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 Emma Beverley (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  

Emma is an independent producer based in Leeds, working with artists nationally and internationally. She has presented work in a range of contexts: from the Royal Court Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe Festival, to busy shopping centres and derelict storage units. Alongside Selina Thompson, she’s toured nationally two sell out productions, built giant dresses out of cake, constructed utopian game-show job centres and assembled a 7ft ‘Tumbleweave’ of steel and synthetic hair. Emma works with Eclipse Theatre Company, an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, producing middle-scale productions by Black British artists which tour nationally each year.

Alongside Eclipse, she is delivering ‘Revolution Mix’ – a three year movement tackling inequality on British stages, screens and radios by developing and promoting the work of 16 artists of colour over the next 3 years. Emma also worked with Spiltmilk Dance – a Sheffield based company who make and tour small scale performances for rural touring schemes. In 2016, Emma will formalise the work she has done mentoring emerging producers by delivering ‘The Producer School’ – a yearlong support network for producers of all experiences which will provide mentorship, training and development opportunities based out of Leeds.

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