Leticia Cabezudo is an interdisciplinary artist and a firework of talent in Spanish dance, flamenco, table percussion and castanets.
A graduate of the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Mariemma (Madrid, Spain) at the Conservatorio Superior de danza María de Ávila, she went on to win the Young Creative Award (Madrid 2016). This award led to her own work being shown as part of the Biennial of Young Creators of Europe and the Mediterranean in Albania in 2017. In 2018 Leticia toured internationally as a soloist Compania de Jose Antonio (Sevilla).
Leticia joined Slanjayvah Danza in June 2017 as one of the 6 Feet, 3 Shoes dance and music collaborators and performers. During her time with the company, Leti gleefully studies the Scottish traditional arts of music and dance, uniquely playing castanets in Scottish rhythms. She is a speaker of the companies most commonly spoken language which she has rightfully named – “Spa-cottish”.
She has most recently completed her MA in performing arts with a focus on mixing Spanish and contemporary dance and music.
Charlotte Mathiessen is a multi-talented artist of dance, song and music with a performance style to envy. Specialising in release, Charlotte moves like liquid silver.
Originally a student of Zürich Tanz Theater Schule and graduate in contemporary dance from the Amsterdam School of the Arts (AHK), Charlotte is one of the founding members of the Chronos Collective. As an independent artist, she has worked with ICK Amsterdam (Emio Greco), Michael Wälti, Liat Waysbort, Niels Weijer and others.
Charlotte joined Slanjayvah Danza in June 2017 as one of the 6 Feet, 3 Shoes dance and music performers. With a multi-cultural background, Charlotte is known for her fluid style of contemporary dance closely followed with her other skills in Flamenco, Scottish Step and storytelling.
Charlotte speaks 6 languages, including “Spa-cottish” and is now learning Gaelic as part of her learning of the Scottish culture and arts.
Amy is an exhuberant force for music with a wealth of international experience in traditional and contemporary fiddle, composition and performance.
Amy is a performing musician, teacher and composer, with many strings to her bow, quite literally! Growing up in Galloway Amy now lives in Pathhead, Midlothian where she is an active member of the Pathhead Music Collective with fourteen fellow local professional musicians.
An international artist, Amy fiddles, sings and dances across the UK, Europe and North America. She plays with the Dean Owens & Whisky Hearts Band, the Scottish Stepdance Company and her own band The Amy Geddes Trio. She has performed with Tannas, Sophie Bancroft, Savourna Stevenson and many others, contributing to a broad church of musical projects; such as the Brian Wilson tribute album and appearing on albums by the Pearlfishers, Robin Laing, Scott Murray and Joe Lynch.
Amy joined Slanjayvah Danza in 2018 as the musical director and performing musician for 6 Feet, 3 Shoes. She has composed mesmerising original and unique new music for the work, crossing the borders of Scotland and Spain to influence and shape the melodies and rhythms.
Amy is quite new to but is starting to pick up the “Spa-cottish” language we use in the studio.
In demand as a composer, Amy’s tunes are recorded regularly by leading Celtic players including, ‘Andy’s Saltire’ which opened the celebrated album ‘Bold’ by Catriona Macdonald. This tune features in ‘Taigh na Teud’ a series of collections used by fiddlers worldwide.
Loved as a music educator Amy is the founder of Fyne Fiddles music school, leads the Lauland Big Tune Machine – a cross generational 30 piece band and works as a trainer with ABC Creative Music delivering child-centred music programmes.
Caterina McEvoy is an interdisciplinary musician, composer, sound artist, and researcher with a passionate interest in dance, theatre and martial arts.
Caterina is an interdisciplinary artist who has been involved in composer/choreographer residencies with Matteo Fargion / Wendy Houstoun, developing collaborative work with artists in other disciplines including theatre, dance, poetry, performance and site-specific work.
