice Dust Chronicle – a ballet for Images, (London Studio Centre’s performance company ), W O N D E R L A N D – a graduation piece for Northern School of Contemporary Dance and a new solo called The Looking Boy for Dance West’s Ignition Festival. During the summer last year, Sally directed a project called Everyday People, which gave six member of the public a chance to choreograph on four professional dancers – with Sally as a choreographic mentor. This was made possible by the producing support of The Dance Movement in Farnham Maltings. She was also commissioned to do a new outdoor version of her previous work Tree, which premiered at the InsideOut Festival in Bournemouth last September. Finally in October, Sally choreographed for the first in-house production at The Lighthouse in Poole.
This year, the focus is on a new work for the company. We completed the first research in February with the support of Arts Council England, Dance East and Dance 4. We hope to engage in a second research period in June, to be followed by the creation in Nov – Feb 2018, with touring through to early May.
Aside from the company, Sally has choreographed Nerve for Baron’s Court Theatre, Reasons to be Cheerful a musical by GRAEAE at the Theatre Royal Stratford East and a circus solo about a vampire waitress called Violet Smile. She also choreographed Ridiculussmuss’s last show, The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland – as well as Palma Violets, Crimson Smile for the Centre of Advanced Training in Birmingham. Sally is qualified as a life coach and as begun mentoring and has worked recently with Keira Martin, Zoe Parker, Stuart Waters, and Kimberely Harvey. Sally is also developing an apprenticeship scheme called The Sweetshop Tigers to support new graduates in the early part of their career.
‘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.)