CHOREOGRAPHY

dance film shoot

Ameliorate 

Birmingham based Contemporary Dance Company Squirm has teamed up with filmmakers Simon Price and Jamie Ryan-Ainslie to produce
'Ameliorate'. In this eight minute dance film, choreographed by Helen
Mason, we delve into a sinister and quirky world where eleven
performers grapple with their overlord, whilst metamorphosing into
insect like creatures. The piece explores ideas of self-improvement
and modification in a post Armageddon like situation, where humans are
evolving into insects and the planet is over run and ruled by the
arthropods.

Watch the film.

Choreographed by Helen Mason 

2012

Default Duet

Squirm's debut performance, created as a duet and originally performed by Helen Mason and Abby Wells.

Choreographed by Helen Mason 

2012

dance lichfield festival
dance wheelchair basketball championship
Sleep Walker

When your dreams become nightmares and your nightmares become dreams, how do you know the difference between sleep and reality?

Choreographed by Helen Mason 

2012

MAC birmingham dance
The Pancake Effect

'The Pancake Effect’ looks at a time in my life, which coincided with
two other of my friends. We had all been through great upheaval in
more than one area of our life in a similar time frame. My friend described it to me as ‘one day your life is just ticking along nicely and then all of a sudden everything gets flipped upside down and on it’s head. Like a pancake getting tossed over in a pan.’ Life sometimes gets impacted all at once, completely out of your control and totally unstoppable and theres nothing you can do except accept it and deal with it as best as you can. 
Often you feel like you have gone back to square one and you need to rebuild your life.

Choreographed by Helen Mason 

2014

Walsall Train Station dance
Rat Race

'Rat Race' is a contemporary dance piece originally created for a
number of performances at West Midlands train stations for
the Lichfield Festival 2015.

It looks at being on the never ending wheel of nine to five work, commuting every day and running yourself into the ground. The piece incorporates the absurd and humorous, audience interaction, acting, mime and dance into a 15 minute performance. 

Choreographed by Helen Mason

2014

IDFB dance
Happy Dance

A bit tired of the seriousness that contemporary dance can be, Helen created a uplifting and easily accessible dance piece.

Choreographed by Helen Mason 

2015

Ingestre Hall Door to Door Festival Dance
Women

A group of women celebrating that they are strong, creative and proud of what they do. A performance in 3 parts; The Warrior Woman, The Woman Who Won't Back Down & The Woman Juggling Everything Life Throws at Her.

 

Choreographed by Helen Mason, Katie Stevens & Jessica Mercuriadi

2017

COMMISSIONED PERFORMANCES

Grannies

Commissioned for the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships 2015, the Squirm dancers let out their inner hiphop grandma and subsequently caused chaos in and around the arena. 

Choreographed by Helen Mason 

2015

Grannies dancing
day of the dead dancers dancing birmingham big weekender
Mucho Brumcha

Commissioned for Birmingham Weekender 2015, Squirm Dance entertained the people of Birmingham across the weekend, encouraging participants to join them and dance all afternoon.

 

2015

The Grumpy Cheerleaders

Commissioned for Longbridge Light Night Festival 2016. 
'The Grumpy Cheerleaders’ is a physical theatre piece which uses
contemporary dance, voice and humour to interact and entertain
audiences in festival environments. The five Squirm Dancers, dressed
as cheerleaders, move around different venues spelling out words
associated with the environment and audience whilst performing
sequences of synchronised movements together. However there is a
twist, the cheers and movements often associated with Cheerleaders are
performed in a very unenthusiastic manner providing humorous outcomes.
The cheerleaders interact with the audience in an attempt to get them
to ‘fill in’ for them on certain parts of the cheers, whether it be
calling out a word or performing a basic dance move on cue. The
cheerleaders cause mischief and fun wherever they go but often never
fully complete their cheering tasks.

Choreographed by Helen Mason

2016

grumpy cheerleader light festival
office party dancing in the rain birmingham big weekend conga line community dancing arts festival party
The Alternative Office Party

Commissioned for The Birmingham Weekender 2016 & collaboration with 'Mrs Barbara Nice' (Janice Connolly). Getting the commuters of Birmingham ready for the weekend and dancing to the disco classics (in the rain!)

 

Directed by Helen Mason

2017