Aby Watson

ABY WATSON is an artist, disabled dance maker, performer, and researcher based in Glasgow, Scotland. Her choreographic practice is an expression of the neurodivergent energy and embodiment of her dyslexic, dyspraxic and ADHD mind-body. Through the use of movement, dance, text, and object, Aby’s work agitates the tensions between virtuosity and the pedestrian, beauty and the grotesque, the silly and the serious. Her solo work has been seen at venues The Southbank Centre, Sophiensaele, Tramway and Wales Millennium Centre, and she has been supported by the National Theatre of Scotland, Unlimited, and The Work Room. Aby strives to challenge exclusive neuronormative values in dance, as well as celebrate the creative potential of neurodivergent authorship and visibility in performance. In late 2019, she founded the Scottish Neurodiverse Performance Network, a space for neurodivergent artists to make connections and share projects, practice, advice, support and solidarity. In 2021, she co-curated NEUROSTAGES – a festival platforming performance work by neurodivergent artists across Scotland and beyond. Aby trained in Contemporary Performance Practice at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she is currently undergoing her PhD. Titled ‘Disordering Dance’, Aby’s autoethnographic PhD project practically interrogates dance making from a lived experience of dyspraxia and neurodivergence.

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