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Friday 5th April 2019

You can now follow Company Concentric on Facebook and Instragram @company.concentric

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Our brand new logo has been developed in collaboration with Belgian graphic designer Félicie Bouckaert. You can find out more about her work on her own website: https://floentje.wordpress.com/

Now watch this space and follow us on the social media accounts linked above to keep updated with our company news. Our very first residency will soon be announced! We also recently collaborated with Tiny Dances to make a 30-second dance film which you won’t want to miss.

Let the company grow and dance as its concentric circles expand…

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Play On flyer recto

Lundi 3 décembre 2018, The Place

ça y est ! Notre flyer est prêt, et vous pouvez dès maintenant acheter vos places pour la création de “Play On” au festival Resolution 2019.

Notre nouveau spectacle ouvrira le bal d’une soirée composée de trois pièces de danse. Au programme :

  • “Play On” ou les harmonies chaotiques d’une danseuse et d’une pianiste qui transforment les règles du jeu scénique et échangent de rôles de manière dynamique. Ce spectacle sera la toute première création de mon équipe sous son nouveau nom : Compagnie Concentrique. Comme l’an dernier, les costumes seront signés Akshy Marayen, le décor et les éclairages, Sally Somerville-Woodiwis. La musique originale sera composée et jouée par Mikaela Livadiotis. Quant à moi, je m’occupe de la chorégraphie et de la performance dansée.
  • En deuxième partie, “Mother Smith” vous contera le passé tragique d’une guyanaise au travers du mouvement et des marionnettes de la compagnie Sacred Motion.
  • Pour conclure la soirée, “Milan’s Game” dépeindra le jeu de rôle absurde et satyrique d’un couple interprété par les danseurs d’AllouAqui Dance Theatre, dans un univers chavirant entre réalité et surréalisme.

Curieux(-se) ? Intrigué(-e) ? Cliquez ici pour réserver vos places sans tarder. Nous avons fait salle comble l’an dernier et espérons partager notre nouvelle création avec un public tout aussi nombreux et enthousiaste !

En marche

Mardi 11 septembre 2018

J’ai beaucoup marché cet été. Au sens propre comme au figuré, je pense que l’air de rien, j’ai fait du chemin.

Wye Valley Walk, August 2018

Cela fait maintenant un mois que j’ai pris l’habitude d’aller au cours de danse à pied. The Place n’est qu’à 35 minutes de marche de chez moi et, croyez-moi, marcher d’un bon pas pendant tout ce temps-là, c’est un excellent début d’échauffement. Surtout comme ça, de grand matin, avant même d’arriver au studio pour le cours pro ! Marcher m’ôte le stress de rater le bus, m’évite le bain de foule du métro, et me permet de limiter les dépenses liées aux trajets que je fais sans arrêt pour prendre ou donner des cours de danse aux quatre coins de Londres.

Tous mes groupes n’ont pas encore fait leur rentrée, mais quand le trimestre sera tout à fait lancé, je donnerai 6 ou 7 cours de danse par semaine et je participerai à 3 cours supplémentaires en tant qu’assistante. Oui, ça commencer à rouler, mais tout ça ne me permet pas encore de gagner assez que pour être vraiment indépendante.

Je poursuis donc aussi, en parallèle à ma route d’élève et de prof de danse, le chemin sans fin des recherches d’emplois et d’opportunités. Mon rythme de croisière ? Envoyer une candidature par semaine (parfois deux), que ce soit pour participer à un festival, décrocher une date de représentation, donner une heure de cours en plus ici ou là.

Quand on randonne dans la vallée de sa carrière, il faut savoir tirer son plan et suivre les bons panneaux. Je m’applique donc à cibler les annonces auxquelles je réponds, et à écrire des lettres de motivation ou envoyer des vidéos uniquement vers les organismes et les gens avec lesquels je sens une connexion.

