Loren McK is an Artist and Writer based in the UK who is building their practice around community, queerness and conversation. Within this practice Loren works with discomfort and resistance, which become tools for investigation, performance and activism.
As part of her facilitation support practice Loren has worked at London Contemporary Dance School supporting MA students alongside Lauren Potter, Katye Coe, Hilary Stainsby, Florence Peake, Natifah White and Tom Hastings. Loren regularly returns to Trinity Laban as a mentor and supervisor for students exploring collaborative projects which has been an ongoing interest since 2016 that has seen the development of multidisciplinary projects exploring identification, silence, duration, objects of use (in collaboration with the Horniman Museum) and posing the body.
Loren is currently developing and extending Lesbian Dance Theory: a seriously humorous lecture, multimedia performance and fuck you to the hyperbole of right wing commentators who coined the term. This work centres around dialogues, practices, histories and futures for those who identify as, with or adjacent to the term Lesbian. As part of this work Loren has interviewed artists inlcuding Eve Stainton, Jules Cunningham, Jay Yule, Shivaangee Agrawal and Eleanor Perry and was mentored by Florence Peake and Martin Hargreaves.
Since 2016 Loren has supported Cress Collective (now Wee Workers) bring together artists regularly or for intensive periods to discuss and develop their artistic practice and was also a participant of The Container – Marina Collard in (2018). In her artistic practice Loren has collaborated with Sean Murray, Becky Horne, Christopher Spraggs, Ella Fleetwood, Marina Collard, Lizzi Kew-Ross, Theo Canham Spence, and Jack Thomson.
Most recently Loren has worked with Courtney Nettleford (freelance cultural producer and film maker) on Queerole by Patricia Langa which investigates Queer histories of Flamenco and Adieu with Thick and Tight, a film about the life and work of Derek Jarman created alongside queer and learning disabled dance-artists from Corali Dance Company.
Previous works; Resisting Authority (lec/dem 2022), Platform and Poster R&D (2022), Story of the uncommon woman (20-21) and Take Up Space (2019) all stem for research of the submerged, an interest in missing histories and perspectives, and the rifts created when past, present and imagined futures are written from an assumed homogenised perspective.
Loren studied Expanded Dance Practice Program at The Place (LCDS) in 2022 and is a graduate of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (2016) and Dance Studio Scotland (2013).
Posing the Body: Stillness, Movement, and Representation (Courtauld: Symposium)
Christopher Spraggs, Sean Murray, Loren McK, Blanche Jandin, Hannah Redfearn.