This is an open level class. An opportunity to play through improvisation and guided tasks. Each day will begin with some guided breathwork and a short physical warm-up. We will then open up awareness and creativity through the moving body, the voice and through interaction with objects and the space around us. There will be a chance to play, investigate, question and devise. Please bring some paper and a pen.
Scott was born in Kent, England and found a love for dance and theatre at a young age. He began his studies at The BRIT School (2002-06) and then went on to gain a BA (Hons) degree from London Contemporary Dance School (2006-09). He has worked widely in the UK and Europe with artists such as Matthew Bourne, Maxine Doyle, Alexandra Waierstall and Suzy Willson, amongst others. From 2012 - 2018 he was a member of Pina Bausch's Tanztheater Wuppertal and most recently has been working with Australian director and choreographer Lloyd Newson (DV8). Alongside performing, Scott regularly facilitates his own workshops and enjoys drawing and painting.
A ballet class where the form is secondary to discovering the state of presence. Aimed at professional dancers, we will embark on a journey to transcend technique as a pure form and integrate it with conscious states and sensations. Through a physically demanding training, we will become fully committed to the moment. The participants will be guided through specific tasks and actions, connecting ballet technique to the state of presence.
Born in Havana Cuba. Leticia Silva began her studies at the "Fernando Alonso" National Ballet School in Cuba, graduating as a dancer-teacher, and later completing a degree in Dancing Art Studies at the University of the Arts in in 2019. Leticia Silva has been a professional performer working for international companies such as the National Ballet of Cuba and Acosta Danza over the last thirteen years. Silva has developed her practice in classical ballet, modern, contemporary, and Afro-Cuban techniques. During her career she performed works by choreographers such as Alicia Alonso, Carlos Acosta, Christopher Bruce, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Pontus Lidberg, Justin Peck, Goyo Montero, Juanjo Arques, August Bournonville, George Balanchine, Jorge Crecis and Miguel Altunaga. In 2021 she is preparing to be one of the ten international artists certified to teach Towards Vivencia methodology. As an artist she is intrigued by the artist's experience during the performance, the ability to be present and fully live in real time. Silva is passionate about the idea of awakening and transforming minds, freeing them through movement and full awareness of their actions.
A chance to explore some of the principles of Flying Low and Passing Through, within the conditions of a confined space. Warming up with a Chi Gong practice, focusing on a different element each day (Earth, Metal, Water, Wood, Fire), we then use our voice to guide our energy, looking for pathways with and within our bodies. We try, play and rave with the possibilities of virtually interconnecting with one another, on a physical, emotional and energetic level.
Gabi is a Chilean dance artist. She moved to London in 2011 for a BA (Hons) degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and then went on to gain a MA (Hons) degree from London Contemporary Dance School as part of an apprenticeship scheme with Ballet Lorent. She trained in Flying Low and Passing Trough with Leila McMillan and then with David Zambrano in Madrid, Brussels, Athens, Ecuador and Thailand. She moved back to Chile in 2017, working in companies such as Jose Vidal y Cia and teaching in dance, theatre and circus venues across the country.
A movement and theatrical workshop guided towards unlocking the natural dynamic and creative state of the body, allowing the individual to become totally and completely available to the work with oneself and others. Each day we focus on the progressive development of one’s own artistic language in order to gain precise clarity in both form and content. The main focus will be on confronting the psycho-physical barriers that we consciously or unconsciously self-impose. Through guided movement and theatrical exercises, we will enter into the heart of our ‘unknown’, both within ourselves and within our work. Naturally, this asks us to develop a more refined awareness with respect to the dynamic relationship between impulse and action. We will work with ‘impossible’ tasks allowing one’s inner ‘obstacles’ to become more transparent through dealing with elements of risk or danger, employing tasks to challenge our apparent physical, psychological, and emotional limitations to give us the opportunity to go beyond them...revealing our unique language and presence as performers and creators. This workshop is open to all actors, dancers, and performers.
Born in the US, Robert was a nationally competitive gymnast for 13 years and in 1989 enrolled in the BFA curriculum for theatre and dance at the University of New Mexico. He joined Ultima Vez in 2002, performing in the creations Blush, Sonic Boom, PUUR, Spiegel and the revivals of What the Body Does Not Remember and In Spite of Wishing and Wanting. Since 2009, he has collaborated as director, choreographer, performer, and composer with various artists from both Belgium and abroad. His own work combines over 20 years of practical and theoretical research and experience into performance, dance, theatre, sound/music, voice and movement. He regularly teaches workshops internationally and is currently based in Brussels.
