Sophie Arstall

Class Description | Monday Night Improvisation | 28 October 2019

Drawing from a breadth of improvisational and somatic approaches this class will work equally on the technical and compositional elements of our spontaneous dancing; solo and ensemble. Working deeply and methodically into the body, to settle, access and tune our sense perceptions we will cultivate sensitivity and receptivity. Opening up to the possibilities and potential of this articulate body in space and the wider environment we will explore editing processes and tools as we go, in order to make choices, recognise patterns, disrupt the familiar, refine our intentions and to work beyond what is necessarily understood in that moment. Encouraging a sense of play and aliveness we will address ideas around performativity and presence.
Influences include Deborah Hay, Julyen Hamilton, Material for the Spine (Steve Paxton), Lisa Nelson Tuning Scores, KJ Holmes, Body Mind Centering, Aikido, Chinese Energetics, working extensively with Hagit Yakira.


Sophie Arstall is a dancer, maker and facilitator, working for choreographers in the UK and abroad: Hagit Yakira, guest artist for Candoco Dance Company, Rosemary Lee, Stacked Wonky, Vanessa Grasse, Annie Hanauer, Mirjam Gurtner, Attik Dance, Ingri Fiksdal, Rosie Kay, Willi Dorner, Tony Mira, Ben Wright, Charlie Morrissey, for Glyndebourne and Toulouse Operas, Greenwich and Docklands International Festival and the Tate Galleries. She makes her own work with collaborator Elizabeth Barker under the name Average Height Ladies. Commissions include work for The Horniman Museum, South Bank Centre, Trinity Laban and Channel 4 Random Acts. She also teaches professional and community classes across London and the UK.