June 2019 // Seke Chimutengwende // Improvisation
Seke Chimutengwende works in dance as a performer, choreographer and teacher. He has performed with companies such as DV8 Physical Theatre, Lost Dog and Fabulous Beast and in gallery based works by Trisha Brown and Tino Sehgal as well as with numerous independent choreographers. For his own company Seke Chimutengwende & Friends he has choreographed four works including The Time Travel Piece for The Place Prize 2012 and King Arthur, which premiered at The Yard Theatre in London, 2015. In 2018 Seke co-choreographed Black Holes, a duet made in collaboration with Alexandrina Hemsley exploring Afrofuturism which premiered at The Place. His latest solo choreography, Plastic Soul premiered at The Yard Theatre in January 2019. Since 2006, Seke has performed over 60 solo improvisations internationally and has performed ensemble improvisation with Neat Timothy since 2009. Seke is currently a guest lecturer in improvisation at London Contemporary Dance School, The Rambert School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance, Central School of Speech and Drama and Goldsmiths University. Photo by Antigone Avdi. www.sekechimutengwende.com
July 2019 // Ihsaan De Banya // Cunningham Inspired
Ihsaan was born in London and began dance training at The Place as part of its youth dance programs, Shift and CAT. Following this he then went on to train at London Contemporary Dance School. During his time as student he danced work by Bawren Taviziva, Tom Dale and Theo Clinkard amongst others. Once graduated Ihsaan danced with Richard Alston Dance Company for 5 years, performing numerous works by Alston and Martin Lawrance nationally and internationally, he was also commissioned to make work for the companies 2014 At Home Season. Ihsaan has also performed work by Trisha Okenewa, Renaud Wiser and has performed and created movement with James Wilton Dance. Ihsaan is currently the Rehearsal Director for Shuffle Youth Dance Company, and a teacher on The Place CAT. He will be performing with Clod Ensemble throughout Spring.
June 2019 // Lewis Cooke // RelaxtoErupt
Lewis’s movement is influenced & inspired by many forms he has studied such as, Contemporary, floor work, kathak, boxing and movement practicality. He has performed works by Akram Khan, Jasmin Vardimon, Hannes Langolf, Anton Lachky to name a few. He is extremely keen on teaching and has created his own practise called RelaxtoErupt which he has taught in Athens, Dundee, London and Antwerp. Lewis is a disciplined, open and playful individual who continually looks for development within movement and hopes he can share his curiosity with those he meets. Photo by Deborah Jaffe. www.lewiscooke.info
May 2019 // Janine Harrington // Screensaver Series
Janine Harrington is a choreographer, performer and writer with backgrounds in dance (BA Hons Dance Theatre; diploma in Choreological Studies, Laban), psychology (Goldsmiths College, University of London) and book arts (MA, Camberwell College of Arts). Her works usually use improvisation structures in relation to attentional and rule-based interactions with audiences. She is interested in: game structures, play, access, neurodiversity and the poetics of movement practices. Janine is currently Align associate artist with South East Dance and Re-Search artist with Dance Umbrella & Middlesex University ResCen Network, supporting the development of her dance and sound project Screensaver Series which premiered at Dance Umbrella in October 2018. The project sees collaboration with composer/ coder Jamie Forth and dancers Elisa Vassena, Stephanie McMann, Stella Papi, Louise Tanoto and Vanessa Abreu. Janine’s works have been performed in festival and exhibition contexts including Sadler’s Wells Sampled, V&A Museums, Big Dance and Siobhan Davies Dance. She is supported by Creative Producer Kat Bridge. Photo by Paul Seaby at OOPS Festival 2019. www.janineharrington.com
May 2019 // Tim Casson // PlayDance
Tim is a Performer, Choreographer and Educator based in London, UK. He has performed and taught extensively for Jasmin Vardimon Company, founding their ‘JV2’ Professional Development Certificate, and has also worked with Ben Wright, Katie Green and Nigel Charnock. Tim regularly leads professional classes and educational projects for a wide range of dance organisations, including Sadler’s Wells where he works as programme leader for their Young Associates development scheme, and extensively with National Youth Dance Company. Tim is currently a DanceEast Associate Artist (2018-20), has held Associate Artist positions at Pavilion Dance South West and dancedigital, created the World Record Breaking online performance project, The Dance WE Made, and directs his company ‘Casson & Friends’; creating accessible work with a focus on collaboration, interaction and joy. Photo by Casson & Friends. www.cassonandfriends.com
April 2019 // Ben McEwen // Flying Low
Ben graduated from TrinityLaban before going on to complete the training cycle at P.A.R.T.S. (BE), where he had his first opportunity to study with David Zambrano, the initiator of Flying Low. Now he regularly works as a performer and researcher for, among others; Charlotte Spencer Projects, Joon Dance, Francesco Scavetta/Wee and Vera Tussing. Alongside performing he teaches at conservatoires, universities and professional classes throughout Europe. He also practices Aikido at Tetsushinkan/MovingEast and enjoys barefoot running and wandering amongst mountains with a small tent and a big smile. www.benmcewen.co.uk Photo by Enya Belak Gupta.
