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  • 1st June 2016

    East Wall Warm Up | The Choreographers

    I’m looking forward to seeing what we can make together” Hofesh Shechter 

    East Wall Warm-Up, Saturday 2 July 

    #LIFT2016 rounds off atop a car park, high above the rooftops of East London. East Wall Warm-Up is a taster of the hugely exciting things to come in 2018. East London Dance have teamed up with Hofesh Shechter Company to bring a show co-commissioned by LIFT and Royal Historical Palaces that will capture the essence of East London.

    Curated by Hofesh Shechter this scratch performance and installation brings together East London Dance’s most talented and exciting up-and-coming choreographers and dancers.  

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    Becky Namgauds

    Originally from Cheshire Becky graduated from the University of Wolverhampton in 2013 with an award for outstanding dance practice. Since, she has worked with Eddie Peake for the Barbican, Holly Blakey, Marso Riviere and Autin Dance Theatre to name a few. In 2013 she began creating her own work, her solo Severed Dreams has been performed at a dozen platforms between London and Birmingham, most recently as part of Dance Umbrella. Her work has no particular style but is heavily influenced by performance art; contemporary floors work techniques and capoeira.


    What are your aspirations for the future? At the moment I am focused on my own training and practice as I’d really like to work with a high profile company that tours internationally. I plan to continue making my own work but not only for dance platforms.

    Describe your work for East Wall Warm-Up in three words.  Raw, unapologetic, emotionally charged

    Duwane Taylor

    Duwane Taylor is a leading Krump choreographer in the UK, while versed in many different hip hop styles, he specialises in bringing raw and expressive Krump from the streets to the theatre, to demonstrate that Krump is a highly artistic style which can be used to explore multiple concepts and themes. Duwane is part of Buckness Personified which was created in 2012. The company’s main aim since its inception has been to make Krump more accessible to a wider audience. They do this through fusing Krump with different dance disciplines to create diverse and dynamic pieces of work.


    What is the best piece of advice you have received?  It’s not really advice I’ve personally received, but something which keeps me focused is: ‘To only be in competition with yourself’.  Rather than try and compete with someone who has a completely different struggle and path from me, I will constantly be trying to outdo myself and challenge myself each time.

    Music has a big influence on your work.  Which artists inspire you? Olafur Arnalds and Hans Zimmer are very inspiring artists for me. I love the neo-classical work from Olafur and love the epic sounds of Hans Zimmer. Hans Zimmer is primarily a film composer which gives his music piece a real story. Something which I feel really helps me to try and create an epic feel.

    Duwane Taylor Headshots(LQ)
    Erion Kruja

    Erion Kruja

    Erion trained at the Pioneer’s House of Tirana, The National Ballet school of Albania and graduated in 2001. He joined Hofesh Shechter Company in June 2011. Before this he performed classical ballet with the company of the National Theatre of Albania, Go and Emballe Moi Compagnie Linga Lausanne, under the direction of Marco Cantalupo & Kartazyna Gdaniec. During 2006-2008 he performed with Theater Chemnitz (Ballet Chemnitz) and after from 2008 to 2011 with Bern Ballet (Stadttheater Bern).


    Which role do you prefer more – dancer or choreographer? That is a difficult question to answer. For the moment I am thoroughly enjoying being a choreographer, but I will always love to dancer and be a performer.

    When did you start creating your piece for East Wall Warm-Up? It began thinking about a new piece in November last year, so about 6/7 months ago, when I and the other Hofesh Shechter Company dancers, were improvising in the studio. The music was on and it just came to me, and the inspiration developed from there.  But I only really started to work on it now in May.

    Hannah Anderson-Ricketts

    Hannah Meraki, also known as Hannah Anderson-Ricketts is more than a dancer and choreographer. Hannah is a visionary and problem solver; she sets up initiatives, creates opportunities and empowers others on their artistic journey. She performs, choreographs, directs, teaches and mentors. Hannah Meraki Dance aims to produce work that highlights social and life matters through dance and theatre. The company also aims to challenge the aesthetic of the contemporary dance industry by working with dancers that reflect the cultural and aesthetic diversity of London. MERAKI means to put your whole self in what you do and work with creativity, soul and love…and that is why we do what we do.


    Where is your favourite place to go in East London? By the river near the Olympic Park.

    What are your aspirations for the future? To travel with my work; to create, teach and engage creatively with different cultures.

    joseph headsho_photo Irven Lewist

    Joseph Toonga

    Joseph Toonga originates from Cameroon but was raised in the East End of London. As an artist Joseph is fascinated with the rawness, compactness and precision that Hip-Hop provides and how he can fuse it with the shaping and structure more commonly used in contemporary choreography. He aims to create a unique vocabulary, whilst incorporating storytelling and narrative into his work to explore and physicalize emotive themes relevant in today’s society. Joseph also runs his own dance company ‘Just Us Dance Theatre’, which was founded in 2007 and works around an ethos to inspire, nurture and support, aiming to provide the conditions for artists to create and collaborate.


    What is the best thing about East London for you? The best part about East London it that it feels like home; its diverse, bubbly and a mix of different cultures. And I feel it is where art lives in London.

    How and when did you start creating your piece for East Wall Warm-Up?  During the one week residency with Hofesh we got given time to think and really dig deep into ideas. But the moment when I started putting things together is when Hofesh asked us to come up with 5 powerful images that we wanted to betray.

    Lee Griffiths

    Lee joined hip hop theatre collective Far From The Norm in 2012 and has performed nationally and internationally with them. As part of Artistic Director Botis Seva’s Wild Card at the Lilian Baylis Sadler’s Wells she presented an international collaboration with British Council Tunisia and Bboy Chouaib Brik, Art Solution.  She is currently producing FFTN’s outdoor tour H.O.H and Botis’ upcoming Compass Commission with the Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban partnership. Lee is also a part of The Company, which is a head strong collective that produces experimental hip-hop theatre, committed to producing evocative work that responds to socio/political issues.


    What is your favourite memory of East London? Visiting Centre Stage, Maryland studio for the very first time. Taking class with Kenrick Sandy and Boy Blue Entertainment and really getting a sense of what and who East London really is.

    How do you start creating a piece? I research a lot through images, film and text. I then bounce ideas back and forth; I collaborate with my music composer, Torben Lars Sylvest, who inspires structure and texture. I then feed my dancers with the fuel of what the piece is and I go.

    Lee Griffiths
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    Robia Milliner

    Robia has been performing, choreographing and teaching in London for over 10 years. She has worked with companies and choreographers such as Avant Garde Dance Company, A&R Dance, Definitives and Ivan Blackstock as well as creating work as a solo artist. Robia’s choreography is a blend of Hip-Hop, Contemporary and Jazz and one style becomes more prominent depending on where a particular piece of music takes her.


    Who or what inspired your performance style? My family have inspired me mainly as I have come from a creative background where most of my family have done dance or music. As I get older life’s experiences inspire me a lot as well as this earth and the universe.

    What three words best describe your work for East Wall Warm-Up?  Melodies, harmonies, one dancing body.