Lola Maury, assistant director & dancer
Lola did her BA at London Contemporary Dance School and obtained an MA in Performance Research and Practices at Central School of Speech and Drama. In 2008 she received the Deutsche Bank Award for Contemporary Dance to found and direct her own company, HitchhikeDance Collective. Her work investigates different possibilities to stimulate and engage an audience, exploring the somatic impact that movement can produce on the spectator in a conventional theatre setting or leading the audience into active participation in installation type of works. Alongside her choreographic practice Lola has danced for Willi Dorner (Bodies in Urban Spaces Brighton Trail), Tina Taarpag (Recoil Company), Simonetta Alessandri, Tied by Thumbs (performing improvisation group), and Vocal Motion Elastic Theatre between others. She has been working with Eva Recacha since 2009, performing in Story Lines, Place Prize 2011 finalist work Begin to Begin: a piece about dead ends and Easy Rider. She has also assisted Eva in the direction of The Wishing Well (Place Prize 2012).
Antonio is a Spanish choreographer and dancer based in London.
He approached ballet after having studied physiotherapy in his home town, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. He then encountered contemporary dance training at Conservatorio Real Nacional amongst other schools in Madrid, from 2002.
In 2006, he moved to the London Contemporary Dance School where he danced in EDge '08 and completed an MA in Performance. He has studied improvisation with Julyen Hamilton, DD Dorvillier and Camille C. Hanson and danced for Eva Recacha (UK/SP), Carla Onni (UK/IT), Annie Lok (UK), Melita Spahic (UK/HR) and Riccardo Buscarini (UK/IT).
He has presented his own dance works in the UK, Italy and Spain. His latest work, Cameo, in collaboration with Riccardo Buscarini and Mariana Camiloti, was one of the 4 finalists of The Place Prize. Last summer he was resident at The Place, as part of Choreodrome, where he followed a research for his upcoming work, 1000.
Antonio started working with Eva Recacha in 2009, and has danced in her works 'Story Lines', 'Begin to Begin: a piece about dead ends' and 'Easy Rider' (R&D)
Eleanor Sikorski, dancer
Eleanor Sikorski has worked as a dancer for Recacha since 2010, creating and performing Begin to begin 2010 (for which she also made the costumes) and Easy Rider 2012. She has recently performed for choreographers Seke Chimutengwende, Tino Sehgal and Alex Achour (Berlin). Her most recent choreographic work Chocolate, was premiered in January 2012 at The Place and was be performed at The Public House, July 2012. Eleanor also performs and produces work as a member of Hiru Dance Organisation and has been writing for Bellyflop Magazine since 2009. She studied at the London Contemporary Dance School, receiving an MA in performance which included a year in EDge, the school’s post-graduate company.
Juan Corres Benito, dancer
Born in Vitoria, Spain, Juan started dancing in his hometown at Traspasos and in 2005 went on to study at the London Contemporary Dance School. In 2007 he joined the Dance Apprentice Network aCross Europe, under the artistic direction of William Forsythe, Wayne McGregor, Angelin Preljocaj and Frédéric Flamand, performing some of their works throughout Europe. In 2009-10 he toured with Ohad Naharin’s “Kamuyot”, a joint production by Batsheva Dance Company and Riksteatern in Sweden. Since then Juan has worked as a dancer in Israel, performing for choreographers Shiran Eliaserov and Idan Cohen. Juan is also a co-founder of DISH Dance (www.dishdance.com), a collective based in Dublin, where he participates as a dancer and creator.
Juan started working with Eva Recacha in 2010 for the Place Prize creation "Begin to begin: a piece about dead ends", and has more recently being a part of the R&D of "Easy Rider" in Portugal.
Flora Wellesley Wesley, dancer
Flora studied at London Contemporary Dance School before joining EDge ’10, the postgraduate performance company of the school. Between 2004 and 2010 she was in numerous National Youth Theatre and Arcola Youth Theatre productions, while a multidisciplinary educational experience on an exchange at CalArts, studying subjects from film to performing objects and acting to dance for camera, stoked her interest in the scope of performance making at large. One way or another, she has acquired an appetite for experimentation and enjoys challenging herself as a performer across different forms.
Alongside being one of the six freelance dance artists who collaborate as Hiru Dance Organisation, Flora writes and edits for BELLYFLOP (Performing Arts) Magazine and co-directs and performs with Trumpet Creepers improvisation ensemble.
Flora first worked with Eva Recacha during Choreodrome 2011 in the R&D of Life and Other Games I and is on board the upcoming R&D of Easy Rider (June 2012, Portugal). Other recent projects include: working with choreographers Simonetta Alessandri and Seke Chimutengwende on Dog Roses and Mr Lawrence respectively; dancing for company immigrants and animals; appearing in Tenant, a new long-form film by Grace Schwindt (FLAMIN Productions); and performing in the new musical Goodbye Barcelona (Arcola Theatre).
Martha Pasakopoulou, dancer
Martha completed her BA in dance at the Professional Dance School of N. Kontaxaki in Athens/Greece. After obtaining a BA in Chemistry from the National University of Athens, she moved to London in order to continue her studies in dance and performance, as a member of EDge 10, the Postgraduate Company of London Contemporary Dance School in 2009/10. In 2011 she completed an MA in Performance- [Distinction] at LCDS with a particular interest in improvisation/performance scores and the internal journey of the performer. Throughout her studies in London she received full scholarships by A. Onassis Foundation, I. Costopoulos Foundation and Schilizzi Foundation.
Since then she has collaborated with various choreographers such as Wally Cardona, Rick Nodine, Darren Ellis, Frauke Requardt, Seke Chimutengwende, Jozsef Csaba Hajer, Simon Vincenzi, Antonio de la Fe Guedes, and with the companies Requardt & Rosenberg, backsteinhaus production (Stuttgart), Trumpet Creepers and with artist Tino Sehgal at the Tate Modern.
She worked with Eva Recacha during Choreodrome 2011 in the R&D for ‘Easy Rider’ and she is the dancer in Recacha's solo creation ‘The Wishing Well’, commissioned for the Place Prize 2012.