Since her training at Central School of Ballet, Sally Marie has performed extensively with Protein Dance and Sean Tuan John, as well 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.
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, 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.
This year she has 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 Antony Daly Luna as part of Dance West’s Ignition Festival. She has also just also just been commissioned to do a new outdoor version of her previous work Tree, which will premiere at the InsideOut Festival in Bournemouth this September. Sally will also be doing a project this summer called Everyday People this summer, which gives 6 member of the public a chance to choreograph on professional dancers with Sally as a go between.
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. She has also just begun mentoring and has worked recently with Keira Martin, Zoe Parker and Stuart Waters.
‘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.’
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