Liminal Dance Company combines dance, storytelling, and multimedia to create an immersive experience for our audiences. The company’s intention is to integrate audience inclusion into our work as well as creating an environment in which everyone can have their own personal experience.
Our aspirations are to create immersive theatre which enables everyone to be involved in dance; to take dance theatre into public spaces allowing greater accessibility for all; and to use community participants within the work.
Liminal Dance hopes to continue its growth as an innovative company which encourages creativity within the Scottish Community, and most importantly a company that believes everyone should have the opportunity to dance regardless of technical skill, disability, age or ethnic background.
Develop ambitious and inspiring Dance theatre:
For and with young people aged 8-16 years old.
Creating quality immersive dance theatre which is also engaging to others audiences and community’s,
Is collaborative and involves participants, artists and partners equally.
Promotes community dance to all ages, to open future collaborations with partners who share this ethos and to improve the level of learning and participation within dance.
Jason H. J. Lim is a musician, producer and music technologist from Falkirk, Scotland.
With a body of work spanning from classical and traditional performance, to audio synthesis and computer music/visual programming, Lim is the co-founder and a lead developer for the modular synthesizer manufacturer: Qu-Bit Electronix (based in Portland, OR).
A graduate of Perth College UHI’s Popular Music Performance program, and Berklee College of Music’s Electronic Production and Design Major, Lim continues to develop his portfolio career collaborating with artists, musicians, composers and choreographers in the rolls of performer, composer/producer and technician/technical advisor.
Examples of work and composition by Jason can be viewed at:
Creative Technology Specialist
Gemma aspires to produce immersive theatre which enables everyone to be involved in dance, taking dance theatre into public spaces allowing greater accessibility for all.
Gemma has developed as a Dancer Artist since training The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance in Dundee, and graduating with a BA (Hons) in dance at Edinburgh's Telford College. Whilst studying, she performed in the Italian production of "Die Zauberflote", Siamsoir Celtic Dance company and with Mark Murphy. Gemma has danced with a number of artists and companies such as Collisions Dance Company, Abby Warrilow, Natasha Gilmore, Royston Maldoom, Tamara Mclorg, Scottish Opera, Kally Lloyd- Jones Anna Kenrick, Norman Douglas, Angus Balbernie, Matthew Hawkins and Errol White. Gemma was accepted on the Emerging Bursary Scheme at Dance Base which enabled her to continue her development as a dancer. She has been mentored by Royston Maldoom, Tamara Mclorg, ( Four Seasons, AIYT, Aberdeen) Matthew Hawkins (Lycanthrophy/Red and the Wolf )and Norman Douglas (assistant choreographer for Still Dancing, Glasgow).
Gemma is passionate about teaching people of all ages and one of her personal projects has seen her exploring dance and movement with people with dementia. She is active in the community, teaching and choreographing ; working with people from their early years to the over 60’s.
Gemma began creating her work with the inspiration from her community work with people with dementia. Her first solo work was performed for day centres run by Alzheimer Scotland in the northeast of Scotland and Banff Castle, supported by Dance House and City Moves. She performed for the groups using their life experiences, also compiling audio recordings of these as stimulus for the choreography and in this way they were involved and part of the performance and, most importantly, could connect to what they could see and hear. Her interest in immersing the audience within the work began in these works and so too did the interest in using audio to convey a story.
In 2012 Gemma began developing these ideas with a writer and sound editor, Morven Innes Williams, through a residency supported by Dance Base. Their original intentions were to build upon ideas of audience inclusion within the work and how it could create an environment in which everyone can have their own personal experience.In 2013, Liminal Dance produced the work, Lycanthropy.
Red and the Wolf was a continuation form Lycanthropy and explored collaboration between professional artists and young people. It was aimed at young audiences and so important for them to be part of the process . Gemma aspires to promote community dance and open future collaborations with partners who share this ethos.
