Class Description | Morning Class | Monday 3 - Friday 7 June 2019Class normally begins with exploratory work alone or with a partner using skeletal connections, imagery and play to heighten our awareness to sensation and make physical sense. Improvisations and exercises focus on finding functional and efficient pathways for movement as well as at times, exploring our desire for movement, our power and endurance. From improvisatory work classes moves on to formal exercises and builds towards dynamic and complex movement sequences. Emphasis is placed on momentum, inversion and an expansive use of space combined with core strength.
Yael Flexer is co-artistic director of Flexer & Sandiland. Originally formed by Yael as Choreographer in Residence at The Place Theatre, London, to date Yael has created 13 full-length productions for the company, touring throughout the UK and internationally. The company has been commissioned to create live and/or interactive works for among others: Brighton Dance Festival and Digital Festival, Sadler’s Wells, Woking Dance Festival, The South Bank Centre, Barbican Centre, London & Cinedans (Amsterdam, The Netherlands). Flexer & Sandiland have just premiered their new family work Curiouser a co-production with Norwegian company Dybwik Dans. Flexer & Sandiland’s recent digital work The Hum (2017) commissioned by Brighton Festival premiered in May 2017 and is currently touring across the UK including being selected by the Without Walls Festival network. The company’s 2016 touring production Disappearing Acts performed across the UK and internationally alongside the digital installation Weighting (2015-ongoing). Past touring and digital productions include Weightless (2012-14), The Living Room (2010-2011), Trip Hazard (2013-ongoing) and Gravity Shift (2010- on going).
Yael’s recent commissions as an independent artist include works for Hull Dance, Encore East/Dance East, National Youth Dance Company Scotland, Trinity-Laban, Motus Dance Festival, Maslool, Tel-Aviv, Israel and RAS & Stavanger University, Norway. Past commissions include, among others: Edge, Mapdance, YDance Scotland, Wessex Academy, E-Werk Tanz Festival (Germany), Scottish Dance Theatre, Ludus, Maslool (Israel), Gravity & Levity, Freefall, 3 Score and Cascade Dance Companies and numerous works for University students, C.A.T. programmes and other youth companies across the UK and internationally. Yael regularly leads choreographic Labs, workshops and professional training in the UK and internationally, and mentors emerging choreographers. She completed her PhD in March 2013 and also co-directs mapdance, the University of Chichester’s MA/postgraduate repertoire touring company.