New staff join the CDS team

The Trustees and Staff of Chisenhale Dance Space are delighted to welcome Ruth Holdsworth as Interim Chief Executive (part time), and Amelia Zhou as Operations Coordinator (part time), to the team.

They join a restructured team with Jessica Richards now in the role of Operations Manager & Producer: Participation (full time), Es Morgan in the role of Producer: Membership (part time), and Ruby Embley now in the the role of Participation Coordinator (part time). This restructure reaffirms and reflects our dual programme focus on artist support and local community participation.

Ruth Holdsworth has been working in the arts for 20 years, and has a background in supporting radical performance and inter-disciplinary practices, spanning live art, theatre and dance across live and digital platforms. Most recently she has been Senior Producer at Chinese Arts Now, and prior to this worked for organisations including MAYK, Theatre Bristol, London International Festival of Theatre and Artsadmin. She has worked freelance with numerous artists and companies including Corali Dance Company, Thick & Tight, Impermanence Dance Theatre, Whiskey Chow, Sylvia Rimat, Liz Clarke, Tom Marshman, and Robin Deacon. She has worked as producer, curator and writer, and holds a PhD with Arnolfini and University of Bristol in ‘Curating Risk’, with a focus on the post-civil war practice of Lebanese artists. She is currently producing Queering Now with Whiskey Chow and Chinese Arts Now, a digital exhibition amplifying the marginalised voices of Chinese/Asian diaspora, featuring 16 Sino queer artists.

Ruth is beginning handover, but takes up the role at the end of June.

Amelia Zhou is a London-based writer, movement practitioner and arts worker. In her artistic practice she works with poetry and movement, separately and in combination. Recent poetry and non-fiction appear in UK and Australian publications, such as Cordite Poetry Review, Datableed, Gutter Magazine, Australian Book Review, Running Dog and The Sydney Morning Herald. In 2020 she completed a MA Creative Practice (Transdisciplinary) at Trinity Laban, London researching translations between writing, voice, and movement. She was born and raised in Gadigal Land/Sydney, Australia.

Amelia has now started the role.

As previously announced, Daniel Pitt leaves his role as Director at the end of this week to take up a new job at Old Diorama Arts Centre in Euston.

CDS is now entering a 6-month interim period to enable review and consultation going forward. This phase will feature a review of our Membership structure, the organisation’s function post-pandemic, our history as an artist-led organisation, and the vital need to embed anti-racist principles and practices in everything that we do.