Laura Vanhulle (Artistic Director Vanhulle Dance Theatre) has a background mainly in Cunningham and uses it as a baseline for here highly physical classes.
She combines here strength as an ex gymnast with the grounding and core of African Dance and fluidity and circularity of Kathak, and uses the fluidity and floor from flying low. And creates a fluid strength based movement class. In here philosophy of dance she uses a lot of here yoga practise and believes breath and directing with the intention of the mind are key to the movement she creates.
Following her formal dance training Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD), Laura went on to do a post-graduate apprenticeship with ACE dance and music and continued with the company as a professional dance artist. Laura has since worked with:
Shobana Jeyasingh (Counterpoint), Coda DanceTheatre, Keneish Dance Theatre, Motionhouse (The Voyage), Rutherford Dance Company, Room 2 Manoeuvre, Aakash Odedra (as Rehearsal Director) and South Paw dance Company. She also danced in the Jack Savoretti video clip ‘Written in the Scars’, under the direction of Niku Chaudhari. In 2016 Laura went to Hong Kong for a flying low program with Vangelis Legakis and worked with The Van-L Dance Company. Laura continues to work closely with Sonia Sabri Company and Autin Dance Theatre (Dystopia-Still on Tour). She is a nationally recognised dance artist and has a strong teaching reputation in the West Midlands, working regularly with organisations such as DanceXchange, Elmhurst, Wolverhampton University, Coventry University, Nicholson chool of dance as lead teacher or Guest teacher/Choreographer. She also teaches Internationally in places like Greece and Belgium (Touching Base workshop in Collaboration with Judith Clijsters). Laura is also associated Artist with Burton and South Derbyshire College and Choreographed on they students academic year 2017-2018 and this year 2019. She has been teaching Mock auditions at BA Hons Performing Arts (Edge Hill University)
In 2013 Laura received Arts Council England funding for her first R and D for dance film project ‘Angles In Life’, which led to her establishing her own company Vanhulle Dance Theatre in 2014 http://vanhulledancetheatre.com/ .?Her first full full-length production as Vanhulle Dance Theatre ‘Angles In Life’, created in collaboration with Mickael Marso Riviere and Nicolas Vlasyslav, toured nationally in 2015. She also created a short dance film version of ‘Angles In Life’, with Director of Photography Mat Beckett (River Rea Films), which toured internationally to film festivals such as Pool 15, Berlin and Dance Film Festival UK, London and is selected for Dance on Film Screening at 2018 Woman in Dance Leadership Conference in New York City.
In Summer 2016 Laura Vanhulle was selected to work with DV8 Company in Berlin for 2 weeks, where she learnt the methods that DV8 uses in creating dance and movement.
In October 2016 Laura was awarded the Choreographer strand of ChoreoMatch, an extension of BDN’s ‘Introducing...’ (Birmingham’s only platform for new dance work) to research a new choreographic idea with three dancers of BDN’s choosing, who will also have applied to the platform under the Dancer strand. In 2017 Laura worked in Portugal with Companhia de Danca de Matosinhos. Laura received another Art council Grant for her R&D Infinite Womanhood Phase 3 where she works with Gustavo Oliveira. And She was awarded a Residency Choreography Award from DanceXchange, In 2018 Laura also got involved as Choreohrapher and Dance Artist with the ‘Young Composers project’. Laura also choreographed a brand new outdoor work or work for unusual spaces “Echo” which performed Summer 2018 in Frankfurt as part of Sommerwerft Festival Which has been performed at The Lighthouse and Birmingham Weekender (Bullring). In Summer 2018 Laura also started working with Rogue Play and took on a new skill (silks) For a piece called 3AM Waitress, which has been to Fringe Festival with a 5 star review. Laura works close in Collaboration with Room Arts on Choreographic projects where she works closely with composer pianist Melissa Morris. Laura recently got funded by Art Council for Company development for Vanhulle Dance Theatre and her next production “Yin” and she was selected for the Artist Residency 20 days 20 Years in Deda. Laura is Currently working with Gary Clarke on a Sky Arts Commission “This is an Island”.
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