Vangelis Legakis graduated from Laban Center (London, UK) with BA in Dance theatre and MA in Choreography and holds a Masters in Buddhist Studies from Hong Kong University. In 2018 he is starting his PhD at Melbourne University where he will be researching on Dance, Improvisation, Performance, and Chi Gong. He is dedicating his career to offer his knowledge and experience to assist in the growth and education of young artists as well as professionals.
He has been visiting the Forsythe Company regularly since 2004 to research on composition, choreography and coordination and he also performed ‘Human Rights’ in 2006 with the company. He received profound education to teach, spread and develop Flying Low and Passing Through from the 50 days workshop in Costa Rica given by David Zambrano. His work is influenced by famous dance artists, William Forsythe, Julyen Hamilton, David Zambrano, Gill Clarke, Rosemary Butcher, Rosalind Crisp. He is amalgamating his experience and knowledge from diverse dance artists including energy work (Chi Gong and Yoga) so as to provide a holistic approach into dance pedagogue and performance.
Legakis is a therapist internationally teaching and offering therapies. He studied at Morley Collge (London, UK) Reiki I, II, & Master’s levels, Reflexology, Neuro-skeletal Re-Alignment, Deep Tissue and Holistic Massage and he furthered his studies in Structural Energy Awakening Therapy – Thai Massage (Mike Tan), Divine Healing Therapy (Dr. Ahlmeirah Ariel Hallaire), Integrative Biodynamic CranioSacral Therapy, Thanatology (Rosemary Wallace), Abdominal Massage (Felicity Joy) and Tsi Nei Tsang (Khun Ni). He has also studied Kundalini Yoga and Chi Gong for many years with great masters including Mantak Chia, Tew Bunnag, Swami Vivekananda, Mahasattva Ananda Sarita, Marika Bolsfeldt and many others.
He internationally (Many countries in Europe, Turkey, Argentia, Chile, India, Thailand, China – Mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, Philippines and Malaysia) teaches interdisciplinary edifying workshops; Flying Low & Passing Through, Forsythe Improvisation Technologies, Release, Contact Improvisation integrating the philosophies of Tai Chi, Chi Gong, Kundalini Yoga and healing modalities. He has been teaching at Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Academy of Peroming Arts, Hong Kong University (DMT), University of Santiago of Chile, Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar Istanbul University, Taipei University of the Arts, Taipei University, Beijing Dance LDTX, City Contemporary Dance Company and many other art spaces and companies.
MORNING COMPANY CLASS: FLYING LOW
FEE: 100 HKD per class or 1700 HKD for 21 classes.
MASTER WORKSHOP: EMBODIED UNITY
DATE: 6 MAY & 7 MAY 09:30 – 17:30 (with short break)
Performed by The Van-L Dance Company
DATE: 3 JUNE
VENUE: 5F Sheung Wan Civic Centre Theatre
MASTER WORKSHOP | EMBODIED UNITY
Five Elements Meridians for Choreography & Improvisation
Vangelis Legakis is the founder of Embody Unity, his dance and healing practice that has taken shape over many years of research and development. It is a fusion of Flying Low, Passing Through, Contact Improvisation, Experiential Anatomy integrating Chi Gong, Meridians and breath work.
Vangelis will teach the unique philosophy of the five elements in the Taoist tradition (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water) introducing the basic meridians that channel energies through our body. The purpose and focus of this intensive workshop is to find an interconnected and embodied state for enhancing performance, dance technique, improvisation and choreographic processes. Vangelis will bring diagrams and models to observe the meridians and the correlation of the five elements with our inner organs. You will be able to express yourselves from the inside to find a homeostatic state in body and mind.
Legakis has worked with people cross-culturally facilitating his unique and transformative movement practice to help shift and change lives. Vangelis has taught his dance and healing practice at the Hong Kong University’s Centre at the Behavioral Health department, as well as in many independent organizations across the world including China, Thailand, India, Bali, Japan, Argentina, Chile, Australia and many countries in Europe.
PERFORMANCE | LIMINAL
Performed by The Van-L Dance Company
The Van – L Dance Company was formed in 2008 in London UK under the artistic direction of Vangelis Legakis. He has been creating production in theatres, installations in gallery spaces and site specific projects. His productions include, The Disintegration of the Unreal (Lijiang-China 2013), Undying Home (Taipei Artists Village 2012), Alphabet of indeterminacy (Siobhan Davis Studio London 2011), Three Sighs to Beauty (Place Prize London 2010), Houses of Hell (Link) (Choreodrome London 2009), Sweet Sea Echos and En-Pour-Soi (2009) at ProArt Festival Prague 2009, In Between and Around Liminal Spaces (2009) (Archauz Choreographic Centre) amongst others. The last few years he has been focusing on creating interdisciplinary projects and festivals across the globe where is the meeting space of integration of diverse art forms, healing and dance.
In this production he will work with new resident artists to research the liminal space between two behaviour states; that of a performer on stage and that of being in everyday life. He will be questioning what is dance performance in nowadays dance practice.