The classes Joel teaches are release based, with aspects of improvisation (both in contact and individually), physical theatre, and David Zambrano’s flying low technique also integrated. The movement he teaches has a constant flow of energy, even when in stillness, and is influenced by the practices of those he has worked with as a performer. When working with set material Joel is interested in seeing how different bodies can adapt movement to make it their own. He therefore only gives a vague outline of what the movement looks like, paying particular attention to its pathway through space and musicality, for people to use as a rough guide. His classes therefore require strong internal presence, spatial awareness, and ability to laugh at ones-self!
Joel has worked as a performer for a range of internationally renowned companies such as: Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal, Luca Silvistrini’s Protein, Ben Wright’s BGROUP, and Hagit Yakira Dance. As a choreographer he has performed his own work at a variety of established venues both in the UK and abroad, such as Sadler’s Wells Lillian Baylis Studio, The Place, Tripspace, and L’Escaut (Brussels). He has received Arts Council funding consecutively over the last four years for the research and development, rehearsals and touring of 2 separate works- Treasure and Tat (2017-19), and Forever Again, All The Time (2020). He was also commissioned to create a dance film work for Ballet Boyz, which was premiered earlier this year as part of an online festival celebrating the life of Sir Ken Robinson.
In 2016 he received a Distinction in Performance Design and Practice, at UAL, and has since used these skills to design, source and construct set and costume for both his own work and other peoples. He is now interested in taking his own work to less conventional performance spaces, in order to make dance more accessible to the wider public.
Date(s) - Monday 22 November, 2021
7:00pm - 8:30pm