Gemma is currently studying a MED in teaching and learning with the purpose of developing opportunities for young people and teachers within Primary Schools to develop their creative learning in dance. With the aspiration to improve the level of learning and participation within the dance curriculum.
Dancer, Company director
Justine Lim is based in Falkirk, Scotland and has been with Liminal Dance since 2012.
She holds a first-class Honours Degree in Dance from Performing Arts Studio Scotland, a Diploma in Dance Studies from Laban and a Diploma in Contemporary Art from Edinburgh College of Art. During her training she had the opportunity to perfom in work by Christine Devaney, Ruth Janssen, Gemma Williams, Tony Thatcher and Marianna Batelli.
From 2011-2012 she extensively travelled around Asia and North America and spent several months living in China studying Qi Gong and Chen Tai Chi, winning a gold medal at the 2011 Chinese Martial Arts Association competition, Beijing.
During her time at Edinburgh College of Art she had the privilege of working with Dr Sophia Lycouris, Director of the Graduate Research School, who is experienced in choreographing interdisciplinary and improvisational work. While studying at ECA Justine developed her interest in immersive, interactive artwork that requires the prescence of participants as the main focus of the work.
Alongside her work with Liminal Dance she continues to develop her own dance and artistic practice as well as teaching Qi Gong classes and training to become a qualified Shiatsu Therapist. She is passionate about sharing her enthusiasm for a holistic approach to movement and dance that fosters confidence in creativity and improvisation.
Red and The Wolf 2015
Princess Tangey in Movementcraft 2016
Woofle in Movementcraft 2017
Amy trained at several dance schools in Aberdeen: Jemma McRae school of dance, danscentre and adagio international academy of ballet and music; while studying a degree in Sociology. She also taught at Sharon Gill School of Dance and Aberdeen University Dance Society. From 2013-14 she was awarded a place on the Dancers Emerging Bursary Scheme at Dancebase in Edinburgh under the mentorship of Matthew Hawkins. Amy has had the chance to work with many choreographers in the past few years these include: include: Katie Milroy, Ruth Mills, William Thorburn, Rajmund Nirewicz, Royston Maldoom, Imogene Newland, Kevin Finnan, Matthew Hawkins, Henri Oguike, Ian Spink, Janis Claxton, Ellen Bartel. She has danced professionally for companies including Aberdeen Dance Collective, Edinburgh Choreographic Project and Bright Night International.
Red and the Wolf 2014/2015
Christina Duncan is a professional dance artist based in Edinburgh, having qualified with a First Class BA Honours from Performing Arts Studio Scotland in 2012.
Shortly after graduating, she was granted the DEBS bursary by Dance Base, under the mentorship of Alan Greig. Christina featured in works by Jenni Wren, Aaron Jeffrey, Emma Park and Clare Hughes. She has also worked alongside a number of choreographers within artistic collaboration projects.
Christina continues to pursue her professional career, having worked closely with renowned choreographers Ian Spink, Errol White and Laura Jones (StopGap Dance Company) within their professional development programmes.
Christina performs extensively across Scotland, alongside teaching community groups with additional support needs. She takes great joy in passing on her love for dance with others.
Julie graduated from the Northern School of Contemporary dance in 2007, gaining a BPA (hons) in Contemporary Dance. After graduating, Julie taught for 2Faced Dance Company and trained as a Level 2 Pilates instructor, whilst performing in small scale projects. Since 2009, Julie has been based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Here, she danced in Journey Dance Company for a year before suffering from an major injury that left her unable to dance for a couple of years. During this time, Julie began working with adults with autism and studying towards a degree in Psychology through the Open University (graduating in 2016). Her frustration with not being able to dance (or even walk at one point) led her to discover other forms of movement. Through workshops on Laban Movement Studies and Bartenieff Fundamentals, primarily with Peggy Hackney, Julie found other ways of moving and approaching dance, enabling a huge amount of self-rehabilitation. This led her to begin training as a Certified Movement Analyst through the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, New York. Julie began dancing professionally again in September 2012 and will graduate as a CMA in 2014. She hopes to help other dancers and non dancers with injury self-rehabilitate using a method that takes the psychological aspects of injury into account and aims at coping with the injury rather than 'fixing' it.
