Percolate | 2021

Siobhan Davies Studios’ Percolate Programme offers flexible support to artists working with dance and choreography across disciplines, formats and contexts.

We are thrilled to announce the first wave of Percolate artists for 2021: Kelsie Acton, Symoné, dance art journal and PC*DC.

This second Percolate Programme has been curated via an open call taking place across two deadlines and two forms of award: £1000 and £500. Throughout Spring and Summer 2021 these projects will take place both in our studios and remotely, shared online and for specific communities.

Thank you to Shivaangee Agrawal and Sung Im Her who joined SDS staff on our first wave selection panel.

Percolate 2021 is funded by Siobhan Davies Studios through the Cultural Recovery Fund.


Kaylee Borgstrom and Iris Dykes in Help! Kaylee, a white woman with green hair is suspended on her shoulders, her feet in the air. Iris, an older white woman using a power wheelchair, reaches her hands out for Kaylee’s feet.
Image Credit: Marc Chalifoux

Kelsie Acton | Residency

Kelsie is a neurodivergent dancer and choreographer. Originally from Treaty Six Territory in Canada, her disability and integrated dance work has been presented by CRIPSiE, Nextfest and Expanse. She participated in the inaugural UCLA Dancing Disability Lab.

This residency will explore movement developed from my unique sensory processing of my vestibular system. I will experiment with integrated audio and sensory description attempting to connect how my movement looks to how it feels.

More on the artist’s work: Kelsie Acton


Image Credit: Amanda May

Symoné | UTOPIAN (t&c’s apply)

Symoné is a queer multidisciplinary circus and performance artist based in the U.K. Her work shifts between cabaret, club and theatre work, fusing her movement based skills, such as high heel roller skates with hula hoops, pole dance, and voguing. As a self taught movement artist, Symoné’s work stems from her roots from underground party and queer party culture. At the moment, her work thematically explores human consciousness, celebration and ritual.

Symoné is currently researching for her new theatre production, UTOPIAN (t&c’s apply). During her artistic residency at Siobhan Davies Dance studios she will be developing choreographic hoop dance scenes, voguing scenes, and pole dance. In addition, she has been experimenting with combining hoop dance alongside vogue femme and would will be further exploring these fused movement practices.

More on the artist’s work: Symoné


screenshot of the DAJ website’s homepage which features a selection of our latest writings. Our menu is on the left-hand side.

dance art journal | Dance writing: New modes, musings, understandings

dance art journal is an online dance writing collective which gives voice to artists working in the independent dance and performance art sector. We are committed to documenting the whole story, to maximise the reach of independent artists. Formed of seven writers, we create content that puts independent artists at the forefront; writing reviews and interviews, holding events, producing zines and creating social media campaigns to support and promote artists’ work.

DAJ’s research will culminate in an online (in-person is tbc) dance writing workshop encouraging participants from all creative backgrounds to see and write about dance in ways true to them. DAJ sees dance writing as far from prescriptive; we hope to guide participants through a series of tasks so they may uncover the different ways of exploring how dance is written and words danced. We will create a safe, inclusive environment where participants, with or without dance and writing experience, can explore creative expression through words.

More on the artist’s work: dance art journal


PC*DC in ‘Your Invisible Balls Please’ at Sadler’s Wells
Image credit: Arthur Comley and Connor Egan

PC*DC | PC*DC In D’House!

PC*DC is an older adult dance company hailing from Hackney, East London. Known for their irrepressible energy they serve moves that groove coupled with dance fashion looks cobbled together from the best bits and bobs. Lil’ sis to Duckie’s The Posh Club they dance with a big heart and welcome all to get down n’ shake up. Resident dance company of The Posh Club Hackney, PC*DC have beguiled audiences across the home counties, taking in Sadlers Wells and and 1000 queer revelers at Duckie’s Gay Shame along the way.

PC*DC In D’House!9 dancehall flamingos have been hibernating alone for a year slowly working on their plumage. Now through the medium of virtual socials a flock is formed. Stretching their hot pink wings, cocking their yellow legs they begin to dream, to dance, reform, regroup. Babes, it’s time. Let’s go ruffle some feathers n get our flamboyance ON!

More on their work: PC*DC