Effie took on the role of co-assistant director and co-founded MÓTUS dance festival in 2014 alongside Chris Bradley and under the leadership of Helen Parlor. The team organised the inaugural festival which took place over two days in June 2014 showcasing dance from youth to professional level in Milton Keynes. The festival featured works in both a site-specific capacity in Margaret Powell Square as well as in a more traditional theatre context at The Venue MK. Works were presented by Theo Clinkard, Motionhouse, Anjali Dance Company, Ffin Dance and Two Thirds Sky to name but a few.
In 2015, the festival focussed on sight-specific work with a trail from Margaret Powell Square into Campbell Park. The choreographic commissions specifically responded to sites along the way culminating at the MK Rose.
The most recent edition of the festival in 2016 returned to it's 2 day format featuring works both inside and outside, in partnership with Milton Keynes Gallery and the Chrysalis Theatre. Visiting companies and artists included Flexer & Sandiland, Keira Martin and Moxie Brawl.
For further information on current MÓTUS activity please see here.
In between festivals, the MÓTUS team continue to organise events as a collective in Milton Keynes. Workshops with visiting companies are being programmed on a regular basis - the first of which were delivered by Gecko, Southpaw and Motionhouse.
Work in Progress platform events for emerging artists and companies are also a continuing feature of the MÓTUS calendar; these follow a format of having a panel of professionals to provoke audience discussion as well as providing verbal and written feedback to those presenting work.
Jump Start, a youth dance platform, has also become part of the yearly calendar of MÓTUS events since 2016.