We teamed up with one of the most renowned dance companies in a unique international collaboration.
Never before had such a diverse group of professionals from four countries come together to learn and explore the Limón movement technique for their own artistic practice. It was made possible thanks to the Four Nations International Fund which supports individuals and organisations in developing international partnerships and co-creation projects.
George and Helen travelled from Lancashire to Glasgow to meet up with Julie Spence and Neil Price from Indepen-dance, Scotland’s award winning dance company for disabled and non-disabled performers. They then connected virtually with former Scottish Ballet principal dancer, Eve Mutso in Estonia and Limón company dancers, Joey Columbus, Savannah Spratt and Lauren Twomley in New York.
The sessions were a rich and valuable opportunity to further our work, challenge ourselves and open up new opportunities. We're now looking forward to sharing some of the learning with more dancers at Gathered Together International Festival in Glasgow - July 2022.
We recognise the value and potential for further research in this area. We're now looking to explore how the principles might be applied within other contexts, including our dancers living with Parkinson's.
More information about the team who joined us can be found below.
Joey began his dance training in the Chicagoland area where he studied with Forum Dance Theatre under the direction of Eddy Ocampo. In May of 2016, he graduated from The Alvin Ailey/Fordham University BFA program where he performed works by Alvin Ailey, Pascal Rioult, Adam Barruch, Robin Mineko Williams, and Jae Man Joo. During the summer months, Mr. Columbus studied on scholarship at The School at Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Program, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Springboard Dance Montreal. He has worked with choreographers such as Alexander Ekman, Mark Morris, Marguerite Donlon, and Evangelos Poulinas. Upon graduation, Mr. Columbus joined RIOULT Dance NY where he toured domestically and internationally. He has performed with Company XIV in their production Queen of Hearts. He has also had the pleasure of performing with The Metropolitan Opera’s Ballet Company in productions such as Rusulka, Samson et Dalila, Marnie, La Fille du Regiment, and Don Giovanni. He joined the Limón Dance Company in 2019.
Eve Mutso is a freelance dancer & choreographer and former Principal Dancer of Scottish Ballet, Scotland’s national dance company.
Her repertory with Scottish Ballet included roles in the works of Ashton, Arias, Balanchine, Brew, Bruce, Caniparoli, Darrell, Elo, de Frutos, Forsythe, Hampson, Loosmore, MacMillan, Van Manen, Page, Pastor, Petronio and Pickett. In 2012 she created the leading role of Blanche in Meckler/Lopez Ochoa’s A Streetcar Named Desire.
Eve was born in Tallinn, Estonia and graduated from Tallinn Ballet School in 1999, going on to join Estonian National Ballet. She returned to Tallinn in 2011 as Guest Principal to dance the title role in MacMillan’s Manon.
In 2015 she was nominated by the Critics Circle for the National Dance Award for Outstanding Female Performance (Classical). She had previously been nominated for Best Female Dancer in 2005 and 2013.
Her first choreographic work was elEven, performed as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme in 2014 and since then she has continued to create further works performed by herself and other dancers.
Eve's interests have led to various collaborations with filmmakers, composers and photographers and in 2018 she danced with Scottish Opera in their new production of Eugene Onegin.
Her interest in aerial arts resulted in the creation of aerial solo loop, commissioned by The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh in 2018.
In 2018 Eve was commissioned by Estonian National Ballet to create Echo and in 2019 she choreographed Flock for Lothian Youth Dance Company. Her work, 111, a collaboration with Joel Brown (Candoco Dance Company) premiered at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2019 and was part of the Made in Scotland showcase, followed by national and international tour alongside Unlimited Festival at Southbank Centre and HAY Festival Digital Arequipa.
She currently collaborates with artist/poet Rhona Warwick Paterson for 3 new commissioned works for Fruitmarket in Edinburgh and is creating new work for Indepen-dance for spring/summer 2022.
Eve has created workshops and taught company class for Estonian Dance Academy, LPM Dance Theatre, Artists for Africa, Tallinn Ballet School, AXIS Dance Company, Edinburgh Dance Academy, Alonzo King LINES Dance Center, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Lothian Youth Dance Company, Aerial Edge Circus School, Indepen-dance, Estonian National Ballet and Scottish Ballet.
Eve is guest lecturer at Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and Guest Artist with Estonian National Ballet and is consulting dance composition for New Voices Theatre and mentoring independent freelance dance makers worldwide.
She is a board member of Indepen-dance, an inclusive dance company for disabled and non-disabled people in Scotland since 2017.
Neil started working with Indepen-dance in 2009 to deliver workshops for the weekly core programme. He joined Indepen-dance 4 in 2013 and has now worked with many well known choreographers, touring nationally and internationally.
In 2017, Neil was awarded “Best Dance Performer in Scotland” by the Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards. This gave him the confidence and inspiration to create his own choreography. With the support of his uncle, Frank McConnell – Artistic Director of Plan B, Neil performed his first choreographic solo – Tantalus in March 2019; described as ”an intensely personal statement of aspiration and achievement in the face of pitfalls” and described the challenges that a young man with Downs Syndrome may encounter in life.
Julie started working professionally with Indepen-dance, Scotland's award winning inclusive dance company for disabled and non-disabled people.
She gained an HND in Professional Stage Dance from Stow College, progressing to UWS in 2014 for a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre where she created a dance piece using sleep shields for her final exam. In 2019 Julie progressed to the role of Dance Worker, where she leads many of the weekly core classes. Julie has performed with IND4, Indepen-dance's professional company, touring to
Colombia in 2019. Most recently Julie has been working with the newly formed Small Ensemble on a new piece of work choreographed by Eve Mutso, premiering in 2020.
Savannah Spratt joined the Limón Dance Company in 2016. Born and raised in Rochester, Pennsylvania, she attended Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School to study dance alongside high school academics. Savannah holds a BFA in Contemporary Dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and was a recipient on the honorable Sarah Graham Keenan Scholarship. Beyond Limón, she collaborates often with Helen Simoneau Danse and the Merce Cunningham Trust, most notably performing in the Los Angeles installation of Night of 100 Solos. She has been an instructor on faculty with the Limón Dance Foundation since 2018, sharing movement with communities around New York City and the country. Savannah is a licensed GYROKINESISÒ Level 1 Apprentice and enjoys knitting in her down time.
Lauren Twomley, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, graduated summa cum laude from SUNY Purchase with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Arts Management. She began her professional training at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School. She joined the Martha Graham School in their performance of Panorama at Lincoln Center in 2011. During her Purchase career she worked with a variety of choreographers such as Doug Varone, Sidra Bell, Dylan Crossman, Kevin Wynn and Ana Maria Lucaciu, and has performed their work both inside and outside of Purchase. She has also performed in masterworks by choreographers Martha Graham, José Limón and Merce Cunningham. Lauren is the 2018 recipient of the SUNY Purchase President’s Award for Achievement in Dance. In fall of 2016, she was afforded the opportunity to study abroad in Rotterdam, Holland at Codarts Dans Acadamie where she explored the repertoire of Jiri Kylian and Joost Vrouenraets while performing in small projects around the city of Rotterdam. Companies she has danced for include Crossman Dan(s)ce, A-Y Dancers, and Obremski Works. During her time with the Limón Dance Company, she has performed in Limón’s classics and has worked with contemporary choreographers Chafin Seymour, Francesca Harper, Kate Weare, Raul Tamez and Olivier Tarpoga. Lauren currently works with Soluq Dance Theater, acts as a dancer, rehearsal coordinator and social media manager for Peter Stathas Dance, and is a teaching artist for the José Limón Dance Foundation. She joined the Limon Dance Company in 2019.