Are you a lone wolf or a single tree in the desert? Flying Solo Intensive is a 2.5 day workshop helping support and explore solo performance making.

Where: Winns Gallery, Aveling Centre, Lloyd Park E17 5JW, London, UK

When: Fri 6 September – Sunday 8 September

Sign up deadline Aug 28
Early bird deadline August 16 2019

Are you a lone wolf or a single tree in the desert?

Flying Solo Intensive is a 2.5 day workshop helping support and explore solo performance making. It will hold a space for unveiling and getting to know your uniqueness more deeply through the solo body and solo practice. It will aim to unravel, support, and inspire solo practice.

How do you unpack and hold a space for ‘self’ in order to make solo performance work?

How to you stay with self but remain open and build context?

How can you be both ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ your making process?

The intensive will be led by theatre artist & creative practitioner Martin J Gent and Dancer/Rolfer Hayley J S Matthews of ENSEMBLE. Using their resources as Rolfer (Structural Integration Practitioner), Dancer, Physical Performer, Choreographer, Devisor and as Supporters and Care Takers of creative lives and creative thinkers, the intensive will combine simple exercises, discussion and guided research that help explore participants personal patterns and where their catches, resources, uniqueness and ways forward may lie. And support you in making new solo work that has your truth and your horizon embedded within.

ENSEMBLE is an international collection of artists from dance, performance, visuals and sound founded by dancer Hayley J S Matthews. Through performance and workshops we contribute to citizenship that has grace, intimacy, action and freedom.

Over 2019 ENSEMBLE are embarking on a project called ‘Flyingo Solo’, with some of the Flying Solo performances taking place as part of The People’s Forest, Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture. This workshop is part of that activity in Waltham Forest.
More on Flying Solo here and the tour dates here
Flying Solo is supported by Arts Council England, DanceEast, OpenEaling, Waltham Forest Borough of Culture and Noyam African Dance Institute,

Martin and Hayley’s bios

Martin J Gent is a director, performer, collaborator & artist, working in live, visual & performing arts. Originally trained in physical theatre, Gent has worked with many performance companies including Improbable Theatre and Lumier & Son, he set up and was Co-artistic director of dA dA dUMB Productions touring extensively in the UK and abroad.

He works with many different organisations & businesses, using arts practice in leadership & culture change. He has run an international qualitative research agency, Spinach, as Director of Creativity & partner.

He has an MA Art in Architecture and as well as his ongoing art practice, his current activities and interests include Associate Director of the MAP Consortium, head of the Agile Business Solution Centre, Better Business Partners. Trustee of RSPOPUK, the UK arm of Processwork & of Home Live Art, an ACE funded live art production organisation, creating new bespoke experiences for new locations. 10-years of immersion and investigation into Shamanic practice.

He is also a Specialist Support Advisor to the Cultural Sector at StartEast, in Norfolk & Suffolk.

Hayley J S Matthews is a contemporary dancer, Rolfer (Structural Integration Practitioner) and founder of ENSEMBLE. Her parents tell her she first started dancing at 1 years old, as she climbed and tumbled while her identical twin sister sat and read books.

After early studies in dance Hayley studied Fine Art at London Guildhall in 2000, received a 1st class degree in Curatorship and Art History at Leeds University and a final year award winning essay in 2005. She returned to dance with a fierce need in 2006; with a desire to stay outside of conservatoires she embarked on a rich independent training, beginning with two mentorships 2006-2009 with Adam Benjamin (UK Founder of Candoco) and with the late fierce Francis Nii Yartey and Noyam Dance Company on polished stone floors in Accra, Ghana.

Hayley’s independent training continued through the contact impro and pro class scene in London, and with workshops and projects across Germany, Croatia, Ireland, Brussels, France, Ghana and the UK. In 2015 she founded ENSEMBLE, an international collection of dance, visual and sound artists contributing to active, intimate, graceful citizenship through performance.

She has since danced, choreographed and taught at and for CoDa Dance (London/Essex), Cando2 (London), Sadlers Wells (London), East London Dance (London), Out There Festival (Great Yarmouth), Tanzfabrik (Berlin), English National Ballet, Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Dance Umbrella (London) P.A.L/Stressfree (London/Paris), Norwich Arts Centre, National Theatre Ghana (Accra), The Cockpit (London), Brighton Fringe Festival, The People’s Forest – Waltham Forest Borough of Culture (London), The House of St Barnabas (London), ActOne with Suzie Birchwood (Hertfordshire), Norwich Puppet Theatre. And made 3 full-length shows for ENSEMBLE, with 2 further in development.

Her current artistic work focuses on how dance can offer society examples of expressing a true self, and how Rolfing techniques can help performers do this. She is interested in health, function and movement, in the vital role of creative expression in our lives and in curating experiences that give the public a bridge into contemporary dance and time to contemplate. And in how we can learn to be vulnerable, intimate, fierce, graceful, functional, resilient and courageous through performance and through our lives and actions. Ensuring performers are well is also key to her practice.

Workshop schedule

Fri 6 September 6-8pm

Sat 7 September 9-6pm

Sun 8 September 9-6pm


Booking is via Eventbrite. £130 early bird rate. £150 after Aug 16th 2019.

How to register: There are 20 places available, secured on a first come first served basis via Eventbrite.

Costs for participants: £150. £130 early bird

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