Choreographers 2020/21

Ceyda Tanc/AYIN

Music: An original score composed by Alex McCall/LXMac Productions.

Utilising virtuoso movements of the male Turkish dancers on female bodies, Ceyda Tanc creates a unique and driven movement vocabulary.  Her work AYIN draws inspiration from ritual and the notion that within rituals one searches love and acceptance, whether that be human, physical, or spiritual.

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.

Yael Flexer/Nu

Music: Ben Frost, Richard Skelton, Domenico Ferrari, Ziv Jacon & Karni Postel, Alice Boman

Nu in Yiddish carries a myriad of meanings often related to time, from an impatient “come on!” to a suggestive “well?”, or as a way to move a conversation on after a long silence.  Made in short bursts between lockdowns and partially online Nu plays with these meanings and our recent experience of “stop/start” time in confined spaces, with the sense of waiting, longing, anticipation and the anxieties it brings.

Alongside co-directing mapdance Yael is Co-artistic director of Flexer & Sandiland standing at the forefront of dance & digital works. To date Yael has created 13 full length live productions for the company, touring throughout the UK and internationally. Flexer & Sandiland has been commissioned to create live and/or digital works for among others: Brighton Festival and Digital Festival, Sadler’s Wells, Woking Dance
Festival & Barbican Centre, London. The company has recently completed touring Curiouser their co-production for family audiences created with Norwegian company dybwikdans. The sited smartphone app The Hum (2017) commissioned by Brighton Festival and supported Without Walls has been touring across the UK since 2018. The company’s previous live productions Disappearing Acts (2016), Weightless (2012-14) and The Living Room (2010-2011) performed across the UK and internationally.
Independent Commissions include: E-Werk Tanz Festival, Germany, Edge, Scottish Dance Theatre, Motus Dance Festival & YDance Scotland. 2017-2020 commissions include Hull Dance, National Youth Dance Company Scotland, Trinity-Laban, Three Score, Encore East, Stavanger University, Norway and Maslool, Israel.
Yael’s work is primarily concerned with interaction, connecting with an audience on a human and visceral level. The work has a subtlety that is apparent in the movement choices, wry humour and informal on-stage dialogue. Works are physically driven, fastpaced, space-hungry and intricate. The apparent informality and simplicity of presentation
engenders an intimacy between performers and audience members allowing for boundaries to spill over and for the here and now of performance to resonate.

Joseph Toonga/Fun Humans

Choreographic assistant: Cher Nicolette

Music: Boddhi Satva & Les Nubians, Michael Mikey J Asante

Joseph’s signature style is imbedded in the hop-hop form, combining the rawness, compactness, and precision of hip-hop with shapes and structures from contemporary choreography.  His craftsmanship pushes the boundaries and broadens the hip-hop form, bringing real life stories and using authentic experiences to drive individual performances. Fun Humans is a collection of responses to music, an opportunity for the dancers to move again post lockdown, investigating and playing with different movement qualities.

Originally from the Cameroon Joseph was raised in East London. He is a choreographer existing in different territories, creating & touring nationally and internationally. Alongside extensive teaching and independent commissions, Joseph runs his dance company ‘Just Us Dance Theatre’ creating and touring new work as well as mentoring young Hip Hop dance artists. He is also the co-founder of artist-led Hip Hop initiative ‘Artists4Artists’. Commissions include works for Boston Conservatoire of Dance, Middlesex University, Codarts University of the Arts, Rotterdam, The Place (Edge), National Youth Ballet Bundesjugendballett & Richard Alston Dance Company among others. Joseph is a DanceEast Associate Artist and has worked with Hofesh Shechter on East Wall, received awards from the Rural Touring Dance Initiative and the Best Choreography Award from Reverb Dance Festival (New York). Joseph’s signature style is imbedded in the hip-hop form, combining the rawness, compactness and precision of hip-hop with shapes and structures from contemporary choreography. His craftsmanship pushes the boundaries and broadens the hip-hop form, utilising real life stories to explore and physicalise emotive themes relevant to today’s society, challenging proposals commonly used in hip hop dance.

Robert Clark/Closer

Music: Robert Clark & Vidal Bini, Michael Wall & Silver Mt. Zion

Closer explores the desire for, and repercussions of change.  12 people consider their future selves and attempt to simultaneously control and break free of the present whilst looking to each other to find meaning and a way forward.

Robert Clark’s work tours internationally with support from a range of organisations, venues & festivals including Tanztage, Touch Wood, Nottdance, Bmotion, Springloaded, Front@ and Pulse to name a few. Commissioned works includes pieces for Edge, Bodhi Project and the Pan-European commission program Beyond Front@. Robert was resident Artist with Greenwich Dance, a Work Place Artist at The Place and Associate Artist with Dance4 and is a recipient of the Simone Michelle Choreography Prize from Trinity Laban. As a performer Robert has collaborated and performed with companies including Vincent Dance Theatre, Charles Linehan Dance Company, Fevered Sleep, Sasha Waltz and Guests, Cie Felix Ruckert, Hans van den Broek/Cie Soit, Le Grand Jeu/Louis Zeigler, Lisa
Torun Dance Company, Barebones (Rui Horta and Garry Stewart/Australian Dance Theatre), Ben Wright’s Bgroup, Aletta Collins, and Troika Ranch amongst others.
Robert creates work across a range of contexts, from the stage to intimate one to one performance encounters. At the core of his work is a commitment to curiosity, the belief that empathy is the foundation upon which meaningful communication happens, and the desire for productions to act as a catalyst for change, on an
internal, personal and societal level.