Lydia Cottrell

Lydia Cottrell

Dancer, Performer, Artist, Cosmonaut, Prepper, Apocaloptimist.

  • Location: York
  • Career stage: Entry
  • Freelancer: Available

I create bold and brave multi-disciplinary performance that challenges institutional status quo and presents new ideas and questions to audiences in engaging and interesting ways. My practice is informed by a background in dance, live art and feminism. My work is also largely autobiographical, drawing on personal experiences and finding ways in which these experiences relate to that of others.

Alongside my own practice, I work as one half of 70/30 Split, who were listed in the top 5 most exciting dance moments of 2014 in The Guardian.


"Perfectly construed, this act was hilarious and touching" - The State of The Arts
"extraordinarily inventive and very funny." - British Theatre Guide
"tightly crafted and slickly delivered" - London Dance

Awards, comissions and prizes:

Awarded, Arts Council England Funding, Atlantis.
Awarded, North East Artist Development Network Residency, Dance City, Newcastle.
Commission, In-Situ In-Place, The SHOP, Nelson.
Commission, Romford Contemporary Art Programme, Quadrant Arcade, Romford.
Awarded, Conway Cohort Artist in Residence, Conway Hall.
Awarded, SHINE emerging artist, Leeds City Council, Leeds Light Night.
Winner, Dance and the Homemade Commission, Chisenhale Dance Space, London.
Winner, Drunken Nights development commission, Drunken Chorus & Rich Mix, London.
Commission, Night of the Barghest, York Theatre Royal.
Shortlisted, Vantage Art Prize, Departure Foundation, Leeds.
Winner, FLINTsparks Prize, Two Destination Language and Winchester University.
Commission, Works Ahead, Word of Warning and Contact Theatre, Manchester.
Winner, IDEA Assembly, Best Original Artistic Idea, Live Art Bistro, Leeds.
Awarded, Creative Entrepreneur Programme, Cida Co, Graduate Entrepreneurship Project.
Awarded, Proof of Concept , Most Exciting New Creative Business Concept -York St John University, European Regional Development Fund.

Work History

Self Employed - See CV

Aug 2011 - Present


Performance Dance - BA (Hons) - York St John University

Sep 2009 - Jun 2011

Professional Dance - National Diploma - Kate Simmons Dance LTD

Sep 2005 - Jun 2008


  • Contemporary Dance
  • Dance
  • Live Art
  • Live Events
  • Live Performance
  • Social Engagement
  • Theatre