Vertical dance is an exciting, emerging form of dance that typically uses rock climbing equipment (ropes, harnesses and abseil devices) to suspend dancers off the ground on a range of vertical surfaces. It takes place in a variety of locations, from theatres and their foyers to the outside of buildings and rock faces. Vertical Dance Kate Lawrence (VDKL) are one of a limited, but growing number of companies worldwide specialising in this new dance genre. Artistic Director, Kate Lawrence has 30 years experience as a dance artist and 15 years specialising in Vertical Dance. The company was constituted in December 2014 for the promotion of arts activities and builds on Kate’s collaboration with rigger Simon Edwards. We are proud to live and work in North Wales and are strongly committed to working with local people.
12 – 16 July 2016: Kate Lawrence teaches intensive 5 day vertical dance workshop in Brittany, France. Details here: Les Rencontres de Danse Aerienne
3rd July at Pontio 2pm – 6pm: Free public event showcasing VDKL collaboration with Ray Davies from Photonics Academy of Wales Bangor (PAWB) as part of Synthesis, a Pontio commission. More information here: Synthesis Project and here: Vertical dance and light experience blog by Kate Lawrence and Promotional video here: (in)visible Light: The Vertical Dance and Light Experience
19 – 22 May 2016: Kate Lawrence and Despina Goula from VDKL teach workshops in Athens.
6th May 2016: VDKL perform Gwymon on Welsh Government building in Llandudno Junction
27th April – 1st May 2016: VDKL teach first Vertical Dance Forum Vertical Dance Workshop in Croatia
6th – 10th April 2016: VDKL organised advanced Vertical Dance Intensive with Wanda Moretti, Venice
1st April 2016: Performance of Gwymon for Get Creative event at Galeri
15th March 2016: Performance of Gwymon at Millennium Centre, Cardiff at British Dance Edition.
27th/28th February 2016: Beginners/improvers vertical dance intensive at Beacon Climbing Centre, Caernarfon – email email@example.com for more information
9th/10th January 2016: Performances of Porth and workshops for Take pART! at Venue Cymru, Llandudno
creates bespoke and self-generated vertical dance performance projects in non-theatre and theatre locations with a wide range of participants
provides training in vertical dance locally, nationally and internationally
responds to commissions and consultancy work in the area of vertical and site-specific dance
networks with vertical dance artists nationally and internationally, advocating good practice within the sector and promoting understanding of this emerging form of dance
VDKL gratefully acknowledges support from Arts Council Wales, Dawns i Bawb and Venue Cymru, where we are company in residence. Our training space is at Beacon Climbing Centre, Caernarfon. We have received support from a range of other sources for specific projects; this is acknowledged on the pages about specific projects.