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Wendy Houstoun


Wendy Houstoun is a movement/theatre artist who remains committed to finding new forms to address her themes. Over the years, her work has developed a uniquely distinctive style that combines movement with text, and meaning with humour.

Since 1980, Wendy has worked extensively as a solo performer, and in collaboration with companies and artists whose work challenges, enriches, and extends the boundaries of, dance and theatre. Her work with DV8 Physical Theatre, Tim Etchells and Forced Entertainment, film-maker David Hinton, Jonathan Burrows, Nigel Charnock, performance artist Rose English, Gloria Theatre, Lumiere and Son Theatre and Ludus Dance Company has explored large and small stages, specific sites, film and installation.

Wendy’s solo pieces, Haunted, Daunted and Flaunted, Happy Hour (commissioned by Chisenhale Dance Space), and The 48 Almost Love Lyrics have all toured Europe. She has made two films, Touched and Diary of a Dancer for BBC with David Hinton. Site-specific commissions include Mind the Gap for the South Bank Centre, Reverse Effect for Cultural Industry, and Take Me to the River for the South Bank and Greenwich & Docklands Festival.

Wendy is an artist who experiments with ideas in her work, but keeps her audience very much in mind. While her work challenges preconceptions about movement, she communicates clearly and humorously about our culture.

Date Title Venue City
15 November 2011 50 Acts Robin Howard Dance Theatre London
8–9 November 2011 Wendy Houstoun in Anatomy Lessons Lilian Baylis Studio London
19 July 2011 50 Acts Jacksons Lane London
24–25 April 2010 Space For Ideas Workshop The Point Eastleigh
5–7 November 2009 Keep Dancing BAC
22–24 October 2009 Keep Dancing BAC
1–2 July 2009 Yorkshire Playhouse Leeds
20 May 2009 Happy Hour Project Arts Centre Dublin
18 May 2009 Happy Hour Project Arts Centre Dublin
18–20 May 2009 Happy Hour Project Arts Centre, Dublin EIRE
13–16 May 2009 Happy Hour The Sheffield Students Union Sheffield
13–16 May 2009 Happy Hour The Sheffield Students Union
4–10 May 2009 Wendy Houstoun in residency Teatro Fondamenta Nuove Venice
14 February 2009 50 Acts - Act 2, Manifesto, a tract of love and bile National Review of Live Art Glasgow
11–18 January 2009 Desert Island Dances Bosco Theater Sydney
27–29 November 2008 50 Acts BAC London
6–7 November 2008 Desert Island Dances i-camp, Neues Theater Munchen Munich
1 November 2008 Desert Island Dances Greenroom Manchester
17–19 October 2008 Happy Hour Becks Bar @ Meat Market Melbourne
9–13 October 2008 Desert Island Dances the Arts Centre Melbourne
8–18 May 2008 Residency Bassano del Grappa
5 October 2007 Desert Island Dances Condition Publique Roubaix
20–25 August 2007 Desert Island Dances Theatre Workshop Edinburgh
6–8 June 2007 Desert Island Dances Toynbee Studios
24 March 2007 Desert Island Dances Doncaster Civic Theatre Doncaster
14–15 March 2007 Desert Island Dances Unity Theatre Liverpool
8 March 2007 Desert Island Dances Dartington Arts Totnes
6 March 2007 Desert Island Dances Exeter Phoenix Exeter