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Performers

Emily Myers

Dancer/Choreographer/Teacher/Voice Artist

Emily trained at The Arts Educational School and University of Surrey Roehampton . Her Choreography credits include: The Soldier's Tale (Fews Ensemble & Ciarán Hinds); The Demon Within and Angel (Dancayers Co.)

Performance Credits include: Dancer & Dance Captain The Snowman (London Cast, UK & Korean Tour); The Merry Widow (English National Opera); On Windover Hill (Castley Music); State of Mind (New York); Akram Khan's Pledge (London); Rafael Bonachela's Beats For Peace (London); Spirit of The Flame (2012 London Olympic Closing Ceremony).

Film credits include: Connect (BAFTA Nominated short film); Petrushka (Wimbledon Music Festival); Home and Away (Australian Television Network).

Teaching: Emily currently teaches Contemporary & Ballet on Zoom.

Zaynah Lodge

Dancer

As a young child in Bermuda, Zaynah became interested in the performing arts when her mother took her to the theatre several times a year to see local artists.

In her teen years, she practiced martial arts and would later pursue dance while in university. She tried several different styles but ultimately fell in love with Jazz and Contemporary. Her inspirations are Katherine Dunham, Pearl Primus, Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey. All four started Dance at ages traditionally considered to be late but left a huge impact on the Dance world.

Freya Dare

Dancer

Freya

Freya  created a piece tilled Sunrise to set! I wanted to capture how isolation has allowed us to slow down and take in the great beauty of the natural wold. The morning begins with hope and and enjoyment of  hearing the birds call. The dance progresses into the night were our anxiety takes control and manifests into stagne dreams and feeling of unrest. Freya wanted to finish the piece with an optimistic ending that every day we have the opportunity to start again and not let yesterday's repression treacle through to the next. please see the link below

festival music

Greta Westwood

Film maker

Pent Up and Puzzled

Greta is a London-based filmmaker, photographer and multimedia web-designer. A recent graduate (2019) in BA Hons Anthropology and Visual Practice at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Greta has made a short film that portrays the slow and enjoyable aspects of the current lockdown which is happening as a result of Covid-19. Though this global pandemic has caused much disruption to people’s lives, it has also presented the opportunity to change one’s daily habits and to find new ways of stimulating the brain. As a result of this, she made a short documentary – style film which carefully observes a new-found activity.  Greta would like this activity to show ways in which the body and/or mind can still be energised when forced to lock down in a limited, domestic space.

Heather Mason

Founder

The Minded Institute

Heather is the founder of The Minded Institute a world leader in yoga therapy education.  She holds graduate education in neuroscience, physiology, psychotherapy, and co-authored the book Yoga in Mental Health, a core text for yoga and mental health professionals, which looks at the interface between these fields and yoga.  Devoted to bringing yoga practices to those in need, Heather founded the Yoga in Health Care Alliance and works towards yoga’s integration of yoga into the NHS at both the policy and grassroots level.  Heather is also the secretariat of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Yoga in Society.  In her free time she writes music

Emma Clandon

Double Twist Dance Company

Emma Clandon is also trained in all styles of dance and a graduate from the prestigious Laine Theatre Arts which is why Emma Clandon and Emma  Levene are able to offer a wide range of styles for the company and for the school. They have a strong passion for dancing, choreographing, and performing.

This absolute passion for dance and music has informed Emma Clandon's life. From the age of four studying RAD classical ballet produced a joy in her spirit, training in both the UK and Australia at schools such as Ecole Classique School of Classical Ballet in Sydney, as well as taking class whenever her family travelled overseas. Adding a full range of training in other areas of dance, from contemporary to ballroom, filled out her skill set, as very early on Emma knew this was where she wanted her career to be.

Graduating from Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom, where she studied dance, drama and musical theatre, further honed her skills and Emma continues to take professional classes to maintain her standard.

Performing in theatre or on film is a culmination that is the essence of Emma. Being part of an ensemble and savouring every performance fulfils her ambition to strive for perfection. Recently played Victoria in Cats, Teresita in West Side Story and Kitt in Betty Blue Eyes.

Tara Kearney

Poet and Muscian

Tara

Tara Kearney is a 25 year old movement practitioner, training aerialist and spoken word poet from east London. Her work focuses on environmental issues, mental health, and relationships.

Emma Levene

Double Twist Dance Company

Emma Levene has a strong passion for dancing, singing, performing, teaching, and choreographing. She started her training at a ballet school in Walthamstow in classical ballet syallbus in rad,modern, jazz, musical theatre and tap.  After studying GCSE dance at school and doing a BTEC Diploma in dance she was accepted into the highly respected Creative Academy dance college in Slough. Here, she trained in ISTD ballet, contemporary, choreography, jazz, and various other styles. To further her training she completed a small dance and musical theatre course in North London.

This gave her the technique and performing ability to work professionally and credits include dancing at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics and Addams Family musical as ancestors and various other musicals. Her other work includes ballet productions such as Beatrix Potter, circus tours, films including 'Fantastic Beasts' and tv programmed like Made in Chelsea, music videos and tv adverts. She has also performed solo and group performances at Hackney Empire and Millfield theatre and Zee Carnivals at Olympia.

Emma's teaching career started as an assistant teacher at a local ballet school in cechetti ballet and from there has gone on to teach at various dance, performing arts schools, primary arts schools and primary after-school clubs teaching ballet, contemporary and lyrical, various other styles. She is passionate about teaching ballet and contemporary dance to all ages from children aged 4 to adults. Emma's biggest passion is giving others the chance to pursue their talent in dance and performing arts and looks forward to a long and fulfilling career in the arts.

The music we used for the duet is 7 Roads(I see you) Julius Cowdrey

Tanica Psalmist

Poet

Moses said

Tanica's a storyteller and spoken-word artist who loves to talk about taboo and daring subjects. A conscious poet whose lyrical content is quite abstract and profound. She's not only an artist but a practitioner that integrates wellbeing & Performance techniques to create discussion that supports emotional stability, mental health & cognition! she's an eminent molecule within the universe due to her positive vibes, spreading of love & truth seeking.

Nina Gabriela Goldsworthy Moll

Actress

White Latina

White Latina is a solo show about Nina Gabriela's life. She was born in Caracas, Venezuela and raised in Lima, Peru. Her mother is Peruvian and her father is British.
White Latina is a one woman show, it makes you think, laugh and relate.It has been performed since December 2018, thanks to the audiences feedback it has grown and changed.

This new performance talks about her life as well as quarantine life. Lots of things have happened and White Latina reflects on them.

Eleni Papaioannou

Dancer

Can you remember?

Dancing the Dream

Dancer

Dancing the Dream

Dancing The Dream was founded by Flavia Caselli and Gianni D’Andria. It was born as an Italian dance company dedicated to and inspired by Michael Jackson and his art, and Flavia carried on the company’s legacy in the UK. The name comes from Michael Jackson’s book of poems, Dancing The Dream. The company took part in many dance events and performed in major theaters in Italy and abroad. The dancers are all trained in different styles and are all professionally active in the dance industry.

Flavia Caselli has trained all dance styles from a very young age, and focused more on street styles. She trained in Italy, her home country, in the USA and in the UK. She currently lives in London, where she perform and teaches dance. She has performed for artists in concerts and events as a street dancer, and for MJ tribute artists as a backing dancer. She has also performed in many festivals and dance events with a contemporary dance company in the UK.

