‘Angles In Life' is a unique dance/film project led by emerging choreographer and dancer Laura Vanhulle. It is set proudly against the urban landscape of Birmingham, UK, but with a mix of international artistic and cultural influences. Laura is undertaking a tour of this innovative new performance piece 'Angles In Life' to theatres and arts centres in Spring 2015, from February onwards.
I am a dance artist based in Birmingham. I am originally from Belgium and started my training in rhythmic gymnastics at a very young age. I came to the UK to start my dance training at Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) where I achieved a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance. Since graduating in 2009, I have performed professionally for companies such as ACE dance and music, Motionhouse Dance Theatre and Sonia Sabri. I regularly teach Contemporary Dance for DanceXchange In Birmingham. As an independent artist I have also collaborated with a series of dance artists in my professional career to date, creating work with Peter Grist, Tiia Ourila and Shobana Jeyasingh. It is my dream to tour my own dance production and to introduce new people to dance and performance.
What is your idea?
I have danced for many well known contemporary dance companies and artists, but now I want to branch out and make my own dance work!
The concept of my work 'Angles In Life' is taken from a starting point that every person in society sees the same landscape slightly differently. The production uses the medium of film to ask the audience to see through another's eyes. Conceptually, optical illusion plays a large part and has featured heavily in our use of film and camera angles: the illusion the camera creates mirrors and plays upon the illusion our brains create around us in real life. The work questions whether the world is just an illusion of the images we hold in our heads and questions the notion of reality.
Here are some links so you can see some more about the project:
‘Angles In Life’ teaser: http://vimeo.com/channels/mathewbeckett/64672785
Facebook page for the latest news: https://www.facebook.com/anglesinlife
Why are you Crowdfunding?
I have been working very hard to secure funding and interest in my project, and have some subsidy from Arts Council England which I need to match fund for, so I don't have to self-fund such a large proportion of the project. I also want to use Crowdfunding as a platform to promote my dance work to new people and audiences, who may not normally get involved with the arts or think dance is for them.
I am very ambitious so I am working with some amazing collaborators, some of whom are based internationally - for example my collaborator and dancer Seiffedine Manai, who is from Tunesia, and brings his skills in parcour-style dance from the street to the project. However this means that my costs increase and I am crowdfunding in particular to cover the cost of Seifeddine's visa (about £200) and return flights (about £300).
I did a short, stage one version of the show at mac birmingham in July 2014 to help promote the show and got some really good feedback:
“Having seen a work-in-progress screening and performance of ‘Angles in Life’ I was impressed with the quality of the work produced. Both performed and filmed elements demonstrated a sophisticated and ambitious approach to making dance film, and the result is a captivating work with a strong emotional power.” Paul Burns, Director of Programming and Production, DanceXchange
“Absolutely fantastic, you were both amazing” Audience member at mac birmingham
If you donate £30 you will be mentioned as a funder in my programme on tour.
If you donate £50 you will be mentioned as a funder in my programme on tour and get 2 complimentary tickets to a performance of your choice.
Please let me know if you have any questions through my Facebook page!