"Experiential arouse both chills and laughter throughout." (The Journal)

Experiential is a contemporary dance & film company, currently in research & development for new work Trapped

Experiential Dance


Experiential collaborates with a range of artists to deliver life-enhancing audience experiences. Since its beginnings in 2014, the company has encouraged audiences to swap their traditional roles as observers for the freedom to wander, encounter and react to the production in their own ways. Experiential’s works excite and entertain audiences with relevant subject matters, adventurous settings and creation of an intriguing sensory theatrical world.

Working with an eclectic mix of artists – dancers, cinematographers, composers, actors, designers, architects, and visual artists- we seek to showcase each individual’s talent and vision through collaboration.

The company is passionate about inspiring the next generation of artists. Outreach workshops offer young people a unique opportunity to experiment with technology, creativity and share in the company’s production processes.

Experiential is grateful for the support of partner organisations and individuals including Arts Council England, Sarah Shead & Rosie Watt- Spin Arts, Judy Lipsey – Premiere, Brian Brady– Trinity Laban, Lesley Samms - Pure Arts, Chris Grady - Chris Grady.org, Alderson Law, Chilean Anglo Society, Moving Together, Phundee, Blue Elephant Theatre.

Rachel Johnson

Northern born, Rachel Johnson is the founder and Artistic Director of Experiential. It’s her mission to provide audiences with an experience:

"In its simplest form I understand dance to be movement, but I question why dance viewing is traditionally passive. I want to give audiences an active role in Experiential’s productions, to give them the freedom to wander, share in and experience the performance physically and emotionally rather than just visually."

Through her choreography for Experiential and independently Rachel has quickly developed a following from those who are excited in being at the heart of the action.

"Amazing, I felt like a true participant. It was deeply moving- engendering hope- beautiful to watch and be a part of."

Rachel is a choreographer and film artist; her work spans installations, theatre performances, film screenings and site-specific work which has been presented at a network of theatres and sites across the UK including the National Gallery, Old Low Lights, Brighton Festival, Colchester Arts Centre, The Pegasus, Rich Mix, Regent Street Summer Festival, Laban Centre, and more. To find new and exciting possibilities for her work Rachel collaborates with a dynamic range of artists: dancers, designers, sound technicians, composers, visual artists and digital programmers.

"I consider working with these amazing artists and learning from them to be one of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of my profession."


Since graduating from Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 1998 Stuart has toured nationally and internationally with companies including Wired Aerial Theatre, Motionhouse Dance Theatre, Cscape & Barebones to name a few. This has included credits such as Henri Ougike, Sharon Watson, Mike Ashcroft (RSC), Rui Horta, YorgosKaramalegos, Katie Green, Lois Taylor, Yale Flexer, Kenneth Tharp and Scott Ambler. He collaborated with Protein Dance (Luca Silvistrini) in the creation of the award-winning LOL (National Dance Awards Best Independent Dance Company 2011; British Council New Connections Award 2012) and then went on to tour LOL world wide. With Protein Dance Stuart was involved in the creation and UK tour of Boardertales (2013-2014).

Stuart is always eager to develop his practice completing an MA in Dance Studies at the London School of Contemporary Dance in 2012 and in 2014 was selected by the Dance UK mentorship programme to work with Janet Smith.

He has started moving into the area of making his own work with a successful GFA application in 2014 and a research commission, “Creation Space” from The Hall for Cornwall in 2015.

Stuart has created a total of ten commissioned choreographic works for Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) dance schemes around the UK and BA Performing Arts courses UK-wide, including Roehampton, Bath Spa, Chichester, Kingston and Edge Hill universities.

Stuart’s works are greatly influenced by travel and in 2009 he worked with Adnuga dance company, Addis Abab (Ethiopia), leading creative classes and teaching at two local centres one for HIV orphaned children and the other for disabled children. He has since worked with young Tanzanian dancers as part of a dance festival in Dar Es Salaam (2011).

