We are delighted to welcome Horizon Artist Leads; Lucy Suggate, Natasha Davis and Seeta Patel.

What is the role of an Artist Lead?

Horizon seeks to challenge International perceptions of what live performance created in England might look like today – formally, thematically, representationally – and to showcase works and amplify artists/companies that can challenge perceived status quos. The Artist Leads are experienced artists who have worked internationally, and are ready to mentor earlier career artists as well as inform Horizon’s strategy and decision-making.

Horizon’s key objective is to catalyse international touring opportunities and international conversations for artists based in England. Artist Leads will play a significant role in this, supporting programmed artists and creative producers to develop skills, knowledge and confidence to explore international working.

About The Artist Leads

Lucy Suggate is a dance artist based in Yorkshire and Scotland, working across many roles and settings including performance making,  dramaturgy, education and mentoring. Her work highlights how movement-dance-choreography can respond to the ongoing age of crisis and prolonged uncertainty by focusing on embodied practices and the physical and perceptual shifts that occur when engaged in long-term moving and thinking.

Website: www.lucysuggate.com

Natasha Davis is a performance and visual artist with over 40 solo and collaborative projects in a range of media including live performance, installation, film and publication. Her interdisciplinary, personal, global-facing and politically engaged work focuses on crossing borders, body and memory. It mixes autobiography, fantasy, research and technology, combined to create a form of resistance.

Engaging with local, national and international issues, the work has been presented in the UK (National Theatre Studio London, Tate Modern, V&A, Birmingham Rep, Rich Mix, Barbican Plymouth, Playhouse Derry, Capstone Liverpool, Colchester Arts Centre, ARC Stockton and many others) and internationally in Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Serbia, USA, Canada, Australia, India, China, and South Africa (at venues such as Power Station of Arts Shanghai, Project Arts Centre Dublin, Point Centre for Contemporary Art Nicosia, Luella Massey Toronto, Theatre Works Melbourne etc).

Website: www.davisnatasha.co.uk

Born in London, Seeta Patel has worked with a range of Bharatanatyam and contemporary dance professionals and toured with many companies including DV8 Physical Theatre, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company & Gandini Juggling. She has presented sold out work at the Southbank Centre, Royal Opera House: ROH2 and Sadler’s Wells.

In tandem with her choreographic and performing work she has worked in film, TV and theatre, including producing a multi award-winning short dance film, The Art of Defining Me; being a judge, mentor and advisor for the inaugural BBC Young Dancer Competition, and choreographing a play at the Theatre Royal Stratford East – The House of In Between. Her work, Not Today’s Yesterday, is a one-woman show taking a dramatic look at the whitewashing of history. The show won Best Dance and the Peace Foundation Award at the Adelaide Fringe.

Most recently Seeta created a Bharatanatyam version of the iconic ballet, The Rite of Spring, touring in 2019 and to be expanded in 2023 for Sadler’s Wells and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Website: www.seetapatel.co.uk