Rhiannon Faith is a socially conscious artist whose work is an agent for discourse and change; she makes form-defying autobiographical shows that have guts, and that take guts. She is interested in how art changes lives.
Rhiannon Faith’s creative process draws autobiographical stories from the communities and artists she works with. The result is work which uses dance and theatre (in their widest meanings) to take the audience on a narrative led journey, which is both challenging and accessible.
Her work often involves a wide range of collaborating partners including a psychologist, a neuroscientist, a domestic abuse charity, and most recently a philosopher on virtue ethics and moral psychology.
After a sold-out week run at the Barbican, Rhiannon Faith’s Award Winning show, Smack That (a conversation), has been touring the UK to critical acclaim. Smack That (a conversation) has also been published by Oberon Books as an instructional dance play.
Rhiannon Faith is responsible for making Harlow Playhouse the first J9 Venue in the UK, (a sign-posted safe space for victims of Domestic Abuse). 11 Other UK art venues including the Barbican, Cambridge Junction and The Lowry have signed up to the campaign.
Rhiannon Faith has become the first Associate Artist at Harlow Playhouse. She continues to embed high-quality art into Harlow communities. She created ‘I Talk To The Clouds and They Cry With Me’ commissioned by HP for Mental Health Awareness Week, alongside a Cloud Hub that ran community activity to tackle mental health issues in Harlow.
Based in Essex, and supported by Arts Council England, previous work includes ‘I Don’t Care Bear’ commissioned by Spilt Milk Dance and the Rural Touring Initiative, which toured to 13 rural venues in the UK; ‘The Date’ which had its London premier at BAC in 2015; and ‘Scary Shit’ which received 5 star reviews in a run at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe.
Rhiannon Faith has choreographed for Channel 4 Documentaries with Bryony Kimmings (Sex clinics residency) and VEVO live music events, and is the Movement Director for Springhead Film Company (winner of ‘Coup de Coeur’ at Cannes) 2015 film Soror. Commissions also include Secret Cinema’s ‘The Red Shoes’, ‘Grease’, and ‘Diva’.
She holds a MA in Contemporary Dance Theatre Practice, a PGCE, and received the Smith-Artaud Award for excellence in Dance Theatre.