artistic director of h2dance
Sweden Hanna trained at London Contemporary Dance School 1991-1994. As
well as co directing h2dance, Hanna is currently part time lecturer at
Roehampton University where she teaches Release technique, improvisation
Her choreographic work has been performed in several venues around the
UK and internationally such as The Biennale for Arts in Turin, Italy 2000,
Monty, Antwerpen, Belgium 2003, Kanon Hallen Copenhagen, Denmark 2004,
Gavalla Theatre, Zagreb, Croatia 2003, Theatre de Caen, Caen, France 1997,
Dansens Hus, Stockholm, Sweden 2003 and Post Hof Teater in Linz, Austria
Hanna has choreographed three dance film works: “Concrete Wasp”
(2000) which won a Dance on Screen Production Award, “Love Me Not”
(2001) - an Arts Council of England Capture Commission in collaboration
with film director Thomas Gray and “GOLD” (2003) in collaboration
with director Rachel Davies (winner of IMZ Dance on Screen Award 2005).
As well as her work for h2dance, Hanna has choreographed for EDGE09, London
Contemporary Dance School 2009, MAPdance (Chichester University MA Performance
Group) 2008, Brighton and Hove Youth dance company in 2007, Sweden's national
contemporary dance company NorrDans 2003 and for LUDUS Dance Company 2001.
Hanna was commissioned by the Place in 2005 to undertake research in collaboration
with animator Gemma Burditt, exploring choreography and projection, and
is currently researching with Rachel Davies for her film installation
working titled Balancing Act.
As a performer she has worked with among others Bedlam Dance Company,
Physical Recall, David Massingham, Istoc Kovac, Colin Poole, Artgenossen
(Germany) and Cie Tandem/Michele Noiret ( Brussels, Belgium).
Hanna teaches regularly, both professionals and under graduates, at The
Place, Greenwich Dance Agency, London Contemporary Dance School, Laban
and at various dance academies in Sweden.
Rustgaard Co artistic director of h2dance
Heidi came to
London to study dance at The London Studio Centre in 1992. Since 1999,
Heidi has co directed h2dance and created work as a choreographer and
designer and performer of their productions.
Heidi has taken
up residency at NES artist residency, Iceland, Union Scene Drammen, Norway
2010, The Place Choreodrome, London, Scenerommet Vestfossen, Norway, Devir
CAPa, (Centro de Artes Performativas do Algarve) Portugal 2009, Taipei
Artist Village in Taiwan, 2007 and Gaara Dance Foundation in Kenya, 2001.
In October 2004 Heidi won the Shrinking Cities competition (German Federal
Cultural Foundation and Archplus) in Germany with the project Cow –
the udder way in collaboration with Ulrike Steven (artist/architect) Gareth
Morris (architect) Susanne Thomas (choreographer) Eike Sindlinger (architect)
and Paul Cotter (film maker). The work was shown at DAZ (The German Architectural
Centre) and Leipzig Gallery of Contemporary Arts, autumn 2005. The exhibition
has since toured to New York, Detroit, Cleveland, Manchester, Dortmund
She has delivered commissions for The Place, The Victoria & Albert
and Natural History Museums in London and choreographed for students at
The Circus Space , London Metropolitan University, Dartington College
of Arts, London Studio Centre and Manchester Metropolitan University.
As a performer Heidi has worked for companies like Duckie, Clod Ensemble,
seven sisters group, Colin Pool, Silence Crossing and Rorschach Collective.
Heidi teaches regularly in both the UK and in Scandinavia ranging from
young children to professional level at places like Laban, The Place,
London Studio Centre, London Contemporary Dance School, Norwegian College
of Dance, PRODA, Independent Dance, Greenwich Dance Agency, Youth Dance
England and The Circus Space.
Darren Anderson (Performer:
To Die For)
studied at the Queensland University of Technology and the West Australian
Academy of Performing Arts. After graduating in 2004 he has worked with
Jam-Bird Co Lab in multi media dance pieces Dispatch and Dispatch 2. In
2005 Darren performed with Company 44 in the Resolution! season at The
Place. Darren worked with Vincent Dance Theatre on the highly acclaimed
work ‘Broken Chords’ and toured the show in 2005/2006/2007.
In 2006 he worked for Welsh Independent Dance on the ‘Dance Bites’
touring through out Wales, and the Chris Haring Project. Darren performed
in Opera Norths ‘Dido & Aeneas/Les Noces’, which Aletta
Collins choreographed and directed. Summer 2007 Darren worked with Vincent
Dance Theatre on research and development for a new show to be created
next year. To Die For is Darrens first collaboration with h2dance. Darren
is currently working with CandoCo.
(Performer: SAY SOMETHING, To Die For, Left Behind and På Gränsen)
her Ba(hons) Dance theatre in 2004 and went on to work as a professional
dancer in the field of contemporary dance, dance theatre and improvisation.
