An opportunity to participate in a 4–day workshop lead by Leila McMillan – shadow dancing. The workshop is part of the research programme at B12 Festival 2019 in Berlin.

Where: b12, Berlin, Germany

When: 18-21st July 2019 1:30-5:30pm

Deadline for applications: 1 day before the workshop

shadow dancing
Our shadow appears when our light is blocked. Darkness lies in our shadow, which comes and goes in many shapes and forms. Our shadows at times are invisible, it’s something that never leaves us. Does our shadow lie separate from who we are? Can we step into our own shadow? Is this our alter ego? You will be led through different tasks, improvisations and physical states, working with speed and the command of your full body passing through group and solo set ups. We will work with improvisation and set material, generating a series of solos while looking at how the group can frame these. The process will pull on tools from flying low and passing through – dancing your life experience to the fullest. moving within shadow and light, honesty and surreal reality. Prepare for physical exhaustion, to bring honesty through your physicality and a collaboration between the artist and choreographer. This research is part of the creation of a new body of work throughout 2019/2020.

Leila McMillan (UK/USA) is an international choreographer, teacher and performer. She has worked with artists including David Zambrano, Crystal Pite, Thomas Lehmen, Wendy Houstoun, Jasmina Krizaj & Nina Fajdiga. Leila curated This Way, That Way (2015) at Lilian Baylis, Sadler’s Wells as a part of Wild Card. Her full-length work Family Portrait (2015) has been presented throughout the UK. She was Artist in Residence at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (2017) creating a new work 3 fingers at arm’s Length, nominated for ‘Outstanding Choreography’ Hong Kong Dance Alliance Awards 2018. Leila creates work that is high-energy yet nuanced and abstract in its choreography, drawing on personal experiences focusing on themes of identity, gender and the cultural interface. Since receiving a place on David Zambrano’s 50 Days Flying Low and Passing Through (2010), Leila is now one of the internationally certified artists teaching this technique, and has led the development of this approach in the UK. She is Lecturer at London Contemporary Dance School and has taught throughout Europe, Middle East, Asia, United States and South America. From 2012 she has collaborated with Angolan visual artist Isaac Carlos as co-founders of Muxima, an Independent cafe in Bow, East London, regularly producing art, music and performance events, awarded several times ‘Best Cafe in East London’.

Image © Antonia Luca

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Costs for participants:
€190 – regular price
€160 – participants with 10 years+ of professional dance experience. Further reductions available when booking additional B12 workshops.

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