Back eei-turning-the-tide-hero
On-going projects

Turning the Tide

A dance-performance-film project exploring the role of women in the renewable energy and offshore wind sector

‘Turning the Tide’ explores the role of women in the renewable energy and offshore wind sector to produce a creative, performance-based film and podcast for exhibition. 

Turning the Tide is open to participants - no experience needed.

Join us!

Turning the Tide will take innovative and creative approach to the topic of EDI (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion). Facts and insights from case studies in the recently published ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in Engineering’ report by the AURA team in collaboration with SUPERGEN ORE will be translated into choreography and filmed while being performed by a group of female local community volunteers in different topical locations.

Who can take part?

YOU! The rehearsals for ‘Turning the Tide’ are open to everyone who is interested to commit to the project and would like to join us for this adventure to learn more. No prior dance experience is required, all that’s needed is the desire to move, explore and learn more about women in the renewable energy sector. For the filming, we will focus on women volunteers, including those identifying as women. The choreography will be adapted to different capability levels, so if in doubt simply contact us.

Launch Workshop

Find out about the project in our interactive workshop during the week of International Women’s Day. The workshop will take place on Thursday 10 March, 6pm (approx. 1.5 hours) in the Donald Roy Theatre of the Gulbenkian Centre at the University of Hull.


Rehearsals are foreseen to start in March 2022 with approximately 12x 2h sessions (COVID permitting). Filming will take place on one weekend in July.

How to participate?

You can sign up to receive more information by sending an email expressing your interest. Please include your name, email address and phone number (if available).

Please be advised that when contacting us you agree that we will save your contact information for the sole purpose of contacting you in relation to this project. Contact detail information will only be available to the project leaders, stored securely and will be deleted at the end of the project or at any time before upon your request – in line with GDPR guidelines.

Who is involved?

The project team includes…

Fred Garland (lead artist, professional dancer and choreographer, Tenfoot Dance Company)

image credit: Laramedia


‘Turning the Tide’ is led by the Energy & Environment Institute, University of Hull, funded by the Ferens Education Trust and directed by choreographer and professional dance teacher Fred Garland of Tenfoot Dance Company.

‘Turning the Tide’ will form part of Garland’s overarching ‘Women’s Movement 100’ project, which showcases the role of women – past, present and future – in all parts of our society to commemorate the centenary of female suffrage. The Hull-based part will look at women in the workplace in a future-oriented sector to highlight future opportunities and challenges while illustrating Hull and the Humber’s potential to an unfamiliar audience.

A key part of the project is the involvement of volunteers, who will not only learn and perform the choreography inspired by facts and case studies, but also help to explore and discover typical movements. In addition, there will be active knowledge exchange about the underlying facts with the opportunity to talk to the scientists involved in the recent EDI study. Through the creation of arts-based exhibition material, the project aims to reach and inspire a non-typical target audience to aspire to a STEM career within the sector. 

The Project Team

Dr. Christina C. Roggatz (project lead & coordinator, EEI/ University of Hull)

Fred Garland (lead artist, professional dancer and choreographer, Tenfoot Dance Company)

Scientific and professional support through Dr Simon Waldman (Lecturer Renewable Energy, EEI/ University of Hull), Prof James Gilbert (Professor of Engineering, University of Hull), Louise Smith (Director AURA/ University of Hull) and Dr Stefi McMaster (Postdoctoral Researcher at Centre for Human Factors/ University of Hull).

Creative and logistical support through Prof Andrew King (Professor of Music and Technology/ University of Hull), Dr Lucy Fielding (Lecturer, Drama Department/ University of Hull), and students from the University of Hull Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education.

Artistic collaboration with Matthew Laraway (LARAMEDIA, Videographer & Photographer), Alex Wilson (Music & Sound Design) and Anna Roberts (Costumes).

Other on-going research projects

View all projects