I, we and wider / 10 - 15 July / The Mount Without
Impermanence Presents : A week-long Summer series of Dance workshops and events with Kip Johnson and guests.
Join us for an energising week of dancing.

A week-long Summer series including morning class with Kip Johnson and afternoon workshops led by four wonderful artists: Amarnah Ufuoma Cleopatra, Jo Fong, Orrow Bell and Vanessa Grasse. All within the beautiful space of The Mount Without.

This week of dancing is open to all - you might be a professional dancer, have some dancing experience, or you may like to get your dancing practice going. You are welcome.

Come along for the whole week of dancing, or drop-in to any of the classes or workshops that you would like to attend.
There will be time to nourish your solo dancing practice, enliven dancing in community, balanced with space to explore ways we could move and be with the wider more-than-human world as a collective dancing ‘ecosystem’.

Morning class will warm the body, ground and prepare you for the rest of the day. The afternoon workshops will allow you to delve into your current points of interest and to learn from a specific artist's practice.

A free communal lunch will celebrate and close our week of dancing. A chance to break bread together, share and reflect.

Give time to interrogating, discovering, and celebrating what moves you.


10th - 14th July 2023

10th - 14th, 11-1pm: Morning Class with Kip Johnson

10th, 2-6pm: Workshop with Amarnah Ufuoma Cleopatra- Flying low, Passing through // hdfst.uk/E91159
11th, 2-6pm: Workshop with Jo Fong - How Shall We Begin Again? // hdfst.uk/E91293
12th, 2-6pm: Workshop with Orrow Bell - Shoulder to Shoulder, Nurturing a Solo Creative Practice Together // hdfst.uk/E91297
13th, 2-6pm: Workshop with Vanessa Grasse - Felt Ecologies // hdfst.uk/E91307
14th, 1-3pm: Communal lunch // hdfst.uk/E91393

For more info on each individual day, copy & paste the links above ^^^^^
Want to carry on into the evening? Take a look at the 'I,we and wider // LATES' events on headfirst. A rich mix of family shows, film screenings and life drawing for Dance. Search 'LATES'.

Morning Class with Kip Johnson
10-14th July, 11-1pm

Kip’s class will be a mixture of bodywork to begin - working in pairs and using touch, followed by structured improvisation, set material and most importantly playfulness.
Kip will draw from release-based dance practice, to play with the cause and effect of movements and how to create a relaxed efficiency whilst moving.

About Kip Johnson

Since graduating from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Kip has over the past 15 years worked with Lea Anderson of the Cholmondeleys, Seke Chimutengwende, Ultima Vez, Vincent Dance Theatre, Protein Dance, Arthur Pita , Robert Clark, Tilted Productions, Gecko, Fevered Sleep, Impermanence Dance and is currently performing in Lost Dog’s Juliet & Romeo, touring internationally.
Alongside his performance work he has taught professional classes at Greenwich Dance, The Place, TripSpace, Gather Up and guest teaches at
Bath Spa University and National Dance Company Wales.
Flying Low, Passing Through
A workshop with Amarnah Ufuoma Cleopatra
10th July, 2-6pm

In this workshop, Amarnah will share her practice as a Flying Low and Passing Through teacher. Firstly tuning into our independent body, we will warm up collectively but internally. Then, slowly but surely, we will open our awareness out to the group and the space, exploring how curved and spiral pathways within us and through us can build momentum and group connection. See this as an in-depth study of Passing Through.

About Amarnah Ufuoma Cleopatra

Amarnah Ufuoma Cleopatra is a London-born Nigerian Contemporary dancer and multidisciplinary artist. Since completing a BA at LCDS (The Place), and Post Graduate Dip at NSCD (Verve), she has successfully built a career combining her passion for dance, music, teaching and performing over the past 10 years. Her work has led her to appear on Stages, T.V, Short Films, Music Videos, and featured in Albums and Gallery spaces nationally and internationally. Collaborators and appearances include Anton Lachky, Renaud Wiser, Barrowland Ballet, Sampa the Great, 2nd Hand Dance, Made by Katie Green, Onyeka Igwe, Shawanda Corbett, Gaika, Anatomical/New Art Club, Breach Theatre Company, Pell Ensemble (Rebecca Evans), Dorothy Allen-Pickard, Marriott Hotels, Live on Jools Holland, Somerset House, Sainsbury’s and The Guardian.
Since 2020 Amarnah has been a regular guest Lecturer at LCDS, teaching Flying Low and Passing Through and regularly teaches at Tripspace and Independent Dance. She has been commissioned to create a piece on The Place CAT and is currently in collaboration with Stefania Pinato developing a piece of work about Reproductive Justice and Abortion. Amarnah is inspired by music, rhythm and emotions and her practice has an emphasis on connection, presence, practising community to ignite that which inspires us to express our spirit.
How Shall We Begin Again?
A workshop with Jo Fong
11th July, 2-6pm

Jo will lead an afternoon movement workshop drawing on the preparation and process for a performance called How Shall We Begin Again?
All are welcome. Jo will guide the session and she will share more about the project as a whole. The workshop is designed so anyone can be involved whether you are a professional dancer, someone who would like to dance or if you simply would like to embark on a process that is about relating to your own body.

