Zoë Cobb's movement career exists in personal daily practice, teaching in schools and universities, movement directing theatre, directing devised performances and facilitating corporate workshops. She specialises in instigating play, applied movement for performance and transformational movement. She works free-lance, one to one and in groups. Her movement investigation over the last 20 years has involved gathering information from dance training, acting training, circus training, nutritional studies and many different sport practices.
She is a co-founder and director of Artful Badger where she runs the performance strand called The Company of Animals Productions. With her company she creates physical theatre productions that tour internationally. With a Master of Arts in Movement Direction from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Zoë facilitates movement learning for various drama schools, including ALRA and RCSSD and has movement directed at The National Theatre, Soho Theatre, Ambassador Theatres, BBC, The Round House, Secret Cinema and The Observer among others.
After performing with the Moscow State Circus in 2002 she was being bitten with the absolute love of all things circus. She has avidly continued her circus skills training at the National Circus Space in trapeze, flying trapeze, corde lisse, tumbling, acrobalance and finally settling with silks. She also trained with Lindsay Butcher, Upswing and Scarabus in vertical dance and bungie. Currently, she is working and training in aerial silks with Spazio Terzo Tempo Ululi in Milan, Italy.
Further, Zoë also creates and delivers workshops for management development. She has worked for RoundTable Global and Impact International delivering play and transformational movement workshops. She delivers movement workshops as a freelance movement specialist for the general public in festivals, and places like Evolve and West Lexham.
Her Journey in brief
She is was born in Canada where she joined the Moscow State Circus, got a BA in Modern Languages and Acting, started a theatre company along side of One Yellow Rabbit called Birds and Stones and studied natural nutrition. She has lived in Strasbourg, France, Tübingin, Germany and Almunecar, Spain where she studied and worked in theatre and languages. She has lived in England where she studied ballet, circus, dance, various healing techniques and most recently a Masters in Movement Studies at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Currently she lives in Italy with her new husband teaching theatre and circus and traveling globally for workshops and performances.
Her Journey in more detail (written in 2007)
Zoë's diverse experience includes aerial and acrobatic circus skills, collaborative devising, physical theatre, horsemanship skills, foreign languages and music. She has worked as Movement Director on Heartbreak Beautiful by Christopher William Hill, a script from the National Theatre New Connections program, after completing work as assistant Movement Directing with Struan Leslie on Overspill by Ali Taylor. She has Movement Directed on short films with the BBC, National Film School, Golden Lane Films, London College of Communications and various super artists. She has taught Movement and Physical Theatre at Arts Ed in Chiswick, Academy of Live and Recorded Arts and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
As part of her Masters of Arts placements, using her background in circus skills she directed the end of year performance for the Youth Programme at The National Circus Space. Zoë has trained in aerial arts with the Moscow State Circus in Web, The Circus Space in Acrobalance, Silks and Flying Trapeze. She trained in stilt walking with Bread and Puppet Theatre and Grotowski style theatre with North American Cultural Laboratory, performing at various street festivals in New York.
Zoë's BA in theatre and Modern Languages is from Mount Allison University in Canada. Her interest in Grotowski's physical theatre training was ignited by Number 11 Theatre. They are based in Toronto, Canada and choose not to have a webpage. One Yellow Rabbit (Calgary, Alberta) was inagral in starting Zoë's creative performance work. She performed her first solo piece with them called Interwire. Intensive physical training continued with The Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richard's Workshop in Ponterdera, Italy. Zoë was a founding member of Birds and Stone, a performance venue in Calgary where she performed and collaborated with the Bubonic Tourist company. Before she left Canada she began a collaborative project called One by Jason Carnew, has been touring Fringe Festivals in Canada, after a sell out performance at Nextfest (Edmonton, Canada).
Other relevant movement skills Zoë has acquired include a strong practice in Iyengar Yoga, English and Western horseback riding, Ballet with the Royal Ballet, Jazz dance, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Pilates, Swing dance, Hip-hop, Belly Dance and Thai Boxing. During her MA she was introduced to the systems of Laban, Suzuki, Feldenkreis, Lecoq and Butoh. With a more developed and investigated interest in Butoh. She has completed her Stage Combat level one from British Academy Dramatic Combat with dagger and sword work.
At Central Zoë has worked with Fran Barbe, Marie-Gabrielle Rotie, Lorna Marshal, Struan Leslie, Sue Lefton and Leah Hausman. She has trained actors on the MA Acting for Screen and the MA Classical in preparation for Shakespeare's Henry IV. Zoë was Assistant Choreographer on the opera Sill'aria with Experience Vocal Dance. She has provided movement support for Lightly Seasoned performing at the Advanced Theatre Practice Festival and Titus Andronicus with the BA Acting for Stage. She worked as Movement Director on Racine's Phaedra with Cressida Brown that performed at the Craig Millar Castle in Edinburgh, summer 2007.
She has her grade 5 in the Flute and a strong choral background.
Bachelor of Arts from Mount Allison University, Canada in Modern Languages and Theatre.
Zoë is fluent in French and English with conversational German and Spanish.
She has studied her Registered Holistic Natural Nutritionalist studies from Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.
She has sat on the board of Bubonic Tourist, an emerging theatre/transdiciplinary (Canada) and Cowgirl Opera (Canada), Downstage Performance Society (Canada).