Gianni was born in Italy, where he trained Hip-Hop with the best dance teachers in Italy. He is a choreographer, artistic director, and screenwriter and is considered one of the best Michael Jackson style dancer and impersonator in Italy. He is the only Italian impersonator who had the honour of dancing in front of Michael Jackson privately.

Phyllis Rhode

Aerialist

Jnalis Aerial Trio

Julia Torggler

Aerialist

Junalis Aerial Trio

Julia grew up in Austria, then went to a ballet academy Boarding School at 14 and started working as a dancer in various theatres around Germany. Juila always loved a challenge so around 5 years ago she started Training on the Aerial silks and have been performing as a aerialist around Germany and on many cruises around the world. Besides being an artist on stage she also teaches kids dance and works in many projects with kids, refugees and in schools spreading dance and movement as an international language.
 

Natalie Schättle

Aerialist

Natalie Schättle

 
Natalie grew up in Vienna, Austria and attended the Vienna Opera Ballet School in conjunction with high-school and graduated in 1994. Apart from ballet she took another year abroad to study dance at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York where she trained in Ballet, Jazz, Modern Dance, Musical Theatre & Ballroom Dance. She performed internationally in Ballets, Musicals and Contemporary projects. In 2012 she found her passion for aerial arts and started training aerial hoop and silks. Soon she started choreographing her own silk & hoop acts and performing at events and cruise ships. She is delighted to share some of her work at social arts festival this year!

Alexei Sharp

Presenter Business Owner

ESPH

Alexei, who founded CLC & ESPH, competed as an international decathlete from 1991-2000. He was UK decathlon champion in 1997 and competed at the Commonwealth Games in 1998. Successive knee and back injuries curtailed his career in 2000. Alexei studied French & Italian at the University of Southern California, received a diploma in Pre-medicine and pre-medical studies from Schiller International University, not pursuing a place at medical school to concentrate on his athletic career, and then completed a BSc in Biomedical Sciences from King's College, University of London.

This incredible athlete, public speaker and Social Arts Festival (SAF) award sponsor will present the SAF 19th of October 2019.

Sophie-Grace Coombes

Classical and Contemporary Dancer Rehearsing Director

LCP Dance Theatre

British born Sophie-Grace Coombes is a Classical and Contemporary dancer. Having trained at the Louise Browne Scholarship Centre she was awarded a full scholarship to study at Northern Ballet School.

Sophie-Grace has performed lead roles with the English Youth Ballet and Opera and Ballet International companies. She cherished her time as a Principal of Manchester City Ballet and NorthYorkshire CountyYouthDance Company, before moving to the USA as a Soloist with AjkunBalletTheatre in New York. During this time she worked with underprivileged children from diverse backgrounds.

Currently returning following a career break due to illness, Sophie-Grace’s recovery is flourishing through her discovery of the wonders of Yoga, training in holistic healing techniques. Moreover, exploring her spiritual path and the mind of a true dancer.

“She is fuelled by her love of movement and belief in the power of people”

Due to her recent injury, she became an incredible rehearsing director at LCP Dance Theatre

19th Oct SAF2019

"Love Live Life" choreographed by Joanna Puchala LCP Dance Theatre

Juliet Brady

Actress and Classical, Contemporary and Jazz Dancer

LCP Dance Theatre

Born in London, Juliet performed with the National Youth Ballet as a young dancer and went on to pursue acting, studying at Drama Studio London and performing with Blood, Love and Rhetoric Theatre in Prague, Czech Republic. Juliet is currently studying at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance and performing with LCP Dance Theatre.

12th and 19th October SAF2019

"Love Live Life"

Saili Katebe

Writer Actor Performer

Saili Katebe is a Zambian born writer, actor and performance poet currently based out of the South West. His work seeks to find the marriage between mediums, investigate the lived experience through language and physicality.

12th Oct SAF2019

"Naming Game"

Steven Zilinskas

Physical Theatre Artist

Steven Zilinskas

Steven Zilinskas is a physical theatre practitioner based in London. Previous productions involve CLUB PARADISE (Shenanigans Theatre Company, toured 2018 Birmingham MAC) and solo works MIRAGE (2018, toured Edinburgh Festival Fringe) and most recent WOOL (2019, toured Birmingham MAC) with a specific approach to dance and movement-based work.

 

19th Oct SAF 2019

"Wool" 20 min dance and physical theatre

Yvonne Greaves

Contemporary Dancer Choreographer Writter

Yvonne Greaves

British artists, contemporary dancer, based in London. Graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire Community Dance Diploma and Birkbeck Performing Arts. Dancer, performer, choreographer and writter. She is also a Pilates teacher.

 

19th Oct SAF 2019

15 Solo

Dance and narrative with use of multi media, hanging slings

“Queen Nzinga”

This is based on a true story.  She was queen of the 16th century.  She succeeded her father and brother to become a great leader.  She was known as a great fighter, who lived for many years until a natural death.

This is a contemporary piece with Cunningham style dance movements, the movement is clear and interspersed with images.

Deana Indraccolo

Contemporary Dancer

LCP Dance Theatre

Deana was born in Southern Italy. She started her dance career as a teenager, very quickly she joined the Compagnia D, contemporary dance company directed by S. Frassanito as a dancer and choreographer’s assistant. She won a scholarship for a professional course at Opus Ballet in Florence directed by D. Tinazzi. This experience gave her an opportunity to study with great choreographers from all over the world such as Antonio Orlando (“Notre Dame de Paris”), training in ballet and contemporary dance, as well as in hip hop, street dance, flamenco, salsa, pole dance and aerial dance.

In 2010 she graduated from the University of Lecce in Italy with a Bachelor’s Degree in Performance Arts.

She was a choreographer and backing dancer for the singer Ashleigh K and a performer and modern dance teacher in London.

She joined LCP Dance Theatre in 2014 as a dancer participating in production ” Am I” and continues to perform with new production such as ” I Am” and many others.

She performed with LCP Dance Theatre productions last year in London at SAF (Social Arts Festival) 2018.

Joe Holtaway

Singer Song Writer

Joe Holtaway

Singer and songwriter, looks after Peace Sounds Label.

His songs are inspired by a folk music upbringing and involvements in peace and social justice movements. Following a year's residency in the Nobel peace prize-nominated Buddhist monk Thích Nhat Hạnh's Plum Village, Joe spent two years travelling, writing and singing with community groups at protest camps and demos, with organisations including Extinction Rebellion and the Quakers. He is currently recording a collection of songs from this time.

‘fine songwriting’ Tom Robinson BBC6 Music, Ivor Novello committee

‘gorgeous, pure, absolutely lovely’ Sarah Gosling BBC Introducing

‘pure poetry’ David White BBC Introducing

 

12 Oct SAF 2019

20min singing performance

Nicolas Salazar Sutil

Transdisciplinary Music Artist Reasearcher Author

Nicolas Salazar Sutil & Stuart Mellor

Born in Buenos Aires, a British and Chilean artist, researcher and author.

Transdisciplinary work is his chosen path to understanding the nonhuman in him. He has an interest in mediating a space and a time that lies between human and nonhuman nature. The material and energetic relation between bone and stone. The human in the humus. The veins on a leaf, which are also on his hand. There is a space in between, a movement or ecology, which is the focus of most of his creative explorations and reflections. 

