TEAM

vangelis-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.

miku-tsuchiya

MIKU TSUCHIYA

PROJECT MANAGER | PUBLIC RELATIONS

Originally from Shizuoka, Japan, Miku holds a Masters in Creative Practice from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London, UK, and a BA in Dance, in which the main focus was contemporary dance and choreography, from the University of Calgary, in Alberta, Canada.
Since graduation, Miku has worked with Canadian and international contemporary dance artists; her work has been presented in Canada, Japan, the UK and Hong Kong. In addition, for the past few years, Miku has been working and collaborating with musicians and visual artists to create interdisciplinary projects in the UK and Japan.
Miku has been an active participant in Unity Space festivals, projects and residencies since 2015. Having gained a thorough understanding and sharing a common vision, she has now taken on the roles of project manager and head of public relations for Unity Space (PM | PR).

anni-taskula

ANNI TASKULA

INTERNATIONAL COORDINATOR

Anni is a freelance dancer and culture producer currently based in Linz, Austria.
Graduated in Bachelor of Arts programs in Culture Management (Helsinki, 2012) and Contemporary Dance & Pedagogy (Linz, 2015), her work includes organizational duties in events planning, festival organization and tour management as well as artistic work in performance, creation and research. As a pedagogy she is interested especially in energy work and how to profit from various alternative practices also in contemporary dance practice.

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JASON MICHAEL YAP

KL & HK COORDINATOR

Jason has been involved in the professional industry as a performer, instructor, choreographer, researcher and producer. Currently a full scholarship student undergoing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) majoring in contemporary dance at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, he also possesses a Bachelor of Psychological Science from HELP University, Malaysia. He believes that his social acumen, work commitment and versatility have equipped him well as a collaborator and would fit seamlessly into a team or large organisation. His professional network extends to countries such as Malaysia, Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Europe, US and the UK.

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HOH MAY YEE

MAY ARTIST SPACE
KL CO-ORGANIZER | COORDINATOR

May Yee has always been enthusiastic and passionate about dance ever since she was young, which explains her dedication to dance and the arts. She believes that dance and performing arts have always been the motivation and the reasons for her success in life. With long experience in dance and performance she worked for Dance Space Ballet Academy in 2008 and Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC) since it’s opening in 2012.

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