Suzi Cunningham is a dance/performance artist and maker. She designs and presents challenging and political work, often bespoke and immediate in responses to environments. She has significant training and experience in dance and butoh, physical theatre and outdoor performance and has presented her own solo works at Dance Live (Aberdeen), Hidden Door (Edinburgh), Festival Mirabilia (Italy), the CCA and Leith Theatre. She was chosen as Surges’ Rising Voice for ‘Eidos’ in Manipulate Festival 2020 and embarked upon a Scottish wide tour in 2021 with a double bill of 2 solo works ‘Rules To Live By’ and ‘Eidos’ She regularly collaborates with other artists, musicians and filmmakers. She co-created ‘Buff and Sheen’ in 2020, reaching vulnerable audiences affected by the Pandemic and with ‘Eaten’, she performed with Mamoru Iriguchi, touring over 3 years across the UK and the world. Suzi is a trained Dance for Parkinson’s teacher and fully qualified dance psychotherapist. She continues to deliver inclusive dance sessions online and has worked with Dance Base and SCHC to facilitate dance in the Sick Children’s Hospital, Edinburgh.
With the valued support of Cove Park and The Work Room, Suzi is collaborating on this residency with Jen Cunningham-dance artist and maker, Dylan Read- theatre maker and musician, and Ceylan Hay aka Bell Lungs- multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and experimental sound artist.
The original inspiration for this project was The Lost Words by Robert McFarlane and Jackie Morris, inspiring the re-enchantment of lost connections to life and landscape. The aim work has evolved to seek ways to relish and inspire the rewilding of the self and revive intrinsic links. Primarily using movement, they are now uncovering sound, humour and text to connect to forgotten worlds in order to to find a truly integrated way of being with nature now.