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Luke Jessop


Melting Boundaries


Imagining a body that is not limited by dance styles, labels, and over-imposed boundaries. A body that moves in fluent and precise vocabularies that usually don't coexist at the same time. This is the challenge, to open all possibilities through precise guidance.

We will dive into history, energy, technique, flow, groove, and improvisation, breaking boundaries between styles, vocabularies, and movement codes. We will think about East and West, North and South, discussing in the body what we can appreciate without wrongly appropriating. What is the space of a globalized body? What's the impact of colonization on the movement? How free can we be?

I will share this journey filled with dance styles from North Africa and the Middle East; Clubbing and Street Dances as House, Vogue, and Waacking; Floorwork brought by Breakdance and Capoeira; with the approach of experimentation and open space for discovery. What is different and what is similar between all these? How can we be inspired, change, deconstruct? 

The focus is to find new places, to open doors, to connect with the self and others, to invite pleasure and knowledge, and raise questions. An open soul and curious body are highly recommended. No judgment but a critical mind. Music will drive us, inner energy, ritual, clubbing, self-expression, and a strong questioning about the space of strength and vulnerability, power and fragility, feminine and masculine. 


Piny was born in Lisbon. She started dancing in 1999 with Bellydance classes and after a few years, she fell in love with Hip Hop culture 

During her twenties, she was studying Architecture and fully immersed in Breakdance, House, Hip Hop, Waacking, Vogue and Fusion Belly dance. Studying the body, culture and space at the same time, in different perspectives truly influenced her work. As an Architect she collaborated in a studio for 4 years and after decided to commit to dance and did a BA in Contemporary Dance.

From 2006, to express her love for breakdance, graffiti and vinyl records, she started a female Hip Hop crew called ButterflieSoulflow. For some years she was learning between Europe and New York, performing with Dj's and collaborating with other artists and, in 2012 she founded Orchidaceae collective, where the Hip Hop background meets Fusion Belly Dance and Contemporary Dance. In the last 6 years, she has been gratefully performing and teaching all over the world. As a Contemporary dancer she has been working as a freelancer for different artists as Tiago Guedes, Victor Hugo Pontes, Tânia Carvalho, Filipa Francisco, Ricardo Ambrózio, Cristina Planas Leitão and Marco da Silva Ferreira. As a choreographer she highlights the piece "Periférico" collaboration with Vhils and "Hip. a pussy point of view". Currently she is preparing her new work ".G Rito".

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