He trained at the Drama Centre London, where he learned Laban technique and Movement Psychology. He also hold a PhD in Philosophy (Goldsmiths College).

He is the author of various books including Theatres of the Surd(2010); Motion and Representation: the Language of Human Movement (MIT 2015), Digital Movement (Palgrave 2015), and Matter. Transmission: Mediation in a Paleocyber Age (Bloomsbury 2018).

He is based in London and Leeds.

“Phragma”

Immersive sound performance (nonhuman performer)

Length: 20mins

Dates: 19th of October installation

 

Binaural sound: Stuart Mellor

Video: Nicolas Salazar Sutil

Drone: Andreas Tyrologou

Photography: George Karagiannis

Music: Christos Karakitsios

Words by Giorgos Patras and Ioannes Nikolaus

 

 

Gennaro Lasco

Aerialist Contemporary Dancer and Choreographer

Daniela Costanza & Gennaro Lasco

Gennaro Lasco Originally from Italy, started dancing when he was 14. He toured Italy performing in both ballet and contemporary pieces, including “Swan Lake” and “Giselle” with Teatro Massimo of Palermo, “Rigoletto” with Teatro Argentina of Rome, “Don Quixotte”, “Carmen”, “Bolero”, ”Carmina Burana” with Compagnia Naionale del Balletto. He trained as an aerial performer in 2010 and began performing in “The Dreamer” and “Nocturne” with Claudio&Paolo Ladisa Dance Company. In 2012 Gennaro was one of the seven main aerial- performer at the Opening Ceremony of Alpine World Ski Championship in Italy. Gennaro moved to the UK in 2014 performing in London with PointBarre Dance Company, with South Down Opera as main dancer in ”Aida”, with W. Mulley in “Reach Out and Touch”, in Edinburgh at the Fringe Festival with LCD Dance Company, in Carlisle at The Sands Centre in the pantomime “Peter Pan”.

Recently he has performed at "Love Yourself" performing arts showcase in London: "Freedom" an aerial slings dance fused with acrobalance performance with Daniela Costanza.

He will perform the duet of progressed piece during the Saf 2019.

"Freedom"

This performance is a mix of acrobalance and aerial dance showing the pressure that every person feels about  the balance  between what the society imposes on us and what we would like to be, the freedom that everyone needs and seeks to be themselves. 

Daniela Costanza

Aerial Slings Acrobalance Performer

Daniela Costanza & Gennaro Lasco

Daniela Costanza born in Italy is an aerial/dancer and Pilates instructor based in London. She loves to create and compose choreography both in the air and on the floor.

Recently she has performed at "Love Yourself" event in London "Freedom" an aerial slings dance fused with acrobalance performance with Gennaro Lasco.

She will perform the duet of progressed piece during the Saf 2019.

Freedom

This performance is a mix of acrobalance and aerial dance showing the pressure that every person feels about  the balance  between what the society imposes on us and what we would like to be, the freedom that everyone needs and seeks to be themselves. 

Rudolph Niasme

Multi Disciplinary Music Aerial Dance Theatre Artist

LCP Dance Theatre

Rudolph is a multi-disciplinary artist: mover and music producer who continuously develops his experimental style by incorporating his life experiences to his art. Born in Paris, his first contact with the movement came through his parents who introduced him to the French-Caribbean culture. Rudolph's education started privately where his creativity was caged. It wasn't until he moved to the public educational system that he felt free to explore his artistic interests.

Rudolph is using his skills to help autistic children and adults improve their communication through movement. He integrates his artistic discoveries and personal development into his work by using what he learns to better support the people he works with.

He has recently performed the aerial dance performance with LCP Dance Theatre during the event "Love Yourself" showcase in London. He also performed the working progress of his own choreographed dance theatre performance "It is happening". This performance is inspired by the human experience in the physical world and the evolution of the individual through life and love. Confined space and movement without restriction symbolise the necessary adaptations one must make to survive in different environments. The performance also demonstrates a way of communication with autistic people, as well as, a way to connect with one's self through movement and sound.

He will perform an extract of his work at the SAF 2019.

He will also perform aerial dance performance "Love Live Life" with LCP Dance Theatre during this event. 

 

12th Oct SAF 2019

"Guerison"10 min dance solo

"Love Live Life" (extract) 10 min group choreography by Joanna Puchala LCP Dance Theatre

 

19th Oct SAF 2019

"Love Live Life" 25 min group choreography by Joanna Puchala LCP Dance Theatre

Zuza Tehanu

Dancer Choreographer Theatre Circus Artist

Dark Soul Dance Theatre

Zuza Tehanu is originally from Poland, she is an actress, dancer and choreographer, circus artist , performance director, singer and musician. Founder of Dark Soul Dance Theatre, since 2010 is performing regularly her works at London venues (Rich Mix, The Space Theatre, Etcetera Theatre, Hoxton Hall) and around UK. Her interdisciplinary works integrate performance art, contemporary dance, theatre, visual art, singing and original music. Collaborated with PAiL London showing “In”on Festival of Female Performers’ at Rich Mix and “HEReins” in London Metropolitan Archives. Choreographed “Project Anna” for One Billion Rising Festival and performed with Dread Falls Theatre in their immersive show in Wycobe Museum. Last year she created feminine solos (“Yarners”, “Mire”) showing on Black Box festival in London at Etcetera Theatre and during the "Love Yourself" showcase by LCP Dance Theatre at the Lodge Space.  She also performed her dance and circus show in Ms. Paolini Phantasmagoria Cabaret in Hoxton Hall.

With her new production she take part in SAF 2019.

 

Natasha Lee

Choreographer

notetoSELF DanCe

Natasha Lee is a professional dance artist from a contemporary background. She started in her early years training as a Hip-Hop dancer and as her knowledge in the dance industry grew, her interest in contemporary dance aligned. She embarked upon 2 years of study at Lewisham College and completed 3 years of study at Middlesex University gaining her BA Hons Degree in dance. She has worked professionally nationally and internationally as dancer and choreographer for the past 6 years and runs a contemporary dance company named notetoSELF DanCe, of whom are going into their 5th year. Her credits include London Olympics 2012, Sadlers Wells, World Of Dance U.S.A. and Buckingham Palace. She performed last year in London at SAF (Social Arts Festival) 2018 and she is going to share her new work also this year at SAF 2019.

Mary Kinsella

Contemporary Dancer

Deliah Seefluth Dance

Mary is a contemporary dancer from London. She has a special interest in inclusive dance and believes it can be an effective tool for social development. Alongside her community work, Mary freelances as a performer and has toured the UK and abroad appearing in stage productions, gallery installations and music videos. She performed last year in London at SAF (Social Arts Festival) 2018 and she is going to share her new work also this year at SAF 2019.

12 Oct SAF 2019

Length: 10min

Contemporary Dance

Choreography: Deliah Seefluth

Dancers: Mary Kinsella and Deliah Seefluth

Title: Start with why.

Description: The never-ending loop of falling and recovering. Why are you doing what you're doing? What drives you? Are your reasons strong enough? What kind of life would you live if you didn't care about the expectation of family, friends and social media?

