Mary-Clare McKenna is a process-led choreographer, performer, teacher and writer based in the UK. With a background in both theatre and dance she has been drawn to creating performance work over the last twenty years that integrates many art forms. Preoccupations that have been common throughout the work are: her ancestral lineage; memory and how it resides and is articulated; the language of landscapes and its legacy in the self; the exchange between interior landscapes of the physical self (both real and imagined) and external landscapes.
Her work has been performed internationally in theatres, galleries and site-specific locations. It has included collaborations with filmmakers, visual artists, theatre directors and choreographers. She is interested in an expansive creative practice and moves between dancing/choreography, video/film, drawing/painting and ceramics. Writing unexpectedly became a part of her work when she was commissioned to write a book on the pioneering New York theatre director and visual artist Lee Nagrin.