(Trapped 2016)

Luke began his dance training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and then went on to complete his BA Hons Degree at Laban in 2008. In 2009 he joined post graduate dance company Edge at The Place/LCDS, performing works by H2 Dance and Jeremy Nelson.

Professionally he has performed for Yael Flexer, Nic Sandiland, Angela Praed, Charles Linehan, Dog Kennel Hill Project, Rosemary Lee (Rehearsal Director/Performer), Punchdrunk, Florence Peake, Rahel Vonmoos and Saffy Setohy.

He has also performed in visual art/gallery based projects with Pablo Bronstein, Martin Creed and Aya Kobayashi for Tate Modern and Tate Britain and a restaging of Yvonne Rainer’s Trio A and the Mirror City exhibition (Florence Peake and Nicola Conibere) both at The Hayward Gallery.

Luke also has a passion for teaching and has delivered classes and workshops with Greenwich Dance, Big Dance, The Place, Circus Space, Independant Dance, Laban, Salzburg Academy of Experimental Dance, Shobana Jeyasingh Company Class and Yael Flexer Company Class.

Luke is an Associate Lecturer at Surrey University and London Studio Centre.

(Trapped 2016)

Michael trained at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, where he won a Wayne Sleep scholarship. After graduating Michael joined Protein Dance Company, performing in ‘Dear Body’ and ‘Happy Together’, both directed by Luca Silverstrini then joined Precarious Physical Theatre and Multimedia company, performing in ‘Anomie’, directed by Karla Shacklock and Dan Shorten.

His other credits include ‘5 Soldiers’, ‘The great train dance’ and ‘Haining Dreaming’ with the Rosie Kay Dance Company; ‘Close Distance’ with Parlor Dance under the direction of Helen Parlor and ‘The Crutch’ with Karla Shacklock. In addition Michael was Dance Captain and part of the creative team for the opening of the Paralympic Games 2012.

His choreography includes ‘Xerxes’ and ‘Tannhauser’ for Longbrough Festival, ‘Forbidden Love’ an Opera which toured throughout London; BBC’s ‘Cash in the Attic’ and is working on a new piece called ‘Hope’.

Most recently he choreographed ‘Alcina’ for the Young Artists Program at Longborough Festival Opera. Currently he is on his third tour with Karla Shacklock Dance Company and working as choreographer on ‘Simplicus Simplicissimus’ at Sadler’s Wells.

(Trapped 2016)

Eleanor is a London based performer whose experiences whilst training in a diverse range of dance styles, working with different choreographers and travelling around the world contribute to her artistry. She sees dance, as more than visually pleasing movement of the body, rather a feeling, a journey, an expression and an experience both for the performer and the audience.

Eleanor has a 1st class BA Hons degree in Dance from De Montfort University (2011) and an MA in Choreography from Trinity Laban (2013). She has performed for Retina Youth Dance, Donald Edwards, Jennifer Grant and more recently with LCP Dance Theatre at Edinburgh Fringe (2014) and with Chloe Alyanni Dance Company on the site-specific project ‘Intersection’ (2014).

Bridging the Void (2014, 2015, 2016)

First Light (2014, 2015, 2016)

Gabi moved from her home country Chile to train at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and at The Dancers Course, an intensive programme lead by BalletBoyz Company. She undertook an apprenticeship with BalletLorent as part of her Postgraduate Diploma at London Contemporary Dance School, where she performed in works such as The Night Ball and Rapunzel.

As a freelancer, Gabi has collaborated and performed in choreographies by Paolo Mangiola, Deborah Galloway, NereaGurrutxaga, Rachel Johnson, and for dancefilms by Anders Duckworth, Lizzie J. Klotz and Jorge Crecis. She is a member of pg-gang collective in London, where she has performed works by Joanna Kalm and made her own work as an artist in residence for FAKI Festival of Alternative Theatrical Expression in Zagreb.

