'Acting Our Age' classes

Photography Eli Passi. Dancers- Orit Gross & Luke Birch
'Acting Our Age' research by Galit Liss & Yael Flexer.

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‘Acting Our Age’
Free online Movement classes for movers over 55 and interested adults of any age.

Join our expert and supportive teachers, Luke, Yael, Fiona and Karen for an hour of movement, inspiration, connection, presence and fun, every Wednesday morning online from 10:00am GMT. 

These drop-in movement classes are easy-to-access online using zoom, (directions below).

Wednesday's 10:00-11:00 UK Time
Classes are offered free for all, on a donation basis.  All are welcome. Give what you can, only if you can. Suggested donation of £5 per class.
No previous dance experience required.
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Your donations help us to pay our teachers and cover our running costs. There is no commitment to join regular classes, please join as many classes as you’d like.


About
These classes offer a space for us to connect with our bodies and with each other.  Sessions are grounded in Flexer & Sandiland’s creative approach: bringing awareness to our anatomy, using imagination and physical sensations to experience ease and pleasure in moving. Classes will lead you through gentle movement improvisations and may include simple exercises that are accessible to all.

Please wear comfortable clothing and we recommend you work in bare feet or if needed with socks. Prepare and clear your space as much as possible. You might want to have a bottle of water and chair to hand.


Directions to join your class online
Classes are given on a simple online platform, Zoom.
Zoom is accessible from your phone, tablet or computer.
You can download the free zoom app for easy access:  https://zoom.us/download

We will email you a link to each class, shortly before the class. If you have any difficulties joining class, please email [email redacted]
We really look forward to welcoming you to our classes!


Your Teachers
Classes are taught by our Artistic Director Yael Flexer, and company dancers Luke Birch, Fiona Millward and Aya Kobayashi.

Yael Flexer is Co-Artistic Director of Flexer & Sandiland together with digital Artist Nic Sandiland. Yael originally formed her Company as Choreographer in Residence at The Place Theatre, London. To date the company has produced 13 full-length touring productions and 8 digital works touring throughout the UK and internationally. Most recently the company has completed research for a new intergenerational production Acting Our Age with choreographer Galit Liss. Yael has been commissioned to create works on numerous dance companies, bespoke works for over 60s dance companies include Three Score & Encore East. She regularly leads choreographic labs, commissions, community and professional classes in the UK, Israel and internationally. Yael is excited to move her teaching practice online and connect with movers from all walks of life.

Luke Birch has performed in the UK and internationally for Flexer & Sandiland, dybwikdans, Charles Linehan, Dog Kennel Hill Project, Rosemary Lee, Punchdrunk, Florence Peake, Rahel Vonmoos & Janine Harrington. He has also performed on visual art/gallery-based projects at Tate Modern, Tate Britain & The Hayward Gallery. Luke has taught for Damn Fine Dance, Greenwich Dance, Big Dance, The Place, Circus Space, Independent Dance, Laban, Surrey University, London Studio Centre, Salzburg Academy of Experimental Dance including teaching company class to Shobana Jeyasingh, Flexer & Sandiland & Candoco. Luke is looking forward to reimagining classes for an online group of movers.

Fiona Millward has worked in the UK & internationally as a dancer, teacher & maker since 1985, & values the alchemy of collaboration that underpins these various roles. As a dancer she has worked with choreographers: Deborah Hay, Gill Clarke, Alex Howard, Rosemary Lee, Victoria Marks, Fin Walker, David Dorfman, Charlie Morrissey, Erica Stanton, Yael Flexer & Stephen Koplowitz. Fiona was Head of Movement at the Oxford School of Drama 1999-2004 & received a National Endowment for Science, Technology & the Arts Fellowship for her work as co-director of Independent Dance 1996-2015. Fiona also works as a Certified Rolfer™, Rolf Movement™ Practitioner, Franklin Method® Educator & Scaravelli Inspired Yoga Teacher. She is delighted to be facilitating our Acting our Age dance class groups to enjoy moving and connecting online.

Karen da Silva completed her professional contemporary dance training at the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance. After performing as a dancer, an urge to find more specificity & autonomy lead to an interest in theatre and she went on to study Stanislavski and Meisner techniques and work in more acting based contexts. A desire to deepen and develop her own practice led her to practice-based research at the University of Surrey where she was also Performance Studies coordinator for the BA Dance Studies programme.  In 2016 she completed her Ph.D. in which she developed a choreographic practice that intersects choreographic craft, Stanislavskian acting techniques and phenomenological approaches to truth. 

Karen has taught at Laban Trinity, London Metropolitan University and Bangor University. She is interested in ways in which we can maintain an ongoing presence-with an idea or image and find our own unique resultant, arising movement. Karen is based between the UK and Portugal, where she has a dance research studio. She works internationally performing, directing, choreographing, teaching and facilitating. 

Aya Kobayashi
Born in Japan, Aya is an independent dance artist based in Glasgow. Aya trained at Rambert School and performed for Flexer & Sandiland, Rosemary Lee, Charlie Morrissey, Lila Dance and Gecko Theatre. She is a member of Collective Endeavours and practices improvisation performance. She joined Barrowland Ballet as an associate artist and regularly teach professional classes and lead the intergenerational company Wolf Pack. She works extensively with inclusive companies and communities in the UK and abroad such as Anjali, StopGap, Indepen-Dance and Paragon.
In recent years her works have been developed within the collaboration with the visual art, costumes, sound and architect of site that accommodates the moving bodies. She often works with galleries such as Tate, V&A museum of Childhood and Tramway to lead the education workshops and participatory performances.  Her works have been presented in locations including The Place, Royal Festival Hall, Northern Ballet, Paralympics 2012 torch relay ceremony, Cairo, Madrid, Tokyo, Ofunato and Queretaro in Mexico.


Schedule
Every Wednesday 10.00-11.00 UK time, dates are displayed on our Zoom registration page when you click on the booking link.


Find out More
Acting Our Age the dance show is a collaboration between choreographers Yael Flexer and Galit Liss and their group of performers aged 23-74. Watch the video to find out more about the piece here .
Visit our website to find out how you can enjoy our programme of dance and digital works online, and the consultancy and training services we offer in projection-mapping for theatre using Isadora software.
http://flexerandsandiland.com/


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