Natalie Sloth Richter is a Danish dance artist who graduated from Trinity Laban in 2015. She co-founded the collective Open Roof in the autumn of 2015 and has been creating and presenting her own work throughout last year. Most recently Open Roof took their two new pieces to Denmark to perform and discuss them as well as facilitating workshops. Alongside working within her collective, Natalie is currently performing with the company BitterSuite that will be touring in London and New York later this year.
JJ Formento and Vanessa Downie set up Ajos Dance in 2013, in order to make work that reflects the human experience. They are driven to make work that drills down into issues that deeply affect people or remain at the centre of everyday life: central themes such as difficult relationships, loss, homelessness, spirituality often inform the work and they ask audience members to reflect strongly and to ask deeper questions about their lives and existence.
Having graduated from Central School, JJ's growing experience quickly flourished into a stunning career as dancer with Royal Ballet, The King and I and Miss Saigon, West End. He now channels his broad and extensive experience into creating choreographic work about humanistic experience, that deeply moves audiences.
Vanessa’s training at The Place and with Laban Guild has led to wide and varied performance work as a dance artist. For instance, she has performed with Secret Cinema, Shunt, LSO, and worked with Nathan Evans, as well as recently showing work in Germany and Amsterdam.
Pip Amer is a freelance dance artistHer Latin dance career started when she was 6 years old with strict training in Latin American and Ballroom dance, leading to competing internationally, representing England.
Pip is now exploring her Latin American and Ballroom foundation outside of the competition context, taking her artistic vision into a theatrical environment.
She believes in the strength and power within the history, fierceness and stylisation of the movement, but also the visibility it deserves within the dance sector.
Ana Sosa was born in Mexico, was raised in Canada, and has lived for five years in New York City. She began her contemporary career as a choreographer after receiving the Eryc Taylor Dance Grant, which allowed her to show a piece in the Martha Graham Studios in NYC. Most recently she performed a full-time show in Mexico,at the International Book Fair in Hidalgo, in front of a 300+ audience.
She is now currently based in Edinburgh.