Karla Shacklock

Karla Shacklock

Artistic Director, Choreographer, Performer, Movement Director

  • Location: Bristol
  • Freelancer: Available Soon

Since graduating with a 1st class BA (Hons) in 2002 and a PhD in dance in 2005, I have toured my own work extensively throughout Europe and performed internationally with various dance, circus and physical theatre companies. I have delivered masterclasses throughout Europe, held a senior lecturing post at Bath Spa University, had my book published, been commissioned to choreograph works for dance, theatre, opera and youth groups and generally been a very busy bee. Earlier this year I was selected as a 'Future Leader in Dance' by the Dance UK mentoring scheme, and I have recently discovered I have been awarded a Bonnie Bird Award - The Marion North Award.

I was the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of multi-award winning physical theatre and multimedia company ‘Precarious’, which produced and toured works for five years. And I am now Artistic Director for Karla Shacklock Company. Based in Bristol, we are Associate Company at Pavilion Dance South West, work closely with a number of South West partners, and are supported by Arts Council England. Our practice is highly physical, visual and visceral and concerned with liveness, authenticity and transformation. We aim to allow our audience to have an experience, to feel, to be with us, rather than to sit and watch. We work imaginatively with the body, voice, live sound and everyday objects. We make work only if we have something to say. www.karlashacklock.com

I also work as a Movement Director for other large-scale theatre productions - most recently I collaborated with Tom Morris (Warhorse) on 'World Cup Final 1966' and with Michael Oakley and April De Angelis on 'The Life and Times of Fanny Hill' which is soon to transfer to the West End. For a sneaky peak at Fanny Hill click here: https://vimeo.com/129822799

I am open to all adventures!

Work History

Freelance lecturer - Laban, Central School of Speech and Drama, Bath Spa Univeristy and others

Jan 2011 - Aug 2015

Artistic Director, Choreographer, Performer - Karla Shacklock Company

Jan 2010 - Aug 2015

Movement Director - The Life and Times of Fanny Hill - Lamplight Productions and Bristol Old Vic

Jan 2015 - Mar 2015

Movement Director - World Cup Final 1966 - Bristol Old Vic production, Directed by Tom Morris

Apr 2014 - Jul 2014

Performer - Fleur Darkin Company, Marie Gabrielle Rose, Mimbre, Theatre of the Absurd and others

Jan 2010 - Jan 2011

Artistic Director, Choreograher, Performer - Precarious Physical Theatre and Multimedia

Jan 2005 - Jan 2010

Senior Lecturer in Dance - Bath Spa University

Sep 2005 - Dec 2009


Dance - PhD - Bretton Hall - University of Leeds

Sep 2002 - Dec 2005

Dance - BA (Hons) Dance - 1st Class - Bretton Hall - University of Leeds

Sep 1999 - Jul 2002


  • choreography
  • dance theatre
  • dancer
  • Live Performance
  • movement director
  • Physical Theatre
  • theatre performer