Claire Cunningham is a performer and creator of multi-disciplinary performance based in Glasgow, Scotland. From 2017-2019 she was Factory Artist with Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf, Germany and is current Work Place Artist with The Place, London.
One of the UK’s most acclaimed and internationally renowned disabled artists, Cunningham’s work is often rooted in the study and use/misuse of her crutches and the exploration of the potential of her own specific physicality with a conscious rejection of traditional dance techniques (developed for non-disabled bodies).
This runs alongside a deep interest in the lived experience of disability and its implications not only as a choreographer but also in terms of societal notions of knowledge, value, connection and interdependence. A self-identifying disabled artist, Cunningham’s work combines multiple art forms and ranges from the intimate solo show ME (Mobile/Evolution) (2009), to the large ensemble work 12 made for Candoco Dance Company.
In 2014 she created Give Me a Reason to Live, inspired by the work of Dutch medieval painter Hieronymus Bosch and the role of beggars/cripples in his work, and the full length show Guide Gods, looking at the perspectives of the major Faith traditions towards the issue of disability. Awarded one of the Unlimited Commissions in 2016 she created with choreographer Jess Curtis a duet The Way You Look (at me) Tonight, which has since toured world-wide and has been selected in 2018 for Tanzplattform Germany and nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award.
Claire is a former Artist-in–Residence at the Women of the World Festival at the Southbank, London and of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queens. In 2016 she was Artist in Residence with Perth International Arts Festival, Australia and Associate Artist at Tramway, Glasgow. In July 2019 Claire premiered a new ensemble piece, Thank You Very Much, at Manchester International Festival- commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival and National Theatre Scotland, co-commissioned with Dance Umbrella, Perth International Festival and tanzhaus NRW.
To speak about the Coaching she offers : Claire will deliver a mentoring programme that contains, but is not limited to the following activities: personal meetings (in person/ zoom), studio or performance visits, possible workshop participation, support and guidance in development of material, creative practice and processes as well as production support. All activities are to be discussed and tailor made in collaboration with the mentee.