Joli Vyann: Anima

See Anima at Déda on 21 November 2019.

Meet the performers and creators of Anima

Posted by Grace on 20 Nov 2019 in Déda

Meet the cast and creators the specatcular Anima, which will be coming to Déda on Thursday 21 November.

Sam Barnes - Joli Vyann Company Dancer and Anima Performer
Sam is based in Bristol and comes from a contemporary circus background and has trained primarily in partner acrobatics. Since completing a bachelor of arts degree at Circomedia he has gone on to work with companies such as the Invisible Circus, Kapow Dance, Wired Aerial Theatre and Scarlet Entertainment. Sam joined Joli Vyann in 2018 for their outdoor show 'Lance Moi' and has continued to perform for them since.

Sophie Northmore - Joli Vyann Company Dancer and Anima Performer
Originally from Devon in the UK, Sophie’s training began as a competitive artistic and acrobatic gymnast where she performed in both Germany and Finland. With a love for performing she started dancing alongside her training and went on to take a Foundation Degree at The London Studio Centre. This was followed by a BA Hons Degree in Contemporary Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where she graduated in 2014. Since then she has been working as a performer and practitioner within both dance and circus disciplines with companies such as Joli Vyann, The Cohan Collective, Wired Aerial Theatre and Far Flung Dance Theatre.


Nao Masuda – Live Music and Original Composition

Japanese born Nao Masuda started composing and performing at the age of thirteen. While working mainly as a singer-songwriter and at times as an instrumentalist playing several instruments in unorthodox ways, she also produced and directed multi media events and exhibitions as an artist/designer. Since moving to London in 1998 Nao has worked with a number of bands and collaborative projects and extensively toured the UK and Europe. In 2013 Nao was funded by Arts Council to lead a project to create “musical sign language” with both deaf and hearing artists (Music in Motion project). Outside the theatre, Nao performs solo and in ensembles as a Taiko drummer and a percussionist in both national and international festivals including London Jazz Festival.

Olivia Quayle  – Artistic Director of Joli Vyann 

Olivia trained and competed in artistic gymnastics for 15 years and then made a natural transition into dance. She graduated with a BA Hons degree in Sports Science, Dance and English Literature from Loughbough University. Olivia went on to complete her professional dance training at Bodywork Company Dance studios, followed by professional development training at Iwanson, Munich and ODT, San Francisco.

Olivia has worked with contemporary dance choreographers and companies all over the world including Slanjayvah Danza, Strado Compagne Danza, Maresa von Stockert, Fleur Darkin, Gobbledegook and Motionhouse. She was with Motionhouse for over 4 years and toured internationally with them.

Olivia has also worked with large international circus companies Dragone and Legs on the Wall, as a dancer, acrobat and aerialist as well as for the Wexford Opera Festival and the Opera Tosca at The Royal Albert Hall. Now, Olivia is Co-Director and founder of Joli Vyann.

Jan Patzke – Artistic Director of Joli Vyann

Jan started with martial arts at the age of 10 and continued his training in different styles for 15 years. After some experiences in the stuntman business (Status Yo, 66-67) he made his way into circus and sports acrobatics. He participated in several national and international competitions. He furthered his training in circus schools in Berlin, Chambery (France) and Lille/ Lomme (France), as a base in hand to hand, cyr wheel, juggling, acrobatics and other circus skills. After circus school he worked with the duo Jan und Felix in different cabarets in Germany and Europe like: Traumtheater Salome, Balagan, GOP, Krystallpalast and others. He also participated in several operas: Aida and Elisir d’amore (Staatsoper Berlin) and Armida (Komische Oper/ Berlin), Wexford Opera Festival, and in the Theatre production of Macbeth in "Die Schaubühne“. From February 2010 he toured Europe with the Belgian company Cirq’ulation locale in the trampoline show Trampoline mission 3 and the indoor show, Second Life. Now, Jan is Co-Director and founder of Joli Vyann.


Image Credits

Sam Barnes - https://www.wiredaerialtheatre.com/news/rigoletto-cast
Sophie Northmore - https://barbicantheatre.co.uk/news-meet-the-ten-new-exceptional-artists-in-barbican-theatres-new-fuse-diverse-dance-company-movers-shakers/
Nao Masuda - Red Manhatten Photography
Olivia Quayles - Red Manhatten Photography
Jan Patzke - Red Manhatten Photography



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