The Lady's of the inner Circle
Janie is a freelance dance artist working in Northern Ireland. After graduating with a first class honours in dance, Janie dedicated her time to becoming a full time ensemble member of Echo Echo Dance company in Derry. During this time Janie developed, performed and co-created performances to go on tour with the company including 'The Cove', 'Without' by Rosemary Lee, 'In Tall grass' by Alessandra celesia. Janie has won numerous awards from the Arts council, Creative industries and Acorn Legacy to develop her work and travel to New York, Germany and Massachusetts, Janie teaches a lot of community dance programmes to all ages and abilities throughout Northern Ireland. Janie is currently working with Replay Theatre Company on a bespoke children's theatre piece that will go on tour in Northern Ireland. Alongside this Janie is currently creating a piece of performance art, 'The politics of comfort' for the CCA gallery in Derry and training to be a sports massage therapist.
Louise is a dance-artist based between the UK and Belgium. She trained at Laban, specialising her studies in choreology and Labanotation. Louise has worked both the UK and abroad, gaining experience in the different modalities of making across Europe. Her performance credits within the UK include; Gecko, Requardt & Rosenberg, Tilted Productions, Punchdrunk, Lost Dog, Hussein Chalayan and Charlotte Spencer. In Europe she has performed for Thierry de Mey, Damien Jalet, Ugo Dehaes, T.R.A.S.H (Netherlands) and was a member of Fabulous Beast (Ireland) and is currently touring with Kabinet K, Daniel Linehan and Eszter Salamon. Louise also teaches ‘Tools for Partnering’ in collaboration with Jake Ingram-Dodd
Aoife McAtamney ias a freelance choreographer. Contemporary dancer and songwriter based in Dublin. She studied in London and Germany. Completing an apprenticeship with four prolific choreographers including William forsythe and Wayne McGreggor. Aoife danced with T.R.A.S.H (NL) AND Regina Van Berkle (GER) Emma Martin, John Scott, Fearghus O Conhuir, Anneke Hansen (US) and Sara Rudner (US. Her choreography ‘SWEETHEART THAT’S THE INTERESTING PART’ and ‘WHAT’S THE MATTER?’. Collaborations with Nina Vallon and Ioannis Mandafoundis created two duets ‘EGG CHARADE’ and ‘ONE ONE ONE’. ‘OSSIP MANDELSTAM A PERFORMANCE’ is her second creation with Swiss company Cie Ionnis Mandafounis. Aoife has numerous awards from the arts council of Ireland. She was an associate artist of dance Ireland and Culture Ireland, Carte Blanche artist and Aerowaves selected Artist for 2014. Touring with her solo ‘SOFER SWELLS’. Her ongoing collaboration include ‘PINK BREATH’ with musician Shane Holly, and Theatre performances with Director Zoe Ni Riordain.
Originally from New Zealand, Justine worked with Australian Dance Theatre between 1998 and 2000 under the direction of Meryl Tankard. Returning to New Zealand in 2001, she co-founded Strident Dance Theatre, performing and co-creating five full-length pieces. She has been a freelance teacher of ballet, contemporary dance and yoga for many years whilst also working on various film and television projects. Most recently working with Emma Martin Dance (Tundra, Dogs and Listowel Syndrome), CoisCéim Dance Theatre (Agnes and Dance Talking: Portraits of a Dancer), Louise White (Way Back home), junk ensemble (Dusk Ahead, Bird with Boy), Liz Roche Company (Body and Forgetting, Fast Portraits, These Two People and Secondary Sources), Liv O’Donoghue (Prompted Breathless and The Way We Met),and was a founding member of electro DIY sound theatre band You can call me Frances.
Tilly trained at The Arts Educational School and then London Contemporary Dance School, graduating in 2008. She has extensively worked as a freelance performer . artists inc - Micheal Clarke Dance, Neil Callaghan and Simone Kenyon, Junk Ensemble, Lailla Diallo, Rosie Kay Dance Company, Neon Dance, Marc Brew Company, Lorena Randi, Aletta Collins, Dam Van Hughn, Willi Dornier, Sam Halmarack. With this she has performed in opera’s including with L'Opera de Lorraine (France). She has been featured in various music videos and collaborates on independent films. 2013 She met director/ choreographer Dan Canham and toured his work 'Ours Was The Fen Country' for his company ‘StillHouse’. In 2015, she joined the team again for the making of 'Of Riders and Running Horses ' which was has been touring Nationally and Internationally for three years, most recently heading to China. Alongside this she collaborates with visual artist, Madison Bycroft, rehearsal directs and movement directs for companies. 2018, brings in work with Neon at Sadlers Wells and continuous project with artist Lailla Diallo.
Ladies of the outer Circle
Olivia Ancona was born in San Francisco, and she grew up in Berkeley, London, and predominantly Portland, Oregon. She trained with the Northwest Dance Project, Jefferson Dancers, and the Portland Ballet, and is an alumna of the Juilliard School. In 2010-2012 Olivia was a member of the Batsheva Ensemble. She was one of the first dancers for Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar’s company L-E-V from 2012-2014, while freelancing internationally, including collaborations with Italian choreographer Luca Veggetti and performing in Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s project company Eastman. In 2014-2015 Olivia was a member of the Royal Swedish Ballet in Stockholm, where she had the opportunity to work with Mats Ek and create with Johan Inger before rejoining Batsheva Dance Company in March 2015. In the fall of 2016 she danced, acted, and coached for the film Suspiria. While freelancing and teaching internationally in 2017-2018 she will perform in productions with Roderick George and Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in Germany, and Wim Vandekeybus’s PUUR at the Royal Swedish Ballet. Simultaneously she is teaching Gaga across the U.S. and Europe.
Born in France, Solène trained in the regional conservatoire of Lyon and then pursued her training at London Contemporary Dance School where she obtained a BA(Hons) and an MA in contemporary dance and performance.
Solène has worked with a wide range of dance and physical theatre companies in Europe including: Scottish Dance Theatre, Lost Dog, Gecko Theatre Company and most recently Vera Tussing Projects. She is also a founding member of Collective Endeavours, a Glasgow-based music and dance improvisation collective.
Stephanie McMann is a dancer from London. She works predominantly as a performer with dance artists and makers, including long-term collaborator Roberta Jean, Theo Clinkard, Julie Cunningham, Laura Dannequin, Dan Canham, Damien Jalet, Hussein Chalayan, Seke Chimutengewende, Jamila Johnson-Small and New Art Club amongst others. Stephanie’s film work includes Suspiria (2018) and World War Z (2013). She is a Sadler’s Wells Summer University artist and a performance/rehearsal director for dance, theatre and circus. She is currently establishing a movement-direction/ mentoring practice for independent dance-makers and the fashion industry. Stephanie is dancer / co-artistic director of Nora with Eleanor Sikorski and Flora Wellesley Wesley. Nora is currently focused on their next commission for Nora Invites II, which begins in Autumn 2018 with Deborah Hay.
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I am fascinated with the body and the embodiment of the personality with and through it. How human energy channels itself, the volume of its presence and its ability to transform and expose hidden truths. Growing up in the rave culture along the coast of the Mediterranean sea, I felt the urgency to be emancipated and free from social and political hierarchies and to strive for a genuine unmasked human connection. I am coming from the body as an expressive and performative instrument, yet I believe in the importance in establishing dimensions around it. As a Punk-rock-techno artivist I need to be confronted with my own ideas, I believe that you get a stronger sense of who you are from the reflection you have on your surroundings. Only then, as social-human beings we really get to witness each other and experience the meaning of true unattained encounters.