Choreographers 2017/18

Niv Sheinfeld / Oren Laor

Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor have been creating together since 2004. In their work they combine elements of contemporary dance performance-art and physical theatre, and have received both national and international acclaim. Their works have been presented in many prestigious festivals and theaters, including Tanz Im August (Berlin), Montpellier Danse Festival, The Place (London), Julidans (Amsterdam), Munich International Dance Festival, Nottdance Festival (Nottingham), Rencontres Choregraphique Festival (Paris), Abrons Arts Center (NYC) and many others. Sheinfeld and Laor’s body of work includes You Happy Puppet (2016), Cowboy (2015), Runway (2014), Two Room Apartment (2012), Ship of Fools (2011), Big Mouth (2009), Post- Martha (2008), and others. Their duet Two Room Apartment was chosen Best Performance of the Year by the Israeli Dance Critics’ Circle in 2013, and they received the Best Performers award from the Israeli Ministry of Culture in 2015.

Two Room Apartment didn’t just invite us into the place, it cozied up next to us, making viewers party to a troubled, agitated, often disturbingly recognizable intimacy… There’s genuine humor throughout but its edges are seldom gentle;

Andrew Alexander, CL Atlanta – Creative Loafing.

Laïla Diallo

Bristol-based, Canadian-born Laïla Diallo is an independent dance artist and a recipient of the Rayne Fellowship for Choreographers (2006). Laïla was also Associate Artist at ROH2, Royal Opera House (2009 and 2012). Recent works include Edge and Shore, a collaboration with visual artist Helen Carnac, commissioned by Siobhan Davies Dance; Countless Yellow Chairs, a two-hander created and performed with composer Jules Maxwell; Something about wilderness and several attempts at taming beauty, co-created with Mélanie Demers for Skanes Dansteater (Malmo, Sweden). Alongside her independent and collaborative projects Laila often works as a movement director in theatre and opera and as an educator within the university and vocational sectors.

Helen Parlor

Helen has been working as a performer and Artistic Director for over 19 years. Her performance credits include Motionhouse, performing in the productions Atomic, Fearless, Volatile and Perfect, and Panta Rei Danseteater, Oslo where she danced in national tours across Norway, Tanzania and India working alongside the Cultural Rucksack of Norway. As a director and choreographer, Helen was the Assistant Choreographer for the Paralympic Opening Ceremony London 2012 and toured her own work Close Distance with her company Parlor Dance between 2011-2014. Helen artistically directs MÓTUS and collaborates with a host of artists to create visually engaging works across the UK.

Laura Aris

Laura is a performer, choreographer, and internationally recognized dance teacher. As a performer she has worked with Lanònima Imperial Dance Company under the direction of Juan Carlos García. She was also associated with General Electrica collective, participating in the creation and tour of various productions by Tomás Aragay. Between 1999 and 2009, Laura was a formal member of Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez performing in their works for stage and film. From 2009 to 2014, she founded the artistic platform EMBER together with Jorge Jáuregui Allue creating a number of touring works. As a soloist, Laura regularly performs internationally in smaller scale collaborative works. Commissions as an independent choreographer include works for: Taller Nacional de Danza-El Barco, Costa Rica, Centro de las Artes de San Luís Potosí, Mexico, ZPA, Zagrebacki Plesni Ansambl in Croatia as well as several works as Artist in Residence at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Internationally recognised for her teaching, Laura is a regular guest artist at festivals and art universities such as: Impulstanz, Austria; PARTS Performing Arts Research & Training Studios & Charleroi-Danses, Belgium; Deltebre Dansa, Spain; Atelier Transformation and Studio 303, Canada; SEAD Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, Austria, State School of Athens & Kalamata International Dance Festival, Greece; Korean National University of Arts; Iceland Academy of Arts; Chinese Culture University of Taiwan and others.