Alex’s training began in the 1970’s at the London School of Contemporary Dance and continued with an apprenticeship with Carolyn Carlson at the Theatre de l’Opera in Paris. Her first dance company was formed in Hong Kong and later, returning to London, she was involved with the people and places which now make up dance history – X6, Riverside Studios, Rosemary Butcher, Mary Fulkerson, and many other pioneers of new dance in the UK.
Throughout her career of choreographing and performing she has had long associations with The Old Fire Station Arts Centre and MOMA in Oxford, Prema Arts Centre and Artspace at The Guildhall in Gloucestershire and several venues in Bristol, most notably the Bristol Botanic Garden. She has created and performed many dance works including Lightdance, (Purcell Room, London South Bank Centre, Brno, Czech Republic), Of Plants and Personalities and Hot Border (Bristol Botanic Gardens) and The Fugitive Gaze (WWT Slimbridge, UK).
She initiated and curated the New Dance Festival in Oxford, The Curator's Eggs project for artists and performers in the Stroud Valleys, Glos. and was a seminal member of the IF group, an independent forum of dance makers across the South West region.
She was a visiting lecturer at the London Contemporary Dance School from 2008 to 2014.
Without Measure is the latest of the dance projects which she has created and curates with the company of dancers.
Luke graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 2009. During his training he performed in works by Merce Cunningham, Siobhan Davies, Richard Alston and Riccardo Buscarini, touring London and Europe with LC3 Company.
He has been a dancer for Alex Howard's 'Without Measure' project since 2014, performing at WWT Slimbridge and in London and Stroud.
Luke is Associate Director of 3rd Stage Dance Company (3SDC), teaching professional and community classes in Bristol and Bath and creating and performing work both locally and for regional touring. His role within 3rd Stage also involves leading outreach projects within healthcare and educational settings throughout the South West, teaching on GCSE, A Level and BTEC courses.
His performance work with 3SDC includes 'Mementos', a full length work focussing on themes of loss and legacy, performed at Bristol's Arnolfini and The Edge Arts Centre, Bath in 2016, 'The Parting' choreographed by Kerry Biggin (New Adventures) in 2015 and the company's most recent work 'Still Waters' which premieres in November 2017 in Bristol and Swindon, for which Luke is a choreographer and dancer.
Other recent work includes 'Lina' by Forged Line Dance Company, for whom Luke is a founding company member. The work, based on the lives of astronomers William and Caroline Herschel was premiered in 2017 in Bath and will tour the South West later in the year.
Luke teaches contemporary technique for adults and young people at Swindon Dance, including the YDA CAT Scheme students and two all male youth companies. He is also a lecturer in contemporary technique for Bath Spa University and choreographs and teaches for Newbury Contemporary Youth Dance Company and RISE Youth Dance.
Mariana is a dance artist based in London, born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She has performed across the UK and internationally with companies such as Hagit Yakira Dance, Fevered Sleep, Clod Ensemble, Ella Mesma Dance and Companhia de Dança do Norte (PT). Her collaborations with independent artists include Alex Howard, Petra Soor, Antonio de la Fe, Wilkie Branson, Riccardo Buscarini, Simonetta Alessandri, Jia-Yu Corti, Annie Lok amongst others. Alongside performing she choreographs, lead dance workshops/classes and work as rehearsal assistant for other artists.
Mariana has choreographed in a range of settings including theatres, short dance films, site-specific installations and dance school productions. Her work Cameo, co-created and performed alongside Riccardo Buscarini and Antonio de la Fe, was commissioned by Bloomberg and a finalist for The Place Prize for Dance 2011. Other pieces include Shafts of Light Above The Blue in collaboration with Petra Soor, a solo 27 Dragonflies, performed at the Robin Howard Theatre and at the Agony Arts festival and a commission by Alive Dance Company in 2016, to create Turn Upside Down and Walk on the Sky with a cast of 17 dance passionate adults.
She is also one of the founding members of anthologyofamess; a collective of performance making and research, and SOLAB Projects; an art platform created with Petra Soor.
