The People

Bryony Williams (FHEA)

Founder/Director

Bryony WilliamsBryony trained in the 1970s with Ernest Berk in the European Expressionist style of dance and has also studied Contemporary dance, Jazz dance, American Tap, Argentinian Tango, Baroque Dance and Gurdjieff Movements.

In the 1980s-1990s she trained in Seishin Kitaido, a ki martial art, with Ken Waight becoming an Instructor. At this time she also studied Bokuto, Bohjitsu, Meditation and Shiatsu massage.

She has wide experience as a teacher, choreographer and dancer in the UK, France, Belgium, Italy and Israel. She is currently working at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama teaching dance/movement to classical singing and music therapy students. She also works at London College of Music, University of West London, teaching Music Theatre and Acting students.

She has been involved in a number of projects and both colleges, and recently choreographed Sweet Charity for the Questors Theatre.

She continues to develop, research and explore aspects of dance through the work of SpiralArts.

She has a creative and eclectic approach to her work and loves to inspire people from all walks of life to dance and move, and enjoys arts fusion.

Elizabeth Blake (DTLLS, Cert HE Dance Teaching)

Founder/Director

Elizabeth Blake

Elizabeth trained at London Contemporary Dance School and Guildford School of Acting and has many years experience as a dancer, choreographer, actor and teacher. She has choreographed shows across the UK and Off Broadway, and has recently performed in “Isadora – I Dance What I Am”, her debut as a playwright, at The Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre in Hampshire.

Formerly BTEC Performing Arts Course Leader at Reading College, she is currently working as The Phoenix Theatre’s Dance Officer. As Phoenix Dance Officer she works with adults, children and people with disabilities and dementia.
She has recently choreographed and performed in “Isadora” a dance, drama reflecting the life of Isadora Duncan, which was premiered at The Phoenix Theatre.

David Home, MA in Ed, FHEA

Associate Director

David Home

David has always had a strong interest in movement and dance and trained for many years in ki martial arts such as Seishin Kitaido, Boh Jitsu and Bokutoh, in the 80s and 90s, as well as Tai Chi, Chi Gung and Zen meditation.  He is currently studying Argentine Tango and teaches on the Dance and Movement Studies course at the University of Derby, where he works with mindful movement and body awareness.  In addition, he is a trained shiatsu practitioner and acupuncturist and is exploring the development of mindfulness through touch and the use of breath with movement and he has worked with SpiralArts for twenty years.

Celia Mendizabal

Associate

Celia headshot

Celia Mendizabal has more than thirty years of experience as a performer. She is the founder and artistic director of the acrobatic theatre company Circle of Two, which
has been touring internationally for twenty years.

Celia graduated in 2001 by the Central School of Speech and Drama and The Circus Space in London with a BA (Hons.) in Theatre Practice (Circus). She completed a MA in Theatre Studies in 2013 at the University of Surrey, where she investigated the impact of puppetry and masks in the theatrical event from a phenomenological
perspective.

Since 2012, Celia has been practicing several forms of Tai Chi and Qigong.
She was one of the first students in the UK to become an accredited instructor of the Biospirali Method of Qigong, developed by Master Franco Mescola (founder of the Centro Ricerche Tai Chi in Italy and the Biospirali Method of Qigong).

She is now a founding member of Biospirals Qigong UK. This system uses the figure of the spiral as a referent for its practice, as it understands that the spiral is the form in which Qi energy naturally flows. The practice of Qigong allows a somatic approach to movement, harmonising the visible and invisible systems and structures of the body.

Celia has been researching different embodiment practices, Butoh dance in particular, and she is currently working on the development of a methodology in which the practice of Qigong, and the Biospirals Method in particular, can be used as an expressive tool and as a way of transcending the human self in performance, where performer and audience can connect a deeper and more subtle level.

Tracy Burgess

Associate

Tracy Burgess

Artist, Teacher, Explorer of Spontaneous Qigong, Breathwork, Movement and Dance. BA Hons Fine Art. PGCE in Further and Higher education.

Tracy Burgess studied Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University where she specialised in Sound Installation and Time Based Media. During the 90’s she worked as an Art College Tutor in Cheshire. Since 2000 ill health separated her from her creativity for a decade during which time she explored holistic approaches for the treatment of chronic pain and restricted mobility, becoming acquainted with Taoism and Eastern practices for well being and also trained in Reiki.

Now very much reconnected with her creativity again, Tracy combines her internal energy work which she practices daily, with her creativity. It is integral to her creative process and spontaneously and intuitively informs her expression through painting, mixed media drawing, photography and dance.

Tracy has a passion for Contemporary experimental Dance and Music, very much enjoying being around the energy of Dancers, Choreographers, Musicians and Singers and exploring the interplay between Artforms. Her approach to creativity is organic, intuitive, exploratory and spontaneous. Her focus is on allowing a creative freedom of expression to flow and evolve within a creative space, from the individual and between individuals, to enable the work to breathe into life in unexpected and exciting ways.

www.tracyburgess.com

Rob Falconer

Photography

Dance, theatre, events, red carpet events, PR launches, dinners, conferences, parties and more.

Battersea Power Station, the City’s historic Dutch Hall, V & A, Royal Courts….

www.robfalconerphotography.co.uk

Michael Ormiston

Musician/composer/Khoomii singer

Michael Ormiston has been composing, performing and writing about music over the past 15 years. He is a multi-instrumentalist and is currently involved in a number of activities. These are as composer, solo performer, theatre musician, session musician, member of Mysterious Tremendum, Praying For The rain, Hyperyak music groups, strata performance group, radio programme researcher, writer and presenter, traditional music reviewer, workshop leader, teacher and researcher in Mongolian music. Michael also specialises in Mongolian Khöömii (overtone) singing, being one of the only non-Mongolians able to sing Khöömii. recently, Michael was commissioned to co-compose with Keith Waithe the theme tune and incidental music for Benedict Allen’s BBC2 series “The Last of the Medicine Men.”

www.soundtransformations.co.uk

Ernest Berk

Ernest Berk is the inspiration and root behind much of SpiralArts work. He was a dancer, teacher and choreographer who trained in Germany with Mary Wigman in the 1930s in the German Expressionist style of dance.  He also pioneered and composed a great deal of electronic music during the 1960s-1980s, and his music has recently been rediscovered both here and in Germany.