NO FILTER - WARD THOMAS
Choreo/Movement Direction By Liv Lockwood
Hailing from Devon and now living in London; Olivia is a spirited dance artist who has created movement for the likes of Nina Nesbitt, You Me At Six and Carmody . Her work spans across stage and screen, having created touring live work for the likes of Exim Dance Company and Spindrift Dance Company, she has carved out a distinctive style, creating movement on and for all bodies everywhere.
In 2013 Olivia was commissioned by Exim Dance Company to create live work for their UK tour, which was generously supported by the Arts Council. Olivia created 'Desiderium' a work which stirred audiences everywhere and toured until 2015. Shortly after, she created and toured 'Keel' a collaborative duet with Laura Henry (Exim Dance Co. Director). During this time she began exploring Dance on screen and met Director Chris Lake, together they devised choreography for a film 'FADE' that has been shown internationally at the Warsaw and Sofia International Film Festivals. Beyond this Olivia has created live works for Spindrift Dance Company 'Rain on the last day...', Roehampton University 'RED' and Third Row Dance Company 'Beneath Sky, Above Water'.
Her live work has been performed at venues and festivals across the UK including, The Place, The House, Exeter Phoenix, Royal Festival Hall and Pavilion Dance South West. In 2015 Olivia received the Young Choreographers Award for her live work ‘RED’ and became an ambassador for the Young Choreographers South West programme for 3 years.
Olivia has recently choreographed a dance film titled 'WAKE' for LeMoon Productions company, featuring a diverse cast of performers, shot across rural Devon, which will be released later in 2018.
She has also recently Directed and Choreographed a new music video for Carmody and is currently creating new work to be featured in music videos for OnlyGirl, Maeve and Holly Walker.
Olivia's vocabulary is a hybrid of styles, a sort of dance chameleon, she prefers to do what feels good in her body, dance is a healer for her. Within her dancing there is a spiritual, euphoric and ancestral funk; she's an emotional mover, bedroom dancer; inspired heavily by great music and the everyday.
Live Work and Commissions
LeMoon Productions/Exim Dance Co./Spindrift Dance Co.
Third Row Dance Co./AD1 Dance Co.
Kinesis Dance Co./ Roehampton University.
AD1 Dance Company
Currently a performer with aKa Dance Company