We’re delighted to be offering this free Zoom Masterclass with Laura Vanhulle & Oliver Russell (Vanhulle Dance Theatre) on Friday 19th February (10am-12pm) as part of our MDI Artistic Collective (formerly Talent Hub) programme.
The MDI Artistic Collective launched last March to nurture artistic development, inspire entrepreneurialism and facilitate cross-artform collaboration amongst Liverpool’s exciting artistic community. Last year our 21 members had access to a series of industry talks, a like-minded community of artists and ongoing support.
As we continue to move through lockdown and restrictions, we’re so happy to be able to offer these Masterclasses as part of our online programme, to keep artists motivated and inspired during this time.
Laura and Robert both have a background in Cunningham as a baseline for their highly physical movement vocabulary. Their movement combines multiple influences – Laura uses her strength as an ex-gymnast, the grounding and core of African Dance, the fluidity and circularity of Kathak, and the vitality and floor work from Flying Low to create a flowing, strength-based movement Vocabulary. Oliver influenced by interflow of Contemporary dance and the Korean martial art Tang Soo Do, enabling a pugnacious physicality to erupt from flow.
They will share a new and unique movement vocabulary, breaking down the in depth combat application from which this physicality stems, unlocking your inner warrior. Their philosophy of dance also incorporates yoga practices focusing on breath and movement with a conscious intent. After sharing this practice they use often emotion and choreographic composition and personality in the room in order to create a work that speaks from the body.
About Laura Vanhulle: Laura originates from Belgium. After training at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Laura worked extensively with internationally known companies: Shobana Jeyasingh, ACE dance & music, Coda Dance, Motionhouse (‘The Voyage’), Room 2 Manoeuvre, Southpaw Dance Company, DV8, Aakash Odedra (as Rehearsal Director), Gary Clarke, Autin DT (as collaborator), Katye Coe (who was mentor and dramaturg). Since founding VDT in 2013, she has trained with DV8 in Berlin, in flying low techniques with Vangelis Legakis in Hong Kong and was awarded BDN’s inaugural ChoreoMatch.
About Oliver Russell: Oliver began studying the Korean Martial Art ’Tang Soo Do’, under the World Tang Soo Do Association, at the age of seven. Representing the Great Britain Team, he achieved Regional, National, European and World Championship Titles in Hyungs, Weapons and Free Sparring. He began his vocational dance training at the Conservatoire of Dance & Drama, London Contemporary Dance School. Following his dance training, he ventured out to the Shandong Province, China, to study Shaolin Kung Fu under the instruction of 34th Generation Shaolin Warriors.
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You will receive the Zoom link in your booking confirmation. A replay link will be made available for a week for anyone with a booking. Please request this via [email protected] after booking if you are unable to attend live.
Practicing at Home
Please make sure you have plenty of space to practice safely and comfortably. Take a rest or a water break any time you need one. If you are practicing yoga or pilates please back out of any postures that bring you pain or discomfort, take a rest and come back to the class when you are ready. Your teacher will give you any additional instructions or advice at the start of your Zoom.
We have new processes and measures in place to keep you safe. Please read our Studio Guidelines before booking.
We're based at 24 Hope Street, with Studio 1 on the Ground Floor, and Studio 2 on the first floor. There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor.
What to Wear
Leggings and t-shirts or other comfortable clothes are perfect for most classes. Some classes recommend specific dance shoes, but otherwise bare feet is fine. Check with us in advance if you are unsure.
Payments & Pricing
Studio classes are run by MDI and some are subsidised through our charitable funding.
Some classes run right through term breaks, others take time out. Please check the website to find out when your class is running.
All classes are suitable for adults aged 16+ (unless otherwise stated).