Neil Callaghan & Janina Rajakangas

When? w/c 9 September, Monday - Thursday, 9.30am - 11am

Where? Yorkshire Dance

This class will share methods from their latest creation ‘Over your..Body’. Working to physically articulate moments where words fail us. Jointly taught by Neil Callaghan & Janina Rajakangas the class will work on the connection between internal emotion and external movement. Through this dance between the inside and the outside we will address questions such as: How do we allow ourselves to access and embody internal states? And how can this shake us out of our habitual ways of dancing? How can we work with others to find the intimacy within ourselves. The class will involve touch and working with others.

Neil Callaghan is a dance artist who has forged an international career over the last 17 years, creating work for theatres, galleries and sites. Previously showing work at Sadlers Wells, Hepworth Gallery, Somerset House & Hayward Gallery. He curated a Wild Card evening for Sadlers Wells (2014). His work in collaboration with Simone Kenyon has toured cities across China supported by the British Council and festivals throughout the UK. He was a member of the SadlersWells University between (2014-2018).

Janina Rajakangas is a choreographer who has been receiving increasing recognition for her work, most recently Teen (2017) & Canary(2018). Janina has received the prestigious 3-year artistic grant (2019-21) from the Arts Promotion Centre in Finland. Recent commissions are from The Place (UK) & Moving in November festival (FIN). Her work is repeatedly presented by Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art & Zodiak, Helsinki.

Callaghan&Rajakangas met through Requardt&Rosenberg’s large-scale performance Motorshow. They have since collaborated on ‘Of Family and Deer’(2014), a Kedja Wilderness commission that toured throughout Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Their collaboration is driven by trying to get to the core of un-nameable states of bodily experience.