‘The essential percussive playing of Cormac Byrne conjured a sense of the playfully magical”…………….The Scotsman
Cormac Byrne is a multi award winning international bodhrán player and percussionist from Waterford, Ireland – based in the UK.
Cormac has appeared at numerous festivals around the world and has toured extensively both as a soloist and as part of various ensembles. Cormac’s versatility has seen him in much demand across many genres, from Playing with Seth Lakeman to Traditional Irish and Folk, World Music, Classical, Jazz and Pop.
He has worked with the multi award winning Backbeat Percussion Quartet, Les Commandos Percu, Fidget Feet Performance Company, Michael McGoldrick, Abigail Washburn, Damien O’Kane, Solas, Pól Brennan, Soumik Datta (Indian Sarod virtuoso), Ashley MacIsaac, Val Doonican, Kefaya, Show of Hands, Giuliano Modarelli, Andrew Dinan, Emma Sweeney, Cara, Ducie, Cara Dillon, Rioghnach Connolly, Stuart MacCallum, The Priests, The Scottish Chamber Orchestra, The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, The RTE Concert Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Simon Emmerson, Lisbee Stainton, O’Hooley Tidow, Declan Bennett, Neil Yates 5 Countries Trio, Craig Owen, Baltic Crossing.
TV and Radio appearances include MTV, Top of The Pops, BBC Breakfast, GMTV, Sharon Osbourne Show, Sky Arts, BBC Alba, RTE, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4 and RTE Lyric FM. He recorded music for BBC Film series ‘Inspector George Gently’, Channel 4 series ‘The Mill’ and TG4 series ‘An Bronntanas’. He worked with James Divine (the world’s fastest tap dancer) on ‘Tapeire’ and with Damien Barber on ‘The Lock In’.
“He used any number of instruments, it seemed simultaneously, as only an octopus should be able to do”…..India Link (Australia)
Leticia Cabezudo Sánchez is a professional Spanish and Contemporary Dancer.
She studied at the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Mariemma (Madrid, Spain) at the Conservatorio Superior de danza María de Ávila.
Leticia works with a range of different artists and dance companies whilst also developing her own creative work as a choreographer. In 2016 she won the Young Creative Award (Madrid) sharing her work at the Biennial of Young Creators of Europe and the Mediterranean in Albania in 2017.
Al MacSween has an outstanding reputation for his creativity, versatility and innovative approach to the piano, accordian and percussion.
His studious approach to music and his ability to communicate through different musical languages has led to collaborations with world-renowned artists from a staggering array of musical traditions, from Afro-Cuban, West-African, blues and jazz; to Indian classical music, Celtic folk, Arabic music and flamenco; to dub, trip-hop and electronica.
Al has worked with artists including Omar Puente, Shankar Mahadevan, Ruby Turner, Kadialy Kouyate, Dennis Rollins, Bickram Ghosh, Abram Wilson, Claude Deppa, Niladri Kumar, Reem Kelani, Tony Kofi, Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra, Pee-Wee Ellis, London Community Gospel Choir and many more. Hi is also co-founder of the international music collective, ‘Kefaya’.
Al has toured at venues and festivals across Europe, Asia and Latin America in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, The Sage, Union Chapel, Ronnie Scotts, Maida Vale as well as performances for major international festivals including London Jazz Festival, WOMAD, Havana Jazz Festival, Celtic Connections, Kulturfest and has performed for regional and national tv & radio stations in the UK and abroad.
Using keyboards, accordion, percussion and live electronics, Al has also worked extensively in the world of dance and has played for numerous dance companies and institutions including Royal Ballet, Phoenix Dance, Rambert, Akram Khan Dance Company, Slanjayvah Danza, NSCD, Laban, Northern Ballet, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, London Contemporary Dance School and many others.
Charlotte Mathiessen grew up in Switzerland and studied dance at the Zürich Tanz Theater Schule where she was trained in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Flamenco and more.
After graduating she moved to Amsterdam successfully achieving a Bachelor in Contemporary Dance at the Amsterdam School of the Arts (AHK).
Most recently she has been working with ICK Amsterdam (Emio Greco), Michael Wälti, Liat Waysbort, Niels Weijer alongside other choreographers and artists.
Alongside her performance career, Charlotte teaches regularly and has been developing her own work as part of the Cronos Collective.
Giuliano Modarelli (Italy) is one of the most interesting musicians to emerge from the world music scene over the last few years.
