'Swapping Shadows'

Choreography: Yanaëlle Thiran
Performers: Shivaangee Agrawal & Yanaëlle Thiran
Costumes: Akshy Marayen
Lighting design: Sally Somerville-Woodiwis

Music: 'Intro' by Joris Vanvinckenroye; 'Whispering to Waves' by Mehmet Polat Trio (with text by Yanaëlle Thiran); '21' and 'Hassan – Chabi Majnoun' by Oneira and 'Intro 2' by Wouter Vandenabeele (with poem: 'Shadows' by Kathryn Rock, read by Shivaangee Agrawal)

Filmed at the Robin Howard Dance Theatre (The Place) on Tuesday 23/01/2018.
Digital producer: Odi Caspi

Artist statement: "I never dance alone. If I do, I dance with the shadows of my teachers, peers and friends. When making choreography, I search for authenticity, while acknowledging influences from the many artists whom I train or trained with, whose work I have seen and admired. Deeply inspired by various genres of music, I often collaborate with musicians, choirs, costume and lighting designers, photographers or visual artists. Each piece is a collaborative process between myself or a creative team and an audience, a song, a space. Choreography is a vehicle that makes us travel through space, time and the wide world."

– Yanaëlle Thiran, 2018

“We dance with the shadows
And become more than we are
More than we could have been
Before we stumbled into the shadow shoes
And attempted to submerge ourselves
In them”

– Kathryn Rock (hellopoetry.com/kathryn-rock/)

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Yanaëlle Thiran is a Belgian dance artist based in London, UK. She graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 2015 and furthered her training at Art Factory International (Bologna, Italy) before settling back in London.

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Yanaëlle Thiran is a Belgian dance artist based in London, UK. She graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 2015 and furthered her training at Art Factory International (Bologna, Italy) before settling back in London.

Yanaëlle has been choreographing and performing her own dance works since 2016. In 2018, she co-founded Company Concentric with dancer Shivaangee Agrawal. Their duet "Swapping Shadows" received a warm welcome in London and Almada, Portugal.

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