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V. Legakis

VANGELIS LEGAKIS

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Vangelis Legakis having an in depth personal experience and long term studies in many disciplines and modalities of art, healing and spirituality, initiated the organisation Unity Space. He wishes to facilitate and provide a space of integration, a space of unity of all disciplines and modalities for a main purpose:

to learn,
co-create,
and together evolve as human kind.

Vangelis Legakis is a producer, choreographer, dance artist and therapist. He is specialising in integrating the philosophies of yoga and chi gong within dance for self-development, relationship equilibrium and community harmony. He is dedicating his career to offer his knowledge and experience to assist in the growth and education of young artists, professionals and the public.

​Legakis graduated in 2006 from Laban Center (London, UK) with BA in Dance Theatre and in 2007 with an MA in Choreography. In 2008 he established The Van-L Dance Company in London, UK with which he has been creating numerous productions across the world. In 2010 he was awarded the Marion North Mentoring Scheme in which he researched on dance improvisation and interdisciplinary studies under the mentorship of Gill Clarke. At the same year he was a semi-finalist at the Place Prize in London, UK, as well as he received a diploma to teach, spread and develop Flying Low and Passing Through from the 50 days workshop in Costa Rica given by David Zambrano. Since 2004, he has been visiting the Forsythe Company with who he performed ‘Human Rights’ in 2006. By researching alongside the Forsythe Company he gained a profound experience in composition, movement coordination and choreography that he is teaching integrating nowadays the philosophies of yoga and chi gong.

His work is influenced by well established dance artists and choreographers; William Forsythe, Julyen Hamilton, David Zambrano, Gill Clarke, Rosemary Butcher, Rosalind Crisp amongst others. He is amalgamating his experience and knowledge from diverse dance artists including energy work (Chi Gong and Yoga) so as to provide a holistic approach into dance pedagogue and performance.​​​​​​

​A pivotal point in his career was the Masters in Buddhist Studies at The University of Hong Kong where he graduated from in 2015. Alongside with his research on philosophy and neuroscience, Buddhist Studies integrated his research even more; and more specifically on the use of the mind and its interconnectedness with perception, consciousness, emotions, the body and reality. This is when he established his teaching philosophy entitled Embodied Unity; an integration of Dance, Yoga and Chi Gong. At the same year in Hong Kong, he brought into being the organisation Unity Space focusing on the support, implementation and sustainability of arts and healing projects and events across the world.

Because of what Hong Kong has offered to him in terms of growth, in 2016, he initiated the festival HKICF and residency HKICAROS to support the local dance communities by collaborating with artists from abroad.

He is the organiser of the:

International Interdisciplinary NO BORDERS Project that takes place each year during December in a different country and city.

Dance and Being Art Project in Melbourne – Australia,

Dance and Nature Project in Tenerife – Spain.

Unity Space AIR – Artists in Residency Australia, UK and Hong Kong

HKICF – Hong Kong International Choreography Festival

HKICAROS – Hong Kong International Collective Artists in Residency for Opportunities and Sustainability

EAST POINT WEST | Interdisciplinary Festival of Embodiment in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

WOMB | Performing and Healing Arts Festival in Bali, Indonesia.

The above productions reach beyond dance and choreography, they are activities and education for human development by fusing dance, spirituality and healing practices.

Legakis is the founder and artistic director of Unity Space and The Van – L Dance Company, under which he spreads interdisciplinary art and healing festivals, projects and workshops.

UNITY SPACEwww.unityspace.org

VANGELIS DANCE COMPANYwww.vangelisdancecompany.com

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