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Clara and Rachel met by sheer coincidence, through a mutual friend at an audition back in 2014. In a twist of circumstance, they were both forced to spend a total of 9 hours together at a bus station.


This escalated into three years of living together, travelling all over the world and studying at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. While members of the National Youth Dance Company of Scotland, the two toured nationally and internationally to India, Belgium and Australia.

A spark of creative compatibility ignited.


On New Year's Day 2019, while waiting for a takeaway, ‘Sliding Doors’ was born from a hungover conversation where they expressed, with as much energy as they could muster, their desire to collaborate.

Reflecting on the series of events causing them to meet, Clara and Rachel likened their situation to the fascinating premise of the 1998 film Sliding Doors.


Inspired by their collective experiences, their very own ‘Sliding Doors’ concept aims to create work that everyone can access. No previous dance experience necessary. Text is integral to their practice, allowing a unanimous celebration of life’s chances, whether or not we choose to take them.

"Laird and Cowen achieve the near-impossible feat of making dance feel integral to the moody tenderness of their relationship."

Izzy Rodgers, Dance Art Journal Review

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2019 - 2020
Penthouse Hickies

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Trinity Laban Residency
August 2021, London

Trinity Laban IGNITE Fund Recipient
May 2021

DanceLive Festival, CityMoves

October 2020 - Online Festival

Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival - Love Micro Commission
September 2020 - Online Festival

Citymoves Residency
August 2020 - Aberdeen, Scotland
Fragility Takeover (Wandsworth Arts Fringe) 2020
9th & 10th May at The Putney Arches - CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
Citymoves Residency 
February 2020 - Aberdeen, Scotland

Resolution 2020
24th January at The Place, London

Rising Tides
August 2019 - Rosemary Branch Theatre, London

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019
Head's Up at Dance Base


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Penthouse Hickies - Behind the Scenes

A film by Jérémie Brivet

Resolution 2020 Trailer

Penthouse Hickies

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Image by Beth Hopkins

Image by Beth Hopkins


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