Corali Dance Company

Corali’s performances are generated through collaborative discussion and improvisation and their embedded experience and achievement has led them to become recognised as a leader in dance and performance made by artists with learning disabilities. They are well known for high-quality and ambitious site specific work and for our long-standing relationships with high profile London based venues, such as Tate Modern and The Southbank Centre.  These relationships enable Corali to create exciting new work, take forward methodologies of inclusion and directly influences the attitudes of the venues themselves.

Our dancer-performers are encouraged to participate in festivals and events and to discuss their work with a wide audience, such as at conferences and professional exchange workshops. Some dancers also facilitate workshops and go onto paid and volunteer positions, both within and beyond Corali. Corali enables them to develop confidence and to lead more independent and fulfilled lives.

‘Corali has evolved to reflect interdisciplinary arts practice at its best' – Liz Ellis, Curator of Public Programmes, Tate Modern. 
Corali’s performances are generated through collaborative discussion and improvisation and our embedded experience and achievement has led us to become recognised as a leader in dance and performance made by artists with learning disabilities. We are well known for our high-quality and ambitious site specific work and for our long-standing relationships with high profile London based venues, such as Tate Modern and The Southbank Centre.  These relationships enable us to create exciting new work, forwards our methodologies of inclusion, and directly influences the attitudes of the venues themselves.
Our dancer-performers are encouraged to participate in festivals and events and to discuss their work with a wide audience, such as at conferences and professional exchange workshops. Some dancers also facilitate workshops and go onto paid and volunteer positions, both within and beyond Corali. Corali enables them to develop confidence and to lead more independent and fulfilled lives.
 
Corali has an on-going commitment to offer its dancers with learning disabilities outstanding professional development opportunities. Many of its dancers have been working together for over 10 years, gaining in depth skills and a shared vocabulary. Corali runs a weekly professional development class (PDC) and offers accredited training opportunities (such as arts award), and 1:1 mentoring. Through our networks and contacts with other companies and venues we also support personal and professional progression routes for our dancer-performers interested in taking their dance further, for example, by offering support to attend auditions.
 
Press quotes
‘Catch one of their shows for a taste of something truly unique’ 
Erin Basset, The Upcoming
‘It was a delight to find this hour-long programme by Corali so watchable’ 
Howard Loxton, British Theatre Guide
‘Corali’s piece was charming and sensitive to place and space and gently flooded with personality!’ Donald Hutera - Curator and Dance Critic (The Times)
‘It has achieved a form that is very effective’
Howard Loxton, British Theatre Guide
 
‘something that was both compelling and soothing’
Erin Basset, The Upcoming
 
Wraparound work
 
‘The workshop I attended with Corali was breathtakingly fantastic, unexpected, slightly surreal and almost spiritual in its beauty’ - Heather Stack CEO & Founder, The Local Offer
We share our expertise widely and run an education programme that provides engagement opportunities primarily for people with learning disabilities in a range of settings such as special schools, colleges, youth clubs and arts institutions. We have also delivered undergraduate and post-graduate modules, for example at Trinity Laban and the Royal Conservatoire Scotland and are frequently asked to profile our work at conferences, such as, The Royal Academy Why and How Conference 2016. 
We maximise the reach of our engagement work by developing formal partnerships with other education institutions and our current partnerships are with Morley College, Greenside School and Ovalhouse. This strand of work is run by a core group of artist-educator professionals including those with learning disabilities and the programme is inclusive, creative and empowering for all who participate.

 

  • © Hydar Dewachi

    Corali at British Museum, 2016

  • © Hydar Dewachi

    The People Race the Fish Corali at the British Museum

  • ©Tony Nandi

    Origami Atoms Lilian Baylis, 2015

  • © Tony Nandi

    Overlap Lilian Baylis, 2015

Corali has an on-going commitment to offer its dancers with learning disabilities outstanding professional development opportunities. Many of its dancers have been working together for over 10 years, gaining in depth skills and a shared vocabulary. Corali runs a weekly professional development class (PDC) and offers accredited training opportunities (such as arts award), and 1:1 mentoring. Through our networks and contacts with other companies and venues we also support personal and professional progression routes for our dancer-performers interested in taking their dance further, for example, by offering support to attend auditions.

Contact details

Sarah Archdeacon

The White Building
52-54 Kennington Oval
London
SE11 5SW

Artistic Director(s)

Sarah Archdeacon / Bridget Chew / Jacobus Flynn

Online

Email: sarah@corali.org.uk
Web: http://www.corali.org.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Corali-Dance-Company/12479294055

Video

Corali Dance Company's production 'Empty Theatre Dream'

Productions

Origami Atoms – Corali

Duration: 10 minute ensemble piece (6 dancers)
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Corali dancers worked with dancer Anna Nowak and Jasmine Wilson from Wayne McGregor | Random Dance on tasks and stimulus from Wayne McGregor’s piece Atomos to create a high energy piece that highlights each performers unique physicality. Choreographers: Anna Nowak and Jasmine Wilson for Wayne McGregor | Random  Dance with the dancers
Dancers: Bethan Kendrick, Jackie Ryan, Graham Evans, Housni Hassan (DJ), Katy Cracknell, Paul Davidson
Music: Aphex Twin - Ageispo and Heliosphan

Corali dancers worked with dancer Anna Nowak and Jasmine Wilson from Wayne McGregor | Random Dance on tasks and stimulus from Wayne McGregor’s piece Atomos to create a high energy piece that highlights each performers unique physicality. 

