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Colleen Snell: On Artistic Collaboration & the Importance of Embodiment

April 17, 2020
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“I believe in humans… their behaviour and their stories.”

Colleen is a performer, choreographer, educator and the Founder/Co-Artistic Director of Frog in Hand – a dynamic, site-specific driven performance group that she began with her sister, Noelle Hamlyn.

I first met Colleen in 2010 at London Contemporary Dance School where we received our Masters. I’ve been following her work over the years and now, given the climate, I finally made the time to arrange a chat with her.

Here we easily speak about her work, how she got there, her dance and non-dance related influences, and how she’s been transitioning during the lockdown.



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Art Dance New Year Performance

Toolbox – A Dance Theatre Performance

January 10, 2020
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First of all, Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s been 6 months since I’ve arrived back in London already. Settling in has been different than expected, but happy to report the following event happening in New York next week.

Tune in, East Coasters.


Dancer, Actress, Filmmaker (dear friend and colleague), Olivia Mia Orozco has yet another exciting project!

I’ve always admired her explorations with being both a stage performer and a dance film artist. She also uses her creative efforts as the Director at Radiant Space in Los Angeles, a multi-purpose gallery, where she brings in not only great art, but performances and wellbeing projects as well. Her other works include film projects such as Focus on Mexico, Nylon Cave, and Temporal as well as choreographic and performance credits.

Now she has a newly evolved project consisting of the three elements that she knows best: stage, film, and interaction.

Toolbox is a dance theatre performance art piece by that journeys through trauma and the path to healing. It questions how we build tools to help ourselves. How does energy transmute? How do we handle life when it feels too much? Is meditation the next step to self-discovery? This piece poses many questions and shares non verbal stories, sound, film, a staged installation, dance and acting as a mode of new storytelling.


After a successful opening in Los Angeles in three different locations, it’s safe to say it’s more than ready to travel to New York.

“The title of Olivia Mia Orozco’s Toolbox refers to the idea of an emotional toolkit, evaluating how equipped with self-awareness, clarity, empathy, patience and the capacity to heal, we are or are not when confronted with life’s traumas […] Orozco [and her collaborators] create a sensorial expression of what building such a toolbox can feel like, from contemplation to catharsis, brutal honesty, and ultimate liberation.””

Shana Nys Dambrot, LA Weekly


Toolbox: A Dance Theatre Performance Art Piece
The Living Gallery, Brooklyn (NY)
January 13th, 2020 from 7-8pm

Choreography, Direction, Installation & Film:
Olivia Mia Orozco

Performer and Movement Collaborator:
Julienne Mackey

Installation by:
Olivia Mia Orozco & Michael Jon Leonard

Lighting Design by:
Darren Sarkin

Sliding Scale Tickets $10-25

The ticket fee goes towards renting the space, paying the performer and travel expenses, thank you for your generosity.

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