The Last 12 months


Helen directed Pif Paf’s newest creation ‘Planetary’. Working with circus and dance Helen created a piece for the company to tour.

March-April: Helen was the choreographer for the Greenhouse project, a new childrens’ theatre concept, supported by the Cornerstone in Didcot and The Gulbenkinian working in collaboration with Pins and Needles, Nick Garnett and Matthew Sharp.

Greenhouse – Cornerstone and Gulbenkian co-production from house.

July: Artistic Director for MÓTUS; a dynamic festival for dance in Milton Keynes. Collaborating with Yael Flexer, Paramount Parkour, Mestre Anjo, House of Absolute amongst others. See: Motus Dance

September: Co-Artistic director for ‘Home Sweet Home’ with company Grid Arts for a major MK50 celebration within Milton Keynes planned for 2017. Working collaboratively are MÓTUS, The Play’s the Thing and Thomas Gray/The Gray Circle
Research and development for this project began in September 2016 with a grant from Arts Council England to fund a 2 week research and development period at Milton Keynes College where students worked with artists Helen Parlor and Effie McGuire Ward, Thomas Gray, Rosemary Hill and Nathaniel Reed. This project is the first step towards a major collaborative performance planned for 2017. See images for MK50

October 2015

Rugby World Cup

Helen was the choreographer for ROOTS as part of the Rugby World Cup celebration in Milton Keynes. Helen brought together over 100 people to create an hour long music and dance showcase celebrating diversity and personal heritage.


Helen gave birth to her little boy Royd Evan Spivey.








In Collaboration with Westbury Arts Centre
Textile Artist Vinny Stapley and GREAT WAR MK

On the 5th July the MÓTUS team, Helen Parlor, Chris Bradley and Effie McGuire Ward staged ‘For the Fallen’ , a commemorative World War One dance site specific ipece, at the MK Rose. After working with twelve different groups on choreography the dance team then staged the work within the MK Rose alongside the magnificent display of World War One inspired banners, made through the direction of textile artist Vinny Stapley, within the space.

Despite the rain the groups and team battled on to perform in front of large crowds,
braving the weather to support this event.

‘For The Fallen’ – Westbury Arts Centre Project from Great War MK on Vimeo.

‘Bedford Duet’ – Great War MK


MÓTUS 2015 – RESPOND Festival

MÓTUS 2015 from Helen Parlor on Vimeo


On the 31st May 2015 MÓTUS held its second dance festival in Milton Keynes. The title of this year’s festival was RESPOND. The artistic vision for 2015 was to continue our work with emerging choreographers (a strand developed through our very successful work in progress platforms throughout the year) and encourage them to come and make work in sites in Milton Keynes, to animate spaces and work in a site specific way to engage audiences. These site specific works to culminate in a promenade dance performance leading audiences from the Milton Keynes Gallery and into Campbell Park; engaging dance with art, sculpture and spaces along the trail.

Helen worked as Artistic Director alongside Assistant Directors Chris Bradley and Effie McGuire Ward. MÓTUS collaborated again through Arts Gateway to connect with the MK Gallery, the Parks Trust and the Milton Keynes Council and Community Foundation to bring MÓTUS alive. MÓTUS was financially supported through Arts Council England, MK Community Foundation, MK Gallery and Milton Keynes Council.

In total MÓTUS 2015 engaged: 61 Artists
66 Participants performing in the festival
1145 live audience members
10000 online audience

It created: 21 new products and commissions for Milton Keynes
3 performance days
63 taking part and workshop days

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Worksop Opportunity with Yael Flexer

4TH OCTOBER 10:30AM-4:30PM

Yael Flexer poster finalThe workshop will begin with a dynamic release based class followed by creative exploration and tasks based on Flexer & Sandiland’s recent R&D for a new production Disappearing Acts. The aim is to give participants a taster of Flexer & Sandiland’s work with a view to interested participants joining the company’s creation process and performance as part of MÓTUS Dance Festival 2016.COST: £25BOOK: E-mail: for booking form




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