Pair 1: Sivan Rubinstein (Artist) and Xavier De Sousa (Producer)

Sivan is a London based dance maker. Using social and cultural themes, Sivan’s work questions and explores the world around us. Her work is deeply rooted in collaboration with different artists and art forms whilst keeping body language central to her investigations.  After completing her BA at Trinity Laban, Sivan furthered her choreography by showcasing performances at Lilian Baylis Studio, The Richard Attenborough Centre, The Place, JW3 and Dance4, amongst other festivals around Europe. In 2015, Sivan was awarded the title of 'Exceptional Artist' by the Israeli Ministry of Culture. Today Sivan spends most of her time in the UK touring and developing her upcoming productions. She is also a member of the Swallowsfeet Collective who develop, curate and produce The Swallowsfeet Festival (Brighton). The Collective bring opportunities to international artists to showcase their work, while creating a new platform for dance research and education.

Xavier is an independent performance maker and producer. Having grown up with Europe’s oldest performance art festival, CITEMOR (Portugal), he has been working solidly in theatre, dance and live art since graduating from Kingston University in 2010. He currently works with live artist Jamie Lewis Hadley, choreographer Evangelia Kolyra, performance maker Tom Ross Williams and visual artist Adam James. He is a resident producer at the Live Art Development Agency. Xavier has previously worked with Tino Sehgal, Lauren Barri Holstein, Rosana Cade, Forest Fringe, Louise Orwin, Ellie Stamp, Needless Alley Collective and OperaUpClose amongst others. He has also performed in a variety of solo shows and collaborations at Latitude Festival, Tate Modern, Vogue Fabrics, Southbank Centre, Whitechapel Gallery, Old Vic Tunnels, King’s Head Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre and ]performance space[, amongst others. Together with Sally Rose, he is currently leading on a Producers Network which proposes to be a point of network, mapping and sharing of resources for produces of all backgrounds. He is currently producing a 3-day arts and barbering festival to be premiered at Toynbee Studios later in 2016, with Artsadmin, Live Art Development Agency, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England.


Pair 2: Joseph Toonga (Artist) and Emily Crouch (Producer)

Joseph originates from Cameroon and was raised in the East End of London. In 2007, he founded his company Just Us Dance Theatre and is resident artist at Greenwich Dance. In 2011, he was awarded the Blueprint Bursary, which was supported by East London Dance and Sadler’s Wells. His is interested in how he convey others’ life experiences and thoughts through dance, without the use of words. He is intrigued by the rawness and precision that hip-hop (Popping and Krump) provides. He combines this with contemporary techniques to create a vocabulary that cannot be bound or stylised, and draws upon human emotions. Since graduating from London Contemporary Dance School he’s been awarded the Deutsche Bank Creative Enterprise Award.

Other highlights include:

  • Second place at the Concours Choregraphique International De Paris 2013
  • Being commissioned to choreograph on Bundesugend Ballett (German National Youth Ballet) in 2015.
  • Site-specific pieces he created for County Youth Dance Company (Swansea, Wales) and Ludus Dance.
  • Arts Council England funding for a programme for emerging hip-hop Dance theatre artists ‘New and Notable’ and a mentorship programme ‘Let’s Shine’.
  • Commission for Richard Alston Dance Company to make a new piece for the company Commission for Edge 2015/2016 tour
  • Awarded the DanceEast choreographic development fund
  • Winner of audience vote at the Reverb Dance Festival New York 2015  

Originally from South Wales, Emily has worked in the dance sector for 6 years as a performer, rehearsal director and is now an independent producer, working in both dance & theatre. Since graduating from London Contemporary Dance School, Emily has performed nationally and internationally as a performer with National Dance Company of Wales and Opera De Bauge. As a producer, Emily works with dance artists Joseph Tooga (Just Us Dance Theatre) and Ella Mesma. With Joseph, she has worked with schools across London to set up the ‘Let’s Shine Mentorship Programme’ and also ‘New&Notable’. She is also producing Joseph Toonga’s new show ‘Daughter, Daughter’, as part of Pivot Dance. Alongside her work with Joseph Toonga, she has developed ‘Artists4Artists’ with co-directors Joseph Toonga and Lee Griffiths; an artist-led hub activating industry change for the UK hip hop community. Emily has produced numerous outdoor events and festivals in London for The Place, such as the ‘Halloween Thriller Flash Mob’ and ‘International Environmental Day’ in 2016. She is currently Company Administrator for Richard Alston Dance Company.

Pivot Dance is a project funded with the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union