Moving Words with Sonny Nwachukwu & Ffion Campbell-Davies
Facilitated by Sonny Nwachukwu & Ffion Campbell-Davie, this one day workshop explores the connections between movement and words. Learn about the relationship between body and voice and explore ways in working inclusively through a creative process.
Due to the themes of focussing on the Black diaspora, this particular workshop is intended for Black and Black mixed Heritage artists working across dance, theatre, choreopoem, poetry, writing, directing, dramatherapy, physical theatre and beyond. Please do watch out for further workshops discussing other parts of Saturn Returns.
What to expect
Based around the choreopoem, Saturn Returns, this workshop will explore the connection between movement and words, unlocking the relationship between body and voice. The workshop will help you develop your practical skills in devising and creating with words and the body. You will be invited to learn about flow writing exercises, vocal explorations, guided meditation and to explore through improvisation tasks. Blending poetry with movement, you will have the opportunity to create mini solos as well as discover the process of working with others.
You will be asked open questions around, What is community? and how do we understand it, sustain it and nourish ourselves through nourishing each other. The workshop may explore themes about racism, discrimination, disability, gender and mental health. Through an inclusive and supportive environment the workshop may also examine the Black body experience/white spaces/otherness as well as decolonisation/generational trauma vs societal violence. Working inclusively throughout, this workshop is facilitated with care and attention to the people taking part.
About the facilitators
Sonny Nwachukwu (he/him)
Sonny is a writer, director, and founder of Gateway Arts Productions based in London. His work is multi-disciplinary spanning across writing, poetry, dance, theatre and anything that lies beyond. His work primarily focuses on the African Diaspora. Sonny is a storyteller that incorporates dance and literature making his work relevant, unique, vibrant and thought-provoking. His academic background in Psychology informs much of his work and he is keen to tackle issues seen as taboo or ‘different’. Sonny received his dance training from authentic West African and dancehall teachers. He has performed with numerous Afrobeats and dancehall artists working across the UK and has performed at venues including Sadler’s Wells and SSE Wembley stadium.
In 2019 Sonny was awarded an Unlimited and Spirit of 2012 commission, to create his first full length work entitled Circles, A choreopoem. Other current works and projects include Triple Threat (2019) at Poplar Union, Saturn Returns (2020) for Unlimited Festival, Southbank Centre, (Re)Union (2021) as part of Browntown Abbey at Battersea Arts Centre and new work in progress, Eve and Cain (2021). Sonny has been a member of the Soho Theatre’s Writers Lab from 2020-2021, as well as the Graeae Beyond Programme and the Tamasha Director Programme. Sonny is currently an Associate Artist at Graeae Theatre Company in London. Sonny’s writing was nominated for the 2021 Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships and is a published author of Saturn Returns (published by Team Angelica). He has written articles for Disability Arts Online and Unlimited, amongst others. As founder of Gateway Arts, Sonny aims to produce, empower and provoke artists from a range of backgrounds and abilities to create new and radical artistic works across text, theatre and live performance.
Ffion Campbell- Davies (she/they)
Ffion graduated in 2013 from London School Of Contemporary Dance. Exchanged with Calarts, Los Angeles in her final year to study Balinese Dance and Gamelan with Nanik Wenten and Nyoman Wenten, North Indian Vocals with Aashish Khan, and Latin percussion with Aaron Rafael Serfaty. 2014 she traveled to Brazil and Cuba and studied Afro Brazilian, Afro-Cuban dance, Orixa’s and Candomble ritual influences, trained with Nildinha Fonseca Compania Balé Folclórico de Bahia, and Vero Pasos, Tatiana Campelo, Rosangela Silvestre at escola FUNCEB, Salvador. Involved since 2015 in the ‘London Underground Hip Hop’ scene, working with House Of Absolute Company in Contemporary Theatre and Waacking under Director Julia Cheng. Winning a few battles in waacking, krump vs’ waacking by Crooked District, most recently BLOC battles organized by Kwame Asafo-Adjei in experimental.
Ffion has developed experience with music production and management, shadowing and working alongside singer artist Lula Mbaretu with movement direction, backing vocals, percussion, collaborative performances and production assistance. Since 2017 krump and Indonesian Silat Martial Arts have been introduced as artistic practices, and beginning 2018 working with Paleta CalmQuality on a music video for music artist Roxanne Tataei. Artistic development has evolved into multi disciplinary practices strengthening skills in acting, dance and singing for ‘Vault’ festival working with Chris Reyes, his immersive theatre production ‘Caravan’. Within 3 months she has presented 3 new solo works, and a duet, self produced, music, costume design and conceptualized from experience. A duet presented at Shoreditch Town Hall for IDENTITY. An Exhibition solo presented at Deli Theatre. An Afro-latin contemporary piece presented at Richmix for RootsOfRumba, and a hiphop contemporary south Asian influenced solo presented at Redbridge for Artist4Artist. Ffion is expanding and developing work as a performer and choreographer, as well as music producing and writing.
“Gateway Arts is always reaching out to include as many people as possible, and showcase the widest variety of creative exploration.” Past participant
Photo credit: Viktoria Szep
Moving Words with Sonny Nwachukwu & Ffion Campbell-Davies
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