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Dr Yael Flexer

Senior Lecturer & Co-Artistic Director for mapdance

Jerwood Award winner Yael Flexer is co-artistic director of Flexer & Sandiland. Originally formed by Yael as Choreographer in Residence at The Place Theatre, London, to date Yael has created 13 full-length productions for the company, touring throughout the UK and internationally. The company has been commissioned to create live and/or interactive works for among others: Brighton Dance Festival and Digital Festival, Sadler’s Wells, Woking Dance Festival, The South Bank Centre, Barbican Centre, London & Cinedans (Amsterdam, The Netherlands).

Currently the company is in rehearsal for Curiouser a new co-production for family audiences created with Norwegian company Dybwik Dans. Flexer & Sandiland’s recent digital work The Hum (2017) commissioned by Brighton International Festival premiered in May 2017 and is currently touring across the UK including being selected by the Without Walls Festival network. The company’s 2016 touring production Disappearing Acts performed across the UK and internationally alongside the digital installation Weighting (2015-ongoing). Past touring productions include Weightless (2012-14) celebrating the company’s 20th Anniversary and The Living Room (2010-2011). Alongside the company has toured the installations Trip Hazard (2013-ongoing) and Gravity Shift (2010- on going).

Commissions as an independent artist include among others: E-Werk Tanz Festival (Freiburg, Germany), Edge, Scottish Dance Theatre, Mapdance, YDance Scotland, Wessex Academy, Gravity & Levity, Freefall, 3 Score and Cascade Dance Companies. 2016-2018 commissions include works for National Youth Dance Company Scotland, Trinity-Laban, Motus Dance Festival, Maslool, Tel-Aviv, Israel and Stavanger University, Norway. Yael has created numerous works for the Centres of Advanced Training programmes across the UK alongside other youth company commissions.

Yael regularly leads choreographic Labs, workshops and professional training in the UK and internationally including: Independent Dance, The Place, The Point, Motus Dance Festival, Swindon Dance, Bewegungs Arts, Germany, Proda & RAS, Norway, Maslool and Bikurei-Itim Dance Centre, Israel.

Yael has been awarded a bursary from The University of Chichester towards a PhD practice-based research which she completed in March 2013. Yael also co-directs mapdance, the University of Chichester’s postgraduate repertoire touring company.


Further publications available on request

F&S refer to works by Flexer & Sandiland Dance & Digital Works

2018-19 Curiouser, F&S- Internationally touring dance & digital performance work, co-production with Dybwik Dans Norway, Commissioned by Swindon Dance & RAS, Norway

2018 Vortex- Maslool, Tel-Aviv, Israel performance commission, performed Bat-Sheva Varda Studios and touring performances, Israel

2017 Imagining Otherwise- Trinity-Laban performance commission

2017 The Hum, F&S – Brighton Festival Commission, Nationally touring smart phone app presented at outdoor Festivals across the UK, including the Without Walls Network

2017- Digital Traces, F&S- Interactive digital & live improvisation performance, Fabrica Gallery, Brighton, part of Draw to Perform Symposium

2016/17 Re|placed- National Youth Dance Scotland performance commission

2016 Act Two- University of Stavanger, Norway performance commission

2016 Act One- Motus Festival, Milton Keynes, outdoor performance commission

2016 Disappearing Acts, F&S - Internationally touring dance & digital performance work

2015-ongoing Weighting, F&S – Brighton Digital Festival, South East Dance Commission, Nationally touring digital work

2014 Apre Moi - 3score Dance Company, Brighton, performance commission

2014 Undoing Undone- Mapdance, University of Chichester

2014 Gravity Shift, F&S- Nationally touring interactive digital work

2013-ongoing Trip Hazard, F&S- Nationally touring interactive digital work

2013/14 Weightless, F&S- Internationally touring dance & digital performance work

2013 Shrink’d (2005), F&S- Cando2 Dance Company, re-staging & adaptation of repertoire performance commission

2010/12 The Living Room, F&S - Woking Dance Festival commission, Internationally touring dance performance work

2011 Points Of View, F&S- The Barbican, London commission, interactive digital installation

2010 The Living Room Outside, F&S- West Sussex County Council site-specific performance commission

2010 What If- Ludus Dance Company commission, Nationally touring performance work

2010 Not About Love- Lila Dance Company performance commission, Nationally touring performance work

2010 Another Way of Remembering- Bath Spa University, site-specific performance commission

2010 Flying Solo, Cat Casbon, South Hill Park, performance commission

2010 Doing, Done & Undone, F&S- Internationally touring dance performance work


Published articles, papers and TV programmes

2018 Disappearing Acts, Liminalities, online journal

2012 Re-visiting A Dance History: Traces of the 1960s in current contemporary dance, Dance Today 2012, Israel, editor Ruth Eshel

2006 Shrink’d, Animated Autumn 2006, editor ken Bartlett

2003 Creative Question & Answer, Animated, Autumn 2003, Editor Donald Hutera

2002 A Certain Flexibility, interview with Donald Hutera, Animated Autumn 2002

Oct 2003 Shrink’d, BBC/BLAST, BBC Learning Zone


Yael’s research and practice centres on generating of a sense of intimacy in live performance and digital installation, in a way that acknowledges the physicality and presence of the viewer.

The work has a subtlety that is apparent in the movement choices, wry humour and informal on-stage dialogue between performers and the audience. Works play with the space in-between formal and informal presentation, reflecting on the overlapping between performance and the everyday.

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