She has worked with Companhia de Dança do Norte (Portugal), Perform(d)ance
(Germany) and h2dance (London) for many years amongst others and continues
her research in the field of improvisation and performance. She is currently
undergoing her Masters in Performance Making as well as realizing solo
improvisation performances. She also teaches dance and improvisation at
various venues across London.
Brown (Performer: SAY
Neil began his training at Anniesland College, Glasgow under the direction
of Ann Rybarczyk and Maxine Railton. He furthered his studies at Bird
College gaining a (BA) in Dance and Theatre Performance. Whilst at Bird's,
Neil performed works by David Fielding, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and toured
extensively with the Bird Theatre Company. Neil joined Wayne McGregor|
Random Dance in 2006 and performed works including "Polar Sequences",
"Amu", "Ataxia" and "Entity". In 2010 Neil
performed in "The Clearing" with The Charles Linehan Company
for Dance Umbrella and in the premiere of "Arrangement" for
Joe Moran Dance at the Place. Most recently Neil danced in Mythos/ Logos
for Alexander Whitley as part of The Exposure Evening at ROH2.
(Performer: SAY SOMETHING, ON/OFF and To Die For)
Cheshire trained at London Contemporary Dance School, studying for a Bachelor
of Arts Degree with Honours, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters Degree in
Gareth works as a freelance dancer and dance teacher. He has worked for
various companies including h2dance, English National Opera and is part
of the improvisation group Neat Timothy. He has taught extensively throughout
the UK as well as Denmark, Portugal, Spain and the Basque Country.
He also works as a freelance Production Manager and Lighting Designer
and has lit work for and production-managed companies including: h2dance,
5 Men Dancing, EDge, Eva Recacha (Place Prize Finalist 2011), Jose Vidal
(Place Prize Semi Finalist 2008), Made By Katie Green, London Contemporary
Dance School, Lost Dog, MWAG (Place Prize Semi Finalist 2006), Oskola
(Euskal Herria), Rick Nodine & Neat Timothy amongst many others.
Gareth is currently touring with Wired Aerial Theatre as a Climber in
their international tour of 'As The World Tipped'.
(Performer: SAY SOMETHING)
a London-based dancer and singer from Lewes,East Sussex. She has performed
with The Royal Opera for Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre, Balbir Singh, Cscape
Dance Theatre, Rogue Theatre, Seven Sisters Group and numerous other companies
across Europe, Sri Lanka, the UK and the USA.
Trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and London Contemporary
Dance School, where she completed a BA(Hons) degree majoring in improvisation
and performance, Jessamin is currently developing collaborative new work
with 30 Bird Productions and choreographer Jamila Johnson-Small, and will
be appearing in Tino Sehgal’s Tate Modern exhibition during summer
(Performer: To Die For)
Nick Lawson studied
dance at London Contemporary Dance School, and went on to perform for
EDge post graduate dance company, working with choreographers such as
Siobhan Davies, Sue MacLennan, Trisha Brown and Annais Bout. Since graduating
Nick has enjoyed free lance teaching and performing, dancing for Aletta
Colins, Jen Irons and Marc Brew.
He enjoys improvisation and investigative work and he also does a variety
of teaching and education work for companies such as CandoCo. To Die For
is Nicks first project with h2dance.
Thiriot (Performer: SAY SOMETHING)
grew up in Burgundy, France. She studied contemporary dance at Laban and
Contact Improvisation, yoga and Body Mind Centering between Paris, Italy,
Israel and UK. She currently studies Choreological Studies at Laban, a
research course on Laban's theory and practice contemporary developments.
She works as a dancer, teacher and dance-maker for companies or choreographers
such as Giannalberto De Filippis and Michal Mualem (Sasha Waltz and Guests),
Joe Moran, Plan B, City Lit and Candoco, working with professionals as
well as giving some people their very first dance experience. She has
also collaborated with companies Tadam (Noa Zamir, Israel) and Dirty Market
Theatre since 2008, and taught for Dance United in Bradford and on their
She loves improvisation and instant composition, performing and watching
performances in all possible contexts, official, anonymous, hidden, spontaneous,
etc. Working on SAY SOMETHING is her first project with h2dance.
(Performer: På Gränsen and SAY SOMETHING)
Sweden where Peter graduated from the Ballet Academy, Stockholm in 2004.
Since then has worked with a range of choreographers and dance companies
in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, USA and the UK. He has worked for choreographers
and companies like Jasmin Vardimon, Björn Säfsten, Fernando
Magadan, Halla Olafsdottir, André Mesquita, Anna Koch/W.E.L.D.
Cross Connection Ballet Company, Linda Forsman/Korda Dans, Fuse Company,
Cecilie Martha Dancecompany, Skånes Dancetheatre, Lidia Wos, Christopher
Aruoni and h2dance.
(Composer: Choir Project:Attention, SAY SOMETHING and ON/OFF)
trained at Dartington and in Paris, and works as a composer and improviser.
