Tijen Lawton

Patience and persistence is precious… Moving on in the workshop I would like to propose a continued challenging of the body and person. Some choreographic material will be proposed as well as improvisation to develop new qualities to enrich the dancers vocabulary and also through independent work to develop personal movement and presence.The generating power will be physical and emotional states. The goal is to discover your physical intelligence and understand your body further than your common ways and search deeper in order to create what is unexpected. Searching for the precision, intention and intensity of movement through a form of body consciousness, breaking limits in order to be innovative, impulsive and instinctive, deviating fluidity and strength. How to be affective and unpredictable with movement, generating dynamic, abandon and control…the emotional human instincts are endless…the possibilities are endless…

Tijen Lawton is a professional dancer and instructor based in Belgium. Born in 1972 to a Turkish mother and British father, she was educated and brought up in numerous countries, constantly shifting between cultures and environments. She began her dance studies while living in İstanbul, later continuing at The Arts Educational School London, The Place London and The Juilliard School New York. Since coming to Belgium she danced with Pierre Droulers between 1996 & 1998, in the course of which creating her own solo works. In 1998 Tijen began her collaboration with Needcompany. Over a period of twelve years, 1998 to 2010 she was a constant presence in all of Needcompany’s work, performing , creating and touring worldwide with Jan Lauwers and Grace Ellen Barkey in 15 productions and over 13 Neeplapbs, and the film Goldfish Game directed by Jan Lauwers. Since 2010 she has danced and toured with Caterina & Carlotta Sagna in the course of which continuing to create her own solo projects. She is currently dancing with Mauro Paccagnella & Wooshing Machine, Harold Henning, Erika Zueneli and creating a performance gig with Manngold. Delivered workshops together and in collaboration with Arne Sierens Compagnie Cecilia. Tijen is teaching and instructing in Brussels, Paris, Antwerp and İstanbul, where in collaboration with the dance department at MSGSU Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University İstanbul she has created and preformed her own works.

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