Fabiano Culora - Northern School of Contemporary Dance


Lecturer in Performance and Bodywork Supervisor

First class BA Honours Drama and Theatre Studies RHUL
Post Graduate Professional Certificate – Trinity Laban Pilates Teacher Training

Additional qualifications:

  • Sivanada Yoga Teacher Training
  • Zero Balancing
  • Reiki
  • Postgraduate Diploma – Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy (authentic movement, BMC®, Somatic psychology – Linda Hartley)
  • Body and Earth training graduate (Andrea Olsen, Caryn McHose)
  • Processwork UK 1-year course – The Body, Psychotherapy and the World (Research Society for Process Oriented Psychology)

Role and responsibilities:

  • Lecturing across academic programmes – Bodymind Learning course
  • Integrative Bodywork technique class
  • Injury Support Session (ISS) delivery – group and individual sessions
  • Point of contact for external treatment providers
  • Academic Board member

Career history

“As an artist I look to facilitate and make work within projects which engage the community and respect therapeutic consciousness as part of methodology. Focusing on the relationship between somatic practices and art making, particularly in developing ethically aware artists, resourcing the performer’s well-being, developing emotional resilience and relational capacity within seeing and being seen by other performers and spectators. Training adaptability in the complexity of how a performer stays connected (grounded, present, aware) to themselves in relation to others and the environment, developing sustainable performative presence.”

Fabiano completed a BA Hons (RHUL) and moved into contemporary dance work inspired by the evolution of somatic research. Alongside performing in interdisciplinary contexts, he has also been practising as an Integrative Bodyworker since 2002 and has taught performance work as well as therapeutic inquiry internationally (Europe, Russia, USA, Iceland). Fabiano has accompanied many people in need of physical, emotional and psychological support. He also works in private practice as a Somatic Movement Therapist (Dip.IBMT, RSMT, Body&Earth) registered with ISMETA.

Fabiano is a movement practitioner and reflective researcher in Higher Education and in professional performance settings, exploring the relationship between expressive moving arts, therapeutic processes and performance. Fabiano is currently on faculty at NSCD and works with Displace Yourself Theatre, Yoga Kula and Yoga Campus. He has previously held faculty positions at GSA Conservatoire, Trinity Laban, E15 Acting School, and Institute for Integrative Bodywork & Movement Therapy.

Fabiano’s current research dissemination offers a mode of performance training and practice that he has developed entitled ‘Orientation Score’ – an improvisational process challenging the notion of neutrality. He has shared this in both performance and non-performance contexts.

Professional Activity and Research Interests

Professional teaching experience:

  • Jacksonville University Florida
  • Lubdub Theatre Company
  • London Contemporary Dance School
  • Iceland dance company
  • Iceland academy of the arts
  • Spiral Dance Company
  • 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

Performance-related professional development:

  • Erasmus Exchange, Plaucca
  • Hinterlands – site-specific performance making – Ailsa Richardson
  • Voice-Movement integration – Particia Bardi
  • Laban professional development training: 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

Performance artefacts

As performer:

‘Culinary Duel’, Etta Ermini dance theatre co. Artscene Theatre Festival, Belgium

‘In performing Artist’ (exhibition performance event), Fabiano Culora, Ada Gadamski, The Cochrane Theatre Holborn, UK

‘Orpheus’, Opala Group, The White Space, Central St. Martins, UK

‘Scarlet Zone’ La Langue Vivant, The Japan Experience, The Garage International Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, UK

As Movement Director:

Food For Thought, Displace Yourself Theatre, BeSpeactActive, Killowatt Festival, U.K., Hungary, Italy

Free to Stay, Displace Yourself Theatre, UK

The Human Movement, BugLight Theatre company, movement direction, UK


Body and Earth online resource films www.body-earth.org, USA, UK

Catatonia, LP Choreography, in association with Mind and Sadler’s Wells, UK

Key Publications, Papers and Conferences

Therapy In Motion: Confer psychotherapy conference – Embodied Omnidirectional Perception: a Movement Orientation for Relational Practice, UK

The Somatic in Theatre and Performance Research Gathering, Orientation Score – Embodied Relational Practice for Interdisciplinary Performers, Greece

The UK Launch of Oxford Handbook of Dance and Wellbeing, An Introduction to Body and Earth Principles, Edge Hill University, UK