Sioda is a Performer, Movement director, Choreographer and Teacher based in Leamington spa. Her early influences are from a musical and creative upbringing having been exposed to and performing in music and street theatre from an early age. Since graduating from Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 2002 her professional performance credits to date, working nationally and internationally are: Motionhouse Dance Theatre/ Ace Dance and Music/ Cscape Dance Company/ Parlor Dance/Yael Flexor-Bedlam Dance/Freefall Dance and Assault Events amongst others. Sioda has directed movement in various dance and theatre productions from local community projects to being Rehearsal Director for 2Faced Dance Company on their spring tour of ‘Dreaming in Code’. Sioda begun exploring some of her own ideas choreographically in 2013 working on solo projects and various collaborations before being commissioned to choreograph for the film The Yellow Wallpaper by director Haley Egan, broadcast on Channel 4’s Random Acts series in 2015.
As Sioda’s experience over the years has been predominantly in devising and performing in dance/street theatre and outdoor performance with companies whose main focus is to make dance and theatre accessible to all, it has become central to Sioda’s practice and is her passion as an artist and teacher. Sioda specialises in dance theatre and contact/partnering skills and it is this style which informs her movement choreography. This combined with her earlier experiences at festivals and more recent training at The Actors Space-Barcelona in Directing Performance and The Art of Comedy (supported by Dancer’s Careers Development Service and Royal Ballet Benevolent fund) has given Sioda the tools and inspiration to develop a unique making style with the central focus being on creating performance for non- conventional settings through combined arts.
During 2015, Sioda devised material for and performed in touring production Taste with Cscape Dance Company working collaboratively with Neil Paris of Smith Dance Theatre, Simon Harvey of Knee High Theatre and the other performers. It was during this time that Sioda explored the benefits of working collaboratively with experts from various disciplines in the arts and began to conceive ideas for her own show Painting Venice, to develop her own skills in theatre directing and put these theories into practice. Sioda had two successful Grants for The Arts bids to research and develop Painting Venice, completing a pilot tour Summer 2018, also supported by the Offsite programme at Deda Derby and will tour to UK festivals in 2019.