Fresh Friday with Jenny Hayes, and Ihsaan De Banya

5th May 2023

Fresh Friday with Jenny Hayes, and Ihsaan De Banya

Our Fresh Friday workshop this week is with Jenny Hayes, joined by Ihsaan De Banya. During the session students will experience the compositional element of an audition, then evaluate the process and their performance afterwards. The first half of the workshop is mimicked as a real phase of an audition, where you have already passed the technique class and are through to the next stage.  There will be a short improvised warm up, lead by Ihsaan De Banya, which leads into movement tasks and explorations. Students will eventually perform your movement in smaller groups before the audition comes to a close.

In the second half of the workshop, Jenny, Ihsaan, and the dancers will debrief and evaluate the audition experience individually as well as a group.  These reflections will be used to generate discussions as well as explore tools that support common audition feelings that can block our presence and performance in those environments.

Jenny’s career highlights include dancing with renowned UK company, Richard Alston Dance for 7 years, touring all over the world.  Working with many skilled dance artists, including Chisato Ohno working on a release-based approach to ballet. As well as working with Just Us Dance Theatre and the Junior Company of the Hamburg Ballet, fusing hip hop and contemporary movement. Delivering contemporary and ballet technique classes at institutions like The Place, London Contemporary Dance School, Northern Contemporary Dance School, as well as London dance companies such as New Adventures and Rambert Dance Company. Designing and producing a London Mayor’s and ESF funded programme Creative Re Work. Co-curating and producing a collaborative evening of dance and dialogue at All Saints Church in Sloane Square with guest artists Sir Richard Alston, Monique Jonas and Chronicles dance company in September 2022.

Ihsaan’s career hights include dancing work by Bawren Taviziva, Tom Dale and Theo Clinkard amongst others at London Contemporary Dance School.  Dancing with Richard Alston Dance Company, performing numerous works by Alston and Martin Lawrance nationally and internationally. Working with choreographers such as Trisha Okinawa, Renaud Wiser, James Wilton and James Cousins. Dancing as a guest artist with Clod Ensemble. Performing in music videos for Friendly Fires and Au/Ra. Becoming a company dancer with Candoco performing works by Trisha Brown, Jeanine Durning and Jo Banon.


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