‘Marvellously dramatic dancer’ (New York Times) Laura Careless tells the stories of the forgotten female rulers of England who set the stage for Elizabeth I. Based on Helen Castor’s book/BBC series, “She-Wolves” is “an extraordinary experience and an essential watch for anyone wanting to rip the rug up from underneath patriarchy’s grip on history” (Wee Review). Movement, spoken word, animations, and song breathe new life into thrilling episodes and captivating personalities from the medieval and Tudor eras. Laura explores Britain’s historical relationships with gender and power, and seeks to reclaim “she-wolf” as an expression of personal re-wilding . With choreography by UK National Dance award winner Jonathan Watkins and animation by BBC Film Network award winner Belle Mellor. ‘Radically relevant…If you are dithering about whether to go, you should.’ (***** Broadway Baby).
Laura Careless is a Brighton-based dance artist. Through dance performance and education, she advocates for the reclamation and rewilding of our physical instincts.
Laura’s critically acclaimed solo performance work has toured internationally, including the In Between Arts Festival in Lebanon with the British Council and Hogfish Arts on the east coast of the US. She also performs in Rebel Boob, a post-verbatim production based on interviews with women who have received a breast cancer diagnosis, currently touring the UK.
Laura is a graduate of The Royal Ballet School, London; the Ecole-Atelier of Maurice Bejart in Lausanne, Switzerland; and The Juilliard School Dance Division in New York City, where she received the John Erskine Prize for Artistic and Academic Excellence. Upon graduation from Juilliard, Laura became a founding member and Principal Performer at Company XIV, a Brooklyn-based multi-media production company. XIV’s performances blend dance with theatre, opera, circus, burlesque and opulent design in live performance and film and have been recognised by the Drama Desk, Bessie, and New York Independent Theater Awards. Laura has also worked as a guest artist with Buglisi Dance Theatre, Aszure Barton and Artists and the Metropolitan Opera.
Teaching and dance education has been an equal passion with performing throughout Laura’s career. She is a Curriculum Specialist for Juilliard’s K-12 department; Dance Education Consultant for Rambert Classroom; and faculty at ICTheatre Brighton. Through her teaching, she seeks to empower students to move like themselves, prioritising their physical, mental and soulful wellbeing.
Press & Reviews
'Radically relevant...If you are dithering about whether to go, you should."
"A performer who catches you in her grip for the entirety of the show...an astounding performance."
The Wee Review
"She-Wolves is an extraordinary experience and an essential watch for anyone wanting to rip the rug up from underneath patriarchy’s grip on history. Experimental, physical and emotional, Careless showcases her incredible theatrical talents in service of stories that may otherwise be lost to time."
Cast & Creative Team Historical Consultant and author of She-Wolves: HELEN CASTOR
Contributing Choreographer: JONATHAN WATKINS
Illustrator and Projection Designer: BELLE MELLOR
Contributing Writer: ANGELA EL ZEIND
Additional text: CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTES
Vocalist, Vocal Coach and Composer: BISAN TORON
Set design and build: COLIN HOLDEN DESIGN
Costumes: ANNE CARELESS
Make-up Designer: SARAH CIMINO
Technical Director: SUZI BURROWS
Film: AVIVA BLUME
Sound Designer: RYAN MCADAMS