"Rachel Laird, seemed completely at home with her language, and inhabit the stage with the maturity and ease of a professional."
Originally from Scotland now based in London as a Contemporary Dance Artist.
Artistic Statement: Passionate about expanding and using my background and interests in musical theater, improvisation, voice work, physical theater, contact/partner work and dance to collaborate and work with other artists. Alongside all of this I am looking to expand my use of language through the arts and write poetry, which tends to comes from automatic writing techniques.
Rachel Laird has been fortunate to have trained at Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance.
-Co-founder of Sliding Doors with Clara Cowen. Premier of "Penthouse Hickies" at Heads Up, Dance Base for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019.
-Dancer for The Natashas Project (dance theatre company that make work focussin on human trafficking and modern day slavery)
-Found Dances (a series of pop-up contemporary dance performances aiming to reach accidental audiences) for South East Dance Our City Dances 2019, Brighton
-R&D New work "We Never Arrive" A Truefitt Collective July 2019
She is very grateful to all the wonderful artist she has been lucky to work with so far and has performed work throughout the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Holland, USA and India. In works by Yael Flexer, Filip Van Huffle, Theo Clinkard, Hagit Yakira, Heidi Rustgaard, Dam Van Huynh, Joan Cleville, Matthew Robinson and Anna Kenrick among others. Rachel was in a re-staging of Martha Graham's work Panorama, led by Graham company dancer Jacqueline Bulnes, in 2017 and also performed alongside Van Huynh Company in their work Under this Weight in Kolkata, India as part of the Dance Bridges Festival 2017. She performed in the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival in Glasgow, 2014. In 2013 she was part of the community cast for balletLorent's Rapunzel.
Thank you to all of the photographers who I have been lucky to have worked with over the years and can now use throughout my website.
Jack Thomson Photography