Full name: Jacob Bray
Organisation: Folkestone Fringe
Currently lives and works in: Folkestone, UK
Practice: Contemporary dance theatre
Areas of interest: Dance, nightlife, equality, politics, social movements.
Favorite books: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Favorite films: Inception, The Conversation, Finding Nemo, FernGully: The Last Rainforest, Westside Story
I am a contemporary dance theatre creator / choreographer. I completed an MA in Performance Dance the University of Chichester in 2015 and premiered my first work in London in 2016. My work incorporates elements of dance, theatre, comedy and speech. I am interested in female empowerment, nightlife, equality and not being held by restrictions of style or genre.
What inspires you as an artist?
I am always, inspired by a collective of people who come together to stand up for what is right. I am inspired when people present their power and overcome bad politics. I am inspired by music from the 90s. I am inspired by strong women. I am inspired by conventions being broken.
What do you think is the purpose of art?
To encourage curiosity, deeper understanding and development.
Why are you a part of MagiC Carpets?
To develop my career, meet artists, collaborate, learn. I am interested in reaching out past the Brexit borders of the UK and engaging on an international creative process.
MagiC Carpets project: Skalbiniai | Laundry
Past projects Jacob Bray is proud of
Shades of Bray – Folkestone
Type: Contemporary dance theatre
It is a piece of work which combined performance with nightlife. A collaboration between myself, REV (DJ) and Bathtub & Gun (bar). We created an evening which felt like an underground club scene with a piece of contemporary dance theatre slapped in the middle. The audience drank, danced, chatted and laughed until the performance appeared out of the dance floor.
Head over Heels
Contemporary dance theatre
“Head over Heels” was the first work created under the Shades of Bray name. Danced, sang and spoken by four female performers, the work presents our opinions on topics such as, feminism, the arts industry, our dance training, Brexit.
What inspires you as an artist? I am always inspired by a collective of people who come together to stand up for what is right. I am inspired when people present their power and overcome bad politics. I am inspired by music from the 90s. I am inspired by strong women. I am inspired by conventions being broken.
Contact Jacob Bray
Phone: +44 7875541090
Instagram: @jacobbray @shades.of.bray