Bridging the Void (2016)

First Light (2016)

Workshop leader for Trapped (2016)

Cléliabegan her dance training in Lausanne, Switzerland. She came to London in 2010 to train at Trinity Laban where in 2013 she gained 1st class Ba Hons in dance. She has worked with Kerry Nicholls, Jeremy Nelson, Lizzie Kew-Ross, and performing Rami Beer’s Company Repertoire in Israel. This wide experience feeds into Clélia’s work as an independent artist. She has choreographed and performed numerous of her own works, most recently ‘Irrelevant but Necessary’, premiered in Switzerland as part of a platform for emerging choreographers. Besides working as a dancer, she is also a qualified yoga instructor.

Clélia brings her energy and multicultural experience to Experiential. She comments ‘I have found it very rewarding to be free to create movement which is personal to me and my feeling of both darkness & sunrise.’ Recently she has worked with Choreographer, Chloe Aliyanni, for her piece ‘Intersections’.

Bridging the Void (2015 & 2016)

First Light (2015 & 2016)

Jessica is from Geneva, where she started dancing with Rock N Roll. She continued her training in contemporary dance in Barcelona, Zurich and London, graduating in 2013 from Trinity Laban where she worked with Susan Sentler, Charlotte Darbyshire and Simon Vincenzi amongst others. Alongside her study she has been performing for Jeremy Nelson and as part of company å in the production Room 40.

Since her graduation in 2013 Jessica has toured both nationally and internationally to theatres and festivals working with Earthfall in their latest production ‘Chelsea Hotel’ and in collaboration with CléliaVuille for performances of ‘Nelumbo Nucifera’.

Bridging the Void (2014, 2015)

First Light (2014, 2015)

Rosie Watt is Associate Producer with Spin Arts, based in Leeds.

Rosie Watt supports fellow Spin Arts producer Sarah Shead in producing, fundraising, marketing and in the delivery and management of R&D and touring projects. Rosie began her training in contemporary dance, followed by an MA in Arts, Business, and Creativity at Newcastle University Business School. After producing her own projects in collaboration with the Old Newcastle Project and Newcastle Institute of Creative Arts Practice, she was awarded a traineeship in Producing as part of the ‘This Way Up’ programme, run by The Empty Space, working with North East based artists.

Rosie has also worked in awards assessment, marketing, administration, and dance teaching roles with various bodies, including Dance City, Curious Monkey Theatre Company, Total Theatre Awards ( Edinburgh Fringe), The Place and Battersea Arts Centre. She has worked with various artistic clients including Joelene English Dance Theatre, Lo-Giudice Dance, Yuvel Soria, Wayne Sables Project, Earthfall, Spiltmilk, 2Faced Dance, and Experiential Dance.


Jonathan is a London based, freelance cinematographer, originally from Teesside. He has experience in working with a huge range of cameras and lighting sets and filming for a diversity of mediums:

TV- Body Shockers, a documentary on both the cricket player Sachin Tendulkar and Petra, Jordan named the Sacred City

Commercials – Hotel Chocolate advert. 

Musical videos- most recently Candy says Chad & Camilla.

Short films- Sherice Griffith’s ‘My Godmothers Wellies’.

Jonathan enjoys the opportunity to capture movement, often joining in with the dancers to achieve the perfect shot and shares his technical and lens knowledge.

Bridging the Void (2014, 2015, 2016)

First Light (2014, 2015, 2016)

Trapped- London film making workshops (2016) c

Wayne Sables is obsessed about dance and film and committed to sharing his passion and knowledge with young people. He combines his work as a performer, film maker, teacher and facilitator in many different areas of dance and theatre.

Wayne graduated from Bretton Hall with a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance. In 2003 he was the artist in residence at the VAE (Vermont Arts Exchange) USA, working with all aspects of the local community as well as training dancers from Benninton University. From here, Wayne became the movement director for Red Ladders Theatre production, ‘Freefalling’, in 2004 and choreographed several youth dance works for Yorkshire Dance Centre.

