The Artistic Team
German born Artistic Director Susanne Thomas trained at London Contemporary Dance School and Middlesex University. She was an Associate Artist at The Place, London in 1998/99 and received awards and funding from Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft (Germany), London Arts Board, Arts Council of England and the British Council. Her artistic career began in music, design and visual arts – this background informs her choreography and artistic collaborations.
In 1994 Susanne founded Seven Sisters Group with a team of independent artists whose disciplines included dance, theatre design, fine art, music and video. Susanne was nominated for the prestigious Jerwood Choreography Award in 2000.
Sophie Jump is a founder member of Seven Sisters Group and is co-Artistic Director of the company. She designs for theatre and performance and won the overall Gold Medal at World Stage Design 2013. Her work with Seven Sisters Group was selected to represent the UK at the Prague Quadrennial in 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011, and has been exhibited at the V&A Museum and internationally. She is curator of the Site Specific Performance Festival for the Prague Quadrennial 2019.
In parallel with her creative practice Sophie is committed to supporting, exploring and furthering the role of the performance designer in the visual arts; an aim that she pursues through involvement in organisations such as the Society of British Theatre Designers and Linbury Prize for Stage Design, as well as engagement in academic research and lecturing.