JOIN MÓTUS YOUTH DANCE COMPANY
Are you between 11 and 19 years old?
Do you have a passion for Dance and Dance performance?
Could you be available for and committed to regular rehearsals?
MÓTUS Youth is recruiting for September 2020!
Company members will participate in weekly sessions in term time and longer residencies in the school holidays to create new performance works with professional choreographers.
Throughout the year the company will perform their work at various youth dance platforms across the UK as well as a whole host of opportunities right here in Milton Keynes.
Company members will pay nominal fees at £5 per week for a 2 hour session during term time and bursary places may be available.
For more info or to join from September send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the MÓTUS YOUTH in the subject line.
Kate Taylor - May 11th and 18th
Kate’s performance experience includes International Dance Festival Birmingham, Bedlam (South East), Cscape Dance (Cornwall), Wired Aerial Theatre (Liverpool), Blue Eyed Soul Dance Company (Shrewsbury), State of Emergency (London), Topiary Dance (Birmingham), Motionhouse dance theatre (Leamington Spa), Ascendance Rep (Leeds), Retina (Nottingham/Belgium), Talking Birds (Coventry), Croi Glan Integrated Dance (Ireland), Synapse (Japan), Parlor Dance (Buckinghamshire), UnderConstruction Theatre Company (Oxford) and Twist & Shout production company (Leicester).
Kate has taught extensively within the educational and professional sectors, working in primary and secondary, both mainstream and special, and also FE and HE, including dance and performing arts conservatoires. She has also worked for dance and performing arts organisations, theatres and art houses.
Over a ten-year period, Kate successfully directed and solely managed mobius dance theatre, seeing the company through five regional and national touring productions with the support of Arts Council England. Kate’s choreographic and producing work has seen her work regionally and nationally on both community and professional-based projects, in addition to commercial contracts.
Kate is the founder and director of Warwickshire-based Centre-Point, a Contemporary Dance and Pilates School. She is also a qualified Pilates matwork teacher.
Be sure to follow Kate’s work!
And you can watch some of her class at the Dance Xchange (with professional dancers) here to get a taste: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2035195146774015
Vivian Triantafyllopoulou - 25th May
Vivian Triantafyllopoulou comes from Greece and she graduated from Trinity Laban with a 1st class degree.
She continued as a chosen member of the Akram Khan Experiment and then she joined Jasmin Vardimon 2 professional development course, where she performed a national tour with pieces from AΦΕ, Vinicius Salles and Jasmin Vardimon. Since then she has performed with Bittersuite Company , Vinicius Salles , Fernanda Prata, Ben Judd and Dionysios Tsaftaridis, Emily Robinson Dance, Follow Through collective and others. She was also involved in The Lowry and Rambert choreographic project as a dancer for Melanie Lomoff. Vivian was also a dancer and choreographer’s assistant for Hagit Yakira’s community project ‘On Falling and Recovery’ and rehearsal director for Hagit’s project Dance for Platinum at Royal Albert Hall (2018).
She teaches dance, dance theater and improvisation to kids, adults and professionals. She has taught for City Lit, Greenwich Dance, Trinity Laban and others. Vivian is the founder of a series of workshops ; 'Energy and flow', a contemporary dance workshop and 'Movement waves' a community workshop which happens in and by the sea.
See more on Vivian’s web-site: https://www.viviantr.com
Julia Cheng - 1st June
Luton-London based Julia Cheng is a creative director with extensive expertise in dance and self-produced work, obtaining an impressive portfolio of commissioned works and funded projects.
A versatile performer and choreographer, in 2014 she founded House of Absolute, an all-female collective of multidisciplinary dancers. Her technique continues to evolve because she seeks to break boundaries in any given style, she is continually creating new works whilst teaching and mentoring dance across UK, Europe, Africa and Asia. Her influences have led to cross-collaborative works with artists in contemporary dance, music, painting, visual art and poetry.
Julia has considerable stage and theatre commissions including works for London Jazz Festival, Roundhouse, Sadlers Wells Theatre, V&A Museum, Southbank Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome, Contour London Symphony Orchestra, British Council Cairo, Wilderness Festival, China Changing Festival, Jazz Refreshed, Love Supreme Festival, University of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, East London and many more.
