Julyen Hamilton

Julyen Hamilton

After early experiences in theatre came to dance at the age of nineteen. Now based in Amsterdam and Girona, Spain, Julyen was trained in London in the mid-70s and has since been a constant exponent of innovative performances. One of Europe's foremost improvisers, he has performed in many group configurations creating solo and collaborative work all over the world as well as directing the Julyen Hamilton Company throughout Europe.

The Company work develops dance for the theatre where dancers and light designer are directed to compose pieces instantly; a process of practising improvisation in rehearsal and in the moment of performance.

Since 1980 his experience and interest in performing with live musicians has constituted a main area of work; among others he has played with Barre Phillips, Fred Frith, Le Quan Ninh, Alfred Spirli, Micha Mengelberg. His solo 40 MONOLOGUES has played in many countries throughout the world and he is at present performing his latest solo SUITE.

Julyen Hamilton's teaching investigates deeply the creative act and the technique needed to accompany and facilitate it. His vision of technique is one which observes how things are made, how they function and how knowledge, experience and intuition can be used to create the work we each need to make. It naturally enters the worlds of physiology, philosophy, culture, imagination and the future.

In recent years the compositional elements of major concern have been time space, dramaturgy, music and the voice; they stem from his experience as a dancer who creates and organizes material instantly before the public. The basic work is the handling of the body and the 'speaking' from it in space, motion and time. Its co-ordination and its relationship to the material it creates - and then to the sharing of it in performance.

His ability to distill and convey essential principles allows dancers from a wide range of backgrounds to engage in his methodology.

More information on Julyens Hamiltons work on his homepage

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