He is the co-founder of the awarded international music collective Kefaya. His strong compositional style, studious attitude and unique approach to the acoustic guitar through the application of sarod technique has led to collaborations with masters of Hindustani music, including Grammy award winner, Bickram Ghosh, Mercury prize winner, Talvin Singh, Paban Das Baul and as well as work with internationally renowned artists from many other traditions, such as South-African choreographer Gregory Maqoma, Belgian choreographer, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and several UK based dance companies (DV8, Jose Agudo and many more).
An award winning international artist Giuliano demonstrates his dexterity to work across a variety of disciplines within music, writing for theatre and dance, touring nationally and internationally with numerous prestigious companies. He performs regularly in prestigious venues throughout the country (Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Barbican, The Purcell Room, Bridgewater Hall, CBSO, BBC Venue/Radio) as well as at Darbar Festival, Music Port, Bestival, Womex, and many more Jazz and World festivals throughout the UK and abroad.
His unique and exceptionally innovative style is a subtle blend of World Folk, Arabic, Flamenco, Latin and Eastern European.
“Soulful, beautifully paced and etching deep emotions.” – The Sunday Express
Emily O’Shea is an established international dance artist who graduated from Hammond in 2011.
Working regularly with a range of companies such as Move the World and Social Creativa she performs and teaches across Europe, North America, South America and Africa.
Emily is passionate about sharing cultures. She has experienced working with a vast and diverse range of people and artists across the globe learning numerous techniques and traditional dances including those featured in 6 Feet, 3 Shoes – Step dance, Flamenco and Contemporary.
Mr Pete Shenton -Artistic Mentor
Pete has been working as a dance artist, deviser, writer, performer, director and teacher for 22 years.
He has worked on various projects as a director, including with Probe Dance Company, Laurie Lorry and Dave Parkin, and as a choreographer/movement director on a number of projects for Curve Theatre and with Metro Boulot Dodo, Bamboozle and Spark Arts. He has worked as mentor/dramaturg/artistic advisor on a number of projects with a diverse group of artists and artistic projects including recently with Gabi Reuter and Turned On Its Head.
He has been a guest teacher at numerous higher education and dance establishments around the world and is a part-time senior lecturer in dance at De Montfort University. He is a regular contributor to Dance 4’s Centre for Advanced Training. Before taking up dance he worked as an X-ray darkroom technician.
Pete is Jen’s artistic mentor for “6 Feet, 3 Shoes”.
Luisa is a founding member of Slanajayvah Danza and has regularly worked as a performer, collaborator and educator with the company in the UK and Spain.
Luisa Galan is an established dance artist, originally from Cordoba, Spain.
Luisa train extensively in Spanish and contemporary dance at a young age and completed her education in Spain with a degree from the Superior School of Dramatic Arts (Cordoba) before graduating again in 2004 with a BPA (Hons) Contemporary Dance Performance – Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
Luisa is a founding member of Slanajayvah Danza and has regularly worked as a performer, collaborator and educator with the company in the UK and Spain. Outside of that role, her professional performance experience extends to encompass a wide and varied range of dance and acting for stage, film and TV, for companies such as El Pais and Tele 5 (TV), Mariano Barroso, Jose Talavera and Flamenco Diez.
She has taught contemporary and flamenco dance at a variety of institutes, designing and leading courses for the European Social Fund, Andalucia Council and Government Employment organisation, Teatro Mejor (Madrid), Carmen Cubillo School of Dance (Madrid), Cervantes Institute and York St John’s University.
Dedicated to grass roots and community learning across a wide range of ages and abilities, she is currently leading a variety of workshops across Yorkshire in dance (specialising in Flamenco and Spanish Folk), culture and language.
With an interest in safe dance practice, Luisa has extended her studies to complete instructorships in complementary practices such as Pilates, Aerobics and personal training.
Luisa worked extensively for “Prescho” (Hispanic studies at the University of Córdoba). Spain. She is currently a lecturer in Spanish Dance and language for the Cervantes Institute.
Jen Wren and Slanjayvah Danza have and have had the pleasure of working with some fabulous people along the journey of our company and its work. We would like mention a few here….
Susana Aguilar, Phil Sanger, Ross Ainslie, Guillermo Salinas, Aurora Fearnley, Jon Owen, Jamie Donohue, Amir Giles, Riccardo Meneghini, Vivien Wood, Azzura Ardovini, Olivia Quayle, Yiannis Tsigkris, Katy Skelton, Adam Young, Mark Baker (Dread), Adam Wilks, Marcus Rapley, Matt Burton, James Jelliman, Keira Martin, Maria Vega, Sophie Stephenson, Raquel de la Plaza, Dani Ferreira, Paul Wilkinson, Pauline Mayers, Mel Newing, Lee Davern, Kat Doherty…. and many others.