Autin Dance Theatre is a professional dance theatre company, recently formed and directed by French dancer and choreographer Johnny Autin as a vehicle for his choreographic work, and supported by mac birmingham. Taksim Square Reloaded was his first work for the company, but he is already in the studio creating two brand new works, Out of touch and Chimera.
Johnny is an extremely versatile dance artist, with his abilities ranging from contemporary and street dance to flamenco. In the last few years, he has performed in works by Kwesi Johnson, Tom Dale, Thomas Small, Freddie Oppoku-Addaie, Gregory Maqoma and Luca Silvestrini, to name just a few. He has worked as a rehearsal director, choreographer and dramaturge for companies including Tempered Body Dance Theatre, Harnisch-Lacey Dance Theatre and 2Faced Dance Company. Having impressed audiences worldwide for the last few years in leading all-male urban contemporary dance company 2Faced Dance Company, Johnny decided to go freelance earlier last year and has been in heavy demand since, both as a dancer and as a choreographer.
Chimera is a solo piece performed by Rebecca Namgauds that explores the characteristics and nature of a Muse. The dancer becomes a symbolic and inspiring creature through representation and movements.
"She is not the Tenth Muse but all Nine Muses in one" Isadora Duncan
Choreography: Rebecca Namgauds & Johnny Autin
Dancer: Rebecca Namgauds
Charlotte Jarvis is a freelance professional contemporary dance artist, actress and teacher. She trained in classical ballet, and graduated from London Studio Centre in 2000. She joined Ballet Nurnberg, Germany working alongside theatre Director Daniela Kurz, and internationally acclaimed contemporary choreographers Stijn Celis and Jo Strømgren.
Now Edinburgh-based, Charlotte has performed and worked with many local Scottish dance and theatre companies, and is a member of the Edinburgh theatre company Lazzi Experimental Unit, working with Director David Johnstone since 2006. Charlotte has been teaching contemporary and ballet technique extensively since 2002, in London and throughout Scotland. Her company Bare Essentials focuses on sharing her knowledge and ongoing explorations of the emotional and moving body, bringing awareness and well-being through teaching and performing.
Charlotte continues to explore movement, humanity, and the resonance of life… Graceful Warrior is a discovery of who and where we are today, in this very moment.
A dance of love, sincerity and freedom
‘a bold and breath taking new dance of truly disarming honesty and raw passion' - David W W Johnstone; Anatomy platform Edinburgh June 2013
Choreography & Performance: Charlotte Jarvis
James Morgan is a freelance choreographer, performer and writer. He recently graduated from London Contemporary Dance School, where he was a founding member and editor of the independent student publication ‘Garble’. He is interested in the antagonism between ‘high art’ and entertainment, and desires work which is both provocative and accessible.
This is a free dance. It is made using only free space, free time, free materials and a free body. How can we use what we cannot afford?
Created and performed by James Morgan and Charley Fone.
“Morgan is a performer with personality and a lot of ideas... there’s definite promise here” (Lyndsey Winship, Resolution! Review)
"The complete unswerving focus of the piece on monetary value makes it a rather joyous piece of satire." (David Ralf, The Public Reviews)
Before his dancing career, Anthony trained and competed as an international acrobatic gymnast. He then went on to train at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, graduating in 2010. After training, Anthony then began dancing with Balletboyz, performing work by artists such as Russell Maliphant, Freddie Opoku-Addaie, Jarek Cemerek and Liam Scarlett. In early 2012, Anthony then began working with Motionhouse Dance Theatre, touring SCATTERED to the USA, China and Italy and working with the Artistic Director (Kevin Finnan) on the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games.
Anthony is now creating his own work as ‘theMiddletonCorpus’, recently premiering their current work “It’s what you don’t see”, adding to the companies ever-growing repertoire.
Anthony has been also commissioned to create a work on youth dance companys and graduate dance companies, most recently creating a new work on ‘Third Row Dance Company’ (Roehampton University) and ‘Momentum Youth Dance’ (Wakefield, West Yorkshire).
Anthony’s choreographic work and practice is built around a highly unique movement vocabulary that blends his training from gymnastics, floor work, and contact/ partnering with his ongoing research into exploring the bodies articulate range.
It’s what you don’t see
“It’s what you don’t see” is a duet that explores the concept of nothing, or what we have named and perceive as nothing.
If we remove all physical matter, that which we can see, what remains?
The Japanese use the word ‘Ma’, to describe the essence of negative space. The ‘Ma’ between objects in space must therefore carry the essence of their relationship.
Featuring a new original composition by Richard Hames.
Choreography & Performance: Anthony Middleton and Isabel Slingerland