Dance Intensive


  • Monday 9 September – Thursday 12 September 2019
    Time: 11am-4pm (2-6pm on Wednesday)
  • £150 / £135 Early Bird 30 August
  • Limited capacity.

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Van Huynh Company invites Leila McMillan to deliver a four day Dance Intensive at Centre 151.

Together we will spiral in and out of the earth, pass through expansion and cohesion, run, slide, learn how to challenge gravity, how to fall and how to rise. We will work with efficient pathways to move with speed, methods of how to activate the body to the fullest, while commanding our body with our voice. Unlimited possibilities in curve will enable us to pass through the space and transform the environment of dance. We will instantly compose together working with solo and group scores. We will be soft, wild, spicy and powerfully spontaneous. The workshop will be a combination of principles from Flying Low & Passing Through originally created by David Zambrano and Leila’s further development, which support her current choreographic practice.

Leila McMillan (UK/USA) is an international choreographer, teacher and performer. She worked with artists including David Zambrano, Crystal Pite, Thomas Lehmen, Wendy Houstoun, Jasmina Krizaj & Nina Fajdiga. Leila curated ‘this way, that way’ (2015) at Lilian Baylis, Sadler’s Wells as a part of Wild Card. Her full-length work ‘Family Portrait’ (2015) has been presented throughout the uk. She was artist in residence at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (2017) creating new work ‘3 fingers at arms length’, nominated for ‘outstanding choreography’ at Hong Kong Dance Alliance Awards 2018. Leila creates work that is high-energy yet nuanced and abstract in its choreography, drawing on personal experiences focusing on themes of identity, gender and the cultural interface. Since receiving a place on David Zambrano’s 50 Days Flying Low and Passing Through (2010), Leila is one of the few internationally certified artists teaching this technique, and has led the development of this approach in the UK. She is Lecturer of Contemporary Dance at London Contemporary Dance School and has gone on to teach throughout Europe, Middle East, Asia, United States and South America. From 2012 she collaborated with Angolan visual artist Isaac Carlos as co-founders of Muxima, an independent cafe in Bow, East London, producing regular art, music and performance events, awarded several times ‘best cafe’ in East London.

Photo by Enya Belak Gupta