March 2019 // Mathieu Geffre // Contemporary Technique
Mathieu graduated from the Paris Conservatoire in 2006 and has danced across Europe for the past 13 years. As a full member of companies such as Dansgroep Amsterdam, Noord Nederlandse Dans and National Dance Company Wales, he collaborated with numerous leading choreographers including Itzik Galili, Johan Inger, Mark Baldwin, Theo Clinkard and Didy Veldman among others. Mathieu is an award winning choreographer, he developed and performed his work on many European stages. Click here to find out more about Mathieu Geffré. Facebook: Mathieu Geffré Dance / Instagram and Twitter: @mathieugeffre. Photo by LouMorris Photography.
March 2019 // Ruth Valensi // Class + Vertigo Dance Company Rep
Ruth is an Israeli performer, dancer, and Feldenkrais practitioner. Upon completing her studies at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in 2005, she began working with a variety of Israeli dance companies and independent choreographers. In 2008 became a member of the Vertigo Dance Company and worked there as a dancer, teacher, and rehearsal director of the Vertigo International Dance Program. During that time in 2009 Co-founded with Galiya Tzur the Axis Syllabus Israeli Hub, inviting teachers from all over the world to intensive workshops including Frey Faust, Kira Kirsch and Leila McMillan.
February 2019 // Eleesha Drennan // Dynamic Release
Eleesha Drennan is an award winning dance artist and choreographer based in London. Awarded first prize for ‘Whiskers’ at the International Solo Dance Theatre Festival Stuttgart and received the Sky Academy Arts Scholarship for the creation of Channel Rose, mentored by Wayne McGregor. Eleesha danced in National Dance Company Wales 2004-2013 where she became House Choreographer in 2011. Eleesha has worked with renowned choreographers including Ohad Naharin, Itzik Galili, Nigel Charnock, Angelin Preljocaj and Andonis Foniadakis. Choreographic commissions include National Dance Company Wales, Maiden Voyage Dance Company, EDge (LCDS), London College of Fashion, Selfridges, Intoto, Fertile Ground, National Youth Dance Wales. Currently working as choreographer for Vanara, The Musical and developing a new production for Eleesha Drennan Dance, Infinite Glimpse.
February 2019 // Lewys Holt // Improv & Set Material
Lewys Holt is an interdisciplinary dance artist based in the UK. Born in Mold in North Wales and raised in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, Lewys graduated from the De Montfort University Dance BA course with a first class degree in 2013, he went on to graduate from an MA in Performance Practices from De Montfort University the following year. His practice, while focusing on dance, spans comedy, visual arts and devised theatre. His dance practice is concerned with release and improvisation, taking influences from Skinner releasing technique, Open Source Forms and Contact improvisation. He has worked with prominent international artists including Tino Sehgal, Sally Marie, New Art Club, Simone Mousset, Rosemary Lee and Christopher Owen. Lewys has been supported by various organisations such as Dance4 and Yorkshire Dance to secure Arts Council Funding to develop his solo works, Of, or at, A Fairly Low Temperature, Phrases and Footnotes.
January 2019 // Hannah Kidd // Cunningham Technique
Hannah began her training at Elmhurst Ballet School and then went onto London Contemporary Dance School. Hannah joined Richard Alston Dance Company in 2007, with whom she performed for six years both nationally and internationally. As a freelance dancer she has worked for leading companies and choreographer such as New Movement Collective, Didy Veldman, Ashley Page, Darren Ellis and Mark Bruce Company. In both 2012 and 2016 Hannah was nominated for the National Dance Award’s Outstanding Female Performer (Modern). Alongside performing Hannah has taught at London Contemporary Dance School, London Studio Centre, The Royal Ballet School, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Rambert School, Central School of Ballet and at Trinity Laban, as well as for professional companies Richard Alston Dance Company, Rambert Company and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventure’s and Mark Bruce Company. Photo by Chris Nash.
