Sophie Arstall

Class Description | Morning Class | 9-13 Mar 2020

Drawing from a breadth of somatic and improvisational approaches this class will work equally on the technical and compositional elements of our dancing. Working deeply and methodically into the body to settle and tune our senses, we will move into guided explorations around the anatomical, energetic and imagined body in order to awaken and expand a palette of qualities and textures. We will look particularly at the dialogue between tension and release, allowing for greater connectivity, integrity and ease throughout the body-mind. We will follow our own curiosity and desire to move opening up as we progress to the relational, spatial and compositional, encouraging a sense of play and aliveness.


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.