Freya began her training at HJ Ballet School and Junior Associates of the Royal Ballet. She continued her training at Elmhurst and Central School of Ballet, appearing in various productions with The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet. In 2006 she joined Ballet Central, performing in works by Rafael Bonachela, Will Tuckett, and creating a role in Christopher Bruce's Shift.
Freya joined Scottish Ballet for Ashley Page's productions of Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker and Pastor's Romeo and Juliet, and during her time in Scotland she has toured nationally with Errol White Company (IAM), Company Chordelia (Les Amoureux), All or Nothing (Three’s a Crowd) and worked extensively with Articulate Animal, including the interactive performance of Blowup with visual artist Simon Biggs. Freya has also worked with Theatre Cryptic (Sound to Sea), Ruth Mills Dance and Stephen Pelton Dance Theatre.
Freya was accepted onto the Flying High Programme, funded by Creative Scotland and run by All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre, designed to train dancers in aerial skills. This has lead to aerial work as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games celebrations, touring theatre productions and The Enchanted Forest, Perth.
Her film-based dance projects include; ‘It for Others’ by Duncan Campbell – winner of The Turner Prize 2014 and created for the Venice Biennale Festival 2013, choreographed by Michael Clark; ‘Traces of Places’ collaboration with Articulate Animal and Director Roddy Simpson – part of DANCE:FILM 11 and screened internationally.
Music video credits include Zulu Winter, John Cale, The Japanese Popstars and feature film Sunshine on Leith.
2014 saw Freya become the Curator of The Cottier Dance Project, which is the dance thread of ‘Scotland’s answer to The Proms’ The Cottier Chamber Project. She also became a founding member of High Heart Dance Company, which specializes in collaborations between dance and live music. She performed with High Heart Dance Company in collaboration with Traditional Musician of the Year Emily Smith, Jamie McClennan and band in ‘Footprints’, as part of the Made in Scotland Showcase, and also created The Lady of Shalott with chamber ensemble Daniel’s Beard for the same showcase. 2015 saw her perform again with High Heart Dance Company and Daniel’ s Beard in ‘Fray’, a new work by choreographer Diana Loosmore, with music by composers Nadia Boulanger, Krzyzstof Penderecki and Christopher Rathbone. Freya also danced in the premiere of Stephen Pelton’s ‘Lauda Adrianna’ alongside The Gavin Bryars Ensemble at The Cottier Chamber Project.
Other projects involving collaboration with live musicians include Two’s Company, Dance and Music at the Cheltenham Festival, where she danced to Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto, Bach and Walton, and re-memberings with ‘the other ensemble’ for DanceLive and Fringe festivals.
Freya has worked with Stockport Youth Orchestra to encourage and educate young musicians to compose music for dance. She has taught ballet, contemporary, floor barre and musicality based classes at various professional establishments including Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Scottish Ballet and Dance House Glasgow.
Freya is now dancing with Yorke Dance Project for their Spring and Autumn seasons, with repertoire by Robert Cohan, Yolande Yorke-Edgell, Charlotte Edwards and Kenneth MacMillan. She is also involved with the Eidolon Project, led by visual artist Beverley Hood, in partnership with the Scottish Simulation Centre and funded by The Wellcome Trust.
photo credits: Mikah Smillie (above)
Bill Cooper (below)