‘like a ballet dancer whose been possessed by the spirit of David Byrne and Ian Curtis’
Laura is a French-born movement practitioner, choreographer, dramaturg and body-worker based in Bristol, UK.
She dedicated much of the first 15 years of her practice to dancing and performing with a range of choreographers and performance makers. These include: Saburo Teshigawara & Karas, Phillip Zarrilli, Deborah Hay (Solo Commissioning Project 2010) Lastalaïca Productions, Daghdha Dance Company under Michael Klien’s artistic direction (2007-2011), Colin Gee, Action Hero, Laila Diallo and Roberta Jean/Mysteryskin.
She then 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 (IN THE MAKING). In 2013, she developed HARDY ANIMAL, a project about chronic pain 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 SERET 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; she then created WHAT WE WHISPERED AND WHAT WE SCREAMED (Compass Commission/ Leverhulme Arts Scholarship through Bristol Old Vic Ferment), a trio for two dancers and one drummer in collaboration with dance artist Stephanie Mc Mann and drummer Rachel Horwood (Bamboo/Trash Kit)
She is a regular and long-term collaborator to her partner Dan Canham (Still House), most recently as artistic consultant on SESSION, and previously as associate choreographer on OF RIDERS & RUNNING HORSES, as co-creator and performer on WEST OF NOWHERE and OURS WAS THE FEN COUNTRY, and dramaturgical support on 30 CECIL STREET (a dance film then a critically acclaimed solo).
She currently works primarily as a choreographer & dramaturg within contemporary performance and dance practice, as well as with musicians, choirs and storytellers. Recent projects 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 spoken word artist Kat Lyons, and ongoing dramaturgical support to Raquel Meseguer / Unchartered Collective (A Crash Course in Cloudspotting).
Other more light touch dramaturgical & movement support includes working with Deborah Pearson & Stacey Gregg (Inside Bitch by Clean Break at Royal Court Theatre), In Our Hands, Blythe Pepino, Jo Bannon, Sylvia Rimat, Ira Brand, Jen Bell and The Devil’s Violin Company. She has mentored many others through her work at Theatre Bristol (Artist Associate 2016-2017) and in Gather Up’s Library of people.
She is a qualified Somatic Movement Educator through the School Body-Mind Centering (2018) and is studying towards a teacher training accreditation in Qi Qong through the Bristol School of Shiatsu. She has taught movement on an ad-hoc basis for the past 15 years in a wide variety of contexts.
She currently works as a co-director of Gather Up, an artist lad dance initiative in Bristol.
She has worked as a massage therapist since 2011.
Laura Dannequin
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