Spring 2015 

May 21st – 22nd  Improvisation Exchange Leeds are excited to be part of Dance Improvisation: A Philosophical Perspective.


Also, look out for a season of monthly workshops at Improvisation Exchange Leeds.

I’ll be teaching a workshop on June 28th titled Practice in Evolution…look out for more info soon!


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March 8th   Now You Are Here  – performance at the Leeds Art Gallery in celebration of International Women’s Day.

Performers: Marie Hallager Andersen, Rachel Dean and Daliah Toure  – with their babies;   Vanessa Grasse; musicians Laura Cole (Piano) and Oliver Dover (clarinet).



(Photo: Mat Dale)


Autumn – Winter 2014/15




February/March 2014

Finalising Chilli Movements – a dance film I created in collaboration with the wonderful participants of Chilli Bon Bon, a community performance group run by and for people with learning difficulties. The music was composed by one of the group’s members Kris Klavenes.

The film will be screened at the Inclusive Music Event at York University on Saturday 1st March.

January 2014

Excited to start the new year with a season of exciting Improvisation Exchange workshops ahead of us.

Privileged to be part of the organising team:)


December 2013

Part of Dancing With Strangers.

On the 10th of December choreographer Rita Marcalo will the in the streets of Vienna, if you see her, dance with her!

…with love from me xx

November 2013

Mathilde performs in a double bill with guests from Glasgow!



September 2013

Improv flyer AutumnWinter2013

July 2013

Performance event as part of my practice-led research MA.


Mathilde Poster July

June 2013

MArking work…

MAthilde in the studio …

MA research…

May 2013

Mathilde performs as part of Create festival in York 

21st May @ 1pm. York St. John University

New Improvisation Exchange dates:

Improv poster 2013_SummerTerm

April 2013

Mathilde residency at stage@leeds

Five days in the studio to re-visit ideas and discover new interests within our creative process, alongside planning a tour in November 2013.

March 2013

Sat. 9th March- Improvisation Exchange led by Charlotte Spencer

Improv poster 2013_March

February 2013

24th Feb – Performance inside the ‘Liberty and Anarchy’ exhibition at the Leeds Art Gallery.

Final day of the installation ‘finissage performance’.

Liberty and Anarchy 2

(Performers: Gerry Turvey, Vanessa Grasse, Oliver Dover (Bass Clarinet), Marie Andersen, Beth Cassani, Daliah Touré)


Solo performance  ‘of searching and dissecting’ 

@ Performing  House : A triple bill of new work from emerging artists

6th February @ 7.30pm

Performing House

Quad South Hall, York St John University

Original soundscore: Al MacSween

A collaborative improvised performance in response to a visual score. They mould and elude, search and dissect as they compose a multi-sensory piece and get lost trying. Both artists are fascinated by and have researched into improvised performance, especially the relationship between music and dance. As a relatively new creative partnership, Daliah and Al are boldly throwing themselves into this exiting new endeavour, searching and dissecting as they go along.  


January  2013

Improv Exchange 2013 dates:

* 12th January  ( Rachel Dean)

* 16th February ( Kim Glassby & Bryony Pritchard)

* 9th March ( Charlotte Spencer)

December 2012

..has been a busy month. so much so, we are at the time of writing this, heading full force towards christmas and I am still not in a festive mood. but here’s the reason…

Monday 10th -Thursday 13th   Assessment week at York St. John University and working on a piece with the first years which summarises all the hard work and exploration from the past 6 weeks in Movement Invention. For their winter platform Blink, I decide to dress them in oversized t-shirts and jumpers and let them enjoy themselves as they scramble, dodge and move … why not. “Chaos meets Order” is the name of the piece and I underline it with a quote from Deepak Chopra: ” In the midst of movement and chaos keep stillness inside of you”. I have a blast making it, they have a laugh enjoying it! Video up soon…

IMPROVISATION EXCHANGE 2013 –NEW DATES ANNOUNCED!! ( and a flashy flyer to hand out!:)

Improv poster 2013

Friday 7th – Celebrating Yorkshire Dance’s 30th Birthday with an intergenerational community piece. Working as a ‘practitioner’ I spent the past 6 weeks working with Gary Clarke, a cast of 30 incredible dancers from the wider dance community and hugely talented choreographers, practitioners and Yorkshire dance staff towards a half hour visual and aural feast. Community dance at it’s best! Video to follow soon!