She joined Slanjayvah Danza in 2019, persuaded to pick up her first instrument (classical guitar) for 6 Feet, 3 Shoes. New to the team, Caterina is working closely with David Connah as they share their performing musician role in the work. With Scottish-Italian heritage, Cat is excellent at the “-cottish”, part of our “Spa-cottish” shenanigans.
We like to call Caterina – “Dr Cat” as most recently she completed her PhD-research Blue Dragon, White Tiger: The Paradox of Flux and Flow in Sound Art and Martial Arts.
Dr Cat is a martial artist herself. Alongside her sport and her extensive academic work she is a percussionist for Leeds/York based band Void Ship Captains and has a wide experience of working with several other bands in the Yorkshire region, The British Film Institute, and Arts Council England (The Electric Palace, Hastings – Soundtrack to The Stars, 2018).
A recipient of Arts Council funding Caterinas work has performed across the UK. Her recent solo exhibitions include Flow, an audio-visual work; with showings in Venice at THE BODY LANGUAGE – ITSLIQUID International Art Exhibition 2019, THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space Misericordia Archives.
In her roles as Senior Lecturer at Leeds College of Music, and as a freelance creative practitioner, Caterina teaches workshops exploring concepts and processes of sculptural form within rotating exhibitions in relation to sound and acoustics, space, and place.
David is a Flamenco guitarist and consultant of Flamenco music, specialising in the accompaniment of flamenco dance and song.
He started playing guitar at the age of 16, teaching himself a range of styles from rock to bluegrass, later studying classical guitar with teacher and composer Colin Elsworth.
Since falling in love with a flamenco dancer he has devoted his musical energy to accompanying flamenco dance, studying with many UK based and international artists including John Walsh, Francisco Antonio Clinton and Liam Howarth as well as studying in Seville.
David jumped into Slanjayvah Danza in 2019 to perform with us in March – saving us from a near disaster of not having a guitarist at all. We just couldn’t let him go after that! David brings us the essence of Andalusia into the studio, the eyes of a hawk as he watches the dancers ever step and the open heart of a humble musician (i.e. he doesn’t quite know how good he is!). David speaks “Spanglish” extremely well, keeping the Yorkshire/English element and flavour alive in the work!
David is the one of the most favoured flamenco guitarists for dance in Leeds, currently accompanying class for Luisa Galan and workshops for special guest visitors to the city such as Ruth Tejado and Carla Soto.
Performing regularly with dancers and singers (including Ana Luisa Munoz) in a range of gigs and festivals across the north of England, he is often seen with his partner in crime, Kevin Richards as part of flamenco guitar duo Los Jamones de York.
As his obsession with flamenco has grown he has learned Spanish, taught himself the flamenco cajon, and started to dance flamenco. He combines his music with a parallel career as a colour and data scientist.
Luisa Galan is an original member of Slanjayvah Danza since 2004, specialising in Flamenco and Spanish Folk, culture and language.
Luisa Galan is an established dance artist, originally from Cordoba, Spain where she trained extensively in Spanish and contemporary dance as a child. She completd her Degree at the Superior School of Dramatic Arts (Cordoba) before graduating with a BPA (Hons) Contemporary Dance Performance at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
Working consistently with Jen Wren and Slanjayvah Danza over the last 15 years as a performer, collaborator and educator in the UK and Spain, Luisa has collaborated to choreograph the flamenco elements of the company’s new signature work, 6 Feet, 3 Shoes.
Luisa’s 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 worked extensively for “Prescho” (Hispanic studies at the University of Córdoba). Spain.
As a teacher of contemporary and flamenco dance at a variety of institutes, Luisa has designed and lead 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 has a large following of Flamenco students through the various workshops she leads across Yorkshire and has been the choreographer for the Leeds Flamenco Festival over the last 5 years.
With an interest in safe dance practice, Luisa has extended her studies to complete instructor qualifications in complementary practices such as Pilates, Aerobics and personal training.
This year Luisa will start in her new lecturer role of contemporary dance at the Conservatorio de Danza in Andalucia.
Phil Sanger is an established dance artist – performing, making and presenting art since 2003.
