Alumni performance platform returnsWed 13 November 2019
Dance artists Liwia Bargieł, Laure Fauser, Antigone Gyra and Panayiotis Tofi will present work at the second Bite Size Pieces sharing
Bite Size Pieces is our performance platform for dance alumni. It offers the opportunity for individuals to showcase new work with professional tech support and receive peer feedback.
The scheme, which launched in March, continues this month with a quartet of alumni sharing pieces in the Laban Building’s Studio Theatre on Saturday 23 November.
The programme features:
- Liwia Bargieł’s Body Bank Prologue – a responsive and reflective work featuring text by Paulina Ozga that explores the impact memories have on the body physiologically.
- Laure Fauser’s Waiting to Live – the story of an unhappy business woman who physically stand her work anymore and dreams about a different life.
- Antigone Gyra’s We Can Do It – a solo which focuses on the inner power of women: how women balance different roles and identities and develop strength and femininity at the same time.
- Panayiotis Tofi’s Mourning Beast – a work in progress responding to unexpected loss and the process of mourning.
After each presentation Tony Thatcher (MA Choreographer Programme Leader), Lizzi Kew Ross (Artistic Director of Lizzi Kew Ross & Co and Lecturer in Choreography at Trinity Laban) and Charles Linehan (previously Choreographer in Residence at The Place, now Reader in Choreography at Trinity Laban) will guide a Q&A with each artist.
The evening’s performances will be followed by a free drinks reception, giving both the audience and the artists a chance to socialise and engage in further discussions about the works.
Bite Size Pieces
18.30h | SAT 23 NOV | Studio Theatre, Laban Building, SE8 3DZ
Admission Free, RSVP to email@example.com
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Image L-R: Liwia Bargieł (credit Helena Ganjalyan), Laure Fauser (credit jpp-f@tos), Antigone Gyra and Panayiotis Tofi
Liwia Bargieł graduated from Trinity Laban’s BA(hons) Dance Theatre programme in 2010. In a collaboration with Warsaw Polytechnics Architecture Department, she created interactive lighting installation Modular light Cloud and performance Glow. From 2015 she has worked with visual artist Marta Mielcarek, and have together created Opening position-vertical for Poligon Gallery Warsaw and Nullpunkt for Salon Akademii Gallery Warsaw. With Lilianna Krych and Warsaw Chamber Choir Liwia interpreted Cornelius Cardew’s graphic music scores for Warsaw Autumn Contemporary Music Festival. Liwia works as a choreographer with many theatres in Poland, including National Theater Warsaw, and has directed Illuminations and Witzelsucht for National Academy of Dramatic Arts in Warsaw. Her works have been presented internationally across Europe.
Body Bank Prologue is a responsive and reflective work that explores the impact memories have on the body physiologically. The dancer interacts with the audience to illuminate new perspectives on individual bodily experiences.
Laure Fauser studied at the Paris Conservatoire, before training at Trinity Laban on the BA(hons) Dance Theatre programme from 2007 to 2010. Returning to France, she founded company Aime et Rôde where she has worked as a choreographer. She is currently completing her Diplôme d’Etat in contemporary dance.
Waiting to Live tells the story of an unhappy business woman. Her body is tired and her mind fed-up working behind a desk. She can’t physically stand her work anymore. She dreams about a different life. Step by step, she will realise she can her change life.
Antigone Gyra graduated from Trinity Laban’s BA(hons) Dance Theatre programme in 1993. In 1995 she received the second award for young choreographers of Rallou Manou competition with The stories, you grew up with, grew up. Her works have been performed in Greece and abroad, and she has represented her country and numerous festivals. In 1996 she created dance theatre group Kinitiras Dance Spectacle (Chorotheama), an internationally recognised artistic network connecting professionals and amateurs through the performing arts. She has also facilitated workshops and given lectures on dance and theatre subjects. From 2010 until 2012 she was the artistic director of the European Network SPIDER ARTISTIC NET representing Greece. From December 2019 to February 2020 Antigone will be collaborating with Lo Studio Guru in Switzerland.
Premiered at Pocket Dance Festival in Thessaloniki, Greece in September 2019 the solo We Can Do It focuses on the inner power of women: how women balance different roles and identities and develop strength and femininity at the same time. The movement explores soft qualities in relation to balance and sharp movement.
Panayiotis Tofi graduated from Trinity Laban with a Bachelor of Contemporary Dance in 2014. Since graduating he has been working as a movement director and choreographer in theatre, collaborating with directors including Heinz-Uwe Haus, Melita Kouta and Harry Kafkarides, and has presented works in Cyprus, Greece and Sweden, including Through me, THEM (2019). He teaches Release-Floor Work and Contact Improvisation to professionals, adults and dance students. As a dancer he has collaborated with various choreographers including Charles Linehan, Vania Gala, and Mahi Demetriadou Lindahl. He has presented seminar ‘This is not my body’ based on his choreographic research at Cyprus Theatre Organization Warehouse Theatre in Nicosia. In 2018 he was named Creator of the Year by the Cyprus Theatre Organization.
Work in progress Mourning Beast responds to unexpected loss and the process of mourning. Through the work, a male body becomes abstracted in a contradictory process of resistance and surrender.