Sophie Arstall

Class Description | Monday Night Improvisation | 28 October 2019

The Spaces in Between
This class is a research into the possibility of improvisation to elucidate the theatre of dance and movement; where the kinetic body meets form, gesture, image, abstraction, sensation, the micro, macro, the known and unknown, prising open our attention and capacity to create in the moment.
We will take time to settle into our dancing bodies, exploring our individual capacity for expression and transformation, refining our movement palette, whilst tuning our perceptive senses towards sensitivity and receptivity.
Opening up to the potential of this articulate body we will attend to our compositional skills, working in solo and ensemble configurations, enabling a flow between internal and external worlds, and practicing the possibility, quality and communication of each moment.


Sophie Arstall is a Dance Artist; Performer, Maker and Facilitator working in diverse settings and contexts. For choreographers in the UK and abroad: Hagit Yakira, Rosemary Lee, Stacked Wonky, Candoco Dance Company, Vanessa Grasse, Annie Hanauer, Mirjam Gurtner, Ingri Fiksdal, Rosie Kay, Willi Dorner, Tony Mira, Ben Wright, Charlie Morrissey in performances for Theatres, Outdoor and Gallery settings, in Festivals and in Opera. She makes her own work, both solo and collaborative, commissions include work for The Horniman Museum, South Bank Centre, Trinity Laban and Channel 4 Random Acts. She also has a developed teaching practice in which she regularly teaches Professional classes for dancers and Open classes bringing Creative Contemporary Dance to all ages and experiences. Her current artistic research focuses on the poetics of movement, working on Improvisational and Compositional approaches and ideas around Craftsmanship, drawing upon Somatic techniques and Internal Martial Arts practices in particular. She and is currently studying Body Mind Centering with Embody Move in the UK.