Luke Jessop

Melting Boundaries


Usually, it's difficult for me to define what I do in a movement when I don't have a strong style restriction. I guess it is inevitable a result of everything I've been through in life, people around me and the world itself. Music, people together, ritual energy, clubbing, self-empowerment, self-expression and a strong questioning about the space of strength and vulnerability, power and fragility, feminine and masculine. These classes will be a journey for sure. We will dive into technical work, improvisation and breaking boundaries between styles, vocabularies and movement codes. Through the work I've been developing in my own body and soul I will share this journey that can go from the floor to an intricate arm work, the tiniest movement on the hip to a big jump in space, a detailed shimmy to a long walk on a Vogue beat, a House groove to a slow waving session. The focus is to find new places in the body and in the soul, connect with the self and others, bring pleasure and maybe new questions or even some answers to questions never made before. We will go into different dance styles and movement connections between them. An open soul and curious body are highly recommended.


Piny was born in Lisbon in 1981. Her adolescence years were spend between school, trampolines gymnastic and the street. She started dancing in 1999 with Bellydance classes and after a few years, she fell in love with Hip Hop culture. Between her 21 and 27, she was studying Architecture and fully immerse in Breakdance, House, Hip Hop, Waacking, Vogue and Tribal Fusion Belly dance, a modern dance form of Bellydance. She worked as an Architect for 4 years and after she decided to commit to dance and at 30 she entered Contemporary Dance University in Lisbon. In 2006, to express her love for breakdance, graffiti and vinyl records, she founded with her friends a female Hip Hop crew called ButterflieSoulflow. During some years she was focused in practice, jamming, djing, and battles. The passionate and relentless search for new approaches and new vocabularies led her to travel on a national and international level to learn, listen and understand the different styles. As a Contemporary dancer, she has choreographed solo and group pieces presented in different national festivals and has been working as a freelancer for several Portuguese choreographers as Tiago Guedes, Victor Hugo Pontes, Tânia Carvalho, Filipa Francisco, Ricardo Ambrózio, Cristina Planas Leitão, and Marco da Silva Ferreira. In 2012 she founded Orchidaceae Urban Tribal, a dance company where the Hip Hop background meets Tribal Fusion Belly Dance and Contemporary Dance, and in the last 5 years, she has been performing and teaching all over the world.

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