At the Riley Theatre

equilibrio dinamico | luz

Saturday 11th May 2024

Five international perspectives come together to illuminate the future. Junior Italian company Equilibrio Dinamico return to Leeds to perform their brand new programme of dance work, LUZ.

Derived from latin meaning ‘light’ or ‘illumination’, LUZ embodies the company’s intention to inspire young artists. Under the artistic direction of Roberta Ferrara, the company has commissioned five internationally-acclaimed choreographers to create brand new works, each exploring their own unique artistic voice and embracing diversity and change.

Running time: 90 mins

Tickets:£15 (£12)

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About the choreographers

Alice Godfrey

Alice Godfrey was born in 1994 in Windhoek, Namibia. She spent her formative dance training and childhood in Cape Town, South Africa. She attended the Canadian National Ballet School’s Post Secondary Program in Toronto under the directorship of Mavis Staines, from 2012 – 2014.

In 2014 she began her professional career with the Netherlands Dance Theatre 2, under the directorship of Paul Lightfoot. In 2017 she was promoted to The Netherlands Dance Theatre 1. During her years with NDT Alice had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Edward Clug, Crystal Pite, Johan Inger, Lightfoot Léon, Imre and Marne Van Opstal, Medhi Walerski and Hofesh Shechter amongst others.

Since 2019 Alice has been a part of the company L-E-V, of creators Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, as well as working as a freelancing artist and teacher.

Gianni Notarnicola

Gianni Notarnicola was born in 1996 in Monopoli, Italy, has danced for the Avshalom Pollak Dance Theatre and joined the Batsheva Ensemble in 2019. He later joined the Batsheva Dance Company in 2021, premiering his first creation, MOMO. In 2018, he debuted as a choreographer with his solo KAMA; since then, he has restaged KAMA and created the duet performance LA BATTAGLIA with cellist Eilon Damari. Additionally, Gianni collaborated with Billy Barry, premiering their duets B.O.A.T.S and G.O.A.T.S at the Tel Aviv Dance Festival in 2022 and 2023. Currently, he is a dancer for the Batsheva Dance Company, performing works by Ohad Naharin worldwide.

Isaiah Wilson

Isaiah Wilson started dancing at the age of 11. His passion for the arts intensified at the Lycée des Arts et Métiers and at 19, he joined the prestigious contemporary dance school CODARTS in Rotterdam where he worked with choreographers Jiří Kylián, Marco Goecke & Hofesh Shechter. At the end of his studies, he did his internship with the acclaimed dance company ICK AMSTERDAM, under the direction of Emio Greco and Pieter C. Sholtes.

In 2020, he returned to Luxembourg to begin his career as a multidisciplinary artist and creator. He has since worked with the Luxembourgish choreographer Jill Crovisier to create JINJEON and SAHASA. He collaborated with FOQUS, an upcoming audiovisual company in the Luxembourg cultural scene, where he held the position of Artistic Director and oversaw all choreographic projects.

Isaiah Wilson has recently been selected by the TROIS C-L, Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois for the “Nouveaux Créateurs” program to create his newest piece named Score. Isaiah won the 2nd prize in the choreography section of the International Solo Tanz Festival in Stuttgart, which earned him an international tour in 2022 and 2023 with the performance FÉVRIER.

Lupa Maimone

Lupa Maimone is a performer, choreographer and a multidisciplinary artist. Born in a family passionate about performing arts, she spent her childhood in the theatre. She inherited a love for performing and the skills to orchestrate and direct artistic projects. Her practice involves blending dance with other artistic disciplines to build her own unique performing language.

Today, she is the artistic director and choreographer of Oltrenotte, a dance theatre company based in Cagliari, Sardinia, which she founded together with Riccardo Serra, who works as stage technician and co-organizer. The company Oltrenotte has been recognised by the Italian Ministry of Culture as an Under35 Dance Production Company.

Miguel Altunaga Verdecia

Born in Havana, Cuba, Miguel trained at the National School of Art in Havana. After six years with the Cuban National Contemporary Dance Company where he performed as a principal dancer, Altunaga moved to the UK and joined Rambert Dance Company in 2007.

At Rambert, Miguel has performed works by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Wim VandekeybusHofesh Shechter, Wayne McGregorGary Stewart, Merce CunninghamChristopher Bruce, Itzik GaliliSiobhan Davies, Doug Varone, Barak Marshall, Lucinda Childs, Marion Motin, Alexander Whitley, Ben DukeShobana JeyasinghMalgorzata DzierzonAndonis Foniadakis, Mark Baldwin and Benoit Swan-Pouffer. He joined Hofesh Shechter Company in 2021 for the Double Murder season.

As a choreographer and movement director, Miguel has created work for Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, Rambert, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Simply Red and Carlos Acosta. He was commissioned by The Royal Ballet to create Dark Eye for the Deloitte Ignite Festival 2014 (Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House) and Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2021. Miguel won the Cuban Best Male Solo Award in 2002, and in 2003 was chosen by Carlos Acosta to perform in Tocororo, which toured internationally from 2003 to 2007. In 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018, he was nominated for Outstanding Male Performance and Best Dancer by the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards UK.