Recently described by Dance Europe as …”one of the most versatile artists on the British stage”, Phil enjoys a multifarious performance career alongside lecturing in dance and working as a certified life coach.
Phil began training in somatic and movement, initially a student of Martial Arts but migrated into dance and performance by the time he was 12.
Phil has worked on and off with the company since 2007 as dancer, collaborator, rehearsal director and workshop leader. He has shared the journey of 6 Feet, 3 Shoes a rehearsal director and will join us in that role during the Fringe 2019.
Always in demand in his various interdisciplinary, artistic, performance and academic roles, Phil has worked for companies including Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Vincent Dance Theatre, York Dance Project and Denada Dance Theatre and the BBC.
In 2014 he co-founded Sardoville, a repertoire-esque theatre company and soon after qualified as a Life Coach with the Coaches Training Institute.
Phil is a Lecturer in Technique & Performance Practice at Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) having himself graduated from the school in 2002 (BPA hons), again in 2007 (PGDip) and this year (2019) with his MA in Dance and Creative Enterprise.
He continues an active practice in research and performance fusing movement, design, art and word to tell stories that are moving and entertaining.
Phil’s latest Sardoville work, “For Only An Hour” calls for more flexibility, diversity and acceptance within societal expectations and more visibility and representation of LGBTQ+ artists. You can catch this at Venue 22, Dance Base in August 2019
Keira is a freelance performer, director, mentor and facilitator within her industry, nationally and internationally.
For the past 20 years Keira has been a maker and mover of dance and much more. With a biog too long to include (literally) we will just leave a link to her own website here.
We are really pleased to have Keira join us as Rehearsal Director for our new work 6 Feet, 3 Shoes. Keira is the perfect person to have involved as she shares many of the companies ethos and love for both the traditional and contemporary art forms of music, dance, song and story telling.
Keira started dancing Irish Dance at the age 4. She graduated from The Northern School of Contemporary Dance propelling an interdisciplinary career in traditional and contemporary art forms spanning 20 years.
As an interdisciplinary and international female performer and
choreographer, Keira’s talent has crossed the globe to places such as Bermuda, Jamaica Costa Rica, Brazil, Ireland and USA . As a maker since 2005 her work has toured to venues including the Purcell Rooms, ROH2 and Edinburgh Festival.
Her most recent solo work Here Comes Trouble toured successfully for the last 3 years, was selected for the Rural Touring Dance Initiative menu 2017-2018 and invited to the Edinburgh Festival 2017.
Out- side of her own work Keira regularly performs and collaborates with other independent companies and artists. She is passionate about young people and has extensive experience in teaching from key stage one to post-grad level.
In May 2019 she created a Wild Card evening at Sadlers Wells ‘Where Ye From?” This year she is collaborating with Sonia Sabri to create a duet for tour in 2020 alongside creating a new work “Good Blood”.
Jen Wren and Slanjayvah Danza have had the pleasure of working with some fabulous people along the journey of our company and its work over the last 15 years. We would like mention a few here….
Susana Aguilar, Ross Ainslie, Guillermo Salinas, Aurora Fearnley, Cormac Byrne, Al McSween, Maria Vega, Rosa Cisneros, Guiliano Modarelli, Sophie Stephenson, Emily O’Shea, Aneta Dortova, Jon Owen, Jamie Donohue, Victor Blasquez, Antonio Escribano, Amir Giles, Riccardo Meneghini, Vivien Wood, Azzura Ardovini, Olivia Quayle, Yiannis Tsigkris, Katy Skelton, Adam Young, Mark Baker (Dread), Adam Wilks, Marcus Rapley, Kialea Nadine Williams, Kimball Wong, Matt Burton, James Jelliman, Matt Maude, James Rhodes, Cecilie Fodor, Raquel de la Plaza, Dani Ferreira, Paul Wilkinson, Pauline Mayers, Mel Newing, Lee Davern, Kat Doherty…. and many others.