Formed in 2018 by co-artistic directors George Fellows and Nick Lawson, Four Hands is a dance company that primarily works with families with young children. The company aims to provide performances and participatory opportunities that challenge the boundaries between performer/audience and pushes the idea that dance is truly for everyone.
In early 2018, Four Hands were awarded funding by Arts Council England to develop a new dance methodology for and movement practice for young children and their parents/carers. In 2019, the company was supported by South East Dance, Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Arts Council England to create a new performance work called Touch, which premiered at Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham-by-Sea in March 2019. In 2020 with funding from Leeds Dance Partnership, Touch was restaged with a new cast for two performances in Leeds. AT the end of 2020 the company received an Arts Council England Project Grant to conduct research into adapting the project for a variety of different COVID-based scenarios.
In November 2019, George began to develop a new performance work, called it's ok as part of Little Big Dance, a new, national early years dance initiative, which tours in 2021/22. George is also in the early phases of developing a new project, called WILD, as part of Choreodrome, The Place's Artist Research Residency programme.
Who are we?
In 2013, with no formal experience, George began training in contemporary dance. After performing as a community participant in Tilted Production's BELONGING(s) in the Brighton Festival 2016, George was invited to join Maresa von Stockert’s company as a performer & danced for the company in their 2017/18 touring seasons. He then went on to play Tony/Ronnie in a dance theatre production of the play ‘Beautiful Thing’ by Jonathan Harvey, co-directed by Bradley Hemmings & Robby Graham, which was the finale show of GDIF 2018. George has 15 years experience working with young children and their families and uses this experience to inform his practice working with families and creating work with Four Hands. He lives in West Yorkshire.
Since graduating from London Contemporary Dance School in 2006, Nick has performed with companies including Third Hand, Darren East, Rufus Norris, Marc Brew, h2dance, TC Howard, Robin Digemans, Jose Vida, Richard Jones, Opera North, ENO and Glydnebourne. Alongside his performing carrier, Nick hasdelivered educational work for CandoCo Dance Company, Cando2 Youth Dance Company and Dance United. He lives in Brighton.
Producer - Touch
Bethan has worked across the participatory and professional dance sectors for the past twelve years as a producer, choreographer and dance artist. Specialising in contemporary and social dance forms, she is predominately interested in creating and producing work that has social engagement and individual expression at its core.
Bethan began her dance training at Roehampton university, she then went on to undertake a postgraduate diploma in community dance at Trinity Laban and later returned to Roehampton to complete an MFA in choreography.
In addition to her role at Four Hands, Bethan is the creative learning producer at Dance Umbrella festival and a dance artist for Trinity Laban.
Creative Producer - WILD
Ellen is an arts and creative producer and project manager, passionate about inclusive practice and accessible art that is for everyone. She is currently working as Festival Producer at Birmingham International Dance Festival at DanceXchange Birmingham alongside a range of freelance projects from caves to storytelling clubs.
After graduating with a BA Hons in Contemporary Dance from De Montfort University in Leicester, Ellen has worked for international festivals including Brighton Festival, Latitude Festival, Edinburgh Festival and with National Portfolio Organisations across the South and the Midlands having recently worked as the Love Coventry Programme Manager for the Coventry City of Culture Trust.
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Mentor - WILD
Titilola is a storyteller and theatre and arts producer. She consults for organisations in the arts and cultural sector and education sector working with Race Equality Networks and provides workshops and courses in leadership.
She is on the board of trustees for Theatre Centre and on the advisory boards for Beyond Face Theatre and Creative Leamington.
Titilola is part of the Black Womxn in Theatre team behind the iconic #WeAreVisible photoshoot of over 250 Black womxn at the Globe Theatre in July 2019. During the pandemic, Black Womxn in Theatre partnered with Eclipse Theatre and Bush Theatre in creating #AllOfUs campaign and #HearToStay a 4-week redundancy recovery care programme. This saw 50 Black, Asian and ethnically diverse people who were made redundant or were at risk of, come together and receive financial, mentoring and job support.