I am a choreographer, performer and presenter. In addition to my dance and performance practice, I am Creative Director of Moray based arts company Bodysurf Scotland, programming and directing their RISE! festival of contemporary dance and performance. I am co-founder Culture Café, local arts network and an active member of the local and national arts sector including as a board member of The Touring Network.
Born in 1963, I started dancing aged 27 after a background of carpentry, and social/political activism. In 1995 I received a BA (Hons) in Dance and Independent Learning from Middlesex University and 1997 was invited to become an Associate Artist at The Place Theatre, from which time I have been working as a professional choreographer and performer. From 1995 – 2000 I worked under the name of M.E.Parker. My work has been performed in England, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Israel, Sweden, France and throughout Scotland. In 2000 I moved with my family to the Findhorn Eco-village, Moray in North East Scotland.
As a dance maker I’d say my work is generally rooted in the post modern, experimental dance scene, influenced by my eclectic dance training and varied tastes and interests. I like to push boundaries, explore edges, re-contextualise and generally mix things up a bit. If anything, I see my performance work as a quiet cathartic scream and personal antidote to a world that fundamentally makes very little sense.
My recent practice has been significantly enhanced and developed by two important collaborations; with seminal choreographer Deborah Hay, through her Solo Performance Commissioning Project (At Once 2009, I Think Not 2011); and with composer Matteo Fargion, with whom I joyfully made the live dance and music piece Extremely Bad Dancing to Extremely French Music.
Matteo and I are currently working on a new piece, Extremely Pedestrian Chorales.
Previous working partnerships include composers Philip Jeck and Yannis Kyriakides and lighting designer Charles Balfour.
Recent Choreographic and Performance Projects include:
Extremely Bad Dancing to Extremely French Music (2013 – )
By Karl Jay-Lewin and Matteo Fargion.
Performed by Karl Jay-Lewin and Tim Parkinson.
Tour Scotland – Eden Ct, Dance Live (Aberdeen), Universal Hall (Findhorn), Tramway (Glasgow), Traverse (Edinburgh), Dance Base (Edinburgh Festival Fringe)
I Think Not (2011- )
Choreography Deborah Hay, Adaptation by Karl Jay-Lewin
Dance Base (Edinburgh Fringe), Universal Hall, Atelier de Paris Carolyn Carlson
For a full list of previous choreographic and performance work, please visit the Work & Projects page.