NOCTURN Creates Digital Art
Designed through Participation
We invent online and digital installations. Our work is relevant and unique. It comes from and leads people to make connections about technology, it’s impact on us, and thought provoking contemporary dance stories.
We place community participation and inclusion at the heart of our creative process.
John is a choreographer, dance educationalist, community practitioner, mentor and innovator in participatory digital art.
He is a gay man originally from a working-class background in the North East. Throughout childhood he endured the harshness of school bullying and, despite his potential, scraped through education.
Escaping to London in 1987, he started a career path that led him not into the Arts but the civil service and spent much of his early career conforming rather than pursuing his passion to dance and make art.
John’s professional journey into dance began in his late 30’s after taking the courageous risk at 37 to retrain in contemporary dance, leaving the security of day-to-day office work.
Now based in Berkshire he has spent the last 12 years forging a remarkable approach to creating and choreographing work, bringing a strong aesthetic from his years as a visual designer.
After graduating from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2007 and founding NOCTURN he has focused on creating accessible digital dance work and immersive online events, utilising social media to engage audiences. These works have led to very exciting cross artform collaborations with other artists including: Greyworld, Yeast Culture, Parlor Dance, John Lockhart, John Chambers, David Varella, Black Screen Productions, Beautiful Creatures, Rose Productions, amongst others.
AN INSPIRATION TO ANYONE COMING TO DANCE LATER IN LIFE
His innovative approach to storytelling has been showcased in a range of sector workshops and industry events.
He worked with Charlie Morrisey as one of the 10 choreographers for the ‘Tree of light’ a large-scale outdoor work by the Legacy Trust as part of the UK's Community Celebrations for the London 2012 Games.
John has written articles for national and local publications including People Dancing, the National Dance Teachers Association. His educational work has featured in publications such as Kidscape - ‘How to create kind schools’ alongside contributions from Dance United and 2Faced Dance and Headteacher Update which is distributed to all UK Primary Schools.
He was on the Board of the now disbanded National Dance Teachers Association. A regular teacher at the dance industry event MOVE IT hosted in London each year. Guest lecture at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
A successful applicant for the Clore Leadership Programme Intensive (Short Course) which is a pioneering initiative to develop and strengthen leadership across cultural and creative sectors in the UK. John is excited about the opportunities that this training has given him to expand the work of the company.
He has often been a guest on BBC Berkshire and Oxfordshire radio.