Sam Burkett’s morning classes are focussed on helping us to ‘follow the fun’, using techniques and philosophies drawn from comedy improvisation and contemporary dance to react fully and emotionally as movers and as speakers.
We aim to get silly and sweaty: finding ways to incorporate play and spontaneity into our movement, and pushing ourselves to find new capabilities to improvise text and movement simultaneously. We will focus on developing distinct points of view and finding unusual patterns as we challenge our bodies and our brains.
These classes are for people who want to push themselves to be bigger, more emotional performers, and those who want to experiment with new approaches to devising physical theatre.
Sam Burkett is part of ID’s class programme by invitation of our Communications Assistant, Jay Yule.
Sam Burkett is a choreographer and performer who somehow also has a degree in Politics. Known for being both highly creative and extremely sweaty, Sam creates dance theatre that runs the emotional gamut from happy to sad to hungry to gay. Their choreography has been shown in the UK and the US, and their solo, Crop Tops Make Me Feel Vulnerable, won the Best of Anything Goes Award at the 2018 Houston Fringe Festival.
Their work is distinctly physical and theatrical and draws inspiration from everything from professional wrestling to French love ballads. They have performed in works by Jasmin Vardimon (UK), Anna Kenrick (UK), and Teresa Chapman (USA) among others. Sam also teaches contemporary dance and physical theatre for professional dancers and young people, disabled and non-disabled movers.