S o p h i e  A r s t a l l  CV

     

PERFORMANCE WORK:

  •  Rosemary Lee. ’Passage for Par’ Rehearsal Assistant and Performer for this outdoor work for 30 women as part of Groundwork, International Art for Cornwall. June 2018.​

  •   Stacked Wonky Dance, Director Sarah Shorten, ’The Landings’  www.stackedwonky.com. New large scale work on 5km stretch of English coast.  Performances September-October 2017.

      ‘Free Falling’ Quartet, production and touring 2015-2018.  'Air Hunger' Duet production and touring 2014-18. ‘In the middle with you’                             Production for 5 dancers, created and performed in 2012-2015.

  •  Vanessa Grasse. ’Mesh’ A site-responsive participatory choreography that travels through indoor & outdoor public spaces exploring the need of interdependence & collaboration. Tour 2017-2018.

  •  Annie Hanauer ’Exercises in Telepathy’ The Place 2017 and ongoing.  Research into collective improvisation and compositional performance approaches.

 

  •  Attik Dance Company ‘Fight Me’ Research for Dance Theatre production 2015. www.attik.org.uk

 

  •  Candoco Dance Company , Guest Artist for the company invited to perform ‘Studies for C’ choreographed by Javier de Frutos and Display for Wellcome Trust Gallery by Mirjam Gurtner.  2014 and 2016. www.candoco.co.uk

  •  Bicycle Ballet. Dancer for this company performing in two outdoor productions ‘Everyday Hero’ and ‘Strictly Cycling’ performed at festivals across the UK. 2013-16. www.bicycleballet.com

 

  •  Hannah Bruce and Company. Dancer and Choreographic Advisor for two promenade immersive dance and digital works: ‘The Look of The Thing’ and ‘The Claim’  2012-2014

 

  •  Rosie Whitney-Fish ‘Dear Lido’.  Dancer for Dance Theatre promenade work celebrating the past and present of British swimming culture. 2013 www.rosiewhitneyfish.com

 

  •  Glyndebourne Opera ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’, Director: Melly Still, Choreographer: Maxine Doyle. Dancer for this new production for Glyndebourne Festival 2012.

 

  •  Willi Dorner (Austria) ’Bodies in Urban Spaces ‘. Performer in urban site-specific work for The Turner Contemporary, Margate and Bristol May Festival 2011.

 

  • Paris Opera Comique and Toulouse Opera Capitol ‘Fiancailles au Couvent ‘, Director: Martin Duncan, Choreographer: Ben Wright.  2010/11. One of eight dancers for this new production.

 

  • Rosemary Lee ‘Square Dances ‘, Dance Umbrella, London, 2011. Dancer in cast of 100 women.

 

  • Harry Theaker ‘The Traipse ‘, 2011/12 imove & Quay Brothers commission. Dancer in work exploring English Rapper Folk Dance with Contemporary movement contexts, touring around UK.

  • Tony Mira- Nats Nus Dansa (Spain) ’Gravity Project ‘, Rehearsal Director for opening of Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, London 2010.  ‘Fisike’, Dancer in multimedia piece for children as part of Dance Theatre of Wales programme, Wales Millennium Centre. 2006.

 

  • Ingri Fiksdal (Norway). Dancer for two works; ’ WoCalling ‘ a European and Zimbabwean ensemble performed at Harare International Festival of Arts, Zimbabwe, festivals in Germany, Norway 2010/11. ‘The Happy Place ‘ A Dance Theatre work created, performed and toured Norway 2006-7

 

  • Rosie Kay Dance Company ‘ Supernova ‘, Dancer in this new work performed at The Place 2008

  • Attik Dance Company ‘Shopafrolics’, South West UK Tour. Dancer in outdoor piece for cities 2007.

  •  Daria Martin Choreography by Henrietta Hale, Tate Britain ‘Winter Garden’, 2006. Dancer in film for the opening of the Delaware Pavilion, Hastings and the Tate Britain.

 

  • Transitions Dance Company 2004/5.  Works choreographed by Rafael Bonachela, Crystal Pite, Henry Montes, Thomas Lehman and Alicia Herrerro Simone. Performed in Japan, Singapore & UK.

CHOREOGRAPHY:

 

  • Average Height Ladies is a company that I create work under with Elizabeth Barker. Commissioned to create four Dance Theatre works, all Concept, Choreography, Design and Performance by Sophie Arstall and Elizabeth Barker.

 

  • ‘To the Ends of the Fingertips’.  Channel 4 and Big Dance Short Film Commission. 2016

 

  •  ‘Alice’s Imaginarium’ Commissioned by The South Bank Centre as part of Imagine Children’s Festival 2015.  Site-specific immersive Dance Theatre work.

 

  • ‘A Curious Cakewalk’ Outdoor promenade Dance Theatre piece commissioned by Greenwich Dance, Trinity Laban and The Horniman Museum for festivals 2014. 

 

  • ‘Dancing Tales’ Big Dance and City Noises Festival, a European Culture Fund project. Performances in London, Helsinki and Budapest 2012.

 

  • ‘The Tree of Light‘ Charlie Morrissey in collaboration with Block9. One of ten choreographers for large-scale outdoor production with 1000 dancers celebrating the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

Nominated by Independent Dance and selected for One Dance UK Dancers’ Mentorship    Programme 2017 for mid-career artists.   

 

Workshops: Deborah Hay, Daria Fain, KJ Holmes, Fabulous Beast, Julyen Hamilton, Kirstie Simson, Ivana Muller, Frey Faust Axis Syllabus. I have also studied some Aikido and Tai Chi.

 

TEACHING:

I teach professional and open adult classes in Contemporary Technique and Improvisation at Greenwich Dance, Trip Space, Dance Works and The Place, London. I have also taught at Drama and Dance for all ages and on outreach projects for Lewisham College, Dance in Devon, English National Ballet, Camden Council and Shed@thepark Theatre Company an inclusive performing arts company. I was also Co-Artistic Director of Devon Youth Dance Company for 3 years.

 

EDUCATION:

  • Laban Centre: MA in Dance Performance-Transitions Dance Company 2004-2005.

  • Northern School of Contemporary Dance: First Class BA Honours   2001-2004.

  • A’ Levels: History (A), Dance (A), French (A), Gen Studies (A) - Exeter College 1999-2001.

  • G.C.S.E’s:  11 at Grade A*-B - St Peters School, Exeter, 1995 - 1999.

 

  • Languages: English, French, some Italian. Aikido, Conservation, Cycling, Film, Literature, Philosophy, Psychology, Theatre, Travel, Visual Art and Design, Walking.

 

          Hannah Bruce, Director: 0044 7946 134076  hannah@hannahbruce.org