SATELLISER: A DANCE FOR THE GALLERY J Neve Harrington & co-workers
J Neve Harrington
Harrington is an artist whose work includes writing, choreography, drawing, video, installation, costume and space design. She works mainly in gallery and non-stage spaces where her work prioritises explorations around access, play, agency, confrontation by times/scales beyond the human, neuroqueer experiences of attention, listening and learning. Her recent works include Screensaver Series (Edinburgh Fringe, Inkonst Malmö, Wellcome Collection), storage for future sunsets (Scottish Dance Theatre & V&A Dundee), UNFRIENDING (The Place) and never closer to midnight (Reading University).
Shivaangee Agrawal is a dance artist with a practice that concerns choreography, writing and advocacy. Having trained in Bharatanatyam in both London and Bangalore, Shivaangee has worked with a range of choreographers including Shane Shambhu, Nina Rajarani, Rosie Kay, Sonia Sabri, Seeta Patel, Jo Tyabji and Suba Subramaniam. Shivaangee makes work that is informed by collectivity, rhythmic structures and disorientation. She is supported by Arts Council England, Siobhan Davies Dance, Akademi, Kala Sangam, Blue Elephant Theatre and Streatham Space Project. This year she is a Choreodrome artist at The Place.
Originally from Budapest, Hungary, but raised in Romania, Bonni started her professional training in contemporary dance at Budapest Dance Theatre’s Elite program scheme directed by Béla Földi. In 2017 she moved to the UK where she continued training at London Contemporary Dance School. During her time at The Place, Bonni was awarded the Peggy Hawkins Scholarship. Along with undertaking many collaborative works with fellow artists she studied with, Bonni worked with artists Ingri Fiksdal, Pablo Bronstein, Kwame Asafo-Adjei, Dane Hurst, Theo TJ Lowe, Leila McMillan and Leah Marojević. She has joined Scottish Dance Theatre as an apprentice in 2020 and performed in works by Joan Clevillé and J Neve Harrington, also worked with Theo Clinkard and Roberta Jean. Currently completing her Master’s degree in Contemporary Dance with London School of Contemporary Dance.
Christine Bramwell is an interdisciplinary artist who finds joy in discovering the correlations between multimedia and the body. Christine’s practice tends to revolve around themes of identity, play and purging. She has trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in Performance Art. Christine is currently exploring live sound in collaboration with Sound Like Chaos and Soundcamp. She is also actively working in her community as a women's youth support worker.
Karen began her contemporary dance career in Ireland in the 1970’s. She went on to work in New York in the 1980’s performing with Jane Comfort, Ellen Cornfield and Wendy Perron amongst others. She trained as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist in London and worked in that capacity for over 20 years, predominantly in the human rights field. She returned to performing in 2011 and has worked with Rosana Antoli, Fevered Sleep, J Neve Harrington, Rosemary Lee, Isabel Lewis, Tino Sehgal, Alice Tatge, Darcy Wallace and Sam Williams amongst others.
Iris is a London-based dancer, performer, and producer from Hong Kong. For over 10 years she has been working in the UK dance sector with a range of choreographers, artists, and organisations. Iris has performed in galleries, museums, theatres and site-specific contexts, and has worked with Jo Fong, J Neve Harrington, Zadie Xa, Laura Wilson, Robert Clark, Florence Peake, Pablo Bronstein, Evangelia Kolyra, and Moi Tran amongst others. She has performed at festivals such as EAREYE in Malmö (2020), Dance International Glasgow (2019), Art Night in London (2019), Venice Biennale (2019), Prague Quadrennial (2019), SPILL festival (2018), Block Universe (2018), and Do Disturb at Palais de Tokyo (2018).
Emilyn works as an independent dance artist, mentor, performer and writer and is an emeritus professor at University of Roehampton. She is also a Gestalt psychotherapist with a private practice. Emilyn’s career stretches back to the 1960s when she was a ballet dancer with National Ballet of Canada and the 1970s when she was co founder of X6 Dance Space in London. In the 1980s she was artistic director of Extemporary Dance Theatre and in the 1990s choreographed for companies such as Phoenix and CandoCo while creating solo shows for international touring. She has published two books, Yes? No! Maybe… Seductive Ambiguity in Dance Theatre Performance (Routledge 2006) and FALLING Through Dance and Life (Bloomsbury 2021). She has recently been awarded an Arts Council grant to research new performance work on themes of queering and ageing.
