In a series of blog posts we'll be introducing the artists who are doing just that for LiveVibe: Samples and Interpolations curated and Mc’d by Hakeem “Mr. Impact”. LiveVibe offers young artists from the worlds of dance, music and spoken word the opportunity to present work in a professional environment during the early stages of their careers, as well as the invaluable experience of performing in a top arts venue alongside established professional companies. For this edition of the event LiveVibe celebrates iconic original music used as popular samples in songs we know today. The choreographers will create their own artistic interpretations of the music given. The invited guest artists are: Boy Blue Entertainment, Impact Dance and poet Ana Paz, Ajani Michael Johnson-Goffe, Yukiko Masui, Myself UK Dance Company and Nathan (Neo) Gordon featuring Urdang Academy.
Ana Paz is a spoken word artist from south east London with a background in theatre and performing arts. At the age of 15 she was heavily influenced by hip hop, which encouraged her to write poetry as a way of communicating her emotions and reflecting on wider issues effecting society. Ana is now focused on fusing art forms and creating work that allows us to better understand one another and ourselves.
Ana will be performing a piece called "Fly Butterfly" at LiveVibe. A fusion of spoken word, live music, physical theatre and dance focusing on mental health and wellbeing. The constant battles we as individuals face to remain balanced. No one knows what is happening beneath the surface. Find out more.
A graduate of The Brit School for Performing Arts and London Contemporary Dance School Ajani Michael Johnson-Goffe has been dancing for around 20 years both creating and performing from the age of 7, whether it be for family and friends or with community dance companies within the UK. During his career Ajani has worked with a diverse range of artists including Richard Alston (Nomadic, 2014). He has both created and presented work as part of FRESH (alongside Robia Milliner-Brown) and The Brit School showcases.
Ajani is committed to mixing hip-hop and contemporary dance, but in a way that is not as necessarily distinguishable as modern hip-hop and contemporary styles that are widely documented. Ajani likes to experiment and explore with his work. He is creating a piece specifically for LiveVibe which will be musical with a fusion of contemporary and hip-hop styles. See a review and snippet of Nomadic with Richard Alston Dance Company here.