This open class is for dancers, physical actors and performers.
We will circle around the triangle of Knowledge, Instinct and Emotion and how it is being negotiated by performers in each present moment when working with complex ideas. How do we surf between the literal and the abstract when looking for physicality that can be rooted in expression but also transcend the obvious.
Each session will start with a simple but physical warm up for 45 minutes - using the practice of Shadow Yoga freely, in order to engage with the breath, presence, training and the idea of actively shaping the invisible space around us. This will lead into creative explorations that focus on revealing meaning in our bodies, use imagination to power specificity and invention, and key into movement as form of expression, building tools that help the body to stay human while pushing into skill and abstraction. Always finding our joy in curiosity.
Hannes is a performer and choreographer based in London. Throughout his career, he has worked and collaborated with world class artists and companies like William Forsythe, Angelin Preljocaj, Wayne McGregor, Akram Khan, Fabulous Beast and Punchdrunk to name a few. In 2007 he joined the internationally renown DV8 Physical Theatre to be part of the original cast of the critically acclaimed stage productions “To Be Straight With You” (2007-2009, nominated for an Olivier Award) and “Can We Talk About This?” (2010-2012). In 2014, Hannes was appointed DV8’s first Creative Associate and played the title character in their production “JOHN” (National Theatre London and touring internationally), earning critical acclaim in national and international press and with audiences. He was Creative Associate and Tour Director for the re-creation of DV8’s “Enter Achilles” in 2019/20 (produced by Rambert and Sadler’s Wells). Hannes’s own artistic work comprises two full-length productions: “DANDELION” (Onassis Cultural Center in Athens), and “UNRUHE” (for and with the Susanne Linke Dance Company) and he created works for The London Eye Company, Munich Dance Festival, VERVE and others. He is a sought after teacher and workshop leader working internationally across dance, physical theatre, film and vocal/text work and is committed to exchanging ideas and supporting new talent. Hannes is a certified Yoga teacher and has completed his Teacher Training under the guidance of Cat Alip-Douglas and Phil Douglas at the renowned Sangyé Yoga School in London. In 2015, Hannes was nominated as one of the 100 most influential and innovative people working across Britain’s creative industries by The Hospital Club London.
The class is very physical and dynamic, drawing from Sabrina's background and experience as a professional dance artist and physical theatre performer. The class includes exercises that allow connecting of breath and body, improvisation, floor work, which is very enriched by the use of spirals, fast transitions to challenge coordination and stamina and a big influence of capoeira which is inspiring Sabrina's work for seven years. Those elements are fused into a practice that has a focus on grounding, efficiency, fluidity and connection through space and in and out of the floor. The workshop will focus, as well, on physical theatre exercises that will aim to help the participant using the technique as a tool to discover a unique way to move. This is a class for professional dancers.
Sabrina is a free-lance dance artist. After completing the Professional Development
Jasmin Vardimon Course JV2 in 2014, Sabrina performed in U.K. and abroad. She collaborated with PanicLabDanceTheatre(U.K.),Gregory Maqoma for Companhia Instàvel (Portugal),Tom Dale (U.K.) Company Idem (Switzerland) ,Ciemulator Dance Theatre (Switzerland), Beatrice Allegranti Dance Theatre (U.K.), Fuora Dance Project (U.K.), Victoria Fox for //Tribe(U.K.), Mafalda Deville for Companhia Instavel (Portugal), Becky Namgauds and Jasmin Vardimon (U.K), performing in the title role of Jasmin’s “Pinocchio”. Sabrina also encountered David Zambrano during her career, who completely influenced her work and keep on influencing and inspired her. She collaborates with Verena Schneider, their duet was performed in Italy, London and North Ireland. She was commissioned to choreograph the Youth company at The Point, Pera University, Lincoln University. She teaches workshops in the U.K. and around Europe, Sabrina is the Programme Leader forJV2 2019-20 and 2020-21. In 2019 she started to collaborate with the artist Rafa Jagat for the creation of their first duet “A Ciegas” and the online project “May You Listen?” forJV2. In 2020 they founded Elelei Dance Theatre Company. Rafa Jagat is currently directing her first solo “Hystera”.
This class is for professional dancers.
It often begins on the floor, with the focus on breath and releasing tension, and continues in the centre, via tools that encourage moving with flow, momentum and pleasure, and connection to the vibe of the music. Exercises are specifically designed for contemporary dancers to access ballet with confidence, and emphasise working with the body you bring, and principles that inspire unaffected, efficient, and expansive movement. At its heart is the joy of moving and a respect for everyone in the space.