Wayne regularly creates film content for his company (Wayne Sables Project) and a number of artists both regionally and nationally. He has created filmed work for Gary Clarke, Douglas Thorpe, Carlos Ponds Guerra, Jocelyn English, and Gracefool Collective, to name a few. Wayne is at the forefront of film innovation in dance and continually develops his practice so he can deliver the best possible content to all with whom he works.

Trapped- Newcastle film making workshops & performances (2016)

James composes and arranges music, produces in music studios and performs as a jazz pianist. He graduated from the University of Cambridge, the Royal Academy of Music and King’s College, London and was Composer-in-Residence with the Cambridge University Music Society from 2013-14.

Currently living and working in London, he has been commissioned to write in genres from concert hall, dance, pop and film to theatre. Organizations James has composed for include, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge and Roc Nation amongst many others, in venues ranging from the Barbican to the National Portrait Gallery. Awards and funding has come from the Performing Rights Society, the Arts Council, Help Musicians UK and the University of Cambridge, to name a few.

James has written for pop artists such as Wiley, Sneakbo, ALA.NI and Krept& Konan. James has also produced with record labels Warner and Roc Nation, worked in music studios such as Abbey Road and SARM West, and has performed on BBC Radio 1. He has also composed for art groups ‘Build Your Worlds Collective’ and ‘Wink the Other Eye’ and worked with four dancers for ‘Mondrain Exhibition’, presented at Turner Contemporary.

Bridging the Void (2015, 2016)

Trapped (2016)

Artistic Director of Vincent Dance Theatre mentored Rachel and the team during 2017 R&D of Trapped. Working with Charlotte Rachel and her team developed new movement material, explored the authenticity of existing material and interrogated ways to differentiate between the three male performers and their distinct roles in the work. Charlotte also guided Rachel through an intense process of deconstructing and rebuilding tasks, equipping her with clearer ideas around instruction based improvisation, as well as discussing the compositional structure of the production and the choreographic approach going forward to gather material of most use from her experienced collaborators.

Charlotte is committed to raising the profile of female-led arts practice in the UK and her distinctive voice acts as a mentor, teacher, facilitator, writer, provocateur and catalyst for critical debate and social change. She is one of five inaugural mentors leading 2Faced Dance’s The BENCH. She is often invited to talk on panels and at conferences about gender inequality in the arts and remains a passionate and outspoken advocate for equal opportunity both on and off the stage. http://www.vincentdt.com/bios/charlotte-vincent/

Scott Twynholm is a musician and composer based in Glasgow.

Recent work includes the scores for feature documentaries: My Brother the Ark Raider (BBC ALBA), Alasdair Gray – A Life in Progress (BBC Two), Scottish BAFTA winning Marty Goes to Hollywood (BBC Two), and BAFTA nominated drama short A Love Divided (Solar Bear). His compositions have also appeared in Palme d’Or nominated The Edukators, Cameron Crow’s Vanilla Sky, numerous adverts and TV programmes. In 2015 A Life in Progress was released as a soundtrack album through De-Fence records.

He has also composed music for many theatre and dance productions. These include Purposeless Movements (Birds Of Paradise), Love Struck (BalletLORENT), Denton And Me (The Arches), The Gamblers (Greyscale/Dundee Rep), Wallace (National Theatre), Catch-22 (Northern Stage), Endurance (A Moment’s Peace), Far Away and The Grapes Of Wrath (Citizens Theatre), GirlX and This Is What We Ask (National Theatre of Scotland), Spoonface Steinberg (Jermyn St Theatre, London), Yarla and the Winter Wood (Starcatchers), If These Spasms Could Speak (The Arches, Edinburgh Festival), Good With People (Paines Plough).

Band projects include Looper, Hoboken and Metrovavan. A Looper retrospective box set was released through Mute Records in 2015.

(Trapped R&D Phase 2 2017)










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