Deliah Seefluth

Choreographer

Deliah Seefluth Dance

Deliah is a Contemporary Dancer and Choreographer from Germany. With an early interest in creating her own work she started presenting her first pieces at Kranhalle Munich during her studies at Iwanson International and choreographed for the dance festival "Poetry in Motion" at state theatre Tübingen. After finishing her training in New York and Munich, she decided to do her MA in Choreography at Trinity Laban, London. Deliah now works as freelance choreographer, dancer and teacher. Her work includes collaborating with Xavier Velastin as Motion.Captured, choreographing and dancing for singer and producer Escence and dancing for Awake Dance, NotetoSELFDanCe and the Akasha Tanzensemble. Aside from her choreographic work, Deliah holds regular open workshops in Germany and London and assists Joe Alegado at his Workshops at University Tübingen. She performed last year in London at SAF (Social Arts Festival) 2018 and she is going to share her new work also this year at SAF 2019.

 

12 Oct SAF 2019

Length: 10min

Contemporary Dance

Choreography: Deliah Seefluth

Dancers: Mary Kinsella and Deliah Seefluth

Title: Start with why.

Description: The never-ending loop of falling and recovering. Why are you doing what you're doing? What drives you? Are your reasons strong enough? What kind of life would you live if you didn't care about the expectation of family, friends and social media?

Lulu Harris

Aerial Dancer

LCP Dance Theatre

Louisa is dedicated to finding beautifully creative and disruptive ways to drive innovation and sustainability. She is currently a Head at 6heads, a London based sustainability and innovation community, part of Grant Thornton’s Public Affairs, Policy and Insight team – exploring the role of purposeful business and impact investing. She is on the creative team for the Marine Foundation, using art as a catalyst for conservation and to promote ocean literacy and was a free-diver in the underwater art piece Apsara:, Spirits of the Sea. She is creator and co-producer of Apokalypsis, an immersive performance piece which retells classical Greek myths around the climate change agenda, she danced as Mrs Midas in the piece Midas.
Louisa believes in the power of experiential learning, performance and storytelling to inspire us to tackle the big challenges the future  may hold. She is an aerialist, free-diver and dancer. She performed last year in London at SAF (Social Arts Festival) 2018 with LCP Dance Theatre production and she is going to share her new choreography this year at SAF 2019.

Ioana Nicolae

Aerial Yoga Dance Performer and Teacher

LCP Dance Theatre

Born and raised in Romania, Ioana considers herself an international spirit with an overwhelming curiosity towards foreign cultures and traditions. She has moved to the United Kingdom in 2015 where 3 years later she discovered the magical world of aerial yoga and became a passionate aerialist. 

Professionally, she has a legal background with a bachelor degree in Law. An ardent believer in the EU values, Ioana has graduated a Masters L.LM Degree in European Business Law in Sweden. She has started a career in banking in 2016 and since then has been working as a Financial Crime Analyst.

The encounter with Aerial Yoga was a mind-opening experience. She immediately knew that somehow this special type of training was going to be an important part of her life. A year later, after joining classes and practising regularly Ioana has trained to become an aerial yoga teacher. Through aerial yoga she has discovered that art can take many forms and shapes and that one can be an artist in many ways. Hers is through aerial yoga. 

In October 2018 Ioana also participated as an aerial dancer in the piece "Hope" of LCP Dance Theatre (LCP), choreographed by Joanna Puchala. The company LCP incorporates slings in dance theatre performances for purposes of creating awareness towards social inequalities and human rights. The performance "Hope" was presented at the Social Arts Festival (SAF)- arts platform which raises awareness of those issues. 

Ioana is looking forward to teaching, improving as an aerial yoga performer and meeting people with whom to share the knowledge and enthusiasm towards this type of sling practice and art. 

Cerys McGrath

Company Dancer

notetoSELF DanCe

Georgie Cooper

Company Dancer

notetoSELF DanCe

Deirdre Murray-Wallace

Company Dancer

notetoSELF DanCe

Jessica Cooke

Company Dancer

notetoSELF DanCe

Josmuary Bandes

Company Dancer

notetoSELF DanCe

Katy Higgins

Company Dancer

notetoSELF DanCe

Rachel Greer

Company Dancer

notetoSELF DanCe

Sarah Hirsch

Company Dancer

notetoSELF DanCe

Ann Uddin

Sound Healer

LCP Dance Theatre

Reiki (Usui) Master Teacher|Sound Healer|Hypnotherapist|Coach

Ann is a qualified Hypnotherapist & Reiki (Usui) Master Teacher and Sound Healer Practitioner. Her core belief is that our mind and body can access our essential purest state of happiness, peace and wellbeing. Her intention is that every person experiences a lasting change helping them to heal past difficulties and current stress, creating balance and wellbeing in their lives. Ann tailors each session to the client’s needs and requirements and will leave you feeling wonderfully connected, restored and present.

Ann also holds Sound Gong bath meditations around London and is available for 1-2-1, group and corporate workshops

Erin

Aerial Dancer

LCP Dance Theatre

Erin was born in Lewisham and has always lived close to the area. She loves the diverse art culture in South London and enjoys the many opportunities to see wonderful performances and creations.

She has been doing yoga for the last two years and aerial yoga for the last two months. She loves to dance and is excited to explore dancing in front of an audience. This will be her first performance.

Jason Kwan

Contemporary Dancer

Duet

Jason Kwan was born in Hong Kong and started his dance training at the age of 11, initially in Popping, Locking and Commercial. Through exposure to the dance world, he discovered Breaking and Contemporary, and decided to focus his technique on the development of these dance styles.
                                                                                           In 2011, Jason participated in the UDO World Championship and placed 3rd in the Solo Category. In the same year with his crew at that time, ‘K2’ won 2nd place in the Groups Category at UDO Southern Streetdance Championship. Since then Jason has focused on training in both in Breaking and Contemporary Dance.                                                                                                                 Jason graduated with a BA Hons Dance from the University of Bedfordshire. He is now seeking opportunities to pursue a professional career in dance. Recently he became a member of notetoSELF DanCe.

 

 

Mithun Gill

Contemporary Dancer

Duet

Mithun Gill is a British born Kathak dancer who learns under the guidance of Sujata Banerjee based in London. Graduating with a BA Hons Dance degree from Middlesex University allowed him to explore other dance territories including Graham, Humphrey, Cunningham and Release techniques. Kathak has installed a strong sense of rhythm and musicality in Mithun's dance style whilst his contemporary training has brought a huge range of movement dynamics.

Cansu Altunay

Concert Flautist

Freedom

Cansu is a graduate of Anadolu University, Eskişehir, Turkey.  For several years she participated in the Symphonic Orchestra as Flautist and Piccoloist and has given concerts as a solo flautist.

Since graduating, Cansu does classroom teaching as well as one on one basis; teaches piano, flute, music theory in different genres such as classical, pop, rock, jazz.

