Jul 052018

Laila Diallo

Laila Diallo
Laila is a dance maker based in Bristol working and presenting work across the UK and internationally. Recent pieces have explored ideas around impermanence, traces and our experience of time passing. Alongside independently and collaboratively devising work for live performance, Laila often works as movement director in theatre and opera. She also frequently works as an educator within the university and vocational sectors, with children, youth and other community groups as well as with emerging artists and peers, through commissioned work and the delivery of workshops, classes, public talks and mentoring.

In 2017, Laila created SOMETHING ABOUT WILDERNESS and several other attempts at taming beauty in tandem with choreographer Mélanie Demers. The work, commissioned by Skanes Dansteater, responded to the site of the company’s home theatre in Malmo, Sweden. Beginning outside, the piece (and public) journeyed through an especially built 50-meter-long walled garden linking street to building, and then in to the belly of the theatre.

Other recent projects include: Countless Yellow Chairs, created and performed with composer/songwriter Jules Maxwell and many yellow chairs; In This Moment, a solo for Laila; Husk, for Candoco Dance Company; Owl Light for mapdance, University of Chichester’s postgraduate dance company; Near the place where your feet pass by, created with Nafisah Baba for the BBC Young Dancer 2017 Final which Nafisah went on to win; Every day Everyday Dances, a sound installation and London College of Fashion commission; movement direction for Verity Standen’s Undersong, an a cappella choral piece premiered at Mayfest, Bristol in May 2017.

Current projects include ongoing research with visual artist/maker Helen Carnac, continuing on from a collaboration instigated by Siobhan Davies Dance and a subsequent commission (Edge and Shore, 2015) as well as research towards the making of a dance work exploring the politics of togetherness.

The recipient of a Rayne Fellowship for Choreographers in 2006, Laïla also was an Associate Artist at ROH2, Royal Opera House, between 2009 and 2012. She is currently the recipient of a 2018 Leverhulme Art Scholarship through Bristol Old Vic Ferment.

‘I’m looking forward to joining this research team and to immersing myself in the work that is already underway and that I know relatively little about at the time of writing this. I bring along my curiosity, an open-mind and a willingness to find myself in a patch of unknown.’

Photo: Adam Laity.