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    Artist Masterclass: Laila Diallo

    • 17 Mar
      17 Mar - 17 Mar 2021

    Moving Together Apart

    A masterclass with Laïla Diallo

    In this new age of practicing dancing via our computer screens, Laïla is curious to explore how we might meet and connect in ways that feel rich and supportive.

    This movement workshop will invite a leaning into the senses and a refreshing of the gaze. It will be an invitation to notice how we are, in ourselves and in/of the spaces we inhabit. We will move, through some simple tasks and improvisations, and let that moving be a space for reflection and discovery, for wandering and wondering.

    There will be room to move as feels welcome to each of us – playfully, searchingly, gently, exuberantly, like nobody’s watching or like everyone is.

    Suitable for anyone with a movement or performance practice.

    Laïla Diallo is a dance maker based in Bristol. Alongside independently and collaboratively devising work for live performance, she regularly works as movement director in theatre and opera. Recent commissions include: All my Song, Royal Ballet/Joyce Theatre (UK/USA, 2019), Husk, Candoco Dance Company (UK, 2018), Something about wilderness and several attempts at taming beauty, Skanes Dansteater (Sweden, 2017). The recipient of a Rayne Fellowship for Choreographers in 2006, Laïla also was Associate Artist at ROH2, Royal Opera House, between 2009 and 2012, and recipient of a 2018 Leverhulme Art Scholarship through Bristol Old Vic Ferment.



    Laïla’s masterclass is part of an expanding programme at Tobacco Factory Theatres.

    Our theatre owes so much to freelance and independent artists, who have created almost everything we’ve presented over the last 20 years. These exceptionally talented and professional colleagues have been confronted with huge challenges through Covid-19, whilst on the whole receiving far less support than venues.

    Last year we partnered with The Cube Microplex to distribute hardship grants to local artists with acute financial difficulties, funded by The Gane Trust.

    This year, whilst we continue to work on our long-term survival, we aim to support local artists in new and varied ways.

    The first initiative is our Masterclasses Programme, designed for South West-based professional artists, and led by a range of inspiring practitioners.

    • RUNNING TIME3 hours

    Wed 17 March 10am – 1pm

    Pay What You Choose – pay £3, £5, £12 or £20. Whatever you feel able to spend, session leaders will be fully paid for their work.

    Max 15 participants

    Masterclasses are designed for South-West based professional artists.

    Masterclasses are first available to book for our Artist Members, who receive a priority booking period of 3 days from Thu 04 February.
    It is free to become an Artist Member, and you can do so by emailing an introduction of yourself, where you live and your practice to artists@tobaccofactorytheatres.com

    If you require captioning or BSL interpretation of the sessions, or have any other access needs, please let us know.

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