Dagmara Bilon

Dagmara Bilon

ABOUT

Dagmara Bilon is an artist, performer, dance movement therapist, and maternal producer based in London.
After graduating with a BA in Dance Theatre from Trinity LABAN in 2003, Dagmara began
to work as a performer as well as carve her practice as an artist&maker exploring her interest in
process-orientated approaches which led her to obtain a postgraduate diploma in Dance
Movement Therapy (DMT) from Roehampton University in 2007. She started applying
approaches from DMT to performance-making, resulting in a diverse body of work that has been
presented in the UK as well as internationally. Works include live art performances, sight-specific works, video installations as well socially engaged community projects.

One of her natural instincts as an artist has always been to shed light on certain human
experiences which, instead of being celebrated as the things that unite us, are kept repressed
by society, tainted by stigma and taboo. This often leaves people isolated and disconnected in
some of the most challenging moments of their lives. Part of her practice is to use art and
performance as a tool and a playground that shed a light on these stigmas in a safe environment
with others. The themes that have been explored are feminist narratives and sexuality, environmental issues, social marginalisation and mental health.

Dagmara is co-founder and director of the Purple Ladies Collective which builds creative
communities through engagement projects and performances. These are held in different
locations including council estates, schools, community centres and art venues. Making their
work vibrant, inclusive and accessible is at the heart of their practice.

Recent works (2020-present):

Hungry for Human Contact (Procreate commission), A letter for my love (hARTs lane commission) When the trees breathe out (The Purple Ladies) Misplaced Women? Project (Tanja Ostovic) Grate Motherfucker (Hot Flush Productions).

Dagmara has been collaborating artists with Himherandit Productions for various years on productions such as GARDEN, Landscapes, Champion and My Undying Love.

Most recently Dagmara choreographed a community dance project for a community cast of 80
people as part of celebrating Lewisham Borough of Culture (The Catford Gyratory Dance
Performance), inspired by the Jo Cox quote “There is more in common than that which divides
us”.