December 2018 // Natalia Iwaniec // Gaga/dancers
Natalia Iwaniec was born in Poland and is now a freelance dancer and teacher based in London. Natalia finished her Masters in Theatre in Cracov and completed her degree in dance at the Dance College in Wrocaw in Poland. As a dancer, she has collaborated with choreographers Yasmeen Godder, Iwona Olszowska, Ella Ben-Aharon, Rhiannon Faith and others. Natalia became a qualified teacher of gaga in August 2012. Since then, she has travelled all over Europe and Israel to teach gaga. She is also choreographing. She created piece called THE LINK for dance students in STW in Poznan, Poland and FORMal in residency in Scenario Pubblico in Sicily or BIG SKY for Drama Theater in Torun,Poland in May 2018. Natalia is co-founder and member of NaNa Collective, which is based in London. She premiered her solo work Birdland in July 2017 during International Dance Week Budapest. www.nataliagaga.weebly.com
December 2018 // Leah Marojevic // Improv & Phrase work
Leah, originally from the UK, spent three months with Sydney Dance Companys Pre-Professional Year after graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Dance in Melbourne, Australia 2013. Leah was the recipient of the Australian Council for the Arts, ArtStart Grant in 2015 and received the Orloff Family Trust award for Most Outstanding Dancer in 2013. Leah is a contemporary dance artist who performs, makes performance, writes, teaches, directs and artistically supports other dance makers. Leah collaborates regularly with Theo Clinkard and Colette Sadler, and has worked with choreographers, visual artists and companies; Sarah Browne, Mirjam Gurtner, Candoco Dance Company, Clod Ensemble, Seke Chimutengwende, and Becky Hilton among others. leahmarojevic.com Photo by Bivouac.
November 2018 // Anne-Gaëlle Thiriot // Release Technique
Anne-Gaëlle is an independent dance artist working in improvisation and composition. She is a graduate of Trinity Laban specialising in Choreology. Since 2005 she has been performing, making work and collaborating with artists including Annie Lok, Simonetta Alessandri, Tara DArquian, Laura Doehler/Exit Map, h2dance, Laila Diallo, Joe Moran, Noa Zamir, amongst others. She is an associate artist with Candoco Dance Company and has a particular interest in making my practice accessible to a great diversity of dancers, and enabling dancers to reach their individual potential. As a dedicated Contact Improvisation practitioner, Anne-Gaëlle has co-run CI @ Goldsmiths in South-East London for the past 7 years. Photo by Alice Hendy.
November 2018 // James Muller // Technique Class
James graduated from Central School of Ballet in 2006 with a BA (hons) degree. After joining Northern Ballet that same year he went on to work with Peter Schaufuss Ballet in Denmark and Theater Ulm in Germany. In 2013 James joined Richard Alston Dance Company (RADC). Since then he has toured extensively in Europe and the USA performing in a wide variety of work by Alston and associate choreographer Martin Lawrance. As of 2017, James is a faculty tutor at Central school of Ballet for the Prep and Pre-senior students. He regularly leads workshops for the Essential Alston education program and is now a Company Ballet teacher for RADC. He teaches Professional classes at the Place, and has worked with LCDS and the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) scheme. He also leads weekly Contemporary classes at Danceworks Mayfair. Photo by Dolly Brown.
November 2018 // Evangelia Kolyra // Training the performing body
Evangelia Kolyra is a Greek, London-based choreographer and performer interested in dance that takes place within theatre spaces, site-specific, film and installation contexts. As a performer she has worked amongst others with Marina Abramovic, Willi Dorner, Simon Ellis, Deborah Hay, Rosemary Lee, Tino Sehgal and Matthias Sperling. Evangelia’s work has been supported by and presented in England, Scotland, Greece, Italy, Sweden, Germany. www.evangeliakolyra.com Photo by Danilo Moroni.
October 2018 // Lewis Wilkins // Floorwork & Contact
Lewis trained and completed his BA (hons) 1st degree at London Contemporary Dance School. Since graduating in 2009 he has danced with companies and choreographers including; Scottish Dance Theatre, New Adventures, Richard Alston Dance Company, Tom Dale Company, TrashDollys, Jean Abreu Dance, John Ross Dance, James Wilton Dance, Léa Tirabasso, and Riccardo Buscarini. He also recently performed at The National Theatre in the award winning Angels in America, directed by Marianne Elliot. Lewis often leads workshops in the UK and abroad, and regularly teaches at London Contemporary Dance School, Rambert School, TripSpace, and for several professional companies. Photo by Dominic Farlam photography.
