A series of weekend workshops in 4 parts.
4 guest artists sharing 4 distinct models of contemporary dance practices, tools and techniques.
It is with great pleasure that I introduce the first edition of BRITISH DANCE, a series of workshops aimed at sharing and exposing various distinct contemporary modes of movement practice. Each workshop will enable participants get a foothold into particular contemporary dance tools and styles.
One of the many features of this series of events is its innovative nature in promoting, both gradually and consistently, an access point to many diverse contemporary languages. In an important transitional moment of the European dance's history, spreading such languages throughout the Maltese territory becomes complementary to the development of this art form in the island and we as ŻfinMalta have the responsibility of taking this a step further.
The BRITISH DANCE series, besides concretely providing the practical tools to the participating dance artists, will also allow them to think about and foster the current cultural debate on the nature and relevancy of dance as an artistic expression and practice.
I personally believe that one of the most important aspects for the development of each artist consists in the exposure not only to what is considered traditional, but also, and more importantly, to what is new and innovative. BRITISH DANCE is created with the aim to nurture such values."
ŻfinMalta Artistic Director - Paolo Mangiola
Hannes will give an insight into his accumulative experience from over a decade of performing, making and teaching. His practice centres on the intricate investigation of movement and often travels through theatrical scenarios, emotional exploration, voice work and text in order to stay connected to what it means to be human. His work is always supported by a playful but rigorous environment that allows participants to step into the unknown and celebrate their own progress and enquiry. This particular workshop will focus on the relationship of three cornerstones of Hannes's practice: Knowledge, Emotion and Instinct. By examining each of these fields through deep exploration and shifting seamlessly among them, we will work on how to be fully alive when dancing and performing. A vigorous, physical and playful rollercoaster of 5 hours that aims to light up all corners of who we are as performers.
Hannes Langolf is a german dancer, teacher, choreographer and director based in London. He delivers creative projects, workshops and productions internationally as independent artist. He is well known for his work as performer and Creative Associate at DV8 Physical Theatre over the last eleven years. He has performed in their last three productions, taking the title role in their most recent production "JOHN" to great acclaim. Hannes is currently involved in the re-creating of DV8's "Enter Achilles", produced by Sadler's Wells and Rambert. Other collaborations include: Punchdrunk, Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre and Akram Khan Company.
Photo by Ravi Deepres
Studio Wayne McGregor artist Anna Nowak will deliver workshop sessions that explore the choreographic processes used by Wayne McGregor in the studio with his dancers. Each workshop will start with a high energy warm up, followed by learning of repertoire and creative tasks.
Anna Nowak is a freelance dance artist, choreographer and educator. She regularly works as a Studio Wayne McGregor artist to restage works by Wayne McGregor for educational institutions, and to lead workshops and masterclasses. Anna graduated from the Parnell Ballet School in Lodz and the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. She has danced with the Polish National Ballet and with Company Wayne McGregor. She has participated in numerous films, art installations and a variety of projects, which has given her an unparalleled opportunity for autonomous creativity at the highest level and an invaluable diversity of experience in her professional development. Anna has danced on the most prestigious stages of the world, in Europe, the USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Asia. She has led on her own educational and choreographic projects around the world, also creating her own works. After graduating from the Open University in London in Environment, International Development and Globalisation she continues to explore the role of arts & creativity cross-culturally in the globalised world.
Photo by Heather Judge
In this workshop, Winifred will play between set movement and led improvisation. She will focus on the extreme and while doing this, find all the nuances between these extremes to widen and refine your movement palette.
Winifred trained at The Rambert School, Ecole Superieure de Danes de Cannes and Codarts. She began her career as an apprentice with the Dutch company Galili Dans, and then went on to become a member of Russell Maliphant Company. In 2007 she became a founding member of the Hofesh Shechter Company where she remained until 2016. In 2012 she also became rehearsal assistant to the company. Currently, Winifred is rehearsal director at Rambert Dance Company, whilst she also re-stages Shechter's work on dance companies internationally.
Lauren's teaching involves a strong emphasis on weight and gravity using the breath as a movement source and the floor as a partnership to aid the transference, shift and momentum of weight with an ease of connection through the limbs, whilst still maintaining a dynamic and articulate presence.There is particular emphasis on the play between inner listening and active response investigating the tools that help balance and sustain multiple awareness. . Within the workshops we will take the time to explore and investigate easeful and efficient dancing, through understanding the connective pathways and journeys of the body and encouraging the potential to initiate through inner awareness. We will work experientially, and sometimes use a 'hands-on' approach alongside a certain amount of improvisational suggestion to increase the awareness and sensitivity of the body. Potentials for creative expression and further compositional tools could also be explored and developed within the sessions.
Lauren Potter, an independent dance artist/teacher originally trained at The Place, member of London Contemporary Dance Theatre, founder member of Siobhan Davies Dance. She has performed and taught with DV8 Physical Theatre, Second Stride, Yolande Snaith, Jonathan Lunn and Rosemary Butcher amongst others. Most recent projects involved participation in a retrospective of the work of Rosemary Butcher as part of TanzimAugust Berlin and performances of 'Of Land and Tongue' by choreographer Theo Clinkard. She has also participated in recent separate research projects with choreographers Maresa Von Stockert and Ben Duke. Lauren also spent some years in the post of Artistic and Rehearsal Director for 'Edge' – The Postgraduate Performance Company at LCDS. She is currently lecturing at LCDS within the Choreography team and teaching on the independent dance circuit.