‘Braid’ (c.1983) by Brazilian artist Tunga (1952-2016). Tate Modern, London, 22/08/2018

Hier, ces démarches m’ont menées à Wood Green, dans le Nord de Londres, à la rencontre de la jeune directrice d’un collectif de danse-théâtre. Je postulais pour le job d’assistante dans une série de sessions de danse qui commence la semaine prochaine. Vers la fin de l’entretien, on a parcouru le plan de cours que j’avais préparé. Elle a eu l’air emballé et m’a téléphoné deux heures plus tard pour m’annoncer qu’elle m’offrait le poste … de dance leader, et non celui d’assistante !

Dance leader, not dance teacher. J’aime cette nuance. Au lieu du titre de “prof de danse”, je me qualifierais volontiers de “guide dansistique”. Au fond, comme une guide touristique, je fais voyager les gens dans l’espace et le temps. Je leur fait entendre des musiques du monde et goûter à des rythmes venus d’ailleurs. Je fais de mon mieux pour leur donner le goût de mettre un pied devant l’autre et tracer leur propre chemin. Parce qu’un jour, ils le feront tout seuls. Peut-être même dès demain.

Meeting Maths Dance

Sunday 29th July 2018

July has been a weirdly busy month for me. I haven’t been as active as I could have been in terms of dance classes and training. Yet as you read further, you will see that I have been proactive in other ways. I rummaged the internet and travelled around London to discover new practices and meet people who might inspire my future projects. This post introduces the first of these encounters.

An organisation called Maths Dance

Believe it or not, dance can be an intellectual discipline, or at least support the learning of academic subjects. There is some evidence of this in the texts linked below. With this in mind, you will be pleased to learn that, after a successful job interview, I have been offered to join the Maths Dance teaching team in September. So how are we going to teach maths through dance? Watch this space throughout the school year 2018-2019, and you will find out 🙂

For now, I can’t help but add a suggested reading list. The teacher in me is never on holiday, I’m afraid. Or rather, when she is off, the tireless student in me does her job 😉

Any thoughts on these readings? Any other articles on the topic? Please leave a comment below and let me know.

Please Select [City]

Wednesday 11th April 2018

Next month, I will be performing at Wandsworth Arts Fringe! After a fun audition on site, I have been selected to perform in Please Select [City], a new dance piece by Taiwanese choreographer Kuan-Yu Chen.

We will start creating and rehearsing the piece in two weeks, and I’m excited to work with my duet partner, Inari Hulkkonen, whom I met at the audition. Inari is from Finland and trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, in Leeds. Together, we will perform Please Select [City] 13 times over 3 consecutive weekends. Below are all of our performance dates and times, for those of you who are in, or are able to come to London:

  • Saturday 5th May 2018, 2.30PM to 3.10PM and 4.00PM to 4.40PM
  • Sunday 6th May 2018, 6.30PM to 7.10PM and 8.00PM to 8.40PM
  • Saturday 12th May 2018, 6.30PM to 7.10PM and 8.00PM to 8.40PM
  • Sunday 13th May 2018, 1.00PM to 1.40PM, 2.30PM to 3.10PM and 4.00PM to 4.40PM
  • Saturday 19th May 2018, 2.30PM to 3.10PM and 4.00PM to 4.40PM
  • Sunday 20th May 2018, 6.30PM to 7.10PM and 8.00PM to 8.40PM

Intoon Dance Audition, Wandsworth Common station, 25/03/2018

The great thing about this show is that it will be very easy to find it! If you come from central London and get off the train at Wandsworth Common Station, you will arrive on Platform 1 and won’t need to go any further: that’s where Platform 1 Gallery is, and where our performance will happen.

See you there!


Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased online. More info: https://www.wandsworthfringe.com/whats-on-2018/please-select-city?spektrix_bounce=true

Latest news from DanceWest

Tuesday 20th March 2018

Co-teaching dance sessions at the Embassy of Ireland on behalf of DanceWest, 15/03/2018

Spring is back, and I have been working for DanceWest for an entire year now! It has been a busy one, packed with teaching and learning opportunities, sprinkled with informal performances and theatre trips.

With DanceWest, I have taught and assisted sessions in schools, public libraries, studios, and even at an embassy, with participants from all ages and levels of experience (from mothers and toddlers to DanceWest’s Youth Dance Company).