Katye is a performer, dancer, rehearsal director, facilitator, writer and teacher based in the UK. She has more than 2 decades of experience in dancing and is currently also developing her practices through a 3 year study programme in Somatic Experiencing. Prior to returning to a full time freelance dancer practice in 2016, Katye was course director for Dance at Coventry University and the Artistic Director of Summer Dancing festival and Decoda.
As a dancer, Katye has worked and continues to work closely with the following choreographers/ companies: Jonathan Burrows and Matthias Fargion; Joe Moran; Florence Peake; Station House Opera (Julian. Maynard Smith); Stefan Jovanovic; Sirens Crossing (Carolyn Deby); Matthias Sperling; Roberta Jean; Charlie Morrissey; Amy Voris; Keira Greene; Frank Bock; Laura Van Hulle; J Neve Harrington. Her own creative work, with a particular focus on the specific information that a dancer performer accesses, has been recently supported by Dance4, Siobhan Davies Dance Studios, Burrows and Fargion, Wainsgate Dances and Sadlers Wells Theatre.
Mia Quimpo Gourlay
Mia is a recent Drama, Theatre and Performance graduate at Sussex University and is continuing her studies in Performance and Culture at Goldsmiths. She works part-time as a singing teacher for children aged 4-16 alongside developing her interdisciplinary artistic practice focusing on conversations surrounding mixed-race identity and the Filipino-British experience.She is influenced by the expansion of artistic practices beyond their "designated" spaces and how certain social and cultural processes can inform the creation and consumption of art. She hopes to continue creating and collaborating to build an inclusive and conscious creative practice.
Alexandrina Hemsley’s practice is shaped by the morphing disciplines of dance, performance, film, mentoring, creative and critical writing. They work with intricate improvisation scores and vivid performance environments which insist on conjuring embodied enquiries into a multiplicity of voices. This includes work within organisations around anti-racism, anti-ableism and embodied advocacy. It is a life long, nuanced undertaking.
In June 2020, Alexandrina founded her company Yewande 103 which lives as compassionate, embodied advocacy in action, through choreography, writing, production, artist support and mental health discourse.Alexandrina is Associate Artist at Cambridge Junction, International Associate Artist 2020/21 at Dance Ireland and a What Next? Steering Group member.
Amrita Hepi (b.1989, Townsville of Bundjulung/Ngapuhi territories) is an artist working with dance and choreography through video, the social function of performance spaces, installation and objects. Utilising hybridity and the extension of choreographic or performative practices, Hepi creates work that considers the body’s relationship to personal histories and the archive.
Her practice engages in a wide range of themes including the ourbouros, the “itness” of a thing, violence, magpies, magic, touch, doom, spectacle, the idea of “make-believe” and the uncanny. In 2020 she has joined Rising's (formerly Melbourne Festival) Council of good ideas as an artistic advisor, is a Gertrude Contemporary artist in residence and is currently working with Kaldor projects/Serpentine UK as a participating DOit artist. Amrita trained at NAISDA and Alvin Ailey NYC.
elena rose light
Elena Rose Light (she/they) is a choreographer and performer originally from Southern California (Micqanaqa’n). Their work is rooted in the potential for somatic empathy to reorganize systems of thought and governance, and has been presented by Abrons Arts Center, Gibney, Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Current Sessions, and Movement Research at Judson Church, among other venues. Elena has also performed in the work of Ursula Eagly, Bouchra Ouizguen, Tino Sehgal, Asad Raza, and others. They studied art history and French literature at Yale University, where they first became enamoured with experimental performance.
Ngozi “N/A” Oparah is a queer, first-generation Nigerian-American writer, researcher, and artist. Her other work has appeared in Fictional International, Madwomen in the Attic, Five:2:One, ANMLY, A Velvet Giant (Best of the Net Nomination), Foglifter (where she is currently a prose editor), and other journals. N/A has received residencies in writing, art, and narrative media from Can Serrat in El Bruc, Spain and Proyecto Lingüistico Quetzalteco in Xela, Guatemala. N/A holds an MFA in Creative Writing from California College of the Arts and a B.S. in Neuroscience & Philosophy from Duke University. She is the Director of Community Programs at StoryCenter, a digital storytelling non-profit in Berkeley, CA where she teaches short form memoir and visual storytelling. She is currently studying towards a PhD in Creative Arts and Design that examines the roles of storytelling and fiction on mental health literacy. Her novella, Thick Skin, was published by KERNPUNKT Press and recognized by Lambda Literary and Big Other as one of April’s most anticipated books.