Roosje Horckmans

Contemporary Dancer/Choreographer

Symbiosis

Roosje (Rose) Horckmans started dancing at a young age and attended secondary dance school in Belgium. She continued her studies in London at Trinity Laban where she is currently finishing the BA(hons) contemporary dance course. Roosje has choreographed several pieces, she has always been interested in cross-over productions including different art forms. She recently starred in a short film that can be found on her instagram @merilwenrose

Deborah Iaria

Art Director

Symbiosis

Deborah Iaria has dedicated her life to art. In Italy, through painting, sculpture and photography she developed and studied diverse interpretations of the human body (http://deborahiaria.wixsite.com/fineart).
Currently in London, completing her degree in Graphic and Digital Design (portfolio at www.deborah.iaria.com), she is directing the project to explore the connection between the physical and the digital world, seeking new forms of expression.

Credit: The organisers of the Social Arts Festival would like to thank Deborah for her support in co-ordinating between the festival and Greenwich University to provide the video projection, sound and lighting, without which this production would  not have been possible.

 

Natalie Taylor

Choreographer

LCP Dance Theatre

Born in July 1991 Natalie Taylor is a British dance performer and choreographer who fuses poles dance with dance theatre. She is a qualified pole dance instructor. With a Masters degree in creative practice from Trinity Laban (2014-2016) and a BA Dance degree (2012-2014) from Plymouth University, Natalie has developed an array of academic acumen to complement a number of different teaching experiences in contemporary dance, pole dance and contact work. Natalie has created both student and professional works through her own dance companies and within her respective Universities where she was recognized with awards for achievements in supporting and organizing events for the students in dance. Since 2014, she has studied and worked in London progressing her artistic interests by creating a unique technique of contemporary pole dance, incorporating elements of photography & film. Currently collaborating with LCP dance Theatre Company, Natalie is raising awareness surrounding the topic of human rights. She is working as a dancer and chorographer building towards the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017 culminating in a novel showing of the piece: Escape 2.

Shiloh Scyner

Contemporary Dancer

LCP Dance Theatre

Born in Wales, Shiloh started dancing at the age of 10. Shiloh is an aspiring dancer based in London, with experience in performing arts, teaching contemporary dance and choreographing.  BA(hons) in contemporary dance at Laban.  Currently working on a project with LCP.

Jeph Vanger

Composer

Atilla Dance Company

Jeph Vanger is an award-winning sound artist and electronic composer who works and lives between London and Athens. He has worked in the fields of contemporary dance, theatre, film and art installations. Some of his recent works have been exhibited and performed in institutions, theatres and organisations such as Tate Modern, Sadler's Wells, Brighton Fringe, Megaron Athens & London Design Festival.

Steff D'Arcy

Contemporary Dancer

Attila Dance Company

Steff D’Arcy is a contemporary dance artist, creator and model from London. She trained at Laban and Elmhurst - Birmingham Royal Ballet School. In 2018 Steff joined Russell Maliphant for his new creation, which will premiere in 2019. Steff has also worked for Julie Cunningham and Company, Studio Wayne McGregor, The Cunningham Company Fellows and Dance In Motion. Steff has a passion dance film of which she both creates and dances in.

Lauren Ford

Contemporary Dancer

Attila Dance Company

Lauren Ford is a dance artist based in London. She completed her training at the University of Chichester where she graduated with a BA (Hons) in Dance in 2016 and then stayed on for a further year to complete a Masters degree in Dance Performance. During her Masters year she was part of the postgraduate company MapDance where she toured and performed works by Shobana Jeyasingh, Lea Anderson, Cai Tomos and Hagit Yakira. She was also a part of the GradLab project in 2017/18, an Arts Council funded project supporting graduate dancers and choreographers. She performed with Mapped Dance Theatre at various locations around the UK including a premiere of the work at Resolutions Festival at The Place in 2018.

Panagiotis Pavlopoulos

Contemporary Dancer

Attila Dance Company

Panagiotis Pavlopoulos was originally born in Athens, Greece. He graduated from National School of Dance in 2016. He has collaborated with various choreographers including Andonis Foniadakis, Paul Blackman & Christine Gouzelis, Jasmin Vardimon and Taira Foo. He has also performed in Martha Graham’s repertoire «Temptations of the Moon» instructed by Penny Diamantopoulou. In October 2016 he joined JV2 certificate diploma of Jasmin Vardimon Company and had the chance to tour nationally. Since moved to London, Panagiotis has joined Icarus Dance Company and later got the opportunity to join Hinged Dance Co. and perform at Resolutions 2018 Dance Festival at The Place. Furthermore, Panagiotis had the chance to take part in the making of the new official video clip of the rock band Snow Patrol - “Don't Give In” as a member of the dancers cast. Panagiotis is currently collaborating with Attila Andrasi as a choreographer assistant and an ensemble member.

Christina Prompona

Contemporary Dancer

Attila Dance Company

Christina Prompona studied contemporary dance and performance in national school of dance in Athens, Greece and she is a dancer based in London.She has recently performed in Athens concert hall with Hellenic Dance Company in the piece ''Tomorrow'' a piece by Jasmin Vardimon. Furthermore she has been taking part in video art projects and choreography researches.This year she took part in Art night London in a piece by Sasha Pirogova. Now she is a freelancer in dance and a dance teacher

Victoria Howden

Actress Singer Presenter

Victoria Howden is an actress, singer, improviser, storyteller and comedian with a dream of turning her life into a musical. If you have to say it she has to sing about it.  She believes that the way to connect, heal, inspire, empower and bring people together, especially in this day and age is through stories, music and laughter.

So join her for the journey and who knows you might even sing along :)

She will present the Social Arts Festival 2019 on the 12th of October

Ertan Dereli

Pianist and Composer

Freedom

Ertan studied contemporary music composition at Goldsmiths College University of London in 2011 and piano performance at University of West London in 2017.

He draws inspiration from a richly varied, instructive range of life experiences and the belief that music should be directed towards promoting the full development of the human mind a personality.

 

Joanna Puchala

Choreographer

LCP Dance Theatre

Born in Poland and lives in London, performing artist pursuing her professional career as a contemporary dancer, choreographer and artistic director of LCP dance theatre. She collaborated with Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Tavaziva Dance , BBC, Nyctoloptic dance Theatre and coo-funded AllotropiaMovement.

Joanna’s work at LCP as a producer, artistic director and contemporary dancer involves full length professional dance productions, some of them nominated by the Amnesty International Freedom Expression Award at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016/15/14 for: aerial dance ” Escape”2016, dance theatre “I am”2015 and “Am I” 2014. The other productions include: a very successful dance performance “Rights(?)” awarded by BBC Performing Arts Fund, and others presented in various arts festivals: “Lust Lost Last” at Camden Fringe Festival, and “Taking Chances”, “Voices 4 Change”, “Please do not remove it”, “Up&down” at Brockley Arts Festival:. She danced with Dance United at “Destino” in Sadler’s Wells”, choreographed and performed with Jawaf Dance Theatre “Going nowhere”, with AllotropiaMovement “Imaginary…”. Performed at “The Profondis” Frivol Festival in London.

Attila Andrási

Choreographer

Attila Dance Company

Attila Andrási was born in Hungary where he first discovered dance at the Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy, working extensively with improvisation. He then went on to study at Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD) where he continued to develop his movement language and had the opportunity to collaborate and perform many choreographic works. Since graduating he moved to Berlin to complete an Academic Masters project in HZT. Attila has since moved to London to explore his choreographic vision further and develop future projects.
This is Attila’s first collaboration in the UK and is working with four dancers, all with extensive experience within contemporary dance. We came together at the end of July and since then we have been collaborating, playing and exploring. The Social Arts Festival is the first time that we will be presenting this work and we are looking forward to gaining some feedback which in turn will help develop the work.

