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Guest lecturers and choreographers

Guest choreographers - mapdance

Shobana Jeyasingh

Born in Chennai, India and with roots in Sri Lanka and Malaysia, Shobana Jeyasingh lives and works in London. She has been creating dance works for 27 years. Her highly individual work has been seen in a variety of venues including theatres, outdoor and indoor sites and on film. It is work that is rooted in a vision of society that can be culturally coherent in new and unexpected ways and in a firm belief in the intellectual as well as the physical power of dance. Her critically acclaimed and pioneering dance works include [h]Interland which broke boundaries in 2002 as the first dance performance to be webcast live between the UK and India. Shobana’s work has been widely toured to festivals and venues in Europe, USA, India, Singapore, China, South Korea and Hong Kong. Commissions include works for Rambert, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Ballet Black, Beijing Dance Academy and City Contemporary Dance Company, Hong Kong.

Lea Anderson

Lea Anderson is a founder member and Artistic Director of The Cholmondeleys and Featherstonehaughs, two of the foremost contemporary dance companies in the UK. Notable works include Flag(1988/2006/2007), Flesh and Blood (1989/1997) Birthday(1992), Car(1995/96), The Featherstonehaughs Draw On The Sketchbooks Of Egon Schiele (1998), Smithereens(1998), 3 (2001), Double Take (2004), Yippeee!!! (2006) Russian Roulette (2008) and Edits (2010). In 2002 Lea was awarded an MBE for her services to dance, and in 2006 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Dartington College of Arts. Lea’s films Flesh and Blood and Cross Channel have been designated as set texts for GCSE and A’ level Dance and Performance Studies in the UK. 

In autumn 2014 Lea was appointed Regents Professor at the University of California in Los Angeles and is currently Artist in Residence at the Southbank Centre.

Her latest works include a recently performed exhibition of choreography and costume at The V & A museum in London, full-length theatrical piece, Ladies and Gentlemen, and Pans People Papers, an on-going digital series with film-maker Marisa Zanotti

Cai Tomos

Cai Tomos is movement artist and choreographer. He has worked both nationally and internationally as dancer, choreographer and movement director. He has toured extensively as a performer and presented his work in festivals in Spain, South America, and in mainland Europe. His work includes performance and instillation. His work is influenced by his preoccupation with the psychological and psychosocial aspects related to dance and dancing, His interest lies in a fluidity of working with both professionals and non-professionals. Much of his work is based on offering the stage to bodies that don’t often get seen in dance and in theatre, and for those who have never performed, uncovering their own movement styles and challenging the aesthetics that constitutes dance. He works in participatory arts within various contexts offering workshops in hospitals, mental health settings, for those with addiction, older people, as well as professional actors and dancers in the UK and Europe. His work is deeply rooted in exploring notions of energy and memory within the body with reference to the personal and the collective stories held by the body. Improvisational dance practices are the foundation of his creative process.

[H. Y. H.]   Hagit Yakira

Award Winning Israeli choreographer Hagit Yakira founded Hagit Yakira Dance in 2007 and has since toured the UK, Europe, Scandinavia and Israel. She has created eight works for her company amongst many commissions for other companies, students and the community. Hagit creates work whereby human experiences, movement and dance are uniquely and poetically interwoven into an individual interpretation of relationships and emotions through performance. Awards include the 'Kajaani Choreography Competition', Finland 2009, and the 'Burgos New York Choreography Competition', Spain 2007. Hagit is a teacher and a guest choreographer at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Trinity Laban and The Place also delivering workshops at ImPulsTanz, Vienna, choreographing and teaching at Stavanger University, Norway. Hagit trained at the Jerusalem Music and Dance Academy, Israel. After qualifying as a Dance Movement Therapist in 2004, she relocated to London where she completed an MA in European Theatre Dance (2005).  Currently Hagit is undertaking a PhD in Choreography at Trinity Laban.

Guest lecturers/choreographers - BA Dance

Joe Garbett

Joe Garbett, Repertory Tutor, is a freelance dance artist based in London. After graduating from the University of Chichester he worked alongside Jasmin Vardimon Company as part of the Professional Development Certificate (JV2). Since becoming freelance Joe has been awarded funding for independent projects and led workshops, classes and residencies around the Southwest of England. As well as performing nationally in collaboration with movement artists and musicians Joe co-founded aKa Dance Theatre Company (Company in residence at the Tacchi Morris Arts Centre in Taunton). Joe has a keen interested in how social psychology can integrate within the arts and is working on further research into rehearsal processes starting with the project No.Company.

Luke Birch

Luke Birch, Repertory Tutor, Luke began his dance training at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and then went on to complete his BA Hons degree at Laban in 2008. During his studies at Laban, he worked with choreographers Henrietta Hale and Odette Hughes. In 2009 he joined Edge Dance Company (LCDS) performing works by Jeremy Nelson, Hanna Gilgren (H2 Dance) and Andreja Rausch. Professionally he has performed with Attik Dance Company, H2Dance, Pair Dance, Yael Flexer, Nic Sandiland, Angela Praed and Charles Linehan. He has also been part of the research process for Fin Walker, Martin Creed (Turner Prize Winner) and Athina Vahla. Luke also has a passion for teaching, having taught and assisted for Laban; Pick Up The Pace project, NSCD Youth Programme, Greenwich Dance Agency, Big Dance, Shift Youth Dance Company at The Place, with Charlotte Darbyshire for Falling Wide, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company class, Yael Flexer company class, and is an Assossiate Lecturer at University of Surrey.

Guest choreographer - 3Fall dance company

Richard Chappell – Commission for 3Fall Company

Following training at Tring Park School for Performing Arts and Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, Richard Chappell formed his company Richard Chappell Dance with funding from Arts Council England and The Linbury Trust in 2014. Since then, the company has undertaken two UK tours of his inaugural double bill 'IRIS' and 'The Vast Rocks' and created multiple dance films, including 'Moments in360' for virtual reality on Oculus Rift and 'Introduction', with Stuttgart Ballet soloist Robert Robinson. Richard has created 'Haven' for Stuttgart Ballet's Noverre Gesellschaft 2016, been commissioned twice by English National Ballet's engagement department and created two works for The National Youth Ballet of Great Britain (Sadler's Wells). Richard has lead workshops for Rambert School, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Singapore School of the Arts and Youth Dance England, amongst others. Richard is an Associate Artist for both BalletWorks and Pavilion Dance South West. Richard's creative practice revolves around his interest in improvisation, classical ballet, Flying Low and capoeira, with the focus on creating honest and full-bodied work for performers and audiences to journey through.