They have graced different stages in the world dancing for some of the world’s well-respected dance companies and now Anna Watkins, Neus Gil Cortes and Salah El Brogy are putting on a summer tour establishing themselves as choreographers.
Their Triple Bill | Organic Entity is an evening of contemporary dance under the theme of body, mind and transcendence. During creation, they worked with academics who helped them explore topics in their pieces.
Anna, who dances for Tavaziva Dance and has danced for Motionhouse, Shobana Jeyasingh and Neville Campbell. She formed Watkins Dance Company in 2011. Her piece, Human Animal, opens the triple bill.
Human Animal is a creature of mixed species forming one animal - human. Anna looked into evolution theories to observe our body's’ instinctive movement and animal behaviour.
Following Human Animal is Neus’ piece entitled Left, which is an intense psychological journey exploring the physical effects of self-criticism. The former Hofesh Shechter and National Dance Company Wales dancer uses movement generated by enhancing recognisable physical sensations linked to emotional states. Neus founded NUA Dance, NUA meaning naked in Catalan, which she says is a metaphor for a dance closer to the core.
Closing the night is former Akram Khan Company lead dancer Salah El Brogy with his solo The Moment, where audiences will be touched by the spirituality of his Sufism / Islamic influences into the piece as well as an education into his Egyptian, Middle Eastern and African heritage. Salah is Artistic Director of Salah El Brogy Company, which he opened in 2013 to pursue his own artistic vision.
Their triple bill is supported by Arts Council England, East London Dance, Dance Enterprise Ideas Fund (East London Dance Initiative with Foundation for FutureLondon, English National Ballet, Sadler’s Wells, Dancer’s Career Development, Hackney Council & Discover Young Hackney, Redbridge Drama Centre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, and supported by One Dance UK, Rich Mix, Studio Wayne McGregor and University of East London) and with support in kind from The Garage in Norwich, Dance East, Swindon Dance and South East Dance.
Photo by: Danilo Moroni