CONTEMPORARY dance artist Hayley Matthews is heading back to her roots in Ealing, where she took her first steps, for a special performance.

A one-woman dance piece, with live music from musician Hej Jones, Home Solo follows a journey - from injury and uncertainty, to being comfortable in your own skin.

In 2010, Hayley came off her bike on Shepherds Bush Road and broke her jaw in two places. She felt as if she was standing beside herself for years afterward, like her spirit had left.

Home Solo was created as Hayley tracked her way back home to her body, finding her artistry as her only sanctuary in a world that seemed to reflect her inner disorientation at every turn.

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Home Solo will be performed at St Barnabas Church, next door to Margaret Dance Academy, where Hayley studied dance and choreography as a child, and close to the busy, creative family home where she grew up.

“My family moved to Ealing about 90 years ago” says Hayley. “My grandma grew up here, living next door to Margot Fonteyn, the famous ballet dancer.

“She later ran Ealing Folk Club for many years. My dad (who was a member of Mungo Jerry) cut his teeth as a musician there, and my aunt and uncle still gig in Ealing and pack out pubs with their folk band.”

Home Solo will be performed at St Barnabas, Pitshanger Lane on Saturday, April 27, 7.30pm. Tickets are available on