Sofia Caley

Actor Movement Director Play-Write Poet

Sofía Caley

Actor, movement/director, play-write and poet based in London and Bath. Sofia performed at SAF 2018 with touching and powerfull Physical Theatre Performance "Lemon Sherbert". She will present a new play during the SAF 2019.

12th Oct SAF 2019

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  1. 19:00 PM - 19:10 PM : Day 1 May 15th - Introduction by Joanna Puchala

    10 min

    Settling in and introduction to the Social Arts Festival by founder Joanna Puchala.

    Sharing the history of Social Arts Festival and introducing to the first ever Virtual Social Arts Festival – spreading out the message of raising awareness of violation of human rights and social injustice through performing arts.

    This time we are living the most unexpected and unpredictable time of pandemic covid19.  Our lives have changed and in this online edition of Social Arts Festival varies artists share the emotional rollercoaster of each of us and all of us through the spectacular Live and prerecorded performances of aerial, hoop, dance, theatre, music and film. The artists perform live from the comfort of their own space, sharing their lives with you. You – The audience is watching it from the comfort of your home.

    Welcome to our third edition of SAF 2020, and the first Virtual SAF 2020.

    Thank you all for coming virtually and making this incredible event happen!!!

    Thank you all for your contributions and support so we can all fight coronavirus.

    Social Arts Festival is fundraising for the charity World Health Organisation WHO!

    Supporters of the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO

    The world has never faced a crisis like COVID-19. The pandemic is impacting communities everywhere. It’s never been more urgent to support the global response, led by the World Health Organization (WHO).

    Donations support WHO’s work, including with partners, to track and understand the spread of the virus; to ensure patients get the care they need and frontline workers get essential supplies and information; and to accelerate research and development of a vaccine and treatments for all who need them.

    Please donate by booking the ticket or pressing donation button.

  2. 19:10 PM - 19:20 PM : Day 1 May 15th - Live poem by Tanica Psalmist

    10 min

    Live Poem

    Credits:

    Performance: Tanica Psalmist

    “Moses said”

    Tanica strongly believes in the power of mindfulness, words & creative writing being used simultaneously to achieve the purpose of ensuring community reaches a higher state of consciousness. As without doubt this increases social connections, compassion & altruistic behaviour; decreasing prejudiced attitudes that prevents people from becoming less open and more available to the present state of the catastrophic issues surrounding humanity.

    Tanica’s poem ‘Moses said’ gives a deep insight into political human rights, exploring underlying factors involving Africa being taken advantage of by the heated frustration of decisions for vaccinations to be tested in Africa, despite being having a low pandemic at present.

    Her poem will be exploring the effects of emotional stability this may lead to & the importance of connectivity within the world more than ever. In solidarity, an open minded poem will authentically create room for acceptance & improve cognitive factors to enable brain functioning. She aims to highlight the fundamentals within her poem- ‘Moses Said”

  3. 19:25 PM - 19:30 PM : Day 1 May 15 - dance film by Flavia Caselli and Gianni D'Andria

    5 min

    Contemporary Dance Film

    Credits:

    Company’s name: Dancing The Dream

    Choreography: Flavia Caselli and Gianni D’Andria

    Performance: Flavia Caselli, Gianni D’Andria, Bruna D’Andria, Valeria Zanetti, Giulia Cardoni, Cinzia Rosito
    Music:  Michael Jackson
    Song:  Man in the Mirror

    “The Man in the Mirror”

    It I s an extract from the show Dancing the Dream, directed by Flavia Caselli and Gianni DAndria. It is a contemporary dance piece that wants to make people look at themselves, deep down to make this world a better place.

    Based on Michael Jacksons masterpiece song, the message the artists want to communicate is to Change the worldas the lyrics say, and that we can start doing so by looking in the mirror.

    Four dancers, which represent different shades and parts of a human beings, surround a man standing in the middle, trying to make him look at himself in the mirrors that they are carrying.

    They are all wearing masks, an illusion that all of us wear to face this challenging world, full of greed, hatred, violence, racism and carelessness about our planet.

    But, thanks to that inner change, we can take those masks off and change the world.

  4. 19:30 PM - 20:00 PM : Day 1 May 15th - Live Play by Nina Gabriela

    30 min

    Live performance – Play

    Credits:

    Company’s name: White Latina

    Direction and Performance: Nina Gabriela Goldsworthy Moll

    “White Latina Quarantina”

    It is a solo show about Nina Gabriela’s life. She was born in Caracas, Venezuela and raised in Lima, Peru. Her mother is Peruvian and her father is British.

    White Latina is a one woman show, it makes you think, laugh and relate.
    It has been performed since December 2018, thanks to the audiences feedback it has grown and changed.
    This new performance talks about her life as well as quarantine life. Lots of things have happened and White Latina reflects on them.
  5. 20:05 PM - 20:10 PM : Day 1 May 15th - Live Dance by Freya Dare

    5 min

    Live performance – Contemporary Dance

    Credits:

    Choreography and Performance: Freya Dare

    “Sunrise to set”

    Freya wanted to capture in her dance performance how isolation has allowed us to slow down and take in the great beauty of the natural wold. The morning begins with hope and enjoyment of  hearing the birds call. The dance progresses into the night were our anxiety takes control and manifests into stagne dreams and feeling of unrest. She wanted to finish the piece with an optimistic ending that every day we have the opportunity to start again and not let yesterday’s repression treacle through to the next.

  6. 20:10 PM - 20:15 PM : Day 1 May 15th - Live Singing by Heather Mason

    5 min

    Live performance – Singing

    Credits:

    Lyrics and Performance: Heather Mason

    “No where to run“

    This song looks at the reality that emerges when we truly have to face ourselves.  Heather chose this song during lockdown as so many of us are left to face our minds alone.
  7. 20:30 PM - 20:45 PM : Day 1 May 15th - Live Aerial Dance by Joanna Puchala

    15 min

    Live performance – Aerial Hammock Hoop Contemporary Dance Part 1

    Credits:

    Company: LCP Dance Theatre
    Choreography and Performance: Joanna Puchala

    “Before Covid19 lockdown”

    This improvised aerial dance piece is about the journey of Joanna’s live before the coronavirus lockdown. Physical and Emotional Rollercoaster, Ups and Downs, Hopes and Doubts.  It’s spread into 3 acts. The other two “During Covid19 Lockdown” and “After Covid19 Lockdown” will be performed live on the following days of the Social Arts Festival.

  8. 20:45 PM - Q & A
  9. 19:00 PM - 19:10 PM : Day 2 May 16th - Introduction by Joanna Puchala

    10 min

    Settling in and introduction to the Social Arts Festival by founder Joanna Puchala.

    Sharing the history of Social Arts Festival and introducing to the first ever Virtual Social Arts Festival – spreading out the message of raising awareness of violation of human rights and social injustice through performing arts.

    This time we are living the most unexpected and unpredictable time of pandemic covid19.  Our lives have changed and in this online edition of Social Arts Festival varies artists share the emotional rollercoaster of each of us and all of us through the spectacular Live and prerecorded performances of aerial, hoop, dance, theatre, music and film. The artists perform live from the comfort of their own space, sharing their lives with you. You – The audience is watching it from the comfort of your home.

