Artistic Direction

Jen Wren is a multi-skilled international dance artist and creative director with a passionate curiosity for the body and communicating stories through dance and film.

Since graduating from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance she has enjoyed an incredibly diverse career in dance and garnered acclaim for a string of choreographic productions and tours.

Jen formed Slanjayvah Danza in 2004 to give collaborative voice to her own conceptual and creative practice and she has produced over 20 professional choreographies for stage and screen over the past 15 years.

“Explosive and memorable work” – Hetty Blades, The Place

Born in Scotland but with strong Spanish links, Jen references both cultures in her work; embedding traditional steps and music into contemporary productions and accenting these with emotion and a sense of adventure.  As Artistic Director and Choreographer for Slanjayvah Danza she has secured a reputation for capturing audiences’ attention with her distinctive and versatile artistic voice.

“Expressive, insatiable choreography” – Scottish Storytelling Centre

Jen’s work has been commissioned/performed/screened by a number of international venues and platforms within the UK, Spain, France, Netherlands, USA, Qatar and Singapore and she has collaborated with a wide range of artists, professional and community organisations and educational institutions.

As a freelance artist, Jen currently works with Sardoville (rehearsal director/technician), Phoebe Ophelia (Creative director/co-producer) and is the choreographer for “Atlantik 1050” project, commissioned by Dance Base for the Edinburgh and Atlantikaldia Festivals 2019.  Other freelance work has included: KMA (movement director), Camera 2 (Creative director), The Rugby League World Cup/ Grand Visionary Solutions (choreographer), Les Commandos Percu (choreographer/dancer), Al Ryyan Productions (Creative Director), Conservatorio de Danza de Sevilla (choreographer).

In August 2019 Jen will complete her MA in Dance and Creative Enterprise through NSCD.

Alongside her work with professionals, Jen takes great pride in regularly working at a grass-roots level with individuals of all ages and abilities, as well as mentoring others in their own practice.  She is on the board of Directors for Dance Action Zone Leeds staying regularly involved with the nurturing of young individuals from low income backgrounds.

Outside of her artistic practice, Jen is a well-known “body geek” and dancers’ “body mechanic”, specialising in injury prevention, diagnosis, treatment, management and rehabilitation techniques for dancers.