Leading up to our special event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing – One Small Step – we’re going behind the scenes with the incredible Dance Artists who’ll be making the performance come to life!
Hey Leila, can you tell us a bit about your background in dance and performance?
After graduating from Liverpool John Moores University (Dance Studies), I trained in Physical Theatre at Hope Street Ltd. and later gained an MA in Creative Practice at Liverpool Hope University. A large focus of my career has been working with children and young people in theatrical settings, co-founding Travelled Companions in 2010 and working on making magical and theatrical experiences for children and their carers ever since.
Why do you love to move?
I’ve been dancing since I was three years old. I remember starting a ballet class in my home town of Peterborough and have fond memories of being a butterfly, as well as lots of dancing in the less formal setting of my front room to Walk Like an Egyptian!
Dancing ALWAYS makes me smile and makes me feel like me. I enjoy the constant challenge and love using dance and movement to make beautiful theatre.
Tell us about some of your dance highlights…
The highlight of my career to date has to be performing and touring nationally and internationally in 5 More Minutes, a show that I created and produced with my own theatre company. The show was created through a fabulous collaboration with several artists, who I have been very privileged to work with. I’ve also been very fortunate to work with MDI on The Battle of the Atlantic project, where we had training and development days with the Jiving Lindy Hoppers. Learning and performing a new style of dance was a joy!
What do you love about this project?
I love the theme of space, as it conjures up so many things in the imagination. I am fascinated by the feeling of weightlessness and what it must be like in space; magical, dreamlike and a great place to create. After our creative development session with the other MDI artists, I’m excited to see how each group interprets their section and how we can bring this together. Our group will be performing the ‘blast off’.
If I could play you a song from the moon it would have to be David Bowie’s Space Oddity, however, I would love to try and Walk Like an Egyptian up there too!
Discover the story of the 1969 Moon Landing with us at World Museum on Saturday 20 July.