Simone is an Edinburgh based artist, choreographer, performer, Feldenkrais practitioner and academic. For the past 20 years she has worked across performance and dance with a focus on environment related arts.
Her practice encompasses movement, ecology of place, walking arts and participatory events for both urban and rural contexts. Her work considers walking as a shared choreographic practice and our sensory perception of environments in relation to people, place and performance. Her acclaimed 2006 work with Tamara Ashley in which they walked and created performance events on the UK 270 mile route, the Pennine Way, paved the way for national and international invitations to develop her unique practice.
Simone’s interdisciplinary approach to creating work often invites collaboration with other practitioners and specialists to create performance projects, including her longstanding collaboration with dance artist Neil Callaghan.
Simone’s work has been shown within and for specific sites in the UK, for numerous performance festivals and venues including The Tramway, Somerset House, The Hayward Gallery and Sadlers Wells in London among others, going on to tour across Europe and Asia.
For the past 6 years, Simone’s work in Scotland has mainly taken place in the North East including work for Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Dance North, Moray Walking Festival and Deveron Arts. She was the recipient of a Jerwood funded summer residency at Cove Park to develop research relating to her larger project Into The Mountain.
Simone was recently awarded a full scholarship from The University of Leeds to undertake a Practice as Research PhD that critically engages themes and practices of embodiment and Scotland’s mountaineering culture within performance and geography studies.
In 2017/18 she was an associate artist at The Tramway, Glasgow and is currently a Dance North Associate artist.
“Simone Kenyon’s art rests on a longstanding practice of highly informed, nuanced movement work. As one of the key artists in the UK working with notions of embodiment, her work in public space is both poignant and political”. Nikki Tomlinson, Lead Artist Advisor, Artsadmin and Chair of the Board for Chisenhale Dance Space, London.
SIMONE KENYON AT THE NATIONAL THEATRE OF SCOTLAND: