Suzie Birchwood is a dancer, choreographer and the Artistic Director of Arc dance. Suzie has Dystonia and is a wheelchair user. She trained in ballet and contemporary
Nobody here has ever seen the wheelchair as a disability, more as an opportunity to move in a unique way.
The work of ARC is informed by Suzie’s compelling personal story. At 16 she won a full scholarship to train in dance at the London Studio Centre. At 17 she was diagnosed with the neurological condition Dystonia which left her a wheelchair user. 17 years on she both choreographs and performs with the company as well as designing its extensive outreach work.
ARC Dance integrates dancers with different physical and learning abilities. celebrating each of its dancers’ unique physiologies. The works are set to original scores of live music composed and performed by Nao Masuda. The dance represents a glorious denouement of a personal battle to overcome physical and cultural obstacles. Suzie is also a company member of Wolfgang Stange’s world-renowned integrated dance company Amici Dance Theatre Company.