Tim trained at London Contemporary Dance School, before going on to work with companies and choreographers including Origin Dance Company, RoguePlay Theatre, John Ross, Alex Howard, Rick Nodine, Seke Chimutengwende and C-12 Dance Theatre. Choreographically, he creates dance theatre works with improvisatory and participatory elements, most recently performing his solo I Will Do What You Speak at Battersea Arts Centre. He leads regular classes of floorwork and improvisation and enjoys performing in group and duet improvisations. He took a months training in Flying Low and Passing Through with David Zambrano which he has brought into his practice.
Fiona Millward has worked throughout the UK and abroad as a dancer, teacher and choreographer since 1985, and values immensely the alchemy of collaboration that underpins these various roles. Teaching provides an ongoing source of inspiration with opportunities to investigate her own creative practice, and sees her regularly teaching nationally and internationally in a variety of settings both independently and for the British Council. She is a Certified Rolfer™ and Rolf Movement™ Practioner with practices in Bristol, Oxford and, from the Autumn, Stroud, and a qualified Franklin Method® Educator (Levels 1&2).
Her choreographic work has received a range of awards and commissions, and as a performer she has worked with choreographers such as: Deborah Hay, Gill Clarke, Victoria Marks, Fin Walker, David Dorfman, Yael Flexer, and Darrell Jones and was a performer for the Barbican Art Gallery exhibition Pioneers of the Downtown Scene New York 1970s. She has enjoyed working with Rosemary Lee since 2011 as a rehearsal director on the Dance Umbrella commission Square Dances. choreographic assistant on the Milton Keynes International Festival Commission Under the Vaulted Sky, and as Project Lead for the Bath Music Festival commission Rising. From 2011-2012 she worked as a hub choreographer for Charlie Morrissey’s large scale Cultural Olympiad event Tree of Light.
Fiona was a Lecturer in Dance at De Montfort University in 2006; Head of Movement at the Oxford School of Drama 1999 – 2004; and is a National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) Fellow for her work with Independent Dance, which she co-directed 1996-2014.
Aifric Ní Chaoimh
Aifric began her dance studies in her native Ireland, before moving to Luxembourg, where she currently resides. Although initially pursueing Environmental Science at university, her curiosity for dance let her to further her studies at The College of Dance in Ireland, and at London Contemporary Dance School. While studying at LCDS she completed an exchange programme at SUNY Purchase, New York in Autumn 2012. Within dance and performance she has worked with, amongst others, Itamar Serussi, Igor & Moreno, Imogen Knight and Ponciano Almeida. She has taken part in Step Up graduate project in Ireland in 2014, with Michael Keegan Dolan and Fabulous Beast. Initialising her creative process under the name Croíate, she is expanding her creative inquiry to choreography and multidisciplinary arts, collaborating with Gemma Dunleavy, Irish vocalist and musician for Metropolis Festival at the RDS in Dublin 2015, and for Les Emergence programme, in which she choreographed and presented Inside, the wolf... with Daniel Jeremiah Persson at Trois-CL in 2017 in Luxembourg. Aifric has furthermore performed in Jean-Guillaume Weiss´ production A Bucketful of Dreams as well as in the work Rotkäppchen with Maher Abdul Moaty. She is also currently working with Hannah Ma on Wanderer.
Daniel Jeremiah Persson
Daniel Persson is a Swedish freelance dance artist and founder of dance-, film-, music company Humanah Productions. He has taught workshops in Sweden, Spain and UK as well as presented works Zeitgeist, Unlimited, Egress and Community in England, Scotland and Sweden. His creative practice combined with an interest in human psychology, poetry, documentary and travelling has led him into a variety of dancecontexts such as a teaching project in Gambia, a dance solo performed with support of KoRoot in South Korea and exhibited photographic/performed works in Australia, UK, Spain, Greece and Luxembourg.
Daniel has been involved in research and projects of artists Eva Recacha, Anders Duckworth, Philippe Blanchard and Rosemary Lee to mention a few.
Improvisation, play, vocal work and research into release contra control of the dynamic body, influences both his choreographic and performative work.
