Aya Kobayashi

Class Description | Morning Class | 18-22 March 2019

The class starts with offers of small curiosities and questions, which navigate for a explorative journey each day. Using various imageries, objects sometimes even learning from other species or other art forms, taking some hints and inspirations to explore the anatomical potential and sensation as well as enrich our embodiment and heighten the attentiveness. With both improvisation and set materials we will explore the sense of gravity and fullness, deepen the clarity of patterns and tones of movement. Aya cares about the journey of each class within the inclusive facilitation, we will move with openness and playfulness to cultivate the working-body together.


Aya is an independent dance artist originally from Japan and currently based in Glasgow, working in the field of performance and movement research. She teaches, performs and creates her own work with a variety of people and communities. It seems all the three skills link and develop with each other in her practice. Aya trained at Rambert School and worked with Yael Flexer & Nic Sandiland, Rosemary Lee, Charlie Morrissey, Lila Dance, Gecko Theatre and Saffy Setohy. She is a member of Collective Endeavours and practices improvisation performance. Aya also works extensively with inclusive companies and communities in the UK and abroad, develop the inclusive dance practice with Anjali, StopGap, Indepen-Dance and Paragon.
In recent years her works have been developed within the collaboration with the design, costume, 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 the UK and abroad at locations including The Place, Royal Festival Hall, Northern Ballet, Paralympics 2012 torch relay ceremony, Cairo, Madrid, Tokyo and Queretaro in Mexico.