Roberta Jean’s parents practiced dance professionally and she grew up watching performances and the process of making choreography. It wasn’t however until she experienced Meg Stuart and Ann Hamilton’s collaboration Appetite, that she decided to intensively pursue her own pathway into dance and performance.
She trained in Contemporary Dance and Ballet at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and specialised in choreography, she then went on to complete an MA in Performance Making at Goldsmiths College, London. Roberta has been a resident artist in London (Shunt, Greenwich Foot Tunnel, Chisenhale Dance Space, Greenwich Dance Agency and Battersea Arts Centre as part of THE INDEPENDENTS), Cardiff (Welsh Independent Dance), Marseille (as part of COLINA), Nottingham (Dance4), Totnes (Dartington Hall) and Vienna (DanceWeb in-conjunction with ImPulsTanz). She is also one of the founding curators of Chisenhale Art Club as featured in Time Out’s Best of 2010.