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Welcome to Lauren Aimée Yoga & Dance

"Movement from within"
ABOUT ME

I am a Yoga teacher and dance artist based in Bedfordshire, UK. I have a BA(hons) degree in Dance from the University of Lincoln, during which I completed my Yoga teacher training associated with Yoga Alliance and I have an MA (with Distinction) in Dance, Performance and Choreography from the University of Bedfordshire. I teach Yoga classes for the community at various venues in Bedford and continue to explore my artistic abilities within dance. My movement research is heavily inspired by practices such as Authentic Movement, Gaga by Ohad Naharin and MovMEANT by Tamara Levinson to name a few.

MY WORK

The work I create results mostly in film or live performances aiming to comment on current social, political and ethical events, encouraging my audience to reflect on the human condition. My research has evolved into a deep exploration into the ethical development of technology and artificial intelligence questioning what somatic effect this has on the human body as we become more and more entwined with surrounding technology in day to day life. I explore these ideas within the creative industry, observing how artists like myself are blurring the boundaries between what is human, and what is machine.

LAYD METHODOLOGY

The LAYD methodology combines knowledge from Yoga and Dance. Experimenting how they can work together by exploring the realms of moving unconsciously, improvisation using the senses and thinking with the body. When working creatively, I always begin from a place of improvisation, following inner sensations and allow them to manifest and resonate outwards through movement. Whether its within a Yoga class or dance rehearsal, I encourage my participants to always respond and reflect according to the present moment. From here, we are able to move organically from within, from a place of authenticity.

PROJECTS

Proximal Distance 1.5 (2019)

Proximal Distance 1.5 (2019)

Proximal Distance 1.5 is a follow up from my first research exploration into dancing with drones, Proximal Distance 1: A Duet between Human and Drone. These pieces and future works come together to form the Proximal Distance Series, demonstrating an ongoing research enquiry into: the relationship between human and machine within the creative industry, the interaction between the two entities and the machine’s capability to perform/create choreography. The research is inspired by the growing amount of technology not only appearing in day to day life, but also within the arts industry, questioning “in what ways does work arising from these new technologies challenge our existing understanding of dance?” (Spain, 2000, p.5). A Duet Between Human and Drone presents an animalistic, primal relationship between the two entities and primarily investigates the idea of ‘influence’. This latest work investigates the subtle difference between influence and control, using gesture controlled drones, in which the dancers navigate themselves and their personal drones around the space solely through their movements and gestures, without any external control.

CAPTCHA (2018)

CAPTCHA (2018)

Meet Sophia, a sophisticated, artificially intelligent humanoid created by Hanson Robotics. Upon recently becoming the first robot to have been granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia in October 2017, it’s time to question whether technological advancements have gone too far. In this film, see how human and robot compare, contrast and eventually merge into one, displaying the potential for humans and robots to co-exist in society. Both human and robot have been specifically programmed to demonstrate their capabilities, can one perform better than the other? Or is it too hard to tell?

Watch the film here.

(Un)Conscious Voices (2018)

(Un)Conscious Voices (2018)

This film depicts the voices of four witnesses collected over multiple authentic movement practices. The voices describe their conscious thoughts of what they observe as they follow the mover, but also brings to light some unconscious thoughts about the witnesses themselves. The making of this film took both myself as the mover and my four witnesses on a journey of self-discovery in an attempt to find our inner places of authenticity. The first-person perspective of this film allows the viewer to partake in this journey also.

Watch the film here.

Incognisant (2017)

Incognisant (2017)

‘Incognisant’ is a performance developed as an interprofessional working project. The piece was largely inspired by Alan Kaprow’s ‘Happenings’ and Solomon Asch’s social experiments. Incognisant, is another word for oblivious, reflecting how the audience are unaware that a performance is happening and that they themselves are directly involved, until it is played back to them in the form of a timelapsed form, where their movements are exaggerated and could be interpreted as choreography.

Watch the film here.

Proximal Distance (2018)

Proximal Distance (2018)

Proximal Distance is a result of an ongoing research enquiry discussing the relationship between human and machine within the creative industry, looking at the interaction between the two and the machine’s capability to perform/create choreography. The research is inspired by the growing amount of technology not only appearing in day to day life, but also within the art industry, questioning “in what ways does work arising from these new technologies challenge our existing understanding of dance?” (Spain, 2000, p.5). The piece is divided into three sections, the first investigating how the drone can influence the human, the second how the human can influence the drone, and the third, an accumulation of both influencing and reacting to each other.

Read up on The Proximal Distance Series here.