Ana is an independent dance artist/choreographer with a background in art and a wide range of dance styles. Since 1994 she has specialised in Butoh and improvisation performing in UK and Asia. Work includes theatre, site-specific, cross art collaboration and dance film. She has performed in a diverse range of venues besides theatres from churches, pubs, studios, streets to gardens and art galleries. Her films have been screened as part of Dancin Oxford and in Oxdocs International film festivals at Playhouse, Old firestation, Phoenix, Penultimate Picture Palace, castle walls.
Ana regularly teaches and choreographs with Café Reason Butoh dance theatre (www.cafereason.com).
She has also taught for Anjali open classes for learning disabled adults and children, choreographing pieces for galas at The Mill Banbury and Headington Theatre; and for the charity Crisis teaching dance to homeless and vulnerably housed people. She is currently offering classes for dance for older people.
Ana is committed to creating opportunities for dance and is an active member of The Oxford Dance Forum. She has also set up regular sessions for cross art collaboration, choreographic development and organised informal platforms for works in progress by café reason and other dancers and artists.
In 2011 she received Lottery support through Arts Council England for development of her work exploring light, film and the ageing body. In 2012 she was selected to be one of the supported artists in the ODF ‘Homebed’ scheme. In 2013 she trialled the first part of a new work ‘Inertia’ in collaboration with dance and digital artist Naomi Morris in ‘Moving with the Times’ as part of Dancin’ Oxford festival. In 2014 the launch of regular professional development opportunities with Choreocollective and Meeting Points.
I believe in the power of the body to inspire, create magic and communicate.
Recent CPD and workshops include:
The body in Mind: Reflections on research Embodiment. Body and Being Network. Oxford.
Physical Theatre. Danny Scott for Justice in Motion. Oxford
‘Ideas-Lab’ Dance SC2 dialogues @ The Point with Liz Lerman and Ruth Little. July 2014
‘Neutral Mask’ Marie-Louise Crawley @Jaqueline du Pres TORCH and DANSOX May 2014
‘Physical Storytelling’ Yael Karavan @Jaqueline du Pres. TORCH and DANSOX May 2014
‘Workshop with Yael Karavan’ ODF @ OFS October 2013
‘Workshop for Cafe Reason by Liz Aggiss’ October 2013
‘Lighting for dance’ ODF @ Oxford Playhouse with Charles Balfour. May 2013
‘Working with a Producer’ ODF @ OFS with Chris Fogg. April 2013
‘Getting the most out of Mentoring’ ODF @ OFS with Joe Moran
‘Dance and Academia- Dance, Body and Identity’ organised by Miranda Laurence @OFS March 2013
‘Dance for Parkinson’s’ ENB @ OFS Feb2013
‘Giving and receiving feedback’ ODF @ OFS facilitated by Rachel Liggitt Feb 2013
‘Dance, Older People and Dementia’ ODF @ OFS with Diane Amans. Oct 2012
‘Promoting yourself and your work’ ODF @ OFS Sept 2012
‘Up your game on Touring and Distribution’ Tim Tubbs, Joe Bates. ODF @ OFS Sept 2012
‘Music on the edge of silence, movement on the edge of stillness’ with Adrian Freedman. Herts. June 2012
‘Technical Production Day at SE Dance Studios’ with focus on lighting. May 2012
‘Dance and Academia -Space to dance’ organised by Miranda Laurence . ODF. March 2012
‘The Body Speaks’ Yael Karavan workshop at OFS. Feb 2012
‘Teaching Dance to Older People’ ODF . 2 day workshop Cecelia Macfarlane / Rebecca Seymour. January 2012
‘Professional Ambition’ organised by Hampshire Dance with June Gamble
A few background formative factors:
Gymnastics as a child
Studying art and history of art
Living in Lyon and studying contemporary dance with Claude Mazodier. Dancing with two different groups of fantastic busking African musicians during that year.
Dance busking solo for the first time in streets of England and Ireland.
Discovering contact improvisation via ‘joint work’ and ‘Motionhouse’
Living in Malaysia where I studied Indian classical dance (Odissi) with Geetha Shankaran-Lam at The Temple of Fine Arts and first studied and performed Butoh with Lena Ang as part of Taro Dance Theatre with Palani Naryanan and Janette Hoe.
Living in Indonesia where I watched and absorbed Javanese and Balinese traditional dance and music and practised regular movement meditatations with Susanna Miranti. Fortunate to experience opportunities created by Pak Prapto at Lemah putih with contemporary practitioners of Indonesian dance, theatre and music.
Attending as many Butoh workshops organised by Marie Gabrielle Rotie through London Butoh Network (Butoh UK) and others (including cafe reason) as possible. (Ko Murobushi, Masaki Iwana, Yuko Kaseki, Tetsuro Fukuhara, Minako Seki, Marie Gabrielle Rotie, Shinichi Momo Koga, Stuart Lynch, Ernst Fischer, Nick Parkin, Tadashi Endo, Katsuro Kan, Yukio Waguri, Sayoko Onishi, Itto Morita)
Work with Cafe Reason -performing, teaching and co-directing projects.
Collaborations with improvising musicians through Oxford Improvisors -especially with Bruno Guastalla and Malcolm Atkins.