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Turvey World Dance

Evie Godfrey Mentors, Performing Arts

Turvey world dance

Company Overview

I am a dance artist, and choreographer based in Leeds, I use dance to respond to visual art in gallery exhibitions, in sites in the Urban environment and additionally collaborate with visual artists. I’ve had a long and sustained career for over 30 years.  Performance, projects and workshops have been in a range of Urban environments, from the canal towpath, Bramley shopping centre and the whole of Sheffield city centre.  Gallery intervention and performances has been Leeds and Manchester as well as South Africa, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Hepworth Wakefield, Huddersfield Gallery and Mcb-A Switzerland.

My creative practice is with artists and the environment. I work in galleries and develop the interaction, collaboration and response of the body to visual art. Other projects have been in site specific locations My work offers opportunities the public different ways of viewing, thinking about and experiencing the gallery and art works, and their environment.

My work has been described sensitive yet striking and demonstrates a strong desire to communicate with the public. I create work that is visually stunning and reflects and responds to the inherent aspects of environment, the content of the work emphasizes the specific nature of each site performed in.I am interested in is how dance and performance can contribute to the overall experience of viewing the world, and how engaging the public through the performance and interaction of dance, can enrich people’s lives.

Areas of Specialism for Mentoring

  • Performing Arts
  • Dance
  • Site specific dance
  • Dance for film

Gerry Turvey, Choreographer/ Dance Artist

Photograph of Gerry Turvey

Previously I worked part time in Dance departments at York St John and Leeds Universities, as well, as guest artist at Edge Hill University, so guided students through the process of their degree and how to follow-up into the performing arts sector.

In 2005-6 I worked in South Africa as Education worker in a dance company, much of this work was supporting the dancers to teach their own classes and workshops, and start to develop their own projects.

I was dance development worker with Hoot Creative Arts in Huddersfield, for 7 years, this involved supporting dance volunteers, and project mentoring emerging artists/volunteers

I have done several coaching workshops, which give transferable skills towards mentoring.

"As a mentor on the Advance programme, I can offer support, inspiration and guidance to younger and emerging artists, helping to empower them in their creative life."