Since continuing her professional career in dance, Julie has danced with Gary Clarke, Slanjayvah Danza (Jenni Wren) and Arthur Pita (for the upcoming movie 'Sunshine on Leith'). Julie also teaches various adult classes, such as beginners contemporary, movement awareness, dance-fitness, beginners Pilates and creative dance for adults with additional support needs. She also teaches children's classes in street dance and creative dance and recently undertook training with Dance United in Social Inclusion Practice in Dance.
Dancer, Lycanthrophy 2013
Dancer, Red and the Wolf Tour 2017
As a dancer, Sara has performed work by choreographers such as Ruth Mills, Steven Martin and Katie Milroy and currently working with Katie Milroy in her new work.
As a choreographer, Sara has created work which has been performed in venues throughout Scotland. In 2016 she was one of five choreographers selected for Scottish Ballet's Anserinae mentorship scheme, where she was mentored by Kerry Nicholls to create my current work, Meta.
As a faciliator, Sara have taught a range of groups for companies such as YDance, Scottish Ballet, Scottish Dance Theatre and Citymoves Dance Agency. She has also worked in Dance Development Officer roles for YDance and Citymoves Dance agency. Now currently the dance Artist for The Macrobert, Stirling.
Dancer and Collaborator on Up High 2016
Jo was born in Edinburgh. She has a BA in Performing Arts from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and has spent 12 years acting and dancing in productions by choreographers including Ian Spink, Arlene Phillips, Alan Greig and Janis Claxton and opera companies including Scottish Opera, ROH Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Geneva Opera House. Jo has been dance captain, movement director and choreographer for Welsh National Opera, San Francisco Opera and the Savonlinna Opera Festival.
Jo has taught extensively in the Edinburgh community. She brought her early years experience to the Tribe Porty Youth Theatre team in 2016 .
Jo also plays traditional Scottish fiddle, is a ceilidh caller and is one of the pioneers of the Adventure Folk movement in Scotland. She incorporates live music into her work with children and families.
Dancer and Collaborator on Up High 2016
Fiona Jeffries began dancing at an early age. She trained at The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance then went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma with Performance Company: EDge08 at London Contemporary Dance School, working with choreographers including Rosemary Butcher, Jonathan Lunn, Rosemary Lee and Filip Van Huffel.
Fiona has been freelancing since, performing and teaching in the UK, Europe and China. Fiona has worked with Tamsyn Russell since 2008 perfroming in 'ID Me' at Merchant city festival Glasgow,Pivotal Dance Inverness, Heads Up Edinburgh finnge festival and Livebites in Leeds and on research and development projects at Dance Base, Dance House and Citymoves.
Photographer Alan Paterson
Production Advisor on Red and the Wolf 2015
Mentor for Lycanthrophy 2014
For further information on Matthew please see his website
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Morven Innes Williams
Red and the Wolf
Morven wrote and acted all through her school and university life. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Journalism in 2007, having specialised in documentary film-making. Morven worked on political films for ‘Feisty Productions’, and on
Morven wrote and acted all through her school and university life. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Journalism in 2007, having specialised in documentary film-making. Morven worked on political films for ‘Feisty Productions’, and on some more light-hearted and character-driven pieces, such as ‘For The Love of Dog’ , about Edinburgh's longest-serving dog-groomer.
After graduation, Moven worked for independent production companies, Channel 4 and the BBC, mainly working in production and mentoring young people in the film-making process. Morven is passionate about making creative expression accessible, engaging and fulfilling. She loves to teach and facilitate, and has done this on many projects - currently training as a Forest School Leader, with a view to encouraging outdoor art practice with groups of children, as well as with more marginalised groups.
Morven co-founded Liminal Dance with Gemma Williams.