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.
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.
Giulia Drummond is a musician specialised in creating mystical atmospheres with her hauntingly beautiful voice and variety of drums.
Giulia Drummond is a singer-songwriter from Brazil. Her musical background is filled with charmed sonorities from all over the world, from Afro-Brazilian chants to celtic music, visiting bhuddist and hindu mantras, hebrew, sephardic, gypsy music. In constant research for as many influences she can find, Giulia refers to her practice as Magical Music. By exploring these different music traditions, she also explores their associated languages. She sings in Portuguese, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Gaelic, Latin, Hebrew, Haitian Criollo, Yoruba, Ladino, Romani…
Giulia joined Slanjayvah Danza in 2020 going straight into 6 Feet, 3 Shoes as a percussionist bringing all her drums, a lot of them…. Giulia is able to reproduce nearly all the sounds you could imagine, even the sound of the birds (so nice and relaxing).
She has a beautiful, enchanting and deep voice that she uses in different moments of the work accompanied by a shruti box “breaking the rules” of how to play it.
We confirm that when she is performing, faeries dance and sing with her, and now we do too.
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.
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 16 years. We would like to mention a few here….
Phil Sanger, 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.