Alison Curtis-Jones FHEA, is an internationally recognised dance artist and leading exponent in realising Rudolf Laban’s dance theatre works; her research resulting in Nacht, 2010, 2011, 2013, a re-imagining of Laban’s Die Nacht, (1927), performed by Trinity Laban dancers in London and Summit Dance Theatre in Switzerland. Green Clowns (Die Grunen Clowns, 1928) re-created with TL dancers 2008, Transitions Dance Company, Laban International Conference: The Dynamic Body in Space, 2009, Centre for Advanced Training 2014, to commemorate the centenary of WW1 in London and Brighton, 2015.
In 2012, Ali taught her approach of embodying Laban’s radical dance theatre works, in Beijing, China and her work featured in the BBC documentary ‘Dance Rebels’ screened in the UK in 2015.
Since 2013, Ali has taught master classes in Ascona and presented current research on Movement Choirs and Flash Mobs, (re)creations and her approach to Laban principles in contemporary dance training and Sacred Geometry in Germany. She is Artistic Director of Summit Dance Theatre, winner of the Swiss ‘Dance as Cultural Heritage’ award 2015, performing at Teatro San Materno and Teatro del Gatto, Ascona.
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Ali has presented her practical research, conference papers and lecture demonstrations internationally at RADA, Rome, and recently, Strasbourg, Angers, Basel and Vienna. Her approach to movement as Living Architecture and Body-as-Site is central in her work, along with somatic approaches facilitated through imagery and proprioception. Ali delivers master classes in Choreutics, Space Harmony and Spatial Scales, with the view that choreutics is felt experience, more than just geometry. A dynamic practitioner, Ali is a pioneer of contemporary developments of Laban’s principles and practice, choreological studies, and specialist in contemporary technique and dance pedagogy.
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