Class Description | Morning Class, 14 - 18 June 2021 | ONLINE
Taking up Seke’s invitation to think of choreography as ‘a way of being in the world, an approach to living, moving and thinking’, Laila’s morning classes will invite explorations of moving and dance making that listen to and draw from the various things we are in relationship with, and move in relation to; in ourselves, in our rooms, in our remote togetherness. Laila will bring some already tested choreographic materials and questions to the sessions, looking for instance to her interest in ideas of edges and frames (and falling out of them), and test out new approaches for the specific context of the week. She is interested in exploring what being present feels like as we meet and work in this digital way. There will be plenty of dancing away from our screens, giving our gaze time to settle elsewhere, inwards or out through a window, there will be times to reconvene and reflect in small groups, we might also use our screens to move together.
Laila is a Canadian-born dancer and dance maker based in Bristol. Notions of impermanence, of our perception of the passing of time, and of how we negotiate togetherness thread through recent projects and current research. Her making process and performance practice embrace experimentation and the interplay between the predetermined and the spontaneous. Alongside devising and self-producing work for live performance, Laila often works as movement director in theatre and opera.
Recent commissions include: All my Song, Royal Ballet/Joyce Theatre (UK/USA, 2019), Husk for Candoco Dance Company/Kettle’s Yard reopening (UK, 2018), Something about wilderness and several attempts at taming beauty, Skanes Dansteater (Sweden, 2017).
The recipient of a Rayne Fellowship for Choreographers in 2006, Laila also was
Associate Artist at ROH2, Royal Opera House, between 2009 and 2012, and recipient
of a 2018 Leverhulme Art Scholarship through Bristol Old Vic Ferment.