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Luke Jessop



Instinctive Performance


Miotto’s approach 'Instinctive Performance' is designed to cultivate the personal characteristics and impulses of the performers. The work sessions consist of assignments emerging from spontaneous and recurrent explorations into embodied cognition.

Miotto works from the premise that assumptions about the world are built into the body and the brain and are largely determined by the form of the human body. During the working sessions, the body is opened to its own existing layers of instinctual physical knowledge triggered by movement, sounds, text, situation, and escalating intensities.

The participants are given the space to resource and exercise their own repertoire of techniques along with their own stylistic preferences. The sessions create a context where these personal experiences are challenged to formulate new expressive tools. The in-depth psycho/physical work stimulates one to interact with and reshape their possible performance tactics. The 'Instinctive Performance' approach offers mental and cardio training that assists in the discovery of multiple dimensions for performing states applicable to various stage practices such as dance, theatre, and mime. 


Jose started his career in Andalusia where he began performing as a Flamenco dancer. Slowly the world of contemporary dance became more visible as he worked throughout Europe performing with Charleroi/Danses, Ballet de Marseille, T.R.A.S.H, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance and Akram Khan Company.


As a rehearsal director and assistant choreographer Jose has worked on several creations for Akram Khan Company, including DESH, iTMOi, TOROBAKA, Until the Lions, Chotto Desh, London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony, and Sylvie Guillem’s farewell tour Life in Progress.

In 2011, Jose started to study Kathak under Akram’s guidance. Finding many parallels between this training and his early studies of Flamenco, Jose reconnected with his roots and began to explore traditional forms in a contemporary context. As a result he created three works: Paradiso focused on Indian dance; Silk Road with Bharatanatyam artist Mavin Khoo; and Carmen with its strong influences from the Mediterranean and Flamenco.


Jose’s independent choreographic commissions also include, GLANSVIT for  Norrdans, SAM for Area Jeune Ballet, KI for Phoenix Dance Theatre and English National Ballet School; Selah and Carmen for ZfinMalta Dance Ensemble; PARADISO for Akademi; TEN and A Thousand Shepherds for ACE Dance and Music, later restaged with Cape Dance Company; and Arctic for LCDS and ENBS; amongst several other creations.


During 2019 Jose will create commissions for Bodhi Project (SEAD), MAP at Chichester University and Three Score Dance Company, premiere his first short film Selah with co-director Matthew Beckett, and perform in the international tour of his own production Silk Road.


Jose is an international guest teacher with a unique dance vocabulary between east and west.

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