Henrietta Hale

Class Description | Morning Class | Friday 2 October 2020

This outdoor class will begin with simple forms that open up energy through breath work and visualizations. Observing how the impulse to move arises out of stillness. In this outdoor environment, we will pay particular attention to the sensations, hearing, seeing, noticing the elements that we touch. We question how imagination affects physical states and we observe the role of compositional structures, such as repetition or giving special time frames for certain activities, in order to invite change. I like to oscillate between specific tasks and openness; precision and abandon. The classes also involve working with dialogue to give feedback into the body and offer different choices of response.


Henrietta Hale is currently co-director of Independent Dance, on a half -time basis, whilst maintaining a freelance artistic practice and continuing as founding co-director of Dog Kennel Hill Project, a collective company of performance makers with Rachel Lopez de la Nieta and Ben Ash.

She has been choreographing since 1999 in a variety of contexts, collaborating with dancers, musicians, film-makers and visual artists, receiving commissions from a range of partners such as, Brighton CCA, Dance4, Dance Umbrella, Whitechapel Gallery, The Barbican, Richmond Arts Services, Imagine Watford Festival, and Stour Valley Arts.

As well as teaching professional classes she is lead tutor for the MA/MFA Creative practice: Dance Professional Practice programme in partnership with Trinity Laban, curating two modules and supervising/tutoring students’ work. Her practice involves experimentation and play drawing from yoga training, associations to Qigong and martial arts, improvisation methods, experiential anatomy and psychology.

She performed as an independent dancer for ten years with a range of companies. These include Riccchet Dance Productions, Rosemary Lee Dances, Yolande Snaith Theatredance, Russell Maliphant, and Diversions Dance Company.