Helen Parlor has been working as a contemporary dancer, choreographer, Artistic Director and rehearsal director since 1998. Helen has performed professionally with Dansconnect (1998-99), dancing works by Jonathon Lunn, Scott Ambler, Yael Flexor and Nikky Smedley. Motionhouse Dance Theatre (2000-06) creating and performing ‘Atomic’, ‘Fearless’, ‘Volatile’ and ‘Perfect’.
Helen then moved to Oslo to work with Panta Rei Danseteater, (2006-2007), working with choreographers Jamie Watton and Anne Ekenes. Returning, Helen performed for Mobius Dance Theatre touring ‘Such Is Life(2008-10). As a director and choreographer Helen collaborates regularly with various organisations. She was the movement director with Theatre Is working on their productions Tightrope and Epiphany and has regular links with other organisations including Cirque Bijou leading to collaborations with the Original Spinners for the Bristol Harbourside festival 2012 and for future collaborations in Bristol for the summer of 2013 with Parlor Dance.
Helen was the Assistant Choreographer for the London 2012 Opening of the Paralympic Games working with thousands of volunteers and the Paralympic creative team since March 2012.
Helen is now concentrating on her company ‘Parlor Dance’ and ‘MÓTUS’. Parlor Dance regular delivers choreographic projects and initiatives throughout the UK working with a whole range of ages and abilities to create dynamic choreography. This outreach work partners touring work which is currently being developed with Parlor Dance’s new touring work ‘Home from Home’ scheduled to tour throughout the UK in 2016.
MÓTUS is an annual dance festival in Milton Keynes artistically directed by Helen Parlor which has run two years of successful festivals engaging with both professional dance artists and the community to create work throughout Milton Keynes. Please see MÓTUS chapter in ‘Work’ tab for more information.
Throughout her career Helen has held a dedication to teaching people of all ages and abilities as well as creating work on various groups both in theatrical contexts and through site specific works.
Norwegian Choreographic Commission with Touch of Dance.
‘There lies flowers in your footsteps’
In 2014 Helen Parlor was asked to come and make some work over 2 days with Touch of Dance in Nittedal, Norway. Helen wanted to make some work with resonance and was particularly struck and affected by the terrorist attacks in Norway in 2011. This is what the company produced over those 2 days.