Kate’s practice is based in the Northwest of Ireland. She has a background in dance and visual art with a BA(Hons) from the Slade School of Art and an MA(Distinction) in Creative Practice for Professional Dance Practitioners, from Independent Dance London and Trinity Laban, London.
In 2016 she founded Undercurrent, a company that explores issues of mobility and inclusivity in the arts, creating innovative performances for gallery and theatre with movement practitioners from diverse backgrounds. With long-term international and Ireland-based collaborators, Undercurrent creates site-specific and theatre performances. Projects include Under the Surface, Winter Ground (performed double bill with IMDT), and Magnetise (shortlisted for LAMA awards) leading to intergenerational performance Unearth, which toured in 2022. Projects are widely supported by Arts Council Ireland, local funding bodies, and festivals.
Current research includes Landing Places which explores potential convergences between geographical displacement and restricted bodily mobility and is a collaboration with an acrobat, a dancer who uses a wheelchair, a dancer with Ethiopian cultural dance background, and a Nigerian dancer who is an asylum seeker.
Other areas of research include the use of online platforms and 360 camera technology with a focus on implications for performers with restricted mobility and embodied approaches to movement and image creation within improvised duet and portrait forms.