Leah Marojević’s classes facilitate a space where time is taken to softly distance oneself from one’s dancing body – a morning practice in becoming an observer, or an admiring audience of the self as it thinks, self-sustains, dreams and moves. Through deep listening, somatic, skinner release and improvisational practices, these classes make space for the body to become the teacher, the champion and the choreographer of one’s dance.
Most often starting in partners, a physical meditation and assisted release prepares and warms attention and sensitivity. This feeds into an extended improvisation that is experienced alongside Leah’s questions, confusions, imaginaries, and foolish statements that drive her own dance practices / life.
Can my dance be just in front of me, and my body just behind it?
If my mind can change my movement, can my movement change my mind?
If I said that this dance was seminal, would anything change?
Leah Marojević is part of ID’s class programme by invitation of our Communications Assistant, Jay Yule.
Leah, a queer from South London, is a contemporary dance artist whose practice spans performance, choreography, dramaturgy, mentorship and support for other artists. Leah is now based between Berlin and London. Her developing choreographic practice is interested in intimacy, fantasy, and sadness.
Choreographic commissions include, Pre-Professional Year, Sydney Dance Company (2019) ‘HOMAGE’, London Contemporary Dance School, The Place Graduating Season (2020) ‘GOING GHOST’, Mass Hysteria Collective (2020) ‘1-800-LONGING4IT’, and Matilde Cerruti Quara, Jupiter Woods (2020).
Leah collaborates regularly with Colette Sadler, performing the protagonist in Sadler’s tryptic of sci-fi works, and has also worked and performed for visual artists, companies and choreographers; Megan Rooney, Paulina Olowska, Sarah Browne, Sam Williams, Holly Blakey, Becky Hilton, Seke Chimutengwende, Clod Ensemble, Candoco Dance Company, Joe Moran among others.
Leah is part of a performance collective with artist Temitope Ajose-Cutting called N.I.PS (Nuns in Paradise), and in 2019 created ‘The Elsewhen Series’ in collaboration with choreographer Theo Clinkard, as well as creations of commissioned works for; Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch (2015), Danza Contemporanea de Cuba (2016) & Candoco Dance Company (2019) among others.