MA Choreography student Daisy May Kemp collaborates with National Film and Television School on new animation project Tight

Following an approach by the National Film and Television School (NFTS), Central’s MA Choreography student Daisy May Kemp has been working with NFTS producer Alexander Handschuh to tell the story of Tight, an abstract stop motion animation that uses dance and physical theatre to tell the story of two women navigating the perils of love.

Daisy created the choreography and performed the material along with fellow dancer from New Adventures, Bryony Harrison, which was then filmed at the NFTS on their Main Stage.  Producer Alexander Handschuh explained: “Joined by a series of attachment strings, the (women) experience the fragility and suffocating nature love can pose and the scars left of those gone by.” Ben Cresswell, NFTS Director, is now using the resulting film as a literal reference for the movement of the puppets in the stop motion animation.

Daisy said: “Working with the NFTS has been a chance for me to really take charge of my choreographic voice.  It’s also a chance to put into practice what I have learnt so far on the MA course and take it out into the world. Working with a director on a Stop Motion film has also been an exciting new venture and a completely new medium, I’m thrilled to see how my choreography will translate on to the puppets.”

Susan Kempster, Course Lead MA Choreography commented: “The NFTS consistently produces high end film work, and their students go on to be leading professionals in the field. I’m excited about fostering collaboration between our MA Choreography students and the NFTS, not just for the valuable experience gained from these collaborations, but also anticipating the possibility of professional partnerships in the future.”  

Information about Tight


Ben Cresswell – Director

Alexander Handschuh – Producer

Estefania Carpio – DP

Juan Guerra – Production Design

Sophie Moulton – Production Manager

Santiago Monroy – Focus Puller

Zak Lawrence-Earey – Editor

Daisy May Kemp – Choreographer


Daisy Kemp

Bryony Harrison