Flexer and Sandiland

Directed by award-winning choreographer Yael Flexer and installation artist Nic Sandiland, Flexer & Sandiland create live and digital installation work (for theatres, galleries, screens and large outdoor spaces), alongside an extensive programme of commissions and tailor-made training for youth and community groups and professional development settings.

Yael and Nic’s work centres on the generating of a sense of intimacy in live performance and digital installation, in a way which acknowledges the physicality and presence of the viewer. Works offer acute observations on the everyday and the mundane using pedestrian movement and gesture as well as working with dancers and non-dancers as performers within digital works.

Described by the press as dance that is unforced, unaffected, charming and smart (Time Out) and with a gently deviant sense of humour (The Guardian), the work blends fast-paced choreography with informal banter and a wry humour.

Yael Flexer and Nic Sandiland’s work challenge the traditional boundaries between performers, audience and choreographers.Music OMH

Yael Flexer

Yael Flexer is an award-winning choreographer based in Brighton, UK. Her work is primarily concerned with interaction, connecting with an audience on a human and visceral level. The work has a subtlety that is apparent in the movement choices, wry humour and informal on-stage dialogue between performers and the audience. Works play with the space in-between formal and informal presentation, driven by fast-paced movement, intricate patterning and tight choreographic structure whilst also reflecting on the overlapping between performance and the everyday. The apparent informality and simplicity of presentation engenders an intimacy between performers and audience members allowing for boundaries to spill over and the here and now of performance to resonate.

Yael became choreographer in Residence at The Place Theatre in 1993 and formed Bedlam Dance Company in 1995 whilst Artist in residence at Swindon Dance. In 1997 Yael won the Jerwood Award for choreographers. In recent years Yael has expanded her work in digital dance working in close collaboration with digital artist Nic Sandiland. In 2009 they consolidated their on-going collaboration to form the company Flexer & Sandiland.

To date, Yael has created 12 full-length productions, touring extensively in major festivals throughout the UK and internationally and has been commissioned to create live and interactive works for among others: Sadler’s Wells, Woking Dance Festival, The South Bank Centre, The Barbican, The Circus Space, The Engine Room, Somerset, E-Werk International Festival/Bewegungs Art, (Freiburg, Germany) and, Dies de Dansa, (Barcelona, Spain). Commissions as an independent artist include: Edge, Gravity & Levity, Scottish Dance Theatre, mapdance, Stavanger University, Norway, Maslool, Israel, Ludus Dance Company, The National Theatre, Lila, Loop, Freefall and 3 Score Dance Companies.

Israeli born, Yael trained at London Contemporary Dance School completing a BA (Hons) in 1992 and an MA in 1995. In 2005 Yael was awarded a research bursary from The University of Chichester and has completed her practice-based PhD in 2013. Yael also directs mapdance the University’s postgraduate touring company.

Nic Sandiland

Nic Sandiland is a UK based artist whose work explores new choreographic forms through installation, performance and film. He originally trained as an electronics engineer before studying dance and performance in the late 80s.

Over the past 20 years he has made movement-based works focusing on simple pedestrian choreography. He is particularly interested in engaging the everyday movements of the viewer in a choreographic context and since 2000 has increasingly employed interactive digital technology to do this. Recent work has drawn on cinematic techniques, such as slow motion and moving camera mechanisms as ways to elevate the mundane and often overlooked choreography of everyday life.

He has made work in London, Europe and South East Asia and has presented at theatres, art galleries, and many unusual venues. His film work has been shown worldwide and has been regularly broadcast on UK TV (Channel 4).
His work has been commissioned by such organisations as: the Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican Arts Centre, Sadler’s Wells Theatre and The Brighton International Festival and he is a regular collaborator with choreographers Yael Flexer and Rosemary Lee. He has also worked as an interactive technology designer with companies such as Station House Opera and artists Gary Stevens and Imogen Stidworthy.

Nic has taught workshops on digital technology and dance around the World including: Bangalore, India and Seoul, South Korea. He also taught video production for 10 years at London Contemporary Dance School (MA dance for camera) and is a senior lecturer in fine art at Middlesex University.