DSC00402I am a choreographer, performer and presenter.  In addition to my dance and performance practice, I am Creative Director of Moray based arts company Dance North Scotland, programming and directing their RISE! festival of contemporary dance and performance.  I am co-founder  Culture Café, local arts network and an active member of the local and national arts sector including as a board member of The Touring Network.
Born in 1963,  I started dancing aged 27 after a background of carpentry, and social/political activism.  In 1995 I received a BA (Hons) in Dance and Independent Learning from Middlesex University and 1997 was invited to become an Associate Artist at The Place Theatre, from which time I have been working as a professional choreographer and performer.  From 1995 – 2000 I worked under the name of M.E.Parker.  My  work has been performed in England, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Israel, Sweden, France and throughout Scotland. In 2000 I moved with my family to the Findhorn Eco-village, Moray in North East Scotland.

As a dance maker I’d say my work is generally rooted in the post modern, experimental dance scene, influenced by my eclectic dance training and varied tastes and interests.  I like to push boundaries, explore edges, re-contextualise and generally mix things up a bit.  If anything,  I see my performance work as a quiet cathartic scream and personal antidote to a world that fundamentally makes very little sense.

My recent practice has been significantly enhanced and developed by two important collaborations; with seminal choreographer Deborah Hay, through her Solo Performance Commissioning Project (At Once 2009, I Think Not 2011); and with composer Matteo Fargion, with whom I joyfully made the live dance and music piece Extremely Bad Dancing to Extremely French Music.

Matteo and I are currently working on a new piece, Extremely Pedestrian Chorales.

Previous working partnerships include composers Philip Jeck and Yannis Kyriakides and lighting designer Charles Balfour.

Dance North Scotland is a Moray based arts organisation delivering quality dance and arts activities for local and visiting audiences and professionals,

Recent Choreographic and Performance Projects include:

Extremely Bad Dancing to Extremely French Music (2013 – )
By Karl Jay-Lewin and Matteo Fargion.
Performed by Karl Jay-Lewin and Tim Parkinson.
Tour Scotland – Eden Ct, Dance Live (Aberdeen), Universal Hall (Findhorn), Tramway (Glasgow), Traverse (Edinburgh), Dance Base (Edinburgh Festival Fringe)

I Think Not (2011- )
Choreography Deborah Hay, Adaptation by Karl Jay-Lewin
Dance Base (Edinburgh Fringe), Universal Hall, Atelier de Paris Carolyn Carlson

For a full list of previous choreographic and performance work, please visit the Work & Projects page.