Helen Smith

Helen is a physical theatre performer, teacher and director whose main influences have been Butoh, an avant-garde genre of dance theatre from Japan; Suzuki actor training, also from Japan; Viewpoints originating from the US, and more recently, Kathakali, an ancient traditional form of Indian dance theatre. Helen is most at home when she is exploring innovative combinations of her practice, such as performance projects that involve Butoh and Shakespeare, Butoh and Kathakali, and site-specific Butoh in outdoor performances with an environmental focus. Helen has been both a student of Tony Yap and a collaborator since 2010.