Yael Flexer

Disappearing Acts

 

The enquiry/workshop draws on ideas and movement explorations and tasks from my recent production 'Disappearing Acts'. Appropriating Peggy Pelan's notion of the 'unseen' or 'unsayable', that which evades representation, I'm interested in the ways in which dance or embodiment offer both the visible and invisible, simultaneously interior and exterior experiences. I'm interested in playing with how the moving body itself can suggest disappearance particularly within the duet form. What images and emotions this brings to the fore and what implications this might have in terms of meaning, when framed within the political threads suggested by the work 'disappearing acts'.


Jerwood Award winner Yael Flexer is co-artistic director of Flexer & Sandiland. Originally formed by Yael as Choreographer in Residence at The Place Theatre, London, to date Yael has created 13 full-length productions for the company, touring throughout the UK and internationally. The company has been commissioned to create live and/or interactive works for among others: Sadler’s Wells, Woking Dance Festival, The South Bank Centre, Barbican Centre, London, The Engine Room, Somerset & Cinedans (Amsterdam, The Netherlands). Flexer & Sandiland current live production Disappearing Acts and the digital installation Weighting are on tour across the UK and internationally. Recent touring productions include Weightless (2012-14) celebrating the company’s 20th Anniversary and The Living Room (2010-2011). Alongside the company has toured the installations Trip Hazard (2013-ongoing) and Gravity Shift (2010- on going).

Commissions as an independent artist include: E-Werk Tanz Festival (Freiburg, Germany), Ludus Dance Company, Edge, Scottish Dance Theatre, Gravity & Levity, Lila and Cascade Dance Companies. 2014-2016 commissions include works for Wessex Academy, Edge, Mapdance, 3 Score and Freefall dance companies, YDance Scotland, Maslool, Israel and Stavanger University, Norway alongside numerous youth commissions for C.A.T programmes and other youth companies. Yael regularly leads choreographic Labs, workshops and professional training in the UK and internationally including: Independent Dance, Greenwich Dance, The Place, Trinity Laban, The Point, Brighton Dance Network, Dance East, Swindon Dance, Bewegungs Arts, Germany, Proda & RAS, Norway, Suzanne Dellal and The Tel-Aviv Dance Centre, Israel.

Yael has been awarded a bursary from The University of Chichester towards a PhD practice-based research which she completed in March 2013.  Yael also co-directs mapdance, the University of Chichester’s postgraduate touring company.

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