Directed by award-winning choreographer Yael Flexer and installation artist Nic Sandiland, Flexer & Sandiland create live and digital installation work for theatres, galleries, screens and large outdoor spaces. Alongside the company runs an extensive programme of commissions and training for professionals, graduates, youth and community groups. Since the beginning of lockdown in 2020 the company has led ‘Acting Our Age’ online live classes for movers ages 55+ (and any interested adults). Classes continue to run online as well as more recently in the studio in Brighton.
Yael and Nic’s work centres on generating of a sense of intimacy in live performance and digital installation, in a way which acknowledges the physicality and presence of the viewer. Live works blend fast-paced intricate movement with digital technology, dry humour, and text. Digital works offer acute observations on the everyday and the mundane using pedestrian movement and gesture as well as working with dancers and non-dancers as performers.
The company was originally formed by Yael as Choreographer in Residence at The Place, London and to date Yael has created 14 full-length productions touring throughout the UK and internationally. Flexer & Sandiland have been commissioned to create live and/or interactive works for among others: Sadler’s Wells, Brighton Festival & Digital Festival, Southbank Centre, and The Barbican. Live work commissions include E -Werk Tanz Festival (Germany), Edge, Scottish Dance Theatre, Motus Dance Festival, National Youth Dance Company Scotland, Ludus Dance, Mapdance, Lila & Freefall Dance Companies, Trinity-Laban, Hull Dance, Maslool (Israel), Stavanger University (Norway), Three Score & Encore East. Yael & Nic regularly mentor and offer digital consultancy to dance, theatre & live artists such as Extant Theatre, Station House Opera, Pell Ensemble & Tina Hoffman.
Described by the press as dance that is unforced, unaffected, charming, and smart (Time Out) and with a gently deviant sense of humour (The Guardian).
“The physical proximity of the dancers – is quietly thrilling, and the discreetly-impressive tech and lighting and glorious soundscape culminate in a show that delivers a considered and subtle punch.” Thereviewhub.com
“The atmosphere is hypnotic. Limbs become parts of a full-scale puzzle in gravity-defying and plastic figures Props seem to have been designed purposely to fit the surreal environment and generate astonishment” Pocketsize Theatre
Inquiring Bodies is a full day event by dance artists, for dance artists in a mutually supportive environment for dance exploration and open dialogue.