Yael Flexer

Class Description | Morning Class, 1 - 5 March 2021 | ONLINE

"Class will begin with exploratory work using skeletal connections, imagery and play to heighten our awareness to sensation. Improvisations and exercises focus on finding functional and efficient pathways for movement and on exploring our desire for movement, our power, endurance or the possibility of rest. Improvisation work will draw on Flexer & Sandiland’s research into the notion of parallel places, time zones or lives finding relationships between the body, materiality and landscape by using real and imagined geographies as felt starting points. Classes also draw on Yael’s on-going online intergenerational improvisational teaching over the past year of lockdown. From improvisatory work in the first half of class, the second half focuses on formal released-based exercises building towards dynamic and complex movement sequences. Emphasis is placed on momentum, inversion and an expansive use of the space available." Yael Flexer.

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Co-artistic director of Flexer & Sandiland with digital artist Nic Sandiland, Yael originally formed the company as Choreographer in Residence at The Place Theatre, London. To date she has created 13 productions, touring throughout the UK and internationally. Live and/or digital commissions include works for: Brighton Festival, Brighton Digital Festival, Woking Dance Festival, Sadler’s Wells & Barbican Centre. The company completed its 2020 tour of Curiouser, an immersive family work co-produced with dybwikdans, Norway as well as producing a dance video for Birdmask, Manuel Gagneux. Recently Flexer & Sandiland completed R&D for Acting Our Age an intergenerational work for performers aged 24-75 in collaboration with choreographer Galit Liss as well as R&D for Imagining Otherwise a new immersive live digital work. Via emergency funding Flexer & Sandiland set up ‘Acting Our Age’ improvisation classes for movers aged 55+ (& interested adults of any age) and classes continue to run due to demand.

Regularly commissioned to make work, Yael has also created numerous works for youth companies and regularly leads workshops, professional training and mentoring projects in the UK and internationally. She completed her PhD in 2013 and co-directs mapdance, the University of Chichester’s MA/postgraduate touring company.