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LEILA MCMILLAN        // UNITED STATES // UNITED KINGDOM

LEILA MCMILLAN

PHOTO: JULIA TESTA

LEILA’S WORKSHOPS AIM TO RESEARCH, INVESTIGATE, PLAY, AND EXPAND YOUR PHYSICAL POSSIBILITIES BEGINNING WITH A FOCUS ON HOW TO ACTIVATE AND CHARGE THE BODY TO ARRIVE IN A FULLY ALERT AND ENERGETIC STATE.  PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ENCOURAGED TO SPIRAL IN AND OUT OF THE EARTH, LEARN HOW TO CHALLENGE GRAVITY, TO FALL, TO RISE, TO WORK WITH FUNCTIONALITY OF MOVEMENT AND TO COMMAND OUR BODY TO THE FULLEST. YOU WILL BE LED THROUGH DIFFERENT IMPROVISATION TASKS, WORKING WITH PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL STATES, SPEED, CHANGE AND INSTANT TRANSFORMATION PASSING THROUGH SOLO, DUO AND GROUP SETUPS. THE PROCESS WILL DRAW ON TOOLS FROM FLYING LOW, PASSING THROUGH, SOLO IMPROVISATION LINKED TO 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.

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