Choreographers 2018/19

Liz Aggiss: History Repeating …

For the past 35 years Liz Aggiss has been devising and touring her work nationally and internationally. She has moved from early days in the 80s supporting punk legends The Stranglers with her cabaret troupe The Wild Wigglers, to her classic solo Grotesque Dancer (1986); her award winning dance film Motion Control (2002); an unconventional performance lecture Survival Tactics (2010), a cross disciplinary performance The English Channel (2014), to her latest solo Slap and Tickle (2015-ongoing). Liz Aggiss is Professor Emeritus University of Brighton and Honorary Doctor, University of Gothenburg.

History Repeating … is the final part of Liz Aggiss’s trilogy for mapdance, originally created in 2015 and re-staged for the 2019 tour. A troupe of odd-ball performers are hell bent on recovering bodies from the library. Inspired by Expressive Dance, Eccentric Dance, Grotesque Dance and British Music Hall, this performance pays homage to past dance artists, drags them into the present and reflects on the challenges that still face contemporary dance audiences today.

Anthony Missen: Bucket List B

Anthony is a Clore Fellow, and FRSA. He trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds before performing with companies such as Scottish Dance Theatre, Mad Dogs Dance Theatre, Cie. Willi Dorner (Vienna), and choreographers Rui Horta, Didy Veldman and Liv Lorent. He was Movement Director for Playhouse Creatures and Romeo and Juliet (Dundee Rep Theatre), Oresteia (HOME Manchester), and most recently for Terra for The National Theatre.

Anthony is a founding member of New Movement Collective and co-founded Company Chameleon in 2007. He has developed many successful educational programmes in different countries, with a particular focus on young men and disadvantaged children and has taught in most major British contemporary dance institutions and several professional dance companies in South Africa, Ethiopia, Trinidad, Morocco, Sweden, Spain, France, Italy, Germany and Austria. He has made touring productions for La Mov (Spain), Norrdans (Sweden) and most recently Ballett-Theater Chemnitz (Germany).

Bucket List B follows the encounters of an unlikely group of characters, brought together in the knowledge that tomorrow is not coming.In parts sensitive, at others unapologetic and charged, the work explores hidden motivations, uncovered by the removal of the veneer of social conformity.

Didy Veldman

Dutch artistic director, choreographer and contemporary teacher Didy Veldman was trained in Amsterdam. She danced with Scapino Ballet, Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Rambert and co-founded Alias Company in ’92. She began choreographing in ‘87, creating work all four companies.

Didy left Rambert in 2000 to concentrate on her choreographic career. She has created over 40 works for international companies. In ‘16 she started her own Company ‘Umanoove’ with support from Arts Council England and private donors. She has been awarded a Dance East choreographic development award and was selected for the 8th rural retreat for future leaders in dance at The Jerwood Dance House. Didy’s work is mostly inspired by human emotions through the art of the moving body, how we relate and behave in a particular context. She aims to both provoke and tickle the audience at the same time.

Jose Agudo: Inside the Animal

Jose started his career in Andalusia where he began performing as a Flamenco dancer before moving into the world of contemporary dance. He worked throughout Europe performing with Charleroi/Danses, Ballet de Marseille, T.R.A.S.H, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance and Akram Khan Company. As rehearsal director and assistant choreographer Jose has worked on several creations for Akram Khan Company, including the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony, and Sylvie Guillem’s farewell tour.

In 2011, Jose started to study Kathak under Akram Khan’s guidance. Finding many parallels between this training and his early studies of Flamenco, Jose reconnected with his roots and began to explore traditional forms in a contemporary context. As a result he created three works: Paradiso; Silk Road (with Mavin Khoo); and Carmen. Jose’s independent choreographic commissions also include works for: Phoenix Dance Theatre and English National Ballet School; ZfinMalta Dance Ensemble; ACE Dance and Music, Cape Dance Company; and LCDS. During 2018 and 2019 Jose will create commissions for Area Jeune Ballet, Bodhi Project (SEAD) and NORRDANS, premiere his first short film Selah and perform in his UK and international tour of Silk Road.

Inspired by the book Sapiens and the evolution of human kind Inside the Animal is a quest to retrieve our instincts and move closer to nature. Agudo asks the dancers to play with innate behaviours and the complex patterns and rituals of the human animal.