After completing her training at the Royal Ballet School, Pip danced with the Bayerische Staats Oper and Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, with Nederlands Dans Theater under Jiri Kylian, and with Hofesh Shechter in Cult. She joined the faculty at London Contemporary Dance School in 2002 and completed her Master of Arts in Dance Training and Education in 2005. She now freelances as a dancer, teacher, mentor and artistic advisor to dance and circus artists, and founded dancers-talking - an initiative that connects and supports dancers throughout their career - in 2020.
Open level workshops for anyone with a dancing body and open, investigative, imaginative mind.
Following on from Charlotte's last TWV workshop series' 'My body is my home', this workshop week is focused, tailored and inspired by the cyclical nature of the womb. This womb addition will be co taught with Isobel Ripley. Charlotte and Isobel have been independently researching on shared interests that they will bring together in this workshop.
- You do not need to have participated in the first 'My body is my home' workshops to join
- You do not need to have a womb to participate
- If you have a womb but sometimes have a difficult relationship with it, we will take precautions and steps to cultivate a safe environment so you have the ability to research this tender area with trust and love
In 'womb addition' we will practice, craft and worship the seasons of the body and the phases of creativity. From our previous experiences working in the contemporary dance industry, we believe that as artists and humans there is much to gain from honing a more cyclical practice in a world that often expects us to 'show up' in a linear way.
Through imaginative improvisation with the senses Charlotte and Isobel will guide you through a process of personal reflection using the cycle of growth, birth, death and rebirth.
During the beginning of each class, after welcoming, Isobel will share the experiences of her personal menstrual cycle practice. This will lead into focussed breath work and then Charlotte will introduce the movement section of the workshop. We will always end with shared reflection. Throughout the week we want to research and discover what the cycle of the womb has to teach, whether you have a womb or not. The workshops will centre safety and celebration.
Isobel: Isobel is a trained contemporary dance artist, and human woman. Her daily practice is an investigation into the experience of being inside a feeling and thinking body, that exists inside a family structure, class system and bioregion, inside a patriarchal, heteronormative, capitalist society, inside Earth. She works within two increasingly non-dichotomised practices; dancing and menstrual cycle awareness.
She is a co-founding member of movement girl-band The Yonis, a fluid collective of performers challenging contemporary dance norms. She performs regularly at gig venues, festivals and other non-traditional spaces.
Most recently Isobel was commissioned by Exeter Arts and Culture to create short narrative vlog Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, a collective family response to the strange and uncanny in 2020’s global pandemic. She is proud of her ongoing artistic collaboration with New York based artist Haley Gash, producing performance art and party events in Brooklyn and developing their improvised performance score Pleasure Utopias.
She is also looking forward to gaining her qualification to teach Fertility Awareness; in the meantime she shares her body literacy and menstrual cycle awareness practice through her blog www.cyclewitch.com and her online classes.
Charlotte: Charlotte also trained as a dance artist and met Isobel at London Contemporary Dance School. She has performed in works by Pink Mama Theatre, Eva Recacha and Curious Seed amongst others.
Charlotte will continue to develop her solo 'And' in Spring 2021 at Dampfzentrale, Bern then will perform a 15 minute version as part of Digital Buzz Festival at Scottish Dance Theatre in June '21. She will finish the solo in Summer '21 during Choreodrome at The Place and a residency at Dance Base, Edinburgh. Then she will premiere it at RISE Festival in Findhorn, Autumn 21 and tour it to Dance Base's Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme in August 2022. Pat Kinevane and Solène Weinachter will assist in directing the dramaturgy and movement in the solo and Christine Devaney at Curious Seed will continue to mentor her throughout the process. Charlotte is also co-founding member of The Yonis. The Yonis have been commissioned to perform at Edinburgh and Camden Fringe Festivals, Brainchild Festival, V&A London, The Place and have been featured in Dazed and Confused Magazine. They have toured in London, Krakow, New York City and Zurich. They have just finished research for a new project with Eva Recacha, titled The Picnic and have been selected to perform their debut album at the TANZhAUS in Bern in July 2021.
Charlotte began her dancing career with Highland, a traditional Scottish form of movement and taught this from a young age. She has always been passionate about teaching and sharing. She has taught at New Dance Academy, Bern; London Contemporary Dance School; Scottish Dance Theatre; Dance Base, Edinburgh and TanzBüro Basel amongst others. She also worked at The Royal Ballet School for two years as Associate Centre Assistant.