INTRODUCING MOVE IT 2022 HEADLINER LIAM FRANCIS...

Liam Francis

Emerging choreographer and former Rambert dancer Liam Francis steps out solo into the limelight and headlines a new creation. This performance is in collaboration with Rambert, working with some of its current and former Rambert dancers.

Liam Francis is a dancer, choreographer and facilitator. His early career began at Zoonation Dance Company and saw him work extensively in the commercial dance industry. He trained vocationally at London Studio Centre (INTOTO) and graduated with a first class BA Hons degree in 2014.

Upon graduating he joined Rambert Dance Company. His 7-year tenure with the company saw him perform and create leading roles in works by choreographers such as Mark Baldwin, Kim Brandstrup, Christopher Bruce, Sidi Larbi Cherkoui, Merce Cunningham, Ben Duke, Sharon Eyal, Adonis Foniadakis, Wayne McGregor, Marion Motin, Patricia Okenwa, Hofesh Shechter,  Alexander Whiltley, Wim Vanderkeybus, Didy Veldman and Rambert’s Artistic Director Benoit Swan Pouffer.

About Rambert

As one of the world’s most diverse company of dancers, Rambert transforms everyday spaces by making dance that is awe-inspiring, adventurous, dynamic and relevant, and taking it to our neighbourhood, the nation and the world.

Rambert wants to hear the most exciting and radical ideas wherever they may come from and connect with brilliant and daring audiences and participants from all backgrounds. Through performances; dance and wellness classes and courses for people of all ages and abilities; and outreach and community initiatives; in person and online through Rambert Home Studio.

ARTISTIC GREMLIN WORKSHOPS

In 2019 Liam began developing and delivering the Artistic Gremlin Workshop; an opportunity for creatives to explore and share their psychological experiences as artists. He has delivered the workshop to dancers, choreographers, authors, directors, actors and musicians. Liam is passionate that such discussions are paramount in assisting the development of a more supportive, empathetic and inclusive artistic community. 

WE CAUGHT UP WITH LIAM...

  • Where did your journey begin?

My brother was playing chess, I danced in the halls while we waited. Started dance in Brighton then joined ZooNation classes. Within a couple of years, I was in Into The hoods and flitting between projects with the youth company and the main company

  • Biggest hurdle

Valuing my skills and getting over the feelings like I’m there to tick a box. If there is only one box, then it creates unnecessary competition between marginalised groups, creating the feeling – there is only space for 1 of us.

  • Biggest learning in the past 2 years?

Be your own advocate and create a team around you that will help you achieve your dreams.

  • What’s artistic gremlins?

Conversations with artists and creatives about those annoying voices in your head, that makes you question what you are doing, whether you are good enough? I thought it was just me, turns out no matter what stage of your career, you still get them – phew – they are part of the process.

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