Please note that the video and photographic materials are for insight into Hannes Langolf's previous works (with Verve 18 and others) and do not demonstrate what will be explored in this creation laboratory.


If_not_now | Creation Laboratory


May 27 to 31 and June 3 to 7 | 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  

(please note May 28th schedule is 1:30pm to 5:30pm)

June 8 - Rehearsal and Presentation

Place: Édifice Wilder | École de danse contemporaine de Montréal

Studio : TBC

*This workshop is reimbursable (40% of the total cost) through the RQD Dancer Training Support Program for admissible RQD members.

Creation laboratory description:


We will celebrate research and experimentation, so that we can outshine our state of knowing with an endeavour to forage for new ideas.


I’m curious how urgency of decision making can become a creative force, how we connect our own human stories to a theme of wider relevance and how we navigate as individuals through the process of a group without losing the focus on the singular narrative.


My creative processes are always deeply shaped by the people I am working with. Our practice will be driven by a desire to push and explore the body whilst preserving its power of communication, teetering the line between the concrete and the abstract. With this physical drive at its base, we will also travel through theatrical scenarios, voice work, text, and imagery to deepen context, purpose and relevance.


How can bravery be a catalyst for joy and how far can we take the thrill and impulse of immediate action? What are the boundaries that inhibit us from fulfilling an aspiration, ultimately lead us to regret, and weaken our connection to others?  If anything, It’s important to break the rules. If not now, when?


Throughout his career, Hannes has worked and collaborated with numerous artists and companies throughout Europe. These names include William Forsythe, Angelin Preljocaj, Wayne McGregor, Akram Khan, Fabulous Beast and Punchdrunk to name a few.


In 2007 he joined DV8 Physical Theatre to be part of the original cast of the critically acclaimed stage productions "To Be Straight With You" (2007-2009, nominated for an Olivier Award) and “Can We Talk About This?” (2010-2012), both conceived and directed by Lloyd Newson. In 2014, Hannes was appointed DV8’s Creative Associate for the production “JOHN”, in which he also played the title role. He is currently involved in the re-creation of DV8’s ENTER ACHILLES, produced by Rambert and Sadler’s Wells.


As independent choreographer he has created work for The London Eye Company, Munich Dance Festival, London Contemporary Dance School and VERVE amongst others. He has recently choreographed and directed two full-length productions: “DANDELION” (with Ermira Goro for The Onassis Cultural Center in Athens), and “UNRUHE” (for and with the Susanne Linke Dance Company).


He is a sought after teacher and workshop leader working internationally across dance, physical theatre and vocal/text work and is committed to exchanging ideas and supporting new talent.


Hannes is part of a selected collective of 50 international artists from 29 different countries that had the unique opportunity to spend a 10-week intensive period with David Zambrano in Costa Rica in 2010. He has integrated the philosophies of “Flying-Low” and “Passing Through” in his own artistic work and teachings.

Hannes is also a certified Yoga teacher and has completed his Teacher Training under the guidance of Cat Alip-Douglas at the renowned Sangyé Yoga School in London.


In 2015, Hannes was nominated as one of the 100 most influential and innovative people working across Britain’s creative industries by The Hospital Club London.


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