Having judged, won and competed in many Hip Hop battles since 2007, most recently, Julia participated as a judge/mentor for BBC Young Dancer 2019. She was also a runner-up recipient of the Arts Foundation Futures Award 2019 for Hip Hop Dance. Her prolific reputation has led to campaigns with Dr Martens, Vogue Italia, Wella, Kowtow New Zealand and BBC World Service Persia.
See more about Julia here: https://www.houseofabsolute.com
Hannah Delaney - 8th, 15th, 29th June
Hannah is a freelance dance artist, working across Herts, Beds and Bucks, engaging people in the experience and sharing of dance, through her performing, teaching and bespoke workshop facilitating.
She trained at the University of Chichester and gained a BA (Hons) in Dance, studying modules that included contemporary and ballet technique, choreography, repertory, journalism and dance criticism. Hannah continued her study in MA Dance Performance at the University of Chichester. She toured nationally and internationally with mapdance, under the artistic direction of Yael Flexer and Detta Howe, performing works by Jonathan Burrows, Abi Mortimer (Lîla Dance), Ofra Idel (Machol Shalem Dance), Rick Nodine and Kerry Nicholls.
Performance work has continued for Hannah, being part of various site-specific projects including a commissioned work by Flexer and Sandiland for the PUSH/IDENTIFY MÓTUS Dance Festival; a part of the Walk of Witness with Expressions 1Vision; and a research-improvisation piece for Festive Road's Festival of Giants.
Hannah enjoys teaching contemporary dance, tap dance and ballet for people of all ages and abilities. Her approach to teaching offers an enjoyable, engaging and challenging environment, for participants to explore movement for themselves, as well as in a group.
Bespoke workshop facilitating develops from Hannah's teaching experience and desire to engage with as many different people through dance as possible. Hannah is a keen researcher of themes that will enable her to deliver dance workshops to capture the attention of you and your group, suiting your interests and needs specifically.
Recently Hannah was part of the 2017/18 cohort of Overture, a professional development opportunity with Matthew Bourne's New Adventures. Engaging in four intensive residential weekends at Farnham Maltings, Hannah was able to explore and redefine her practice as a community dance artist, ready to deliver more engaging dance sessions.
See more about Hannah here: www.hannahdelaneydance.co.uk
Image : Taryn Muller Photography
Helen Parlor - 22nd June
Helen is the Artistic Director for MÓTUS.
Helen started her journey in dance back in 1993 training at Swindon Dance’s rich and inspiring foundation course before heading up North to begin three years vocational training at Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
Spanning a career of over 20 years, Helen has danced professionally for DansConnect working for choreographers Jonathan Lunn, Scott Ambler and Yael Flexer, before moving on to Motionhouse where Helen performed Atomic and then worked with Artistic Director Kevin Finnan to devise and perform in Fearless, Volatile and Perfect alongside numerous large scale site specific works across the UK over a period of six years.
In 2006 Helen moved to Norway and performed with Panta Rei Danseteater as part of the Cultural Rucksack programme throughout Norway and beyond which included creating work for Royal State Cultural visits to New Delhi and Mumbai alongside developing the MUDA project in Dar Es Salaam, Africa.
In 2007 Helen returned to the UK after 18 months and became the rehearsal director for Motionhouse and their touring work Driven. Following this Helen continued to perform and joined Mobius, under the Artistic Direction of Kate Taylor to tour Such is Life alongside developing choreographic projects to include Full Force Dance Company in partnership with The Point, Eastleigh, Forbidden at Goodrich Castle alongside Dancefest and A Fools Journey in partnership with FringeMK.
In 2012 Helen was the Assistant Choreographer for London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony, working again alongside Kevin Finnan and 3000 dedicated volunteers.
Following this Helen made and internationally toured her own full length work Close Distance, through her company ‘Parlor Dance’ which was supported through Arts Council England.
During this time ideas for MÓTUS were beginning to brew and in 2013 MÓTUS was officially born, with Helen as Artistic Director, and supported again through Arts Council England to develop a festival and a unique dance provision in Milton Keynes.So far, MÓTUS has run 6 annual festivals, numerous community projects and programmes JUMP START (MÓTUS’s youth dance platform) and ADJUSTMENTS (MÓTUS professional work in progress platform)
In 2017/18 was the choreographer for MAPdance, creating Propel which toured internationally alongside being the movement director for Tightrope, Freefall and Hidden working alongside theatre director Stuart Mullins. Helen was also the artistic curator for the ROCLA art trail in Redhouse Park, Milton Keynes and is currently an Associate Artist at the MK Gallery.