Kaz Langley is a Disabled Dance and Performance Artist and Activist who has worked extensively in the British contemporary dance and physical theatre scene. Working as a performer, filmmaker, teacher, and consultant she has developed a reputation for depth, intelligence and physical courage in her work.
Her collaborative credits include roles in productions of Graeae Theater Company (‘Mother Courage and Her Children,’ ‘And Seven’), Blue Eyed Soul Dance Company (‘Frankenstein’, directed by Liam Steel, 2002), CandoCo Contemporary Dance Company (as dancer and tutor) and with independent choreographers including Charlotte Darbyshire (Taut, 2001) and Sophia Lycouris (Homezone, 2001). Her work has also been screened on Channel 4’s Dance 4 Camera. More recently she has been choreographing/performing and co-editing two dance films in collaboration with Steve Munro.
Kaz is currently working for ShowHow Theatre Company on the production of a Forum Theatre piece, aimed at raising awareness of the experiences of employment for Black, Asian, Chinese and Disabled Performers. The work is scheduled to tour Britain at the beginning of 2005.
In fall 2004 Kaz began collaborating with American choreographer/director Jess Curtis on “Touched: Symptoms of Being Human,” a full evening dance theatre work commissioned by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and co-presented by Dock11 in Berlin, Germany and the San Francisco International Arts Festival. The work premiered in June 2005 at Yerba Buena Center and will tour internationally through 2007.
In addition to her work onstage Kaz is active in the advancement of rights and autonomy strategies for disabled persons. Since 2001 she has been a Regional Mentor for the Leonard Cheshire Disabled People’s Forum, assisting and consulting disabled people living in residential homes or who are accessing Care at Home Services.
She has also worked with Equality Associates, which offers Disability Equality and Anti-Discrimination Training, Personal Assistant Schemes, Consultancy, Access and Needs Assessment, Autonomy and Personal Development, and Movement Workshops.
Kaz has taught Dance, Composition, and Equality Awareness extensively throughout Britain with CandoCo, Blue Eyed Soul, and ShareMusic, as well as teaching as an independent consultant.