About

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artist, movement educator & researcher

These skills nourish each other.

I do lots of things, I’m not going to pretend I fit only in one box. None of us do.


ARTIST

Since 2004, I work professionally as a dance and movement artist, skilled in performing, choreographing and creating with others. I am inspired by process-orientated somatic movement education and improvisation, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and site-specific practices. I create contexts for audiences to explore their being, their movement, and expectations of scale and place. My artistic work has been supported, amongst others, by Greenwich Dance, Theatre Delicatessen, Bellyflop, The Lisa Ullman Travelling Scholarship Fund and the British Council.

MOVEMENT EDUCATOR

I am Registered Somatic Movemenet Educator with ISMETA and a Certified Movement Analyst in Laban Movement Analysis/Bartenieff Fundamentals, and a Yoga teacher. I hold a BA in Contemporary Dance Theatre and trained in vinyasa and pregnancy yoga with YogaLondon.

I have a rich vocabulary to identify and differentiate movement and personal habits, then facilitate you to expand on your resources. More choice in how you move, no matter how large or small the movement, opens up more possibility for expression, communication and experience. Since 2007, I teach and facilitate Laban/Bartenieff Movement System, as well as dance improvisation, movement for actors and choreography to artistic and performing communities and with individuals from many other walks of life, and since 2008 with performing arts students in Higher Education (for example, TrinityLaban; Middlesex Univeristy; Rose Bruford; Edge Hill; Sheffield Hallam; Alma Mater Dance academy Slovenia). I have taught in the UK, Germany, Slovenia, Serbia, Italy, Belgium and China, teaching and assessing on the Certification programmes in LBMS. I currently teach in London, UK, and in the Netherlands on the modular programme led by the EMove Institute.

Facilitating the richness of LBMS always brings new connections for me. As someone interested in many aspects of movement – at the level of the cellular as well as the political – LBMS remains a potent source of creative, communicative learning in my life. I am a member the Laban Guild and hold full teaching insurance (in person and online).

My teaching as a yoga and pregnancy yoga is grounded in my experiences of meditation and dance. Somatic movement education provides a way to explore asana as a playful inquiry of presence. I aim to empower individual agency through yoga practice that delves into deep inner awareness for outer transformation – individually, socially, politically. I am less interested in styles and branding than in cultivating open awareness and discernment in how you meet yourself in any new moment. I am moved by how we explore, sense, be suprised by our capacities, and ultimately are here, together.

Professional development and additional trainings

2015                Certification in Pregnancy Yoga Teacher, (200 hour), Yoga London, accredited by Yoga Alliance

2013-14           Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy (code D12), year-long course, The Tavistock Centre, London, NW3 5BA

2011                Certification in Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher, (200 hour), Yoga London, accredited by Yoga Alliance

2009-2010       Certification in Laban Movement Analysis/Bartenieff Fundamentals Practitioner (CMA), (500 hour), programme leader Janet Kaylo (LSSI/Canada), accredited by LIMS/New York, USA

2002-2005 BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance Theatre, first class, LABAN, London

RESEARCHER

My research, connected to the field of contemporary dance that is already interdisciplinary, explores conditions for its emergence using interdisciplinary perspectives from sociology, politics and anthropology. My PhD uses the prism of festivals of contemporary dance and performance in the former Yugoslav space to analyze the functions of curation. I wrote a blog post about some of my work here. I also research within the field of Laban/Bartenieff Movement System, contributing to debate on education and training cross-culturally, and developments in Motif.

I am a member of PSi – Performance Studies international

Academic training

2015-2020       PhD, Middlesex University, Faculty of Arts and Cultural Industries, supervisors Dr. J Machon, Dr. S. Sachsenmaier, Dr. V Graziano

2006-2007       MA Performance and Culture Interdisciplinary studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London, course director Dr. M. Shevtsova

2002-2005       BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance Theatre, first class, LABAN, London

Awards/scholarships

2015-2018       PhD Studentship award, Middlesex University

2016-2017       Erasmus Credit Mobility scheme, University of Belgrade, Serbia

2010                Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship Award, to train in Canada

2005                danceWEB scholarship recipient, Impulstanz Festival, Vienna, with the support of the British Council

2005                Recipient of an Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreological Studies from the Sylvia Bodmer foundation, LABAN, London

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