Dance Limerick are delighted to host professional classes with contemporary dance artist Sophie Hutchinson for Winter Term 2022.
A 4-part series starting from Friday 21st October, 12-1:30pm
Sophie’s classes are based on a strong belief that dancing is a highly physical and intelligent art form- but most importantly, it is fun and can be both educational and pleasurable for all who share space together. Each class will invite you to explore moving in coordination with the breath, she will offer movement sequences and suggestions to inspire new movement patterns and qualities of moving. You can expect a safe, supportive and friendly space with an eclectic music playlist. All welcome, please feel free to contact Sophie directly prior to these sessions if you require any additional information or have access needs. Sophiejhutch@gmail.com
About Sophie Hutchinson
Sophie Hutchinson is dance artist and facilitator with training and experience in embodiment practices. Graduating from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 2014, Sophie went on to work with grassroots organisation Open Source Arts Leeds, who supported her and several local artists to establish regular dance classes, performance events and exhibitions. During this time, she worked with Kala Sangam arts centre as a facilitator on the Linking Network program and as a dance tutor with Yorkshire Dance Youth Company.
As a dance artist, Sophie has been commissioned to work collaboratively with poets Shamshad Khan(BooksUpNorth) and Sharena Lee Sati(BodyTalk Exhibition), she has worked both nationally and internationally with Company of Others’ Dance Theatre(UK), Song of The Goat/Teatr Pieśń Kozła(Poland), and most recently on a research phase in 2021 with Surface Area Dance Theatre with guest director Anna Seymour (dancer with Candoco Dance Company). Since returning to Ireland, she has worked with Jess Rowell (Draíocht Artist in residency) on ‘Making Waves’ a dance theatre performance specifically designed for children with mild to moderate needs, with a tour coming in 2023. A short film ‘Fiach Mara’ directed by poet and dancer Roisin Sheehy commissioned by Ceangal Cwlwm. With Stephanie Dufresne on her new work ‘Piseog’ and most recently with Rob Heaslip’s ‘Strawboys’ which toured the West of Ireland in Summer 2022.
In terms of her own work, in April, Sophie was offered a funded two-week residency with Galway Dance Project, working in collaboration with musician Joseph Love. They have been commissioned by GDP to share some of this research at Nun’s Island theatre, Galway at the end of October. In terms of her facilitation work, she is currently working on a new program with Integrated Dance Limerick and Enable Ireland, Castleconnell. She is also a participant on the first Inclusive Dance facilitator training program in Firkin Crane in Cork and is a student of Samavesa School of Yoga on their Embodied facilitator training.
Part of Dance Limerick’s Series of Professional Classes curated by Dance Limerick and DL Bridge Artist, Katy Hewison.