Amaara Raheem (Aus) is a Sri Lankan born Australian grown dance-artist who lived fifteen years in London. She's now based part-time in Melbourne and regional Victoria (Black Range) engaged in co-making a residential hub for reparative and speculative practices investigating the blur between life, art, and climate. Currently completing a practice-led PhD at School of Architecture & Urban Design, RMIT University, Amaara crosses borders: cultural, spatial, disciplinary, geographic, linguistic, cosmic.
Arabella Stanger is a researcher and teacher who works at the University of Sussex, UK. She is interested in the political character(s) of choreography and in exploring performance in both artistic and activist settings. Her research includes projects on dance, imperialism and racism, cultures of disco, and rebellious bodies at sea.
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Louise is a dance-artist based between the UK and Belgium. She studied for both her Masters and undergraduate degrees at Laban, specialising in choreology and Labanotation. Louise has worked both in the UK and abroad, gaining experience in the different modalities of making across Europe. Her performance credits within the UK include; Oona Doherty, J Neve Harrington, Gecko, Hetain Patel, Requardt & Rosenberg, Tilted Productions, Punchdrunk, Lost Dog and Charlotte Spencer. In Europe she has performed for Kabinet K, Daniel Linehan, Thierry de Mey, Damien Jalet, Eszter Salamon, T.R.A.S.H (Netherlands) and was a member of Fabulous Beast (Teac Damsa).
Amanda is a London based qualified teacher, researcher, writer and creative who has been teaching in primary schools in Tower Hamlets for 10 years, mainly working with the under 5s. She is a trained contemporary dancer, graduating from Laban with a BA (hons) in Dance Theatre in 2007. She went on to work freelance as a dance artist and aerialist, working with various companies and individuals such as Upswing Aerial, Royal Opera Company, Isatta Sheriff and Chrissie Adesina.
Amanda holds a master’s degree in Social Justice and Education from UCL IOE and her interests include early years education, issues of social justice, antiracist practices and the role of storytelling and the creative arts in the lives of children and young people as sources of documentation. She is currently completing the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) and has recently joined the Safer Dance Working Group project which aims to raise the awareness of safeguarding within the dance school sector.
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Else Tunemyr (b. 1984 Sweden) lives in Malmö, Sweden. She works in different and changing collaborations and directions, dividing her time between dancing, performing, choreographing, doing dramaturgical work and teaching. Her practice has evolved around the topics of physical tiredness and presences of passivity, which also included reflections about the process of rehearsing and exhaustion in general. She studied for a BA in Dance Theatre at Laban, London, and a MA in Choreography and Performance at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies, Giessen. Else aims for an interplay between speculative and embodied knowledge, most recently exploring the transgressive potential of touching practices. Questions that persist in her work are “is there a specificity to dance that can resist the logic of progress? And how would a choreographic process support this?
Else was an emerging Dance Artist in Residency at the Southbank Centre London, where she developed work shown at the Southbank Centre, Chisenhale Dance Space and Sadler’s Well’s Theatre. Parallell to her own choreographic work Else works as a dramaturg and performer and have been performing and collaborating with, Anta Helena Recke, Andrew Hardwidge, Benjamin van Bebber, Carolina Mendonça, Catalina Insignares, Les Trucs, Lygia Clark, Mårten Spångberg, Jamila Johnson-Small, J Neve Harrington, Mike Kelley, Simone Forti, Tino Sehgal, Xavier Le Roy and others.
Jay works as a dance performer, choreographer and producer. Her work with dance artists Jo Fong, Theo Clinkard and Luca Silvestrini has fed into her creative practice, as well as her experience in puppetry, opera and immersive theatre. Jay is a member of the Yonis, a girl band crossing art forms, encouraging fellow women to take space and make noise. The content of her work is influenced by feminist philosophies, is of an existential nature and attempts to re-adress the audience and performer relationship. Jay tries to foster an inclusivity into the way she creates, making art which can be viewed by anyone with the hope of imparting a sense of activism from watching or taking part.
Also developed in London & Brussels with: Vanessa Abreu, Charlie Ashwell, Mirte Boegart, Temitope Ajose Cutting, Elodie Escarmelle, Lena Kimming, Liz Kinoshita, Rosemary Lee, Ines López Carrasco, Alice MacKenzie, Erik Nevin, Grace Nicol, Katja Nyqvist, Stella Papi, Lizzie Sells, Shannon Stewart, Elisa Vassena, Ana Cristina Velasquez, Karin Verbruggen & Katie Vickers