Laura Dredger

Training

2014-2015, MA Movement: Directing and Teaching, The Royal Central School Speech and Drama

2011-2013, DTLLS – Teaching Diploma – Pass, Bourneville College

2010-2012, Qualified Pilates mat work teacher, The Pilates Foundation Ltd

2001-2004, BA (Hons) Dance Theatre – 2:1, Laban, London

Movement Experience (whilst on the MA Movement)

Teaching on the BA CDT year 2 with mentor Imogen Knight: Working with Imogen Knight my placement involved advising and guiding the students in their development of recreating iconic Vaudeville acts. I led warm-ups, incorporating joint mobilisation and core strength, leading to improvisation exploring the anatomical and movement capabilities of the spine.

One on one work for BA Theatre Practice - Puppetry strand: Focusing on developing upper body and core strength, through specific Pilates exercises, with the intention of offering support and body awareness whilst she is performing.

Currently on placement with National Youth Theatre – Playing Up Pathway. Throughout this project I will be devising and movement directing, along with the cast on a new play specifically written for them. This performance project will be developed over a 3 week rehearsal period, with the final performance at Arcola theatre.

Skills

As part of my Pilates mat work training, I am proficient in anatomical knowledge and I have an understanding of the functional capabilities of the body. Through application, movement possibilities of the body can be developed and built on through the Pilates technique.

I am trained in various contemporary dance technique styles, including: Graham, Cunningham, Release, Skinner, Improvisation and Contact Improvisation.

Choreography

untitled – 2009 at The Patrick Centre, for the Triple Bill showcase as part of a DanceXchange professional development programme, autobiographical 15-minute solo explores the issue of regret. In 2010 the piece was developed into a 20-minute audience of one piece, at The Theatre in the Mill, Bradford. This piece is the development of a working progress solo from 2006, in the beginning.

memattandshell – 2007, with Arts Council funding I created a duet for DanceXchange’s New Vibes choreography platform. 2008 performed at Resolution!, The Place’s choreography platform. This duet was created using sibling relationship as its stimulus, journeying through various aspects, and using past experiences of the dancers to create a unique movement vocabulary.

inside – 2006 performed as part of Resolution! This duet began as research into performance art and the exposure of the human body in its vulnerable state. It matured into a piece that delved into deep seeded emotions specifically paranoia and fear, and how we physicalize emotions that are commonly suppressed.

Movement Consultant

2011 - Working with Jane Packman on her production In to the Woods, creating a short duet for the lead characters, performed at Midlands Arts Centre.

Teaching/Education

2010- 2014– Stratford-upon-Avon College, delivering Contemporary Technique and Choreography lectures on courses:

  • Btec Level 2 Performing Arts-Dance
  • Btec Level 3 Performing Arts-Dance and Musical Theatre
  • Btec Higher National Diploma Level 4 and 5 Performing Arts-Dance.

2009 – Centre for Advanced Training Birmingham

  • Delivering technique workshops to the CAT student based at DanceXchange Birmingham.

2009 – BBC Blast Youth platform

  • Delivered an audition technique workshop to Telford Youth Dance, this was one of a number of workshops designed to get young people across the country involved in all areas of the arts.

2007 – 2012 – DanceXchange

  • Contemporary Dance Technique tutor on the class programme.