The Company: Janis Claxton Dance is an international touring company based in Edinburgh. This multi-award-winning company has a reputation for bringing high quality works to new and diverse audiences including large-scale performances in Scotland’s National Museums and Galleries, Edinburgh Zoo and Edinburgh International Science Festival. The company’s latest and highly acclaimed work POP-UP Duets (fragments of love), was presented at National Museum of Scotland as part of the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe and Made in Scotland Showcase. Receiving 5-star reviews and over 75,000 views on BBC Loop, POP-UP Duets was listed as one of the top dance works of 2016 in the Observer, won the Creative Edinburgh Collaboration Award, was chosen as for ISPA Pitch New Works New York Congress 2017 and has been recreated for the Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival in Taiwan.
The work was revived in 2018 and toured across the UK and internationally to Singapore International Arts Festival, Lincoln Centre Out of Doors Festival, Malmo Summerfest and Lund’s Sommarlund in Sweden, and to Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, only the second Scottish company to receive the prestigious invitation.
Choreographer: Janis Claxton (AUS/UK) was based in Scotland, she was a multi award-winning choreographer and Artistic Director of Janis Claxton Dance. Known for her diverse and unique works and her abilities to craft exquisite material with world-class dancers, Janis worked as a choreographer, teacher and movement director internationally including for; Scottish Opera, Dantzaz, National Theatre of Scotland, Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival, Beijing Dance/LDTX, National Dance Company of Wales, Beijing Dance Festival, Edinburgh International Science Festival, National Museum of Scotland, Beijing Dance Academy, UK NOW Festival China, World Expo Shanghai, Back to Back & Lung Ha Theater Companies, Sichuan Peoples Art Theatre, and many more. Renowned for her inspiring classes, Janis’ teaching included for; Scottish Dance Theatre, Skanes Dance Theatre, London School of Contemporary Dance, Beijing Dance Academy, Queensland University of Technology, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, South-East Asian Choreolab, Dance Academy Arnhem.
Janis Claxton’s awards for choreography include 2016 Creative Edinburgh Collaboration Award (with Pippa Murphy for POP-UP Duets), a Bank of Scotland Herald Angel Award and a Total Theatre Nomination (Edinburgh Festival 2008). In the same year she was declared number 33 on the list of 100 most influential people in Scotland (List Magazine) and one of the three artists chosen in Scotland by the Herald Newspaper ‘’Arts and Minds of 2008’’. In August 2018 Janis was awarded the Herald Archangel, a high honour given to those who have made a sustained contribution to Edinburgh’s world-famous festivals.
Composer: Pippa Murphy is a multi-award winning Scottish composer who writes for theatre, dance, film, opera, and orchestras. She has written music for BBC 2, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 3, Scottish Opera, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014, Celtic Connections, St Magnus International Festival, and numerous theatre companies including The Lyceum Edinburgh, Dundee Rep, Birmingham Rep, Traverse Theatre Edinburgh. Recent projects include; string arrangements for singer Karine Polwart and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, original songs for Janis Claxton Dance performed in National Museum of Scotland; music for Alice Munro’s View from Castle Rock in the Edinburgh International Book Festival; Sound Design for Wind Resistance in the Edinburgh International Festival where she won the Critics Award for best music 2017. http://pippamurphy.com/
Dancer: Albert Garcia was born in Spain and trained classically at the Conservatori Superior de Dansa Illes Balears, before training in contemporary dance at the Conservatori Superior de Dansa de l͛Institut del Teatre in Barcelona. Over his career to date Albert has worked with Nunzio Impellizzeri Dance (Switzerland), Cascade Dance Theater, James Cousins Company, Gwyn EmbertonDance (UK) Icosaèdre Dance Compagnie (France), IT Dansa Jove Companyia (Barcelona), and Tanzkompanie Oper Graz (Austria). Besides his dance experience, Albert is a fully qualified practitioner of energy and body-work techniques. Instagram: @algaro.yoga
Dancer: Amy Hollinshead was born and raised in Staffordshire, England and completed her professional training at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. During this time, she performed in works by Kenneth MacMillan and Mark Baldwin and also danced Itzik Galili’s A Linha Curva with Rambert Dance Company. Upon graduating, Amy joined Scottish Dance Theatre in 2013 under the direction of Fleur Darkin. Whilst there she worked with a number of choreographers including Jo Strongrem, Jorge Crecis, Damien Jalet, Henri Oguike, Anton Lachky, Botis Seva and Sharon Eyal.
Dancer: Valerio Di Giovanni was born in Italy, at 16 Valerio started professional training at Balletto di Toscana, joined the junior company directed by Cristina Bozzolini and Agora coaching project directed by Michele Merola/Enrico Morelli. At 19 he joined Dantzaz Konpainia directed by Adriana Pous. He has performed throughout Europe. Valerio has premiered works by Itzik Galili, Lukas Timulak, Jone San Martín, Karl Alfred Shreiner, Giuseppe Spota, Judith Argomaniz and repertoire by Jacek Przybylowicz, Jacopo Godani, Jean Christophe Maillot, Izadora Weiss, Victoria P. Miranda, Janis Claxton, Wubkje Kuindersma, Fabrizio Monteverde.
Dancer: Joanne Pirrie trained at the Dance School of Scotland, Bird College and New English Contemporary Ballet School. She represented Scotland in CulturAtlantic Project hosted by Gelabert/Azzopardi Dance, Spain. Work engagements include: Janis Claxton Dance, Yorke Dance Project (works by Sir Kenneth MacMillan and Robert Cohan); Barrowland Ballet; Cohan Collective; Errol White Company; Stephen Pelton; Diana Loosmore; Underhand Dance; Pasodos, High Heart Dance; Ampersandance; Kevin Turner; Malgorzata Dzierzon; and Cagoule Productions. Dance onscreen includes BBC; The Outlander; Belle & Sebastian; and Strange Attractors directed by Marie Liden.
Dramaturg: Clive Andrews (UK) is based in Scotland and has worked as a clown, slapstick comedian, physical theatre actor and dancer in the UK, China and Australia. His performances are renowned for emotionally resonate physicality and humour. He has performed in dance works by Janis Claxton and Angus Balbernie and creates extensively for children. His latest show One Man Shoe is currently touring throughout the UK and Ireland. As a dramaturg, Clive has worked with Janis Claxton Dance on Humanimallia, Enclosure Humans and POP-UP Duets. http://onemanshoe.uk/index.html
Costume Designer: Matthias Strahm (CH/UK) is a freelance theatre and dance designer based in Scotland. He graduated from the National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam in 2002 and, for the first half of his career, worked as a professional dancer with companies in Portugal, Spain and Austria. He has worked as a costume and set designer across Europe including for; Scottish Dance Theatre, Joan Clevillé Dance, Marc Brew Company, Janis Claxton Dance, Café Fuerte, Next Liberty Graz, Schauspielhaus Graz, Theater Paderborn, Stadttheater Ingolstadt, Kammertheater Karlsruhe, and Theater Aalen among others. www.mstrahm.com
POP-UP Duets Team