Janine is a choreographer and performer with a curiosity for what moves us emotionally emotionally and how this moves us physically.
Janine began her professional training at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and completed her studies with a Dance and Visual Art Degree from the University of Brighton. Her lead tutor was the anarchic dancer, Professor Liz Aggiss.
Janine has worked across cabaret, dance, theatre and live art. Her solo Trace Elements will be performed at Tanzmesse 2016 and was directed by theatre-maker Sue MacLaine (Can I Start Again Please).
Janine recently choreographed Cleopatra’s death for The Complete Deaths (Spymonkey / Tim Crouch) and will be working with Wet Picnic on their new large scale show The Ball. She has created outdoor physical theatre shows with Bicycle Ballet and was a core team member of performance parkour company The Urban Playground Team.
Janine has worked as choreographer / movement coach with individual artists including theatre-maker Sue MacLaine, experimental pianist Sarah Nicolls and performer Victoria Melody. Janie is one-half of dance-comedy duo The Two Wrongies, who recently appeared as The Rockin’ Itchy Bit Sisters in Hercules (New Art Club).
With 20 years of teaching experience, Janine teaches across ages and abilities drawing on a multitude of dance styles and performance forms. Janine also works as Assistant Programme Manager at the Nightingale (Brighton) and as part-time administrator for VDT. She is very excited to be working alongside Fernanda Prata as rehearsal Director for VDT’s VIRGIN TERRITORY.
Anna Williams is an award winning dancer and choreographer based in the UK. She has worked as a performer and maker in dance, theatre, opera and live art for over twenty years. She was the recipient of the Prix Individuel (ADAMI) performance award at the International Festival for Choreography Bagnolet, Paris and her choreography has been nominated for a South Bank Show Award (UK).
For ten years she was a member of Ricochet Dance Company performing and creating original works by choreographers such as Stephen Petronio, Javier de Frutos, Wayne Macgregor, Rosemary Lee and Nigel Charnock. She was a dancer and soloist with the Russell Maliphant Dance Company for seven years and has danced with Random Dance Company, Aletta Collins, Carol Brown Dances, New Art Club and Nik Haffner.
She began working with the ground-breaking La Ribot in 2000 and subsequently went on to perform Anna Y Las Más Distinguidas which toured the art galleries and theatres of europe after its premiere 2002. Anna re-joined the company to tour Paradistinguidas in May 2011.
Her work as a choreographer includes ‘Clearing’ (finalist in The Place Prize for Choreography 2008), ‘I Am Falling’ at The Gate Theatre London (South Bank Show nominee) ‘The Thought That Counts’ for Theatre-rites at the Barbican London. She has most recently createdwork for Lone Twin and Clod Ensemble and is currently developing her new solo work ‘Woman’s Hour’.
She has worked as a rehearsal director for Shobana Jeyasingh, Russell Maliphant and Opera North and joined VDT in this capacity in the summer of 2013.
Fernanda has a Masters Degree in Arts from London Contemporary School. She has been a performer for 20 years working with companies such as Punchdrunk, Jasmin Vardimon, Protein, Vincent Dance Theatre, Stan Won’t dance, Theatre Rites, Quasar. She has also worked in theatre productions at The Globe Theatre, Regents Park Theatre and National Theatre, including with directors Lucy Bailey and Tom Morris.
Her longest partnership has being with Punchdrunk Company where she performed for 8 years in many productions. In 2013 she took over the role as rehearsal director and assistant director for the company and has been collaborating with them ever since.
Fernanda is also a movement director and has been awarded a commission from Horniman Museum to create a short piece based on Brazilian and England cultural differences and similarities. She has choreographed works for Mountview Academy of Arts, CAT Programme Laban and The Place, and has been leading several workshops in the UK ranging from dance classes to physical theatre practices.
Fernanda is also a yoga practitioner and tutor at Trinity Laban and mentors various companies as a movement coach.
In 2016 Fernanda is working with Charlotte Vincent as rehearsal director for Vincent Dance Theatre production VIRGIN TERRITORY.
Azzurra started her training in ballet and contemporary in Florence, before moving to the UK to continue her training at London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS) from 2003 to 2006. In 2006-07 she was part of EDge Dance Company, whilst there she already started working professionally as a freelance artist which carried on after. During that time Azzurra worked with Rosemary Lee, Jonathan Lunn, Freddie Opoku-Addaie, ENO, ROH. In 2008 she joined Henri Oguike Dance Company and later in 2009 she moved to Phoenix Dance Theatre where she danced until June 2013. During her time there she danced with many choreographers, including Lost Dog, Douglas Thorpe, Aletta Collins, Richard Alston and many others and she has continued pursuing her choreographic interests. Since leaving Phoenix Dance Theatre Azzurra has worked both in the UK and in Belgium with choreographers like Akram Khan, Kim Brandstrup, James Cousins, Jorge Crecis and Vincent Dance Theatre amongst others.
In 2012 she graduated with Distinction in an MA in Contemporary Dance from LCDS and she was nominated for Outstanding Female Performer (Contemporary) at the 2012 Critics’ Circle Awards.
Azzurra teaches extensively both professionally and to youth groups and together with her fellow colleagues Phil Sanger and Josh Willie, they just set up The Ashes Collective. The Ashes aim to create a free, artistic environment where ideas can flow and develop without pressure on the final product whilst enhancing the feeling of experimenting and sharing amongst the three artists. The Ashes’s vision is to reach a wide audience and facilitate contemporary dance to grow and be known.
Azzurra was also awarded a Leadership Mentoring Scheme by Dance UK in 2015.