Social Arts Festival

human rights

Book your place and donate

Performers

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

 

 

Greta Westwood

Film Maker

Greta Westwood

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.

Info about piece: 'Much of her film work stems from material culture – previous projects include an archive film on keys, tackling the broader notion of access, however this current project follows from an ongoing interest in new technology, both in its local and global consequences on how we as people live. This particular piece is named ‘A Load of Rubbish’ and is designed to tackle the issue of electronic waste. The primary research for this project was carried out in collaboration with 'The Restart Project.'

Type: One short film (directed, produced and shot by Greta Westwood). One archive film (a collation of found footage)

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

"Gaming name" Physical Theatre

/

Partners

Line-up

  1. 20:00 PM - 20:10 PM : Introduction by Victoria Howden
  2. 20:10 PM - 20:20 PM : "In tune" Deliah Seefluth Dance

    10min

    Contemporary Dance Duet

    Choreography: Deliah Seefluth

    Dancers: Mary Kinsella and Deliah Seefluth

    “In tune”

    Deliah Seefluth Dance will present a continuation of their pieces “The Assumptions We Make” and “Waves” which they have performed at SAF 2018 as well as at dance festivals in Germany. Their new piece “In tune” had its origins in working on kinaesthetic awareness, a sense of togetherness and support between the dancers. It works with the idea of overcoming egoistic visions and finding the power of cooperating and creating something bigger and something of more impact through coming together and working with one intention. The result is an energetic, fast-paced and acrobatic Contemporary Dance piece.

  3. 20:22 PM - 20:25 PM : Greta Westwood film

    3 min film

    Info about piece: ‘Much of Greta Westwood’s film work stems from material culture – previous projects include an archive film on keys, tackling the broader notion of access, however this current project follows from an ongoing interest in new technology, both in its local and global consequences on how we as people live. This particular piece is named ‘A Load of Rubbish’ and is designed to tackle the issue of electronic waste. The primary research for this project was carried out in collaboration with The Restart Project.’

    Type: One short film (directed, produced and shot by Greta Westwood). One archive film (a collation of found footage)

  4. 20:25 PM - 20:35 PM : "Guerison" Rudolph Niasme

    10 min solo

    Artistic Direction and Performance: Rudolph Niasme

    “Guerison”

    This experimental multidisciplinary dance theatre performance is based on healing, spotting all the weak body’s parts and the journey to discover oneself and the meaning behind the messy and disturbed mind.

  5. 20:35 PM - 20:45 PM : "Freedom" Daniela Costanza & Gennaro Lasco

    10 min duet

    Aerial Slings Acrobalance Contemporary Dance Performance

    Choreography and Performance by: Daniela Costanza and Gennaro Lasco

    “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. 

  6. 20:45 PM - 21:00 PM : Break
  7. 21:00 PM - 21:30 PM : Victoria Howden storytelling

    Our incredible actress, singer, storyteller and presenter is back with us to entertain our audience. Enjoy your time with Victoria Howden!!!

  8. 21:30 PM - 21:50 PM : Singing by Joe Holtaway

    20 min

    Solo Singing

    Songs by Joe Holtaway

    Set of songs inspired by social issues; immigration, homelessness, environment – with an element of mindfulness practice in there from his perspective as an activist peace singer. He is drawing on spiritual influences.

    Joe Holtaway is a singer/songwriter and looks after peace sounds label, Joe has been singing, a lifetime of a song learned through folk musician parents. Following a year in a Buddhist monastery, Joe is now working on the first collection of songs.

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

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

    ‘pure poetry’ David White BBC Introducing

  9. 21:50 PM - 22:00 PM : "Love Live Life" LCP Dance Theatre Aerial Dance Performance

    10 min

    Aerial Slings Dance Theatre Group Choreography

    Artistic Direction and Choreography: Joanna Puchala

    Rehearsing Director: Sophie-Grace Coombes

    Performance: Ioana Nicolae, Rudolph Niasme, Joanna Puchala, Juliet Brady, Laura Rippington, Grace Ikuzwe, Sophie Blank, Despoina Charami

     

    “Love Live Life”

    This is an extract of the story of the life of a person who had a happy life until she realised she was diagnosed with cancer. She decided not to give up and not to destroy her last months of life by doing chemotherapy. She made her to-do list before she dies. She wanted to do everything she hasn’t succeeded to do before, basically, break free, do prohibited things and fall in love.

    We would like to dedicate this choreography to all people diagnosed with cancer and wish they could enjoy the rest of their lives reaching for their dreams and never give up the hope that they can be happy no matter what. Inspired by the movie “Now is good” and Black Women Raising charity.

