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.
Yael’s commissions as an independent artist include works for: Ludus Dance Company, Gravity & Levity, Scottish Dance Theatre, Bath International Music Festival, The National Theatre, Edge, Laban Centre, Influx, Lila & Loop Dance Companies.
I Have a Body (2014/2015): Freefall Dance Company, Cornwall
Après Moi (2014): Three Score Dance Company, Brighton
Weightless (2014): Reconstruction, Maslool Professional Training, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Weightless (2014): Recreation, Wessex Dance Academy
The Living Room (2013): Reconstruction, Edge, LCDS, The Place
Undone (2012 & 2013): Recreation, mapdance, University of Chichester
The Living Room (2011): Reconstruction, Stavanger University, Norway
What If (2010): Ludus Dance Company
Not About Love (2010): Lila Dance Company
Another Way of Remembering You (2010): Site-specific commission, Bath Spa University
Flying Solo (2010): Cat Casbon, South Hill Park
Doing (2008): Choreographic research Lab, Edge, London Contemporary Dance School
Back (2008): Bewegungs Art, E-Werk International Tanz Festival, Freiburg Germany
Collapsing in Four (2008): Influx Dance Company
Groundwork (2007): Laban Centre
Scan (2006): Velcro Dance Company
Wallflower (2005): Film commission, Lyndsey Butcher, Gravity & Levity
Exit Plan (2003): Bewegungs Art, E-Werk International Tanz Festival, Freiburg Germany
Just About Here (2001): Loop Dance Company
Undone (2000): Scottish Dance Theatre
Held (2000): Physical Recall, Time Out Project
Two (1999): Ginger Dance Theatre UK Tour
Seven (1998): 4D Post Graduate Performance Group, The Place
Sold (1998): Ludus Dance Company, UK and International Tour
What 4 (1998): Bath International Music Festival, A Live Music Now Commission