#FriendsFriday 10 - Dani B Larsen

Dani B Larsen

Dani B Larsen

Dani with Tim Casson in 'Tamed'

Dani with Tim Casson in 'Tamed'

Dani at work with Tim Van Eyken at Sadler's Wells Wild Card in 2015

Dani at work with Tim Van Eyken at Sadler's Wells Wild Card in 2015

How are you involved with Casson & Friends?

I first became a 'Friend' when I was invited to work with Tim to create a duet, 'Tamed' for InTransit Festival in 2014. This was a collaboration with LSO Sound Hub Associate, composer Maxim Boon and involved performing with a live strong quintet amongst a mountain of broken and architecturally arranged wooden chairs in a wonderfully tall white space! It was beautiful!!

An avid fan of the collective, I was delighted to be invited to take part in the Casson & Friends Wild Card at Sadler's Wells, where I was paired with actor and musician Tim Van Eyken as part of the First Contact segment of the evening. With just a few days to create something from scratch, Tim and I took an incredible journey to our final product, philosophising, researching, hypothesising, improvising, playing, dancing, singing and submerging ourselves in a fantastic creative process that still resonates within me, at the most unlikely moments, still now one year on...

(You can watch their creation, 'Untitled' in full here)

What do you love about dance?

I like its power to communicate and open parts of the mind that words can't always reach, both as a spectator and as a practitioner. I also like that I can do it any time, anywhere, in almost any situation, at any moment.. Usually initiated by sound(s) of some sort, music or impromptu improvised song..

What song always makes you dance?

There's always more than one! But in this instance; Volcano by Woodkid.

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#FriendsFriday 9 - Tim Van Eyken

Tim Van Eyken & Dani B Larsen in 'Untitled' (Image by Camilla Greenwell)

Tim Van Eyken & Dani B Larsen in 'Untitled' (Image by Camilla Greenwell)

Tim Van Eyken

Tim Van Eyken

How are you involved with Casson & Friends?

I created a new work, 'Untitled' with dancer Dani B Larsen for Casson & Friends 'Wild Card' at Sadler's Wells last year, I'm the voice of 'The Director' for Night At The Theatre, and am about to start collaborating with Tim on work for my new theatre company Native.

What do you love about dance?

I think dance distills emotion in a unique way, it atavistically connects with gut-instinct very powerfully, and I love how that can simplify and clarify a story.

What song always makes you dance?

'Le batteux / La grande gigue simple' by La Bottine Souriante

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Follow Tim on Facebook here, on Twitter here and visit his website at www.timvaneyken.co.uk

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