Wednesday 5th – Work demonstration. For my Masters module Contemporary Practice, I give a half hour lecture demonstration on “my daily practice” . I talk, move, show and think out loud, and have thoroughly enjoyed the process of observing ‘my daily practice’ evolve and cristalise. I create a blog, which becomes my archive and gathers my more obscure thought processes. Finding my feet, internalising academia and enjoying discovering my voice, physically and aurally, as a dance artist. 

November 2012

October 2012

Performing at the Tate Modern on the 13th of October as part of Aldo Tambellini’s Retracing Black Exhibition. 

I will be involved in the re-staging of Black Zero (1965) and Moondial (1966). …a mixture of electronic imagery, slides, sounds, amplified cello music and improvised movement.



Sat. 13th Oct – Performing Moondial by Aldo Tambellini

Cello: Seth Woods

The Tanks: Art in Action

Tate Modern.

Here a link to a beautifully shot and edited promotional film produced by the Tate with performance footage and interview Aldo Tambellini.


“Moondial recreated from 1966 was an improvisation on the part of a musician and dancer with film and slide projections by Tambellini. The costume worn by the dancer – originally Beverly Schmidt but at the Tate Tanks Daliah Touré – with its wild headdress and reflective parts, brought to my mind the Afro-Futurism of Sun Ra and others.” (Mister Trippy)


“The Tanks still had that hard concrete floor – Daliah Touré coped with this far better than the dancer I saw perform at the opening of The Tanks, Touré was really impressive.” (Mister Trippy)


Excited to have co-ordinated this event as part of Performing House at Yorks St. John University.


September 2012

9th September – Mathilde performs at the Colourscape Festival in Rotherham for the second year running.

As always an immense pleasure and a much anticipated experience!

Teaching starts at York St. John University!

…and time to get stuck in to my MA research project; formulating my research question not only on paper, but on an embodied level … one things for certain, I will be involved in alot more improvisation in the coming year; physically and intellectually, and I am very much looking forward to the discoveries that lie ahead.

August 2012

Bodystories performances   / FILM LINK

– Friday 10th @ 6pm and Saturday 11th @ 2pm

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills      

 July 2012

16th July – 11th August   – in residency with dance artist Gerry Turvey at the MillSpace, Armley Mills in Leeds


Working on her project Body Stories as choreographer, alongside  film maker  June Gersten Roberts and
Visual Artist – Hannah Leighton Boyce.


Before I Decide ( 16th/17th July )

by Kathinka Walter

R &D film


Big Dance performance for ADAD on Millenium square on the 15th of July.

Collaborating with Lisa Nkrumah-Mweu and Pauline Mayers… and musicians Sam Ball and Craig Scott!

An improvised dance performance lasting 7 minutes. I am really looking forward to it…and it’s meant to be sunny:)


9th July 2012

York 800 – EBOR VOX performance

Some very encouraging words from the artistic director:

“I am very pleased with the way the dance element worked across the music, it was sympathetic, clever and always working to make the dancers feel comfortable on that platform.” (Stephen Burke, artistic director)


Love In Idleness performances:

7th July – Yorkshire Sculpture Park

8th July – Oakwell Hall, Birstall

21st July – Sheffield Botanical Gardens

June 2012

In Residency at Burton Agnes Hall in Driffield, rehearsing for Love In Idleness.

I cannot imagine a more beautiful place to call your workplace:)

..a day at the office involves warm up on the lawn outside the estate, rehearsing our group song in the forest, practicing our lines in the herb garden and rehearsing the dance sequence amongst the roses…


Saturday 23rd June – Teaching a workshop for Improvisation Exchange Leeds at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.


Starting rehearsals for Love In Idleness. Click on the link for tour dates.


Collaborating with Bobak Walker on the York 800 choreography commission. I will be working with Chilli Bon Bon community group and York College students on a dance piece to accompany Ebor Vox, a large scale choral project involving hundreds of people from York performing a new piece composed by Benjamin Till .

Performance is on the 9th of July!


MAKE performance videos are now online!

Showreel and Documentary of MAKE by Florence Peake


R & D weekend with choreographer Kathinka Walter, working on Before I Decide. Joined in the studio by Marie Andersen, Vanessa Grasse, and Neil Callaghan.

