Introduction to Company Decalage (open level) with Marso Riviere

Summer Dance Courses 2015: Week 1

£65 (for the week)

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An introduction to Marso's signature style of work which evolves and is inspired from Martial arts, Breakin, Popping, Contemporary Release, Ballet, Yoga and flying low concepts.

These high energy classes will allow participants to explore this unique style, building skills in the areas of breaking and capoeira and working on developing flow and fluidity moving to and from the floor- in Marso’s words ‘Animalistic Flight’.

Working and interacting with live music each session, participants will be encouraged to experiment and develop their own movement style with structured improvisation exercises. 

Please note that this class is NOT for complete beginners.

This course runs for 5 days, and the price quoted is for the full 5 days. 


Teacher's biography

Born in France, Mickael Marso Riviere has been based in the UK for over 15 years and has, in that time, established himself as a major force in both the contemporary dance, and Bboy dance worlds.

Professionally trained at the Titus and Elena Pomsar Ballet school, Rosella Hightower International Dance Schools, and The Circus Space, he launched his professional dance company, Company Decalage in 2005. Company Decalage has performed at a number of venues and festivals in the UK and internationally.

Actively involved in the hip hop scene as a Bboy and event producer, Mickael founded Birmingham’s first street dance agency Bboy’s Attic in 2004 which later teamed up with one of the UK’s leading Breakin’ Crews MDK. Michael is also the TBB UK Chapter president of one of the original Breakin’ crews and hip hop families entitled The Bronx Boys.

His determination in collaborating across art forms and genres has led him to work with artists as diverse as The Bolshoi Ballet/Theatre, hip-hop theatre artists Jonzi D, Lianhart, world leading Bboy Team Project Soul (Korea), Birmingham Royal ballet, Damien Jalet, Dancefest, Dance4, Channel 4, Breakin Convention, Sampad, Micha Bergese, Sadlers Wells, Mercat de les Flors, La Caldera, The Aurora Orchestra, RedBull, IDFB, Hussein Chalayan, Ballet Boyz, WIP La Villette, and Director Danny Boyle.

Nominated for The Place Prize in 2006, and a part in The Place’s Choreodrome and TouchWood in 2007, he developed Appel in collaboration with Navala Chaudhari and Jason Kalidas, the piece toured nationally as part of Dance3 National Dance Network and to 9 different countries including Spain for 3 years.

In 2008 his work got commissioned for the semi finals of The Place Prize with Breaking Point and his Solo Eteins Pas won 3rd prize at the international Masdanza15 choreography competition and 1st prize at Barcelona International Hop13.

Mickael has presented work at the British Dance Edition, The BBC Proms, The Place, MasDanza Spain, the Queen's Jubilee, the London Aurora Orchestra (Maxamorphosis), Sampad (Mandala) as part of the cultural olympia, Big Dance 2012 (SwimMorphosis) ConsuMorphosis at Breakin’ Convention 2013, Eden Court, Inverness, Matches and Halfway to the Other Side at International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014, DanceXchange, and Resolution! at The Place, London.

Mickael is in demand as an independent choreographer and has established an international reputation for his unique blend of contemporary and hip hop dance works, for working on high profile collaborations and ror his broad artistic visions. This has led him to successfully deliver eclectic, refreshing, groundbreaking work in the UK and abroad.

" Riviere’s breaking resembles the wild, ethereal tumble of an Autumn leaf in the wind "- Katerina Pantelides on

Times: Timeslot 3: 2.15-3.45pm every day
Duration: 90 mins
Venue: at The Place