Put out to pasture by the bank he used to
work for, Stuart Sweeney is now free to indulge his two passions;
dance and human rights. He enjoys a wide range of dance including
ballet, modern, Flamenco, Indian, etc. His approach is very artist-centred
and he never loses sight of the extraordinary skill and effort that
dancers bring to their art and the ever-present risk of injury.
Stuart is a strong believer in helping to
harness the power of the Internet for fans and professionals. Dance
companies and venues in the UK haven't fully realised the power
of this new media format, so he is keen to help make that happen.
Apart from his work with criticaldance, he contributes reviews and
articles for the magazine Dance
Europe and in 2002 was invited to become a member of the
Critics' Circle. He is also currently studying for an MA in
Dance Studies at Laban. More recently Stuart has become fascinated
by dance in Estonia and its beautiful old capital of Tallinn.
Stuart also works two days a week in the
Amnesty International UK Business Group, specialising in Financial
Institutions. In addition, over the past few years he has forged
an increasingly strong link between Amnesty and Rambert
Dance Company and this activity has now been extended to
Birmingham Royal Ballet
and other dance companies.
Stuart is delighted to be part of criticaldance
-- a group of like-minded enthusiasts and professionals who put
dance and dancers first.