Fabiano Culora - Northern School of Contemporary Dance


Bodywork Supervisor & Lecturer in Dance

Arts Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (pending) - NSCD
Professional diploma – Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy (Authentic Movement, BMC®, Somatic psychology – Linda Hartley)
Postgraduate Professional Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training Certificate – Trinity Laban
First-class BA Honours Drama and Theatre Studies, RHUL

Additional qualifications:

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy professional training - Craniosacral Therapy Educational Trust
Body and Earth training graduate (Andrea Olsen, Caryn McHose)
Designated Safeguarding officer (level 3)
First aid and mental health first aid – refreshed every 2 years
Processwork UK - The Body, Psychotherapy and the World - Research Society for Process Oriented Psychology
Prevent - online training course
Equality and diversity online course
Restorative Yoga Teacher Training, Barefoot Body Trainings.
Sivananda and Amma Yoga Teacher Training

Role and responsibilities:

As Lecturer in Performance and Bodywork Supervisor since 2015, Fabiano bridges academic faculty and student support at NSCD:

  • Lecturing across academic programmes – Bodymind Learning
  • Delivering Integrative Bodywork technique classes
  • Offering Bodywork supervision and injury support – both group and individual session
  • Acting as a point of contact for external treatment providers
  • Academic Board member

Who am I?

I am a first-generation British-Italian. I understand the nuance of being a minority in the UK and negotiating cultural differences. As a member of the LGBTQAI* community and a child of the 80s, I celebrate how human rights have improved, but I also continue to speak up and drive towards more inclusive equality. I believe change is possible, and that this needs resources and disruption in equal measure. I understand that the human experience is fluid and plural, so I use he/they pronouns to make this evident. I live in Leeds with my husband and our cat, Kira. I love to be outside walking, moving and swimming. My favourite place to visit is the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. I also enjoy quiet time reading in front of the fire.

Career History

Fabiano was inspired to work in contemporary dance by the evolution of somatic research and experimental, interdisciplinary ways of making and showing performance work, as well as the community interactions made possible in this art form.

Since 2003, Fabiano has been teaching and reflectively researching in Higher Education. In that time, Fabiano has specialised in teaching somatic movement and somatic psychology practice and theory in conservatoire training, as well as holding the therapeutic context for student injury support. He has previously held faculty positions at GSA Conservatoire, Trinity Laban, E15 Acting School, and the Institute for Integrative Bodywork & Movement Therapy. This has been alongside work in the professional performance industry as a performer and movement facilitator/director.

Throughout, Fabiano has also had a parallel career path as a somatic movement therapist (Dip.IBMT, RSMT, Body&Earth, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy) registered with ISMETA, accompanying many people in need of physical, emotional and psychological support.

Fabiano has engaged in teaching, research and dissemination of knowledge in performance work and therapeutic inquiry, nationally and internationally (Europe, Russia, USA, Iceland).

Professional activity

Fabiano has been working with Displace Yourself Theatre as a movement practitioner in professional performance settings. They explore the relationship between expressive moving arts, therapeutic processes and performance. He also contributes to a wide range of other performance companies who include somatic practice in their work.

Additionally, Fabiano works in a private clinical practice (based in Leeds), community settings and as a trainer. He receives ongoing professional supervision for my therapeutic work. At present, he teaches trainee yoga teachers at Yoga Kula and Yoga Campus.

Performance related professional development:

  • Erasmus Exchange, Plaucca
  • Hinterlands – site-specific performance making – Ailsa Richardson
  • Voice-Movement integration – Particia Bardi
  • Defining physical theatre – Struan Leslie and Scott Graham
  • Laban for actors, Palatine
  • Improve Your Performance – Alexander, Feldenkrais, anatomy, voice and EW notation, Actors Centre (Ilan Reichel, Rachel Geaves, John Harris)
  • Eric Franklin technique
  • IADMS (International Association of Dance Medicine and Science) conference
  • New connectivity: Research conference for somatic and creative practices in movement education
  • International Workshop Festival

Freelance Professional teaching experience includes:

  • Jacksonville University Florida
  • Lubdub Theatre Company
  • London Contemporary Dance School
  • Iceland dance company
  • Iceland academy of the arts
  • Candoco
  • Random
  • Central School of Speech and Drama
  • Youth Dance England
  • Razor Edge Theatre Initiative
  • Chicken Shed Theatre Company

Somatic Movement Therapy professional activity and development:

  • Consultant for Yoga Kula Teacher Training course
  • Somatic supervisor to PhD candidates at CSSD, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds University
  • Experiential Anatomy study with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Andrea Olsen, Caryn McHose, Linda Hartley, Beverly Nolan, Amy Matthews, Tom Myers
  • Independent Dance WinLab – Dance as Medicine, Miranda Tufnell
  • Authentic Movement study with Andrea Olsen, Linda Hartley, Jane Bacon, Em Edmondson
  • Yoga study with Sandra Sabatini, Pete Blackaby, Zeenat Cameron
  • Breath of Life Conference
  • Somatic Movement Gathering

Research interests

Fabiano’s current research dissemination offers a mode of performance training and practice that he has developed in collaboration with research participants entitled ‘Orientation Score’ – an improvisational process challenging the notion of neutrality. Looking for opportunities to share this in both performance and non-performance contexts.

As an artist, Fabiano looks to facilitate and make work within projects that engage the community and respect therapeutic consciousness as part of their methodology. He focuses on the relationship between somatic practices and art-making, particularly in developing ethically-aware artists, resourcing the performer’s well-being, and developing emotional resilience. With an interest in training adaptability within the complexity of how a performer stays connected (grounded, present, aware) to themselves in relation to others and their environment, developing a sustainable performative presence.

Performance and research artefacts

  • Jacksonville University Florida (U.S.A.) – guest artist lecturer. Dissemination of my somatic PAR methodologies on MFA choreography programme. (2018, 2020)The Somatic in Theatre and Performance Research Gathering, Orientation Score – Embodied Relational Practice for Interdisciplinary Performers, Greece (2018)
  • CDD and NSCD funded PAR project lead researcher Orientation Score. HE and performance industry participants as co-researchers. (2018)
  • The UK Launch of Oxford Handbook of Dance and Wellbeing, An Introduction to Body and Earth Principles, Edge Hill University, UK (2018)
  • Food For Thought, movement director, Displace Yourself Theatre, BeSpeactActive, Killowatt Festival, U.K., Hungary, Italy (2017)
  • Free to Stay, movement director, Displace Yourself Theatre, UK (2016)
  • LubDub Theatre NY (U.S.A.) guest movement director (2016)
  • Body and Earth, performer, online resource films www.body-earth.org, USA, UK (2015)
  • Therapy In Motion: Confer psychotherapy conference – Embodied Omnidirectional Perception: A Movement Orientation for Relational Practice, UK (2015)