This workshop concentrates very pragmatically on using our body as one in a very physical relationship with the floor. Concentrating on opening up options for ourselves to enter the floor in a variety of ways, exploring the use of the back, arms and shoulders as platforms to both receive the ground and launch off for some air-time.
Creating structures and curves with the body to enable creative-acrobatics, flowing in and out of the floor. We will seek to take advantage of gravity to 'ride the curve' down into the floor and use this energy to come back out, using less effort, less muscle, leaving more energy and power.
Overall we seek to take away the restrictions of moving in a low level or flying high. Alongside the solo movement work, at times we will also work with a partner to explore how such qualities as momentum, risk, weight and aesthetic can allow us to create physically and visually interesting images with each other. We aim to highlight the moments that are not possible without a partner yet constructing an awareness of each persons role within any given movement.
Luke Jessop is the Artistic Director and founder of Ion Tribe. A dance theatre company with a strong focus on improving the scientific literacy of the general public through dance theatre productions, workshops and festivals. Under Ion Tribe, Luke has created a solo-work - 'Letter to my Newborn Child' and is currently touring the duet, 'The Red Queen'.
Luke trained in the UK at the University of Bedfordshire, and then went on to work with UK based companies 2Faced Dance, for the triple bill 'In The Dust' and then Southpaw Dance Company for the piece 'Carousel'.
In 2012 Luke moved to Brussels to work with Ultima Vez / Wim Vandekeybus, creating and performing in the works; 'booty Looting', 'Talk to the Demon', 'Spiritual Unity', 'FEAR NOT' and 'In Spite of Wishing and Wanting' (Revival).
Luke teaches prolifically at festivals and schools throughout Europe with his own style of creative acrobatic dance - Riding The Curve, as well as being commissioned to create works for various schools and institutions. Luke is also the founder and Artistic Director of the ConnectLAB festival. A nine day festival in Brussels, focused on partnering work, bringing together different disciplines of movement.