About Jo Fong

Jo lives in Wales and her creative work reflects the need in these times for people to come together. Her artistic practice is an evolving, collaborative approach which puts ideas around belonging or forming community in the forefront.
Jo is a Creative Associate with the Wales Millennium Centre. She has been dancing and making for 30 years and began her career with Rosas, Rambert and DV8 Physical Theatre to name a few.
Recent performances and events; Ways of Being Together, Neither Here Nor There, To Tell You the Truth, Our Land! What Will People Need? Nettles: How to Disagree? and The Sun’s Come Out created in collaboration with artist Sonia Hughes. A Brief History of Difference with Dee Rogers of Das Clarks, Marathon of Intimacies with artist Anushiye Yarnell, Jo contributed to Luke Hereford’s Grandmother’s Closet at the Wales Millennium Centre and she is currently touring The Rest of Our Lives created with clown and circus maker George Orange.
Ways of Being Together has evolved into an artist-led community creating space and time to reconnect, repair, replenish and explore performance-making and co-creation. The annual convergence is layered, centring learning, support, coming out and actioning change.

Shoulder to Shoulder: Nurturing Solo Creative Practice Together
A Workshop with Orrow Bell
12th July, 2-6pm

Join a gathering of artists for an afternoon of sharing and feeding your own creative practice, shaking habits and diving into some fresh approaches.
Developing a solo practice can be enriching. Yet it can be isolating, perplexing or the thing that gets lost. This is a workshop for anyone who is wondering what the words 'solo creative practice’ might mean for them, or what they might mean now. The workshop looks to create a playful, nurturing and inspiring being-alongside-ness as we delve into our own individual approaches to creativity and movement.

About Orrow Bell

Orrow is a London based dance artist. Their work encompasses making, performing, dramaturgy, facilitation, and curation. They enjoy slipperiness across embodiment, movement, language and queerness. Their current research centres trans creativity and care in dance. Orrow’s solo works include installation TOMBO(Y)LA, commissioned by Wellcome Collection and theatre show The Forecast, winner of a Total Theatre Award and selected for the British Council and Surf The Wave showcases.
They’ve worked as outside eye for Julie Cunningham’s How Did We Get Here? and as dramaturg for Charlotte Spencer’s Written in the Body and Livia Rita’s Futura Glitch. Orrow is currently artist wellbeing practitioner for Travis Alabanza’s When All is Said. Orrow has performed for Alessandro Sciarroni, Tino Sehgal, Hussein Chayalan & Damien Jalet, Lea Anderson, Charlotte Spencer, Maresa von Stockert, Chiara Frigo, and Giorgia Ohanesian Nardin. Orrow was a Work Place Associate Artist at The Place, a Sadler’s Well’s Summer University Artist and writer for EU project Performing Gender.
They currently teach on the Expanded Dance Practice MA at London Contemporary Dance School, and previously led Next Choreography at Siobhan Davies Studios and facilitated with queer collectives in Brazil for the British Council. Orrow was Artist Development Producer at The Place 2018-22 where they supported artists to develop practice and make new work, and where they also curated Splayed, an international festival of queer performance and digital art.
Felt Ecologies
A workshop with Vanessa Grasse
13th July, 2-6pm

A journey of inhabiting, exchanging, coexisting, and nurturing relational and ecological connections within the human and non-human communities to which we belong. Beginning indoors and continuing outdoors at Brandon Hill Park in Bristol.
Vanessa will share scores and practices from the development of her projects Mesh and The Land We Are, both of which focus on nurturing connectivity and creating collective and ecological rituals with others and our environments. Moving individually and as a group, guided by improvisational scores and somatic imagery, to navigate relational states, nervous system regulation, resilience and resourcefulness in both our dancing and daily living.

About Vanessa Grasse

Vanessa Grasse is a dance and multidisciplinary artist from Sicily, based in Leeds. She is a choreographer, performer, teacher, mentor, life coach and Somatic Stress Release™ practitioner. Her practice is grounded in somatic, improvisational, site-responsive, ecological, participatory, and cross-disciplinary approaches. Her work explores the intersection between choreography, walking-art and land art, as a vehicle for creating collective rituals that connect us to our landscapes, public spaces, and communities. She has been supported and commissioned by Arts Council England, Dance4, The Great Exhibition of The North, Leeds Dance Partnership, Dance City, Yorkshire Dance, Gwacheon Festival, The University of Leeds, The Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Sanafest, Hull Freedom Festival, amongst many others; and toured across the UK, Europe and East Asia. She holds an MA in Creative Practice from Trinity Laban and has taught across Europe, for professional dancers, wider communities and universities including Leeds Beckett University, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Trinity Laban.


The Mount Without
Upper Church Ln, Bristol BS2 8FN

There is step-free access to the main entrance of the venue.
There is step-free access to an all-gender toilet on the ground floor.
There is various seating and carpets surrounding the dancing space for resting.
There will be refreshments available during each workshop for participants.

Please be in touch if you have any access needs to share with the class and/or workshop leader: [email protected]

Full-week ticket: £110.00
Morning Class drop-in: £8.00
Workshop drop-in: £25.00

*Please note: On Tuesday 11th the Workshop with Jo Fong is Pay What You Can with a minimum suggested price of £5.00

Discounted support tickets are available, please be in touch: [email protected]


With thanks to all the contributing artists.
I, we and wider - Curated by Kip Johnson and produced by Katherine Hall.


loading events...