    Welcome to our third edition of SAF 2020, and the first Virtual SAF 2020.

    Thank you all for coming virtually and making this incredible event happen!!!

    Thank you all for your contributions and support so we can all fight coronavirus.

    Social Arts Festival is fundraising for the charity World Health Organisation WHO!

    Supporters of the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO

    The world has never faced a crisis like COVID-19. The pandemic is impacting communities everywhere. It’s never been more urgent to support the global response, led by the World Health Organization (WHO).

    Donations support WHO’s work, including with partners, to track and understand the spread of the virus; to ensure patients get the care they need and frontline workers get essential supplies and information; and to accelerate research and development of a vaccine and treatments for all who need them.

    Please donate by booking the ticketor pressing donation button.

  10. 19:10 PM - 19:15 PM : Day 2 May 16th - Film by Greta Westwood

    3 min

    Film

    Credits:

    Direction: Greta Westwood

    ‘Pent Up and Puzzled’

    ‘I’d like to make a short film that portrays the slow and enjoyable aspects of the current lockdown which is happening as a result of Covid-19. Though this global pandemic has caused much disruption to people’s lives, it has also presented the opportunity to change one’s daily habits and to find new ways of stimulating the brain. As a result of this, I have made a short documentary – style film which carefully observes a new-found activity. I’d like this activity to show ways in which the body and/or mind can still be energised when forced to lock down in a limited, domestic space”

  11. 19:20 PM - 19:30 PM : Day 2 May 16th - Live Aerial Hummock by Julia Torggler and Hoop by Phyllis Rhode

    10 min

    Live Performance: Aerial Hammock And Hoop

    Credits:

    Choreography and Performance: Julia Torggler and Phyllis Rhode

    Music: SIA – California Dreaming

    ‘Stay strong and continue”

    “We created this two numbers as the last Performance we were probably doing in front of an Audience for a long time. We were working on a cruise Ship and when we found out we have the Virus Covid 19 on Board, nobody was allowed to leave their cabins anymore. All guests had to stay isolated in their cabins and we were granted to Play a solo Show number on stage in front of a completely empty theatre, so the People could watch us from their cabins in the TV. We created this piece because we believe never giving up on your strengh is the only way we can get through it.”

  12. 19:30 PM - 19:40 PM : Day 2 May 15th - Pre-recorded Aerial Hoop and Singing by Natalie Schaettle

    5 min

    Pre-recorded performance – Aerial Hoop Singing

    Credits:

    Lyrics, Choreography and Performance: Natalie Schättle

    “SOMEWHERE”

    This is about uncertainty in life and not knowing where you are going to be tomorrow. It is quite a lyrical piece about refugees and their emotional journey,  performed from the hoop.

  13. 19:40 PM - 19:45 PM : Day 2 May 16th - Dance Film by LCP Dance Theatre

    5 min

    Short Dance film from the performance

    Credits:

    Company: LCP Dance Theatre

    CHOREOGRAPHY & ARTISITC DIRECTION: Joanna Puchala

    PERFORMERS:  Miranda-Chantal Ode, Rachel Elderkin, Deana Indraccolo, Gennaro Lasco, Joanna Puchala

    FILM: Laura Jean Healey, Michael Clements VIDEO TRAILER: Daniela Kitchiner

    I AM”

    IS A MULTIMEDIA DANCE PRODUCTION FROM THE AWARD WINNING LCP DANCE THEATRE. IT IS A SEQUEL TO THEIR PREVIOUS HIT SHOW “AM I”.

    Presented at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015

    ‘The impeccable execution and the power of the visual imagery is utterly paralysing. “Dance stops trafficking!” they advertise. For me, their dance stopped my heartbeat.” ‘***** Threeweeks Edinburgh Fringe 2013 (on “AM I”)

    Their bodies seemed to inhale air and exhale this choreography, it came to them with such ease and you could feel the energy breathing from them” **** Broadway Baby Edinburgh Fringe 2014 (on ” AM I”)

    PRESS ON “I AM”:              DZIENNIK POLSKI             POLISH CULTURAL INSTITUTE

    TVBOMB                  FEMALEARTS

    After the success of “AM I” (nominated for the Amnesty International award for the best human rights based performance).at the 2013 and 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, LCP Dance Theatre is back with a new dance production “I AM”. LCP Dance Theatre draws awareness to human rights violations through dance and explores the sensual and spiritual journey of recovery for a trafficked victim.

    “Am I” explored how victims of sexual exploitation were robbed of their identity and is based on the true story of a victim of human trafficking – Sophie Hayes – author of “Trafficked”.

    “I Am” seeks to explore the challenges facing victims on their road to recovery – through therapy and the support of loved ones. It tells the story of how they re-discover their stolen identities – inspired by the true  story of a couple who fell in love in their teens, and after some life changing experiences found each other again in their 70’s; This leads to them being able to finally forgive their abusers and reintegrate back into  normal society.

    LCP’s 2011 remarkable production “Rights(?)” was sponsored by the BBC, in collaboration with the African dance company Tavaziva Dance. LCP Dance Theatre was formed in 2006 and is led by Polish Artistic Director Joanna Puchala who is now based in London. It is a multi-media and multi-ethnic dance company that uses live performance and film to raise awareness of human rights violations.

  14. 19:45 PM - 19:55 PM : Day 2 May 16th - Pre-recorded Music performance by Tara Kearney
    10 min
    Pre-recorded Spoken and Singing Poetry
    Credits:
    Poems and Songs Writing: Tara Kearney
    The names of Tara’s poems/songs are Tinsel (spoken word), Corona Romance (acoustic guitar) and Scorpion Magic (ukulele). They all concern the environment and mental health.
    Tara Kearney is a 25 year old movement practitioner, training aerialist, and spoken word poet from East London. Her work focuses on environmental issues, mental health, and relationships.
  15. 19:55 PM - 20:00 PM : Day 2 May 16th - Pre-recorded Singing by Victoria Howden

    5 min

    Pre-recorded performance – singing

    Songs lyrics and performance: Victoria Howden

    “Cuz I love you – the lockdown version”

    What happens when left in the house for a month or so? This!!!
    ”The Corona Broadway Medley Vol.2”
  16. 20:00 PM - 20:05 PM : Day 2 May 16th - Dance Film by Emma Levene and Emma Clandon

    5 min

    Dance Performance recorded on Zoom

    Credits:

    Company: Double Twist Dance

    Artistic Direction and Performance: Emma Levene and Emma Clandon

    Music: 7 Roads “I See you” Julius Cowdrey

    Isolation duet “We can see each other but we can’t quite touch each other and how frustrating it is”

  17. 20:10 PM - 20:40 PM : Day 2 May 16th - Live Aerial Dance Performance by Joanna Puchala

    30min

    Live performance – Aerial Hammock Hoop Contemporary Dance Part 2

    Credits:

    Company: LCP Dance Theatre
    Choreography and Performance: Joanna Puchala

    “During Covid19 lockdown”

    This improvised aerial dance piece is about the journey of Joanna’s live during the coronavirus lockdown. Physical and Emotional Rollercoaster, Ups and Downs, Hopes and Doubts.  It’s spread into 3 acts. This is an act 2 The last one “After Covid19 Lockdown” will be performed live on the following day – on Sunday the 17th May – of the Social Arts Festival.