This spring, I’m proud to support Ignition Dance Festival 2018:

Produced by Hammersmith-based DanceWest, Ignition Dance Festival showcases a vibrant programme from visionary choreographers who have danced for some of the biggest companies in the world. The festival, launching 16 May, will be in the Lyric Hammersmith’s main house and features a special line up of performances to celebrate Ignition’s fifth birthday. DanceWest have commissioned five previous recipients of the festival’s prestigious choreographic bursaries to present work.

The retrospective programme will include works by international artists Salah El Brogy (Akram Khan Company, Protein), Dane Hurst (Rambert Dance, Company Wayne McGregor) Thick & Tight (Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Gary Clarke Company) Sally Marie (New Adventures, Royal Opera House) Tim Casson (Jasmin Vardimon, Sadlers Wells). The evening will also include announcements and presentation of Ignitions 2018 choreographic commissions recipients who will create new choreography for the Rose Theatre Kingston in June.

Ignition supports community dancers, emerging artists and mid-career choreographers to create new choreography, produced by cutting-edge dance organisation – DanceWest. Chief Executive of DanceWest and Founder of the festival Rosie Whitney – Fish said: ‘From humble beginnings the festival provides thousands of opportunities for dancers and choreographers at every stage of their career. A huge thank you to Arts Council England, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham and Royal Borough of Kingston for their support’ ‘Ignition is unlike any other festival and is certainly not to be missed,’ added Rosie, who has recently been recognised for her contribution to arts and culture by Hammersmith and Fulham’s Civic Honours.

The festival continues with events throughout the summer including the popular, accessible and family-friendly – Community Dance Platforms for non-professional dancers aged 6-86, giving an opportunity for everyone to present their work in a slick, short programme on stage at the Rose Theatre Kingston and Lyric Hammersmith.

More info on the DanceWest website and on the event’s Facebook page.

As you can imagine, there is a lot of work to do behind the scenes to make this event happen. Rosie is already on it, and I joined her in the office this morning. More soon!

The Place where it all begins (again)

2018-01-06 The Place IMG_5281_1024Saturday 6th January 2018

I went back to The Place this morning, and got there at 9:00am (earlier than I normally do!) ready for a new year of dancing, teaching and performing.

This term, I continue teaching my lovely little First Moves (children aged 5-7) and New Moves (aged 8-9). I was delighted to see them again and meet a few new faces. Amongst these was my new teaching assistant, Theia, who studies at LCDS. She was wonderfully supportive and took good initiatives in both of my classes. I noticed that she immeditaly established great contact with the children, which was a joy to observe. The accompanist who joined us for New Moves did a great job too.

By the way, there will be more on music and musicians in my next posts!

If you follow me through this blog, you probably know how much I love to work, take classes and meet people at The Place. Of course, there are many personal and historical reasons for this.

Dance history is something I would love to research further, teach and write about, actually. This morning, my New Movers were so eager to find out more about Martha Graham, and how and when dance positions had been codified in classical and modern dance techniques… Did you know that The Place was founded 50 years ago? And do you know what connects The Place to Graham herself? More to come on this blog throughout the year!

2018-01-06 The Place IMG_5269_1024Architecturally, there is also something quite unique about The Place. No wonder that calling it ‘The Place’ seems to be enough – as if there was only one place (for dance) in the world. Even though one side of the building looks like a perfectly normal dance school (with lots of studios, bright light coming through the windows, and attractive stretching zones), a walk down the mysterious corridors of the lower ground floor and across the cafe leads directly into the theatre! And there I was. Facing a massive poster announcing ‘Resolution – The festival for new dance’. Next to it, I felt small, but determined. Small, but proud to be a small part of it. And ready, so ready for it!

The opening night of Resolution 2018 is near, and tickets are selling fast. I hope you have you booked yours. My collaborators and I will be back at the theatre on Monday, so watch this space for more posts on #swappingshadows and #Res18!


Prochain article en français, bien sûr. L’alternance continue en 2018. A bientôt !