Date Saturday 6th July
Time: 11.00am - 5.00pm
Venue: AMATA, Falmouth University, Studio B
Who? For dancers, practitioners and choreographers with an active physical practice
Fee: £10 p/p
/Bookings OPEN email firstname.lastname@example.org
Places are limited, so please book in advance.
With rigorous playfulness, we will connect with, and expand on, some of the ideas and interests that underpin Laila's current choreographic research: togetherness, difference, co-operation.
In the morning, class will offer a space for finding ease and articulacy in our dancing, exploring our relationship to gravity, connections through the body and from the body through space. Following this, through tasks and improvisation, through learning and sharing movement material, we will move alongside and together, making space for witnessing, noticing, discussing and immersing ourselves in our dances.
Laila is a dance maker based in Bristol working and presenting work across the UK and internationally. Recent pieces have explored ideas around impermanence, traces and our experience of time passing. Alongside independently and collaboratively devising work for live performance, Laila often works as movement director in theatre and opera. She also frequently works as an educator within the university and vocational sectors, with children, youth and other community groups as well as with emerging artists and peers, through commissioned work and the delivery of workshops, classes, public talks and mentoring.
Recent projects include, amongst others: SOMETHING ABOUT WILDERNESS and several other attempts at taming beauty (2017) in tandem with choreographer Mélanie Demers (Skanes Dansteater commission): Countless Yellow Chairs (2015), created and performed with composer/songwriter Jules Maxwell and many yellow chairs; Husk (2018), for Candoco Dance Company; Owl Light (2018) for mapdance, University of Chichester's postgraduate dance company; Near the place where your feet pass by (2017), created with Nafisah Baba for the BBC Young Dancer 2017 Final; Every day Everyday Dances (2018), a sound installation and London College of Fashion commission; movement direction for Verity Standen’sUndersong, an a cappella choral piece premiered at Mayfest, Bristol (2018).
Laila is currently developing a new dance work exploring the politics of togetherness. She is also Associate Choreographer for Sweet Charity (Donmar Warehouse) and will create a new solo for Royal Ballet Principal Sarah Lamb later in the year.
The recipient of a Rayne Fellowship for Choreographers (2006), Laila also was an Associate Artist at ROH2, Royal Opera House, between 2009 and 2012. She is currently the recipient of a Leverhulme Art Scholarship through Bristol Old Vic Ferment.
Photo (top): Max McClure (Edge and Shore by Helen Carnac and Laila Diallo)
Photo (biog): Gorm Ashurst
Photo (below): Adam Laity