I n t e r a k t i o n s - L a b o r
Photo by Tex Bishop 2014
Azzie McCutcheon is a UK-born dance artist now based between UK and Germany. She creates a variety of work across disciplines within the scenes of contemporary dance and fusion belly dance.Azzie’s intention as a dance artist is to create work that somehow touches on the phenomenon of human existence; our perception and understanding of the world, and our connection to it and each other. She believes in the concept of performance as a transformative process: perhaps even on the most subtle level we may not be exactly the same person when we leave a performance as when we entered. However many times it is performed, a performance can only happen in one moment, and this shared experience is a powerful process.
In 2009 Azzie received a 1st class BA in Drama at the University of Exeter where she obtained both a conceptual and a technical training in various areas of performance-making, and where she co-founded a small dance theatre company. After moving to London she began a career in acting before soon re-developing a stronger focus into dance and continuing her training in contemporary dance, as well as beginning her training in Tribal Fusion belly dance. In 2012 she began to teach and perform, and in 2013 she received a scholarship to undergo the Speaking Dancer Interdisciplinary Programme at the Dance Research Studio, with Jacky Lansley. In 2014 she received a Distinction for an MA in Choreography at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London, for which she also received a Trinity Laban Bursary Award, and in the same year became an associate to the Digital Arts Performance-Lab (DAP-Lab), London. In 2015 Azzie moved to Berlin where she continued her training during the Dance Intensive at Tanzfabrik, and where she now continues to work as dancer, teacher and choreographer.
Since 2012 Azzie has worked professionally as dancer and choreographer within the contemporary dance and art scene. Azzie has worked as a dancer in London and Berlin with a variety of choreographers including the DAP-Lab, Marcela Giesche, Shai Faran and Dominique Baron-Bonarjee. As a choreographer her work took a new direction in 2014 when she began to create work collaborating across disciplines including sound, audio-visual, and installation, and began creating experiential and immersive ‘performance installations’. This brought her in contact with the DAP-lab, with whom she began to work as dancer and choreographer, and later became an associate. She returned to work with the DAP-lab in London and Madrid. Now based in Berlin, Azzie continues to work as a freelance dancer and choreographer for a variety of different projects and to create her own work, both solo and in collaboration with other artists.