Jane Mason is an independent artist based in Devon. She trained in dramatic arts at Bretton Hall in the early 90’s before dancing for various choreographers (Wayne McGregor, Colin Poole, Wendy Houstoun, Deborah Hay) and creating her own work to tour (Life Forces (with Phil Smith) Singer, Desert, Come on Sun (shortlisted for The Place Prize) and films (ANDOUT, Hard Told, The Pleasure of Gliding, REST YOUR HEAD).
She collaborates widely (Quarantine, Lone Twin, NTS Scotland, Blind Ditch, Theatre Alibi), works in a range of community contexts (in homes, on streets, with families) and in education and academic research. Across Jane’s practice is a special interest working with non-trained performers, evolving choreographic processes that help people to increase connection with themselves and each other.
In recent years she’s worked closely with transforming materials, exploring ways in which the movements of bodies and objects can create ‘image worlds’ of great affective resonance and tenderness. Usually triggered by some aspect of her own lived experience, these ‘worlds’ invite a quiet attention to detail, and an active slowing down into present process.
Jane is an associate artist at Exeter Phoenix and a Kaleider Resident. Her current work Night Flying is created in collaboration with long time collaborator David Williams.