    Social Arts Festival is fundraising for the charity which is supporting black women with cancer “Black Women Rising” and raising awareness of the higher risk of cancer in the female black community.

  1. 20:00 PM - 20:10 PM : Introduction by Alexei Sharp
  2. 20:10 PM - 20:25 PM : "Pretty Mess" notetoSELF DanCe

    15 min

    Group Dance Performance

    Credits:

    Choreographer – Natasha CocoRed’ Lee and the artists of notetoSELF: Natasha Coco, Deliah Seefluth, Sarah Hirsch, Jason Kwan, Jessica Cooke, Josmuary Bandes

    Artistic Director – Natasha ‘CocoRed’ Lee

    Music- Olafur Arnalds

    The concept notetoSELF have been studying over the past year carries many themes but they are in large researching the ways in which young females, (16-25) are affected by social media and how their habitual behaviours affect their daily life. The piece has been presented at SAF2018 and this is the progressed version which follows a physical theatre contemporary nature with an element of Hip-Hop. The artists have explored the issues of the side effects of obsessive social media behaviour in terms of mental health, identity loss, peer pressure and body image. As a whole, in collaboration although dark, the work will transcend an uplifting empowering message complimentary with humour, in parts which will in hope start conversations.

    notetoSELF DanCe is a company formed of grounded, driven, like-minded artists, who work together to create works of a contemporary nature. Aesthetic and movement are of importance, but equally the aptitude to evoke an emotion through the dance and performance. Through dance and theatre, their works are inspired by real-life events occurring in our current social climate. They endeavour to transcend a message through art and movement to all kinds of people from many different backgrounds.

     

  3. 20:25 PM - 20:45 PM : “Wool” Steven Zilinskas Dance and Physical Theatre

    20min solo

    dance and physical theatre

    Performance by Steven Zilinskas

    Steven is a designer. He is obsessed with tidying. He is constantly moving from one place to another, looking for something he can’t find. Recently, he has been learning how to knit.

    “Wool” is a meditation on craft and creativity, and on monsters in mazes, that combines improvisation, dance and knitting. In a quest to find order in chaos, and the extraordinary in the ordinary, anything can happen. A solo performance by Steven Zilinskas

    This performance is for those who are looking for a muse

  4. 20:45 PM - 21:00 PM : Break
  5. 21:00 PM - 21:15 PM : "Alex Moses" Jason & Mithun Dance Performance

    10min

    Dance Duet Performance

    Why do we share a certain bond with someone? In an inexplicable connection with another person, we can find ourselves simultaneously feeling excited, love, lust, sad, sense of belonging and fear all in the name of this unspoken link. This piece looks at those moments of giving in and those moments of fighting this invisible thread that pulls two beings together. This duet is inspired by our friends, Alex and Moses. It’s been presented at SAF2018 and the progressed version will be shown at SAF2019.

  6. 21:15 PM - 21:30 PM : “Queen Nzinga” Yvonne Greaves Multimedia Aerial Dance Theatre Performance

    15 min

    Dance and narrative with the use of multimedia, hanging slings solo performance

    This is based on a true story.  She was the 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 natural death.

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

  7. 21:35 PM - 22:00 PM : "Love Live Life" LCP Dance Theatre Aerial Hoop Dance Performance

    25min

    Aerial Hoop Dance Trio

    Credits:

    Artistic Direction and Choreography: Joanna Puchala

    Rehearsing Director: Sophie-Grace Coombes

    Performance: Juliet Brady, Joanna Puchala, Rudolph Niasme

    Music: Original Motion Pictures Soundtrack “Now is Good”

    This is the story of the life of a person who had a happy life until she realised she was diagnosed with cancer. She decided not to give up and not to destroy her last months of life by doing chemotherapy. She made her to-do list before she dies. She wanted to do everything she hasn’t succeeded to do before, basically break free, do prohibited things and fall in love. There are 3 characters in this aerial dance theatre piece: a man and two women who are the same person. There is a person who has cancer and another one who is a shadow of that person with cancer. She represents the healthy character, how would she be if she wasn’t ill.
    We would like to dedicate this choreography to all people diagnosed with cancer and wish they could enjoy the rest of their lives reaching for their dreams and never give up the hope that they can be happy no matter what. Inspired by the movie “Now is good” and Black Women Raising Organisation.

    Social Arts Festival is fundraising for the charity which is supporting black women with cancer “Black Women Rising” and raising awareness of the higher risk of cancer in the female black community.

Tickets

Tickets are free, but we need you to register with Eventbrite to control numbers.

Book tickets

Contact

Social Arts Festival

120a, Lower Rd, Canada Water, London, SE16 2UB

info@socialartsfestival.com www.socialartsfestival.com