October 2018 // Stephanie McCann // Improvisation
Stephanie McMann is a dancer from London. She works predominantly as a performer with dance artists and makers, including long-term collaborator Roberta Jean, Theo Clinkard, Dan Canham, Damien Jalet, Hussein Chalayan, Seke Chimutengewende, Jamila Johnson-Small and New Art Club amongst others. Stephanies film work includes Suspiria (2018) and World War Z (2013). She is a Sadlers Wells Summer University artist and a performance/rehearsal director for dance, theatre and circus. She is currently establishing a movement-direction/ mentoring practice for independent dance-makers and the fashion industry. Stephanie is dancer / co-artistic director of Nora with Eleanor Sikorski and Flora Wellesley Wesley. Nora is currently focused on their next commission for Nora Invites II, which will begin in Autumn 2018 with Deborah Hay. Photo by: Emli Bendixen (Road Postures, Roberta Jean/ Mystery Skin).
October 2018 // Sung-Im Her
Sung-Im Her was born in Seoul, South Korea. She studied contemporary dance at Han-Sung University where she achieved Master degree, she worked with Ji-Gu dance theatre for 6 years. Then she came to Belgium in 2004 for choreography studies (2nd cycle) at P.A.R.T.S. She joined Les ballets C de la B (Koen Augustijnen) in 2008, collaborating and performing in Ashes. Since 2009, She started working with Needcompany, she took a charge as a movement assistant in a piece of Time between two mistakes(2014). She has also worked extensively with Abattoir Ferme and creating her own work including performing as a part of Solo Tanz Festival in 2017 Oct. In this year (2017), she has been selected to be a part of Testbeds Catalyst programme which supported by Bedfordshire University and Luton Art Council, a 12-month research & development programme for mid-career artists. www.sungimher.com Photo by Sang-hyub Kim.
September 2018 // Maria da Luz Ghoumrassi //
Maria da Luz is a dancer, teacher, choreographer and movement director working through multidisciplinary techniques from around the world to develop Intercultural Awareness Performance. She has worked in the original cast of The Lion King, Kokuma Dance Theatre, Jeanette Brooks, Seven Sisters among others. Maria da Luz is recipient of The Trailblazers Fellowship and was shortlisted for the Place Prize in 2004. She is an Associate Artist with Spare Tyre Theatre Company working with adults with learning disabilities. Maria da Luz was selected for One Dance UKs Dance Teaching Mentorship and received a Dancers Career Development Retraining Grant, 2016. She has been teaching regularly at venues such as Greenwich Dance, TripSpace, Trinity Laban, The Place and Chisenhale Dance Space.
July 2018 // Toussaint To Move // Release Technique
Akeim is a multifaceted performing artist, born in Jamaica and raised in England. He has worked with Jamaal Burkmar Dance, Gary Clarke, BalletLorent, Heather Walrond Dance Company and was a part of ‘Locked In’ at Sadlers Wells. Akeim seeks to create moving, thought provoking, accessible, organised and free spirited projects. Since graduating from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance with a first-class honours Bachelor degree in Performing Arts, Akeim has been involved in multiple cross disciplinary programmes with a wide range of artists and communities from around the world. His focus as a maker and collaborator is to combine expressive skills such as dance, writing, film, poetry, beat-box, singing and acting to create performances that tell stories to bring together diverse audiences. toussainttomove.com
June 2018 // Jacob Smart // Primitive Movement
Dancer, acrobat, and movement coach, Jake originally studied at London School of Contemporary Dance. He believes that versatility is key if you want to make it as a dancer or mover of any kind. Having done various teaching/coaching qualifications with the likes of Cirque du Soleil and Animal Flow, as well as being a Parkour coach, he has worked with people of all ages and places; from kids in PRUs, universities, conservatoire and professional company classes. Jacob has created a mindful and holistic movement method called Primitive Movement, an approach fusing ancient lore and medicine with elements of ritual and of course, dance, acro and parkour. primitivemovement.life
April 2018 // Joanna Puchala // Aerial Yoga for dancers
Joanna is an aerialist, contemporary dancer / choreographer, movement teacher based in London. She teaches a range of styles including pilates, yoga, aerial yoga, yoga dance, yogalates, contemporary dance, ballet and barre class. She leads international workshops, classes and retreats. She fuses different forms of movement in order to create the choreography and produce Aerial Dance performances. She is an artistic director of award winning dance company LCP Dance Theatre, which brings awareness of violated human rights.
January 2018 // Feet Off The Ground Dance // Contact Improvisation
Feet off the Ground Dance is an all-female performance collective making innovative, physical and engaging dance in varying settings and contexts. We represent women in a strong, physical capacity and challenge audiences to perceive the female form in nuanced ways. We cross movement languages and utilise Contact Improvisation and Partnering techniques as a common ground for research and performance devising. Championing the female body, we push physicality and work against the traditional roles of women in dance. Our principles are simple: explore the unfamiliar, take risks and think big with artistic integrity.