Choreographers 2019/20

Gary Clarke

Winner of A Critics Circle National Dance Award, A UK Theatre Award, A Herald Angel Award and The Brian Glover Memorial Award, Gary Clarke is currently regarded as one of the UK’s leading independent dance artists. His theatrical dance work has toured extensively both nationally and internationally to critical and audience acclaim. Choreographic commissions include touring work for Opera North, Sky Arts, Akademi, Anjali Dance Company and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Gary has worked prolifically with companies and choreographers of international standing including Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Lea Anderson’s The Cholmondeleys & The Featherstonehaughs, Lloyd Newson’s DV8 Physical Theatre, Liv Lorent’s balletLORENT, Candoco Dance Company / Jerome Bel, Nigel Charnock + Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Sadler’s Wells Productions, New Art Club, Javier De Frutos and Wendy Houstoun. Gary is an Honorary Fellow of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

Noa Shadur

Noa Shadur is an independent choreographer and filmmaker based in Tel Aviv. Recipient of the Emerging Choreographer Award by the Israeli Ministry of Culture for the years 2009, 2014, and 2017.  Her work has been distinguished with numerous awards including: First Prize at the No Ballet Choreography Competition (Germany), Best Film at the POOL07 Festival (Berlin, Germany) and Certificate of Distinction from ADF – Dancing for the Camera (NC, USA). Shadur’s recent projects include: Choreography for Ghetto, a theatre play by Joshua Sobol, produced in 2018 in Beijing, China; Field Survey (2016, Film) produced by POLIN Museum in Warsaw, Poland. Her body of works include: Suddenly We Were All Alone, Love Song (2018) Shifters (2014) We Do Not Torture People (2012), Calypso (2011), Country Club (Dance Film 2010), Into the Night (2009), Hunting Rabbits in the North (2008), Give Me a Break (Dance Film 2007).

The new work for mapdance attempts to uncover the origins of steps, to re-build the physical score of a society coming into being, carrying its past to update its present, using folklore vocabulary to examine a community’s movement in space and time. Gradually stripping from the collective and historical state to unravel minor, individual movement.

Ceyda Tanc-

Ceyda trained at University of Roehampton and The State Turkish Conservatoire for Music and Folk Dance, studying contemporary and traditional folk dance. Founding her all-female company in 2012, her work draws on Turkish folk culture and challenges traditional gender representation in a contemporary context. Ceyda’s choreographic commissions include Brighton Festival, MOTUS, Hull Dance, Dance Woking and The Point. In both 2014 and 2017, the company was commissioned for research and performances across Turkey. Ceyda runs a successful education programme, award winning youth companies, is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Chichester and owns a multi-arts studio in Brighton.

Ceyda Tanc produces cutting-edge, dynamic contemporary dance works with influence of traditional Turkish folk dance, the dance style of Tanc’s heritage. The Turkish proverb ‘No road is long in good company’ inspires this work and themes of rituals and ceremonies are drawn upon.

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.

Jose Agudo

Jose started his career in Andalusia 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. 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 created three works: Paradiso, Silk Road and Carmen. Choreographic commissions include works for: Phoenix Dance Theatre, English National Ballet School, National Company of Malta, ACE Dance & Music, Cape Dance Company, LCDS, Area Jeune Ballet, Bodhi Project (SEAD) and NORRDANS.

Inside the Animal

Re-staged for the mapdance 2020 tour Inside the Animal is 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 behaviors and the complex patterns and rituals of the human animal. We create our own destiny.