May 2012

Buried away in the video editing suite early May, for the screening of my MA short film on the 24th. Learning to love Final Cut Pro and what to do when it’s rendering….


Last few sessions for Movement Invention with my first year students at York St. John University. Getting ready for their assessment on the 11th, then on to collaborate on a performance for the CREATE 12 festival dance trail on the 29th. What a lovely group of young women they were to spend time with! Hopefully back next year for more teaching.

April 2012

Mathilde tour 2011 film.

A short summary of our adventures last summer.


7th April / performed in MAKE by Florence Peake in the Longside Gallery at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

…the weekend before at the workshop…



Research into dance film for my MA

and looking into…Psychogeography and Experiential anatomy …. at the moment.


Mind The Step at Yorkshire Dance- working with a group of lovely individuals in this class for adults with learning disabilities and looking forward to sharing some of the ideas we have explored in class at an informal performance.

March 2012

7th – 9th – Mathilde residency at Yorkshire Dance.

Our main focus for those 3 days was to confront the tendency to ‘perform’ and how this takes over our decision making process. How can we carry the same sense of truthfulness that is present in the studio into a live performance setting? How can we let things develop more? How can we become better at leaving the space? What about solos? Silences?….


Back at York St. Johns University teaching Developing Movement Invention.

February 2012


January 2012

26th Jan. – 2nd February

Solo residency at Yorkshire Dance.

Somatic approaches to movement exploration with particular focus on Body Mind Centering. Six days to navigate through the various anatomical systems, resistances and interruptions and settle into a routine of warming up to ‘woman’s hour’; exploring movement with and without sounds, enjoying the afternoon sun through the large studio windows, meditation through improvisation (or trying to..); discovering the back of my hands and arms and shoulders; re-discovering spirals and adding counter spirals and off balances and counter balances; keeping my jaw soft; pouring/tiping, repeating tasks many times and documenting and sharing a little of what I have found. (thanks Amy and Marie for joining me on the last day:)

December 2011

…will mostly be spent studying for my MA in Performance, Culture and Context at Leeds University and teaching Movement Invention at York St. Johns University.

More creative projects and residencies coming in January and February !

November 2011

Working on a very tight schedule with 24 brilliant yr 9 and 10’s from Wath Comprehensive School in Rotherham to choreograph a ‘curtain raiser’ for Retina’s Skin performance at Magna in Rotherham.

November 1st

My Momentary Distractions films are now live!

An improvised journey through a Leeds inner district captured on film. Six individuals move as a non-hierarchical entity through the urban landscape and explore the possibilities; the path stimulated by their senses and their sense of camaraderie. Whatever happens happens and is explored, exploited and abandoned without judgement. 

Original version – edited chronologically, as it happened.

black and white, edited using a random principal.

Filming and editing: Daliah Touré

October 15th 2011

MOMENTARY DISTRACTIONS – Interactive performance installation

in collaboration with Kathinka Walter and Vanessa Grasse

Yorkshire Dance  / 11-4.30pm Interactive walk
stage@leeds /  7 – 9.30pm Performance installation


October 7th 2011


Collaboration with White Rabbit @ Mint Hotel, Leeds

And We’re Now Taking Questions From The Floor…



September 16th 2011

Mathilde performance at 7 Arts Space, Leeds.

Our last performance of the tour at one of my favourite venues in Leeds.

Thank you to all who attended and a big Thank You to all those who keep coming back! We are just as intrigued with what happens next as you are.

September 11th 

Mathilde performance at Colourscape, Rotherham Arts Festival.

We had a magical and surreal hour inside the colourful chambers, dancing and interacting with the audience, before the wind picked up and nearly picked up the tent…

August 24th – 26th 2011


Working with stage acting students on movement and choreography

at an annual theatre seminar lead by Erika Kazupko at Burg Feistritz in Austria.

July 2011

Work on solo performance for Bloom! Festival Leeds on the 23rd of July.


June/July 2011

Collaboration with Kathinka Walter and Vanessa Grasse on “Dancing Another Leeds”. A University of Leeds commission. Installation/performance planned for mid October 2011.

16th – 20th May 2011

Mathilde Residency at Yorkshire Dance

We lead our first workshop as Mathilde.