Kindred Folk Dance Theatre creates dance and storytelling performances for non-traditional performance venues. Combining folk arts with contemporary styles, we create immersive experiences for our audiences, blurring the line between audience and performer. Our work stems from ideas of culture, identity and community.
All of our work starts from conversations within communities, gathering stories and testimonials to inform the production. We can often be found partnering with libraries and cultural organisations.
We believe that trusting our intuition will lead us down the path that works for everyone whether thats participants, artists or audiences.
We believe imagination allows us to create change, build worlds where we can wonder and respond empathetically to those around us
We believe that Play is for everyone regardless of their age. We play through stories with an understanding that dance says things that sometimes words cannot and words tell us something that dance cannot.
We believe in gently questioning and challenging the familiar is the key to discovering new ideas and gaining deeper understanding.
We believe in giving as much as we can – ideas, space and appreciation for differing views allows us greater flexibility in our outlook and approach.
We believe good communication fosters connection. Through storytelling, listening and collaborating, we give space for everyone to articulate their thoughts, ideas and experiences whether that’s through movement, spoken word or song.
E Emily O’Shea
Artistic DirectorEmily is a choreographer, facilitator, dance maker and community artist. Her work centres around working with people, whether that be collaborating with other artists in the studio or out connecting with communities. Emily believes that it is stories that connects us all and the more stories are shared the less isolated people feel. Emily’s career has been eclectic, spanning over 3 continents working with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. Facilitating classes, workshops and projects with people of all ages and abilities across the North west of England, London, Ghana and Peru. Emily originally trained at the Hammond School, graduating in 2011. She then went on to work on cruise ships before moving to London where she performed with a number of small contemporary companies. In 2016 Emily moved to Peru where she worked with NGO Social Creativa as their artist in residence. Upon returning to the UK, Emily settled back down in Manchester where she has worked on community projects with Cheshire Dance, Dance Manchester and Company Chameleon. She went on to study at the University of Chester, graduating with an MA in Dance at the end of 2018, where her research focus was dance and storytelling. Emily set up Kindred Folk Dance Theatre (formerly Emily O'Shea Company) in 2018 with her first project On The Border.
F Felicity Goodman
Felicity Goodman is a director, storyteller, writer and community artist with a background in theatre. She has run creative workshops, experiences and performances for schools, families and adult learners for the last decade with:
Manchester Art Gallery, Z-Arts, The Pankhurst Centre, HOME Manchester, Manchester Literature Festival, Library Live, Tatton Park, the Royal Exchange, Victoria Gallery and Museum, Emily O’Shea Company.
From plays to poems, podcasts to prose, her work explores traditional tales, folk culture, the natural world, voice, families and identity.