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About Us

Since  2017 we have worked with poets Imtiaz Dharker, Poet Laureate Simon Armitage and Scots Makar Jackie Kay, in partnership with BBC Contains Strong Language.  Our current programme offers three mixed media performances:  THIS TIDE OF HUMBER based on a specially-commissioned poem by Imtiaz Dharker; 

STILL, based on a collection of poems commemorating the centenary of World War One by Simon Armitage; and PAS DE DEUX, based on the poem of the same name by Jackie Kay. Each piece runs for approximately 20 minutes.

Our work is made possible by funding from Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants and Hull City Council Grants to Arts. We are also grateful for the support of Anlaby Studios.


Jackie Goodman - director 

Jackie Goodman Is director and creative producer for JoinedUp Dance Company. Trained as a visual artist, she has a MA in collaboratve arts practice and has taught theatre and performance studies, creative writing and visual arts at degree level. Her creative practice involves mixed media work including text, movement, costume and visual elements and exploring the use of non-theatre venues for performance.


Mark Pearce - rehearsal director and artist 

Mark Pearce is rehearsal director and performer for JoinedUp Dance Company. He trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Laban and Transitions Dance Company and toured in Matthew Boume's highly acclaimed adaptation of Swan Lake. Mark has extensive experience teaching contemporary dance at degree level and on high-level training programmes for young dancers aspiring to become professionals. Mark has performed in a number of our pieces and makes a key contribution to the performance quality of our work.


Joe Roper -  composer 

Joe Roper is a composer/musician based in Hull, East Yorkshire and is resident composer with JoinedUp Dance Company. Joe started off playing drums in punk and hardcore bands, moving to solo songwriting/performance and then to orchestral and electronic composition. Joe has gathered a wide range of experience that is demonstrated in his music. Joe's music provides the listener with an active sonic environment which contributes to the immersive audience experience created in our work. Joe's music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and at the Cannes Film Festival. He writes for film, theatre and contemporary dance. Collaborations include work with Imtiaz Dharker, Simon Armitage, BBC, Hull Truck Theatre, Yorkshire Dance, Northern Rail, JoinedUp Dance, Dance United Yorkshire, Lo:cus Dance Theatre, TVEXP and CreativeX-change.


Kirstie Henderson - video artist 

Kirstie Henderson is a motion visual artist, creative course producer and filmmaker. She has worked in film, media and communications for over 20 years and collaborates with dance companies,health and wellbeing charities, education and arts festivals. Her work uses a mix of digital and analogue media to create layered narratives comprising figurative and abstract elements. Kirstie also runs Brave Day, a social enterprise that supports individuals, businesses and organisations to flourish creatively.

Associate Artists

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Sophie West

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Sam Baines


Effie McGuire Ward


Chloe Sweeting

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