She has worked extensively with dance (Extemporary Dance Theatre, Miranda
Tufnell, Lost Dog, From Here to Maturity, Sue Maclennan, Jacky Lansley,
Eva Karczag, h2dance) and with theatre, (RSC, Young Vic, Wonderful Beast).
She has composed music for a number of BBC Radio dramas, and also plays
experimental improvised music combining electronics with instruments such
as the violin or the bowed bicycle wheel. Recent solo performances have
been in Museo Vostell in Caceres, Spain, Cafe Oto, and The Vortex in London.
She has released several CDs - 3 solo CDs and numerous albums in collaboration
with other musicians (Clive Bell, Mike Adcock, Jochen Irmler).
Her work with h2dance has been developing over the last 3 years, from
creating the music for pieces choreographed on students at London Met
and The Place, to researching and composing music for the Choir Project:
Say Something, and ON/OFF.
To Die For and På Gränsen)
MOTO is a sound engineering/ percussionist duo that consists of percussionist
Henrik Gillgren and sound engineer/flutist Olla Eliasson. They have composed
sound scores for amongst others Swedish Television, Bo Landin, Discovery
Channel as well as making scores for both short and feature film.
MOTO has composed sound scores for h2dance on their last two productions;
To Die For, 2007 and På Gränsen/On the Limit that premiered
at Värmland’s Opera in Sweden autumn 2005.
Henrik studied percussion in Sweden and at Guildhall School of music and
drama and freelances playing for dance and musicals as well as opera,
cabarets and various bands such as National Anthems.
Ola studied sound
engineering and started making sound for nature and science documentaries.
He is now part of a film production company in Sweden where he directs
is a movement/theatre artist who remains committed to finding new forms
to address her themes. Over the years, her work has developed a uniquely
distinctive style that combines movement with text, and meaning with humour.
Since 1980, Wendy has worked extensively as a solo performer, and in collaboration
with companies and artists whose work challenges, enriches, and extends
the boundaries of, dance and theatre. Her work with DV8 Physical Theatre,
Tim Etchells and Forced Entertainment, film-maker David Hinton, Jonathan
Burrows, Nigel Charnock, performance artist Rose English, Gloria Theatre,
Lumiere and Son Theatre and Ludus Dance Company has explored large and
small stages, specific sites, film and installation.
Wendy’s solo pieces, Haunted, Daunted and Flaunted, Happy Hour (commissioned
by Chisenhale Dance Space), and The 48 Almost Love Lyrics have all toured
Europe. She has made two films, Touched and Diary of a Dancer for BBC
with David Hinton. Site-specific commissions include Mind the Gap for
the South Bank Centre, Reverse Effect for Cultural Industry, and Take
Me to the River for the South Bank and Greenwich & Docklands Festival.
Wendy is an artist who experiments with ideas in her work, but keeps her
audience very much in mind. While her work challenges preconceptions about
movement, she communicates clearly and humorously about our culture.
Mark graduated from Crewe and Alsager College in 1987 with a first class
honours degree. He worked with Steve Purcell and Co on A marvel we had
(always longed for) at Riverside studios and touring. He then formed the
Glee Club Performance Company with whom he created 14 performances that
toured nationally and internationally. These include At last, the sea
(1988), Cotton Mathers Wonders of the invisible world (1995, winner of
M.E.N Theatre Award and Barclays New Stages) and Beatrice on the Frankfurt
As well as his work for the Glee Club he worked with numerous other dance
and theatre companies, including Dutch Performance artist Peter Zegveld,
Mem Morrison(directing Kit, Showroom and Lilac), Ursula Martinez (co writing
and directing Family outing, Show Off, OAP and My stories Your emails),
The People Show (People Show 101 and 103, Insomniac productions (l’ascensore,
if we shadows), New Art Club, Bedlam Dance company, Ludus Dance company
(directing Perfecting Eugene and Trapped) He directed DUCKIE’S christmas
show C’est Vauxhall that won an Olivier Award and and co directed
The Class Club at Barbican in 2006. He worked with Hanna Gillgren on Stor
stärk cowboys for Norrdans and he was dramaturg on h2dance’s
Butterfly belly, Faked and Silent Movie as well as Stair works.
Natalie is a
freelance performing arts producer based in London and Berlin with a strong
interest in physical theatre, circus theatre, live art and contemporary
dance theatre. She is passionate about supporting emerging artists in
theatre and dance and excited by companies whose work crosses many art
forms. She is Executive Producer for both Awake Projects (SE/UK) and Living
Structures (UK) and currently Associate Producer for h2dance (UK/SE/NO),
Wildheart & Lyric (UK) and Trestle (UK). Natalie is developing an
international tour booking service and is currently representing clients
Jean Abreu Dance (UK/BRA), Vortice Dance Company (P) and Earthfall from
Wales. She is developing a new company called Reboot (UK) with renowned
Director Melly Still and Musical Director Jonathan James launching in