A unique opportunity to work with three esteemed choreographers and gain insight into three distinct techniques rooted in the African and African Caribbean diaspora, whilst presenting innovative contemporary aesthetics. The LDIF+ workshop series provides a fantastic opportunity for continued professional development for dance practitioners. The course expands over three days to provide a thorough introduction to each choreographer and their technique, culminating in a performance opportunity for participants to showcase their work.
Jeanguy Saitus (Haiti)
9:30am – 11:30am
Jeanguy Saintus is a Haitian dancer and choreographer. As the founder of Ayikodans, he continuously pushes the limits of modern dance. Jeanguy Saintus’ technique is a contemporary Haitian aesthetics, rooted in tradition, with folklore and Haitian voodoo culture, as well as diverse African, Amerindian and French influences that reflect modern Caribbean culture and creativity.
Alesandra Seutin (Belgium/UK/Zimbabwe)
11:45am – 1:45pm
Alesandra Seutin was born in Harare, raised in Brussels and trained in London. Alesandra is the founder and artistic director of Vocab Dance Company, created with the vision of fusing African traditional dance with contemporary dance and urban dance forms to create distinctive African European dance theatre from a feminist perspective. Alesandra is an international ambassador of Acogny technique.
Thomas Talawa Prestø (Norway)
2:30pm – 4:30pm
Thomas Talawa Prestø is the founder of Tabanka Dance Ensemble and creator of the Talawa Technique. Thomas’ work seamlessly merges ancestral movements, culturally contextualised vocabulary and contemporary movement sensibilities. It bridges the gap between urban freestyling, traditional and contemporary dance whilst making a clear distinction between aesthetic and technical choices.
Performance Preparation Workshop
4:45pm – 6:00pm
Each day will culminate in a session which brings together the learning of all three practitioners to prepare for a unique performance showcase. Participants will have the opportunity to share their skills in an inclusive performance that celebrates their personal journey and development.