Helen Poynor is an independent movement
artist whose approach has evolved out of 30 years of professional
practice on four continents. She specialises in movement in
natural environments, site-specific, autobiographical and improvisatory
performance and cross art-form collaborations combining movement
with installation, text, film and the visual arts.
recognised movement teacher, director and performer Helen’s
early intensive training with Anna Halprin at the San Francisco
Dancers’ Workshop and Suprapto Suryodarmo from Java served
as the foundation for the development of her unique approach to
non-stylised movement and performance practice. She is recognised by Suprapto as a teacher and is a guest associate teacher for Talmapa UK.
Helen is a mentor
for a number of established and emerging dancers and performers.
A visiting Professor of Performance at Coventry University Helen
taught performance practice at the University of Plymouth for five
years. She is a Senior Registered Dance Movement Therapist
ADMP UK and a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist with ISMETA
working with individuals in private practice.
Artistic work includes:
These are not my father's shoes (2017) Autobiographical solo.
In Memoriam (2016) Film collaboration with artist Annie Pfingst.
Coat - The Turning and Returning of the Tide (2014) A collaboration with artist / performer Hilary Kneale and film-maker Vicky Vergou.
an Incoming Tide (2010) director, environmental dance
film created with film-maker Kyra Norman and 3 dancers in tidal
sites under the cliffs at Beer Head.
Time and Tide - Movers and Makers (2007) environmental movement and installation project with six women artists on the Jurassic Coast, joint director with Annie Pfingst.
Men O Pause All Moments (2006) Escapade Improvisation Festival, London, solo auto-biographical performance.
(2005) collaborative site-specific installation with visual artist
Annie Pfingst created under Beer Head on the Jurassic Coast (some
images on web-site)
the Brink (2001) site specific video, Multiple
Women collaboration with Sandra Reeve, film-maker
Peter Batty and vocalist/composer Tim Jones.
(1999) site-specific performance/installation, Royal National Park
NSW, in collaboration with visual artist Annie Pfingst (image above
and elsewhere on web-site).
Repro Blues (1998) solo auto-biographical performance, Bristol.