Kapow

Dance Circus Theatre (Est. 2015)

We are a Manchester based performance company working in dance, physical theatre and circus. We create bold and imaginative touring productions.

We want to share the joy of imagination, physical story telling and the moving body with audiences. 

As well as creating professional touring productions we also create works for schools, universities and community groups.

We hope you enjoy exploring our website. You can find out about past, present and future shows here and if you scroll down a little more you can read about the individuals who make up Kapow.

If you have any questions at all please don't hesitate to drop us an email.

 

 

Beth Powlesland

Co. Founder & Artistic Director

Her professional experience includes 2 years with internationally acclaimed Tilted Productions, 7 years with dance company Earthfall, and work with numerous independent directors including National Dance Company Wales, National Theatre Wales, Mafalda Deville (Jasmin Vardimon Company), and Theatr Iolo.

 

Beth is participating in an ongoing collaboration with Jo Fong; together they have travelled to perform in Canada, China, Edinburgh Fringe, British Council Showcase, British Dance Edition, and venues throughout Europe. 

Beth began making her own work in 2009, in part pursuing the use of voice alongside dance. Since then she has been commissioned to sing (and dance) in a number of projects by Verity Standen, Andy Pink and Lisa May Thomas.

Beth is also a Holistic Massage Therapist, and loves working to help people feel connected, renewed and embodied through hands on bodywork.

 

 

Eithne Kane

Co. Founder & Artistic Director

 

Eithne began her movement career by training gymnastics from a young age before discovering the North Yorkshire County Youth Dance Company and finding her ongoing passion for contemporary dance and physical theatre.She went on to train at London Contemporary Dance School where this love of dance grew into a passion for choreography, physical story telling and athletic movement styles such as floor work and partnering.

 
Eithne mixes freelance performance work with devising independently, and has worked with Tilted Productions, Joli Vyann, Opera North, Jorge Cresis and Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre among others.

 

Eithne’s gymnastic experience has increasingly brought her into the world of contemporary circus - informing her acrobatic dance fusion. Eithne also teaches yoga, a practice which has been invaluable to her in times of injury - something she feels passionate about sharing.

Alice Bonazzi

Company Dancer

Originally from Bologna, Italy, Alice moved to the UK in 2014 to study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, graduating in 2017 with a First-Class Honours degree. During her time at Laban, Alice worked with Alison Curtis-Jones, Zoi Dimitriou, Fernanda Prata, Maciej Kuzminski (amongst others) and she performed in works by Maxine Doyle and  Matthew Bourne.

 

In 2017, she joined Company Chameleon as an apprentice dancer and she keeps collaborating with them as Associate Artist. Since then, she’s been performing and touring works by Rosie Kay Dance Company, MOTUS and Mercurial Dance, while also developing her own work under the name of Damae.Dance, a collaboration with dance artist Sara Marques. 

Billy Morgan

Company Dancer

Billy Morgan has been an avid climber since the age of 13, and has since been broadening his skill set to include parkour, partner acrobatics and ninja warrior training.

 

He loves being outdoors and exploring, and his dream is to live near the mountains so he can explore them whenever he pleases.

 

He joined Kapow in Autumn 2017 as an apprentice performer, becoming a company member in March 2018. Billy has performed with Kapow across the UK and we are excited to have Billy with us again this year as a company dancer/acrobat.

Paul Davies

Company Dancer

Paul trained at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance, graduating with a First Class Degree in 2015. He went on to complete an apprenticeship with Motionhouse Dance Theatre, touring over 2015-2016 and teaching for Motionhouse Youth company.

 

He also delivered classes and workshops at Northern School of Contemporary Dance after completing his apprenticeship at Motionhouse. He has performed works by: Motionhouse Dance Theatre ‘Captive’ and ‘Broken’ Tino Seghal ‘Kiss’, Tangled Dance Company ‘Once Upon A Twisted Time’ and ‘Frosted By Magic’, Dam Van Huynh ‘DEP’. 


He has a strong belief in working hard and enjoys pushing his body past expectations. That is where the fun is!

Emma Hopley

Company Dancer

Emma is a dance artist based in Manchester. She recently graduated with a Distinction in her MA with Joss Arnott’s Emergence Dance Company, where she performed on a national tour of works by Sharon Watson and Joss.

 

Prior to this, at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Emma gained a First Class Honours degree in 2018. 

She enjoys pushing her body to its physical limits, and has recently translated this to her love for rock climbing and adventure in the outdoors.

Emma’s passion lies in bringing character into performance and utilising political motivation to create works with activism at their heart. She is currently performing her solo choreography ‘An Uncomfortable Word’ nationally.