Laura is a French-born dance artist/maker. She is interested in creating and participating in work that is present, live, raw, and explores bodily being in the world: the dancing body, the social body, the diseased and medicated body.
Since 2003, Laura has dedicated much of her practice to dancing, performing and collaborating with a wide range of choreographers and performance makers. These include: Saburo Teshigawara & Karas, Phillip Zarrilli, Lastalaïca Productions, Daghdha Dance Company under Michael Klien’s artistic direction (2007-2011), Colin Gee, Action Hero, Laila Diallo and Roberta Jean/mysteryskin.
She has also developed a practice as an independent maker/choreographer which has so far manifested in performance, installation and print. She was awarded a Dance Bursary for choreographic research into improvisation methodologies (Arts Council Ireland), as part of which she took part in Deborah Hay’s Solo Performance Commissioning Project, out of which the solo In The Making emerged. In 2013, she developed Hardy Animal, a project that encompasses a solo performance, a fine-print bookwork and a lecture performance. This work toured in both arts and medical contexts and was one of the Aerowaves Twenty for 2016. She has also created two installation works: Dance Dark Dance (2013) and The Secret Slowness of Movement (Mayfest 2015/Dance Umbrella 2016). In 2016 she co-curated FEEL IT, a festival investigating pain and breathlessness with the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute and between 2017/18 she was Leverhulme Arts Scholar (BOV Ferment). She is currently developing What We Whispered & What We Screamed (Compass Commission), a new dance work in collaboration with dance artist Stephanie Mc Mann and drummer Rachel Horwood (Bamboo/Trash Kit).
She enjoys working as a choreographer/ movement director/ dramaturg with a number of collaborators. These include co-creator/choreographer on The End by Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas (Total Theatre Award 2019); outside eye on Multitudes with dance artist Anneleen Keppens(BL), dramaturg/ movement director on Dry Season with poet Kat Lyons, and ongoing dramaturgical support to Raquel Meseguer / Unchartered Collective.
She is a regular and long-term collaborator to her partner Dan Canham (Still House), most recently as artistic consultant on SESSION (LIFT 2018); previously she has worked as associate choreographer on Of Riders & Running Horses and in varying capacities on West of Nowhere, 30 Cecil Street (a dance film then a critically acclaimed solo) and Ours was The Fen Country.
She also works in a more ad hoc/light-touch way as a creative/choreographic consultant with an increasing number of contemporary performance and dance makers as well as musicians, choirs and storytellers including Deborah Pearson & Stacey Gregg (Inside Bitch at Royal Court), In Our Hands, Blythe Pepino, Jo Bannon, Sylvia Rimat, Ira Brand, Jen Bell and The Devil’s Violin Company.
Between 2016-2017, she worked as an Artist Support Associate for Theatre Bristol, and is currently in Gather Up’s Library of People, offering mentoring and support to peers.
She is currently training in Body-Mind Centering through EMA (UK) & SOMA (France) and is a practicing bodyworker/massage therapist.
Laura Dannequin
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