On screen, he has performed in the dancefilms Polysterene Dreams (2012) and Under the Cobblestones (2013). In 2014, he made the documentary From ‘Me’ to South Korea, following the search for his biological parents. Daniel has initiated the film festival, ’Ung Film Festival’ in Sweden (2015), and performance platform ’Independent Routes’ at Chisenhale Dance Space in London (2016). He worked part-time as Audiovisual Technician and guest lecturer in screendance courses at London Contemporary Dance School (2015-16).
In 2017, Daniel co-choreographed and premiered ’Inside, the Wolf …’ together with Aifric Ní Chaoimh, supported by TROIS C-L - Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois' in Luxembourg City.
Swedish/Italian Petra studied at London Contemporary Dance School (BA-Hons) before joining the postgraduate company EDge in 2006. She now works as a freelance performer in a varied range of contexts and also researches and develops her own work and practice.
As a freelance performer recent work includes Medea at the National Theatre with Carrie Cracknell and Lucy Guerin, Solo Bach & Glenn and Solos Bach & Gould for Albert Quesada in Belgium, The Forest, (UK tour, Sydney Opera House Spring Dance festival), The Bounce, Little Universe and Stilled for Fevered Sleep and David Harradine, as well as work with Aletta Collins, Anna Williams, Robin Dingemans, Chisato Minamimura, Charlotte Spencer Projects, Vera Tussing and Tino Sehgal.
Her own choreographic work and projects includes Bodies of Rock, Mud and Water, Sundance Kid (Movement and Landscapes), Dance For One Person And A Room, Siggins Field, Intentions and Rooms (created for the postgraduate EDge company at The Place), Running Dance in collaboration with Thomas Goodwin (commissioned by Greenwich Dance) and The Big Dance Walk (part of Big Dance Festival 2010 and 2012), Gjendin Ridge and the recent project anthologyofanorgan with ‘anthologyofamess’, a stable of artist she was part of founding in 2012 together with Antonio de la Fe and Mariana Camiloti.Petra also works as a rehearsal assistant, most recently for Wagner & Ligeti by Albert Quesada in Belgium.
Way Pieces (2014)
Katye is a dance artist based in the UK. She has practiced as a performer, choreographer and teacher since 1994. She is a senior lecturer in Dance at Coventry University and founding director of Decoda.
Current projects include Groundswell and What_Now 2014 at Independent Dance; ‘Where we are Not’, a performed practice with Charlie Morrissey and ‘(to) Constantly Vent’, a running intervention originally commissioned for What Now 2013. www.katyecoe.wordpress.com/
Laila is a dance artist who, whilst pursuing her practice as a performer, started making work in 2005. She develops choreographic work primarily for live performance. Her most recent piece, Hold Everything Dear, is an ensemble work for a cast of eight dancers and musicians that explores ideas of migration and dislocation. Current projects include a collaboration with visual artist Helen Carnac around notions of place and edgeness.
Laila also works as movement director in theatre and opera.
She was awarded a Rayne Fellowship for Choreographers in 2006 and was an Associate Artist at ROH2, Royal Opera House, between 2009 and 2012. She is a Director on the Board of Theatre Bristol and a Trustee of the Wayne Mcgregor Foundation.
"I studied music at Leicester Polytechnic with the composer Gavin Bryars, whose ensemble I joined after leaving college. I’ve worked for many years performing and composing music in a wide variety of situations with a primary focus on cross-artform work and collaboration. My work writing for dance led me to become Head of Music at London Contemporary Dance School, where I now freelance, combining that with composition projects. Alongside my teaching I work regularly as a composer with the performance company Fevered Sleep. Other collaborations include Dog Kennel Hill, Lost Dog, Rick Nodine (finals of the Place Prize for Dance 2013), Joanna Young and the improvisation collective Neat Timothy. I am also string arranger for the music production company Golden Hum and spent seven joyful years touring the world as a violinist with Canadian 'Gay Church Folk' Band the Hidden Cameras." - Jamie McCarthy