  18. 20:45 PM - Q & A
  19. 19:00 PM - 19:10 PM : Day 3 May 17th - Introduction by Joanna Puchala

    10 min

    Settling in and introduction to the Social Arts Festival by founder Joanna Puchala.

    Sharing the history of Social Arts Festival and introducing to the first ever Virtual Social Arts Festival – spreading out the message of raising awareness of violation of human rights and social injustice through performing arts.

    This time we are living the most unexpected and unpredictable time of pandemic covid19.  Our lives have changed and in this online edition of Social Arts Festival varies artists share the emotional rollercoaster of each of us and all of us through the spectacular Live and prerecorded performances of aerial, hoop, dance, theatre, music and film. The artists perform live from the comfort of their own space, sharing their lives with you. You – The audience is watching it from the comfort of your home.

     

  20. 19:10 PM - 19:15 PM : Day 3 May 17th - Film with John Holtway

    5 min

    Poetic Documentary

    Credits:

    Film maker: ConsciousFilmCo

    Singer, songwriter & activist: Joe Holtaway

    “A Thousand Hands” is a poetic documentary featuring singer songwriter & activist Joe Holtaway as he reads the words from his song, A Thousand Hands – a song that explores the need for a kinder, more equal society and specifically the hardships faced by displaced people seeking Asylum.

    Joe is a regular volunteer for the Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers. SDCAS provide a wide range of holistic services which support, promote and secure the rights of asylum seekers and refugees in the London Borough of Southwark. It is the vulnerable people who rely on services such as SDCAS that find themselves at greater threat during the COVID 19 crisis.

    The #LeaveNoOneBehind campaign was set up to highlight and help protect the more vulnerable people in our societies during this time.

    See more from Joe at joeholtaway.com

  21. 19:15 PM - 19:20 PM : Day 3 May 17th - Pre-recorded Gesture Performance by Yvonne Greaves

    5 min

    Gesture Performance

    Credits:

    Artistic Direction: Yvonne Greaves

    Choreography and Performance:

    Yvonne Greaves

    Lena Whooo

    Zaynah Lodge

    Laurencia Adu-kusi  

    “African Gold Exile”

    The piece was inspired by the writer of the music Geoffrey Oryema music called Makambo.
    From a young age he was exiled from his homeland Uganda. He wrote about his feeling and longings for peace in his melodic music.
    The piece has four artists working in isolation.
    This dance is a mergence of language.This beings with a classical Qi Gong cleanses and integrates aspects of British Sign language continuing with West African communications.  The four dancers were in different parts of the world using Zoom, there are delays in the streaming to make this piece but this adds to the story. The whole process was a way to unify in a challenging time and was a way of connecting emotionally in celebration of remembering to be creative during adversity.
  22. 19:20 PM - 19:45 PM : Day 3 May 17th - Pre-recorded Drama by Yvonne Greaves

    25 min

    Pre-recorded spoken word – dramma

    Credits:

    Direction: Yvonne Greaves
    Performance: Yvonne Greaves  (plays the three male roles), Emily Ayers (plays the three female  roles)

    “Vial“

    This is an audio drama recording of the reading today.

    The story is about overcoming fears.

    Being prepared to take a stand against great powers like David against Goliath in the bible tale.

    The story line is very topical, describing rich powerful people trying to take over the world to control the masses.

    It is also about love, the love of family, and how humanity can unite to find strength.

  23. 19:35 PM - 19:45 PM : Day 3 May 17th - Live Aerial Hammock by Julia Torggler and Hoop by Phyllis Rhode

    10 min

    Live Performance: Aerial Hammock And Hoop

    Credits:

    Choreography and Performance: Julia Torggler and Phyllis Rhode

    Music: SIA – California Dreaming

    ‘Stay strong and continue”

    “We created this two numbers as the last Performance we were probably doing in front of an Audience for a long time. We were working on a cruise Ship and when we found out we have the Virus Covid 19 on Board, nobody was allowed to leave their cabins anymore. All guests had to stay isolated in their cabins and we were granted to Play a solo Show number on stage in front of a completely empty theatre, so the People could watch us from their cabins in the TV. We created this piece because we believe never giving up on your strengh is the only way we can get through it.”

  24. 19:50 PM - 19:55 PM : Day 3 May 17th - Dance Film by LCP Dance Theatre

    5 min

    Dance film from the live performance

    Credits:

    Company: LCP Dance Theatre

    Director / Dancer / Choreographer: Joanna Puchala

    Dancer / Choreographer: Natalie Taylor Dancer: Shiloh Scyner

    Filming / Editing Joanna Koralewska
    Music background Stefano Guzzetti & pond5

    “Escape 2”

    It is a short film of the live pole dance performance presented by the award-winning dance company LCP Dance Theatre at Edinburgh Fringe 2017.

    ‘Escape 2’ is a recreation of its predecessor ‘Escape’, presented at Fringe 2016. ‘Modern, moving, muscular and magnificent’ (MumbleDance).

    This dance theatre breaks any conventions of pole dancing and silks. Building on its work on human rights issues, ‘Escape 2’ explores the rights of refugees. LCP invites the audiences to accompany them on a challenging journey in search of refuge. The score of an original music of Stefano Guzzetti “Escape” was written for this performance.

    Escape 2″ – Edinburgh Fringe 2017 London Preview 7-8 July (8pm); 9 July (6.30pm) at Blue Elephant Theatre Edinburgh Fringe 2017 – 4-19 Aug 11.30am at Greenside @ Nicolson Square http://www.lcpdancetheatre.com/escape…

  25. 19:55 PM - 20:00 PM : Day 3 May 17th - Pre-recorded Dance by Eleni Papaioannou

    5 min

    Pre-recorded Physical theatre / Dance Performance

    Company’s Name : Art can Act (A(r)CT)

    Credits:

    Choreography and performance: Eleni Papaioannou

    Music: Hurt by Johnny Cash

    “Can you remember?”

    A piece born as the reaction for a great loss. “The goodbye I had to say to my dad.
    My thoughts about the world unravelled.
    Expressing personal experiences, struggles and human emotions through words, music, dance and movement.”
    This work is structured around improvisation which allows it to be honest, adaptive and surprisingly human. “It is everything I need to say… It is everything I want to become. A peaceful fighter.”

  26. 20:00 PM - 20:05 PM : Day 3 May 17th - Pre-recorded Singing by Victoria Howden

    5 min

    Pre-recorded performance – singing

    Songs lyrics and performance: Victoria Howden

    ”The Corona Broadway Medley”
    And the song dedicated to all lesbian couples and to all quarantines everywhere!
  27. 20:10 PM - 20:40 PM : Day 3 May 17th - Live Aerial Dance Performance by Joanna Puchala

    30min

    Live performance – Aerial Hammock Hoop Contemporary Dance Part 3

    Credits:

    Company: LCP Dance Theatre
    Choreography and Performance: Joanna Puchala

    “After Covid19 lockdown”

    This improvised aerial dance piece is about the journey of Joanna’s imaginative live after the coronavirus lockdown. Physical and Emotional Rollercoaster, Ups and Downs, Hopes and Doubts.  It’s spread into 3 acts. This is the last act 3.

  28. 20:45 PM - Q & A

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