Informed by Afro-Caribbean heritage and queer identity, Nathaniel’s current practice enquires into electronic dance music cultures as mechanisms for ‘being with’ oneself, others, the world and ancestry.
The sessions will incorporate western somatic body-mind practices and infant developmental patterns of movement, and will explore ways of attending to ‘rhythms of relating’ coming from social dance forms of music and improvisation.
In a new development, this week of classes Nathaniel will be joined by DJ Hannah Holland and House dance artist Frankie J. They will inform your own movement research with their enquiries into the interplay of DJ and dancer, movement and music, collective witnessing and unspoken communications.
This co-teaching experiment is an attempt to interface adjacent communities of practice, working towards an integrative approach to diverse dance styles and cultures in future programming at ID.
Monday – Nathaniel Parchment
Tuesday – Nathaniel Parchment, Hannah Holland
Wednesday – Nathaniel Parchment, Hannah Holland, Frankie J
Thursday – Nathaniel Parchment, Frankie J
Friday – Nathaniel Parchment
Enquiries explored by the three artists include:
How can the witnessing in Authentic Movement practice and the witnessing in the House Dance cypher inform each other? How can music and rhythm inform the patterns explored in Bartenieff Fundamentals?
What are the materialities of the communications between dancer and DJ. What is seen, heard, felt and decided upon? What and how is that field resonating?
Is there a link between the regulating counterpoint of mother and foetal heartbeat in utero, and, the regulating counterpoint of beat, bass and body in the electronic dance music space?
How do temporal rhythms have affect on the development of our relations with the world and each other?
Is perhaps one of those links to be found in the ritual and tribal communication practices of drumming and therefore, how does electronic dance music still resonate with the inheritance of African drumming languages.
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.
(Artist Alias: Frankie J)
The Red Dread House Head
Originally from Bristol, UK, Frankie is a rare individual who matches his raw natural dance talent with hard work and discipline and has developed into one of the best representing House Dancers internationally of today in his current generation.
Having trained from a young age in numerous dance disciplines – both within contemporary and forms of Street & Club Dance, Frankie was selected to be part of the Swindon Youth Dance Academy where he was mentored by some of the best instructors in the UK. From there, he went on to earn a First Class degree in contemporary dance from London Contemporary Dance School at The Place, graduating in 2013.
Upon finishing his studies, Frankie has focussed mainly on the House Dance style, pursuing a career as a professional Roller Skater & DJ, gaining respect and numerous titles at worldwide competitions and events such as House Dance Europe, IBE, Flavourama, Urban Moves, Step Ya Game Up, Dance Alive Japan, Juste Debout & Summer Dance Forever. He was also invited to join Plague Dance Crew & InDaHouse in 2012, Deep Manners in 2018 and Sour Patch Collective – Worldwide in 2019.
Hannah Holland is a DJ, producer, composer and label boss from London, with releases on Classic Music Company, Crosstown Rebels, her own imprint Batty Bass and has remixed the likes of Metronomy, Goldfrapp, The Knife and Planningtorock. She regularly plays at clubs such as The Carry Nation New York, Berghain / Panorama Bar Berlin and Adonis London. Latest film scores have included Bruce LaBruce’s The Visitor, Channel 4 series Adult Material and award winning indie feature Electrician. Hannah’s much anticipated debut album, Tectonic, came out on Prah Recordings in 2021 and a second is on the way.
Nathaniel graduated from the MA Creative Practice : Dance Professional (Trinity Laban in partnership with Independent Dance and Siobhan Davies Studios) in autumn 2023, and shortly after came into post as Co-Director of ID. He has worked as a dance artist and educator in a broad range of contexts such as: contemporary dance theatre, club culture, fashion, wellness and education. Nathaniel directed the Goa Dance Residency in India from 2017 to 2021, an annual 4 month performance and training programme for Indian and international Artists. He also co-directs the Movement in Nature Gathering in Herefordshire with founder, friend and colleague Hugh Stanier.