Our team and what we do

Kyla Booth-Lucking, Co-Director
Vicky Thornton, Co-Director
Elise Phillips
Madeleine Wilson
Hayley Ovens

Brilliantly crafted projects, performances, events and evaluation

We are dance specialists. Our mission is to make exciting things happen and happen brilliantly.

We have the know-how to give creative projects lift-off. We have the experience to avoid pitfalls and come up with new approaches. We are two passionate producer/managers with a straightforward approach working in the complex and exhilarating arts landscape. We are a lean, dynamic team – no inflated fees, no offices to run. Just pure energy, drive, intelligence and creativity. We develop the dance ecology through artist development and targeted self-developed projects and interventions.

We are

  • Producers of dance projects, performances and events.
  • Consultants in supporting organisations, artists and companies to achieve their goals, and increase their chances of success.
  • Evaluators

About us

Kyla Booth-Lucking/Co-Director

Kyla has worked from small-large scale, in theatres, outdoor work and community settings. Kyla was Head of Community & Learning at South East Dance, then Acting Artistic Director. Since then she has worked as a Producer, Project Manager and Consultant with Pegasus Theatre, Old Vic Tunnels, Marlborough Theatre, Creative Junction, London Studio Centre and was Relationship Manager for Dance, Arts Council England, South East. She is now Director of Programming and Participation at Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival. Kyla is an accredited Relational Dynamics Life Coach.

Vicky Thornton/Co-Director

Vicky has been working as a Dance Producer in the South East since 2002 and is also Producer for South West NPO ZoieLogic Dance Theatre and Dance SIX-0. She was previously Programme Producer and Head of Screen Dance at South East Dance bringing to life a wide range of films, outdoor events and complex partnership projects like Big Dance 2012. She specialises in large-scale festivals and events and bringing unconventional work to new audiences.

Madeleine Wilson/Project Manager/Producer

Madeleine is a freelance Producer managing a range of creative projects. She trained at Central Saint Martins, was selected for the National Theatre’s Young Producers programme in 2013 and has spent the past 12 years working in the arts including: Hijack Festival, Theatre Royal Brighton, Towner Gallery, Headlong and Africa Asia Venture, Uganda. She was a Producer at South East Dance and recent freelance clients include Lost Dog, Blast Theory & Hofesh Shechter Company.

Elise Philips/Project Manager/Producer

Elise has managed projects with Clearcut for Three Score Dance Company and Dance SIX-0. Elise brings a unique skill set encompassing over 15 years project management & coordination experience and 10 years practical delivery expertise as a dance artist and community worker. She is a marketing expert and is particularly interested in work that has a social agenda. Elise was one of the first cohort of South East Dance’s Producer Development Scheme (2015/16) as well as Overture, an emerging community dance artist development scheme run by Sir Matthew Bourne’s New Adventure’s (2016/17). She has worked with companies including: Vincent Dance Theatre, Tilted Productions, South East Dance, Brighton University, CoDa Dance, The Hiccup Project, and Dance Touring Partnerships (during the Ultima Vez tour, 2015).

Hayley Ovens/Tour Manager

Hayley is managing the Intoto Dance and Images Ballet Company tours. She also provides education specialist advise to our artists and projects. Hayley is a freelance Project Manager and Dance Artist, co-ordinating and facilitating dance in professional and community settings. She works closely with Brighton-based company Ceyda Tanc Dance, supporting funding applications and community projects and the education programme. Hayley works with Brighton & Hove City Council and Brighton City Partnership for Education to implement accessible dance projects for young people in the city. Hayley was previously Project Manager for charity Arts 4 Dementia working on projects and events at venues such as National Portrait Gallery and Sadler’s Wells.