Creative Workshop with Avant Garde Dance (open level)

Summer Dance Courses 2016: week 2

£85 (for the week)

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Creative Workshop with Avant Garde Dance (open level) taught by Tony Adigun, Lisa Hood and Dani Harris-Walters 

part of Summer Dance Courses 2016

Avant Garde Dance will be offering participants a fascinating insight into the company's practice and choreography. Fresh from their spring tour, artists from the Company will lead creative sessions focusing on solo work and looking deeply into characters.

You will explore how to embody characteristics both physically and emotionally by using techniques that Tony Adigun has used with the cast in current and past productions. You will be guided through how to engulf a character and make it your own.

Come with the motivation to explore the depths and layers of a character and how to transfer that to the stage. 

This course is suitable for all levels of students.

The course will run from Monday 8 – Friday 12 August, 4-5.30pm each day.
The course fee of £85 covers all 5 classes.


About Avant Garde Dance

Avant Garde is a London based company pushing the boundaries of hip-hop and contemporary dance. Their dynamic performances have musicality at their core and explore a myriad of styles, themes and media. Their mantra ‘Innovate Never Replicate’ is evident throughout their portfolio of work, and led by Artistic Director Tony Adigun they are committed to producing artistic work that is entertaining and challenging.

The company was formed by Tony in 2001 as a creative release from the world of commercial dance that he was working in. He wanted bring together a group of like-minded dancers to explore more unusual, abstract and artistic ideas away from the mainstream. So ‘Avant Garde’ felt like right name to represent those intentions.

Avant Garde Dance are intrigued by a sense of difference and rebellion against what other people are doing and they celebrate individuality and uniqueness. Their creative ambition is boundless and they are passionate about making work no matter what. They are always enterprising in their approach and imaginative in their ideas. They pioneered the confluence of contemporary and hip-hop dance and have created a new style, with no rules or limits, which fuels their desire to be truly artistic.

As a result of bringing the commercial industry and artistic world together they are now highly respected in both hip-hop and contemporary dance circles. They have performed and produced work both in the UK and internationally including at The Place, Breakin’ Convention, Sadlers Wells, Pavilion Dance, SouthBank Centre, Barbican, DanceXchange, Greenwich Dance, Latitude Festival, British Dance Edition 2012, Greenwich & Docklands International Festival, Brighton Dome, East London Dance at Stratford Circus, Barcelona Festival and Madison Square Gardens New York. Avant Garde Dance are an East London Dance Associate Company.

Tony Adigun is a Work Place artist.

About Tony Adigun

Tony Adigun is a man of many hats: creative director, curator, choreographer, dancer, educator and mentor, all worn with the same signature passion and style.

Tony has a razor sharp eye for composition, musicality and form, which has allowed him to develop a unique dance vocabulary that has gained respect and admiration from the highest echelons of the dance industry. His iconic choreography and style has resulted in workshop and performance commissions worldwide, including from Vietnam, America, Poland, Russia, Portugal and many other countries. Commercially he has choreographed and performed with top artists from the UK and the US including Janet Jackson, Usher, Ashanti, Mel B, JoJo, Cheryl Cole and Whitney Houston.

As a freelance choreographer Tony was a semi-finalist in The Place Prize 2012 and was also commissioned by The Place to remake Richard Alston Wildlife as part of Dance Umbrella 2011, which subsequently went on tour with EDge graduate company. In 2012 he was invited by Breakin’ Convention to research and develop a new work in conjunction with Parc de la Villette in Paris. As part of Big Dance 2008 he choreographed The Big Chair Dance. He was co-choreographer on the Royal Opera House Education and East London Dance production of The Last Genie. He was guest choreographer for The Exhibitionists, an international ensemble of acrobats and dancers brought together for the Road Show festival on Exhibition Road.

Tony is currently a Work Place Artist at The Place, Associate Artist at East London Dance and is the Creative Director for Sky 1’s ‘Got To Dance’.

About Lisa Hood

Lisa born in England raised in Scotland began her professional dance training at Edinburgh’s Telford College before continuing her training at London Contemporary Dance School where  in 2005 she completed a BA Hons in Contemporary dance. Since leaving LCDS Lisa has worked for various companies and choreographers both nationally and internationally.

Lisa has performed with Rosie Kay Dance Company, The Generating Company, Ffin Dance, Ijad Dance Company, Arthur Pita, Sheron Wrey, Smallpetitklein, Rachel Lopez De La Nieta and Ben Ash. More recently was Assistant Choreographer for The Generating Company and Ffin Dance and for Avant Garde Dance her valuable contribution has been varied from performer, to assistant choreographer, rehearsal director and Assistant Producer on The Black Album .

Times: 4 - 5.30pm
Duration: 90 mins
Venue: at The Place
Level: Open
Style: Creative Session