Choreographers: Anna Nowak and Jasmine Wilson for Wayne McGregor | Random  Dance with the dancers

Dancers: Bethan Kendrick, Jackie Ryan, Graham Evans, Housni Hassan (DJ), Katy Cracknell, Paul Davidson

Music: Aphex Twin - Ageispo and Heliosphan

Overlap

Duration: 6 Minute Solo
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Overlap 
6 Minute Solo
Overlap combines dance and film projection to create a multi layered solo that profiles the artistic sophistication, creative imagination and technical skills of its performer and deviser, DJ, who has learning disabilities. The work does not take disability as subject matter, but its sophistication demonstrates DJ’s expertise and his commitment to his practise. 
Dancers: DJ (Housni Hassan)
Choreography: DJ (Housni Hassan) and Kasia Maslowska
Music: Presentiment – Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou

Overlap combines dance and film projection to create a multi layered solo that profiles the artistic sophistication, creative imagination and technical skills of its performer and deviser, DJ, who has learning disabilities. The work does not take disability as subject matter, but its sophistication demonstrates DJ’s expertise and his commitment to his practise. 

 

Dancers: DJ (Housni Hassan)

Choreography: DJ (Housni Hassan) and Kasia Maslowska

Music: Presentiment – Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou

 

The People Race The Fish

Duration: 10 minute ensemble piece (5 dancers)
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Freight: Freight necessary

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The People Race The Fish
10 minute ensemble piece (5 dancers)
Corali dancers explored ancient stories, animals and archetypal characters inspired by a residency at the British Museum. The People Race the Fish is suitable for indoor and outdoor performances. 
 
Dancers: DJ (Housni Hassan); Jackie Ryan; Bethan Kendrick; Paul Davidson
Choreography: Jacobus Flynn
Music: Daniel Weaver

Corali dancers explored ancient stories, animals and archetypal characters inspired by a residency at the British Museum. The People Race the Fish is suitable for indoor and outdoor performances.

Dancers: DJ (Housni Hassan); Jackie Ryan; Bethan Kendrick; Paul Davidson

Choreography: Jacobus Flynn

Music: Daniel Weaver

Wrap-around work

Corali shares expertise widely and runs an education programme that provides engagement opportunities primarily for people with learning disabilities in a range of settings such as special schools, colleges, youth clubs and arts institutions. They have also delivered undergraduate and post-graduate modules, for example at Trinity Laban and the Royal Conservatoire Scotland and are frequently asked to profile their work at conferences, such as, The Royal Academy Why and How Conference 2016.

Corali maximise the reach of their engagement work by developing formal partnerships with other education institutions and their current partnerships are with Morley College, Greenside School and Ovalhouse. This strand of work is run by a core group of artist-educator professionals including those with learning disabilities and the programme is inclusive, creative and empowering for all who participate.

Corali shares expertise widely and runs an education programme that provides engagement opportunities primarily for people with learning disabilities in a range of settings such as special schools, colleges, youth clubs and arts institutions. They have also delivered undergraduate and post-graduate modules, for example at Trinity Laban and the Royal Conservatoire Scotland and are frequently asked to profile their work at conferences, such as, The Royal Academy Why and How Conference 2016.

Corali maximise the reach of their engagement work by developing formal partnerships with other education institutions and their current partnerships are with Morley College, Greenside School and Ovalhouse. This strand of work is run by a core group of artist-educator professionals including those with learning disabilities and the programme is inclusive, creative and empowering for all who participate.

Press Comments & Testimonials

'Corali has evolved to reflect interdisciplinary arts practice at its best' – Liz Ellis, Curator of Public Programmes, Tate Modern.

‘Catch one of their shows for a taste of something truly unique’ Erin Basset, The Upcoming

‘It was a delight to find this hour-long programme by Corali so watchable’ Howard Loxton, British Theatre Guide

‘Corali’s piece was charming and sensitive to place and space and gently flooded with personality!’ Donald Hutera - Curator and Dance Critic (The Times)

‘Corali has evolved to reflect interdisciplinary arts practice at its best' – Liz Ellis, Curator of Public Programmes, Tate Modern.

‘Catch one of their shows for a taste of something truly unique’ – Erin Basset, The Upcoming

‘It was a delight to find this hour-long programme by Corali so watchable’ - Howard Loxton, British Theatre Guide

‘Corali’s piece was charming and sensitive to place and space and gently flooded with personality!’ Donald Hutera - Curator and Dance Critic (The Times)

The workshop I attended with Corali was breathtakingly fantastic, unexpected, slightly surreal and almost spiritual in its beauty’ - Heather Stack CEO & Founder, The Local Offer