RWB Aspirants had a rare treat yesterday when La la la Human Steps dancers; William Smith and RWB School alumni Zofia Tujaka and Jason Shipley-Holmes held a workshop at the RWB. The two-day workshop gave Aspirants a glimpse of what a day of work might be like with leading contemporary choreographer Edouard Lock and his globe-trotting company La La La Human Steps.
Renowned choreographer and La la la Human Steps Artistic Director Edouard Lock made an appearance at day two of the workshop to bestow some words of wisdom on the young artists. “Think percussive, rhythmic, precision,” Lock instructed the Aspirants. The company is famed for its intricate movements and breakneck performance speed and accuracy, and the workshop combined all those elements into some truly unique movement patterns.
“It was much more physical than I ever would have expected,” said Aspirant Katie Bonnell. “The movements are sharp and intricate but they’re not huge. It takes the skill of the performers to get the impressiveness of the movements across. I loved it – I never would have thought I’d have the chance to work with them and it was incredible.”
"It was a great workshop,” agrees Jera Wolfe. "They take ballet and classical lines and just mess with it and speed it up. It’s amazing to dance. When we started learning it, it was a complete mess but then once you get it together it’s incredible movement!”
Catch La la la Human steps in performance tonight at the Centennial Concert Hall as part of the WSO New Music Festival.
PHOTO CREDIT: TIM FENNELL