‘Funmi Adewole Elliott : ‘Funmi will share movement principles found in many African dance styles such as low centre of gravity, spine, foot and floor connections, the production of vibrations, rotations, undulations through the body, rhythms, dancing alone, with others, to music and in silence. She will also share ways of connecting voice, posture and gesture from her experience in dance drama. These explorations will form the basis for researching pathways of sensation through the body, and the visualising and performing of journeys through space.
Heni Hale : These 2 classes will invite opportunities for movement in relation to the anatomical and poetic landscapes of our bodies, its containers, membranes, boney structures and fluids and will zoom into a specific. We will work with imagery as well as felt senses, including working with touch and dialogue. Touch will include our body in relation to itself, to the space and environment as well as negotiating the offering and receiving touch with other people in pairs. We will pay particular attention to how imagination affects physical states and observe the role of compositional structures, in inviting transformation. I like to oscillate between specific tasks and openness, between precision and abandon.
These classes form part of the MA/MFA Creative Practice programme, which means that availability of public places are reduced.
Cancellations & refunds
Prices for classes are kept very low and are subsidized by ID in order to support artists to attend. To keep admin manageable for our small team, we don’t offer refunds if you cancel or can’t attend a class, and we can’t transfer your booking to a different class/event. We hope this is understandable. If a class is cancelled or changed by ID however, we do offer refunds/transfers to everyone who has booked.
‘Funmi Adewole Elliott is a performer, dramaturg and academic. Her inquiry into movement started through performances of African dance drama and various somatic practices. Her credits include performances with Horse and Bamboo Mask and Puppetry Company, Artists-in-Exile, Adzido Pan-African Dance Ensemble, and The Chomondeleys, a contemporary dance company. She is presently Senior Lecturer in Dance at De Montfort University, England.
Heni Hale is an independent artist, working as a choreographer, performer, researcher and educator in diverse contexts with a collaborative focus. She is currently working with notions of archive and embodiment as a PhD researcher on a collaborative doctoral award with Tavistock Institute of Human relations and Coventry University – Centre for Dance Research. She was co- director of ID 2018 – 2023 and continues with the organisation as Lead Tutor of MA Creative Practice: Dance Professional, partnered with Trinity Laban, leading the two modules which are delivered by ID. Much of her work has been realised as co-director of collective Dog Kennel Hill Project. They produce work for theatres, screen, galleries and non-traditional sites in the UK and internationally, working with a range of partners such as Dance4 with whom they were associate artists 2010-2014, Dance Umbrella, Modern Art Oxford and Brighton CCA. Her teaching practice included 12 years as a lecturer on the undergraduate programme at Trinity Laban 2001 – 2013. It involves experimentation and play drawing from somatic practices, experiential anatomy, improvisation methods, and psychology.