Vangelis Legakis – EMBODIED UNITY
Workshop Date: 22 – 26 & 28 – 31 JULY (WEEK 1 & 2)
Time: 14:00 – 17:30
[About the Workshop]
Embodied Unity is a practice and a philosophy out of Vangelis Legakis’s 25 years of experience. It integrates the profound disciplines of dance, qigong and yoga as well as the philosophies of Hindu, Buddhism and Taoism to:
- heal the self and unite Body, Mind Heart & Spirit (Individual-self),
- balance relationships (Relationship-self),
- find harmony in the society; Family, City, Country, World (Collective-self).
Within these three spectrums Embodied Unity also incorporates healing modalities such as Cosmic Healing, Reflexology, Thai and Abdominal Therapeutic Massage (Tsi Nei Tsang), Craniosacral, and meditation for a fine-tuned integration of the Soma. Embodied Unity is a continuation and a deepening of the practice *Contact Beyond Contact (CBC)
*Contact Beyond Contact (CBC) is a practice that integrates Authentic Movement (AM), Contact Improvisation (CI) and Passing Through (PT) with other profound practices such as qigong, yoga, healing modalities, principles of behaviourism and energy work, mindfulness, leadership skills, proprioceptive and exteroceptive senses, somatics and the philosophies of Buddhism and Taoism. All of these practices are woven together to create a holistic integration of the Body, Mind, Heart and Spirit.
Vangelis Legakis graduated from Laban Center (London, UK) with BA in Dance theatre and MA in Choreography and holds a Masters in Buddhist Studies from Hong Kong University. In 2018 he is starting his PhD at Melbourne University where he will be researching on Dance, Improvisation, Performance, and Chi Gong. He is dedicating his career to offer his knowledge and experience to assist in the growth and education of young artists as well as professionals.
He has been visiting the Forsythe Company regularly since 2004 to research on composition, choreography and coordination and he also performed ‘Human Rights’ in 2006 with the company. He received profound education to teach, spread and develop Flying Low and Passing Through from the 50 days workshop in Costa Rica given by David Zambrano. His work is influenced by famous dance artists, William Forsythe, Julyen Hamilton, David Zambrano, Gill Clarke, Rosemary Butcher, Rosalind Crisp. 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.
Legakis is a therapist internationally teaching and offering therapies. He studied at Morley Collge (London, UK) Reiki I, II, & Master’s levels, Reflexology, Neuro-skeletal Re-Alignment, Deep Tissue and Holistic Massage and he furthered his studies in Structural Energy Awakening Therapy – Thai Massage (Mike Tan), Divine Healing Therapy (Dr. Ahlmeirah Ariel Hallaire), Integrative Biodynamic CranioSacral Therapy, Thanatology (Rosemary Wallace), Abdominal Massage (Felicity Joy) and Tsi Nei Tsang (Khun Ni). He has also studied Kundalini Yoga and Chi Gong for many years with great masters including Mantak Chia, Tew Bunnag, Swami Vivekananda, Mahasattva Ananda Sarita, Marika Bolsfeldt and many others.
He internationally (Many countries in Europe, Turkey, Argentia, Chile, India, Thailand, China – Mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, Philippines and Malaysia) teaches interdisciplinary edifying workshops; Flying Low & Passing Through, Forsythe Improvisation Technologies, Release, Contact Improvisation integrating the philosophies of Tai Chi, Chi Gong, Kundalini Yoga and healing modalities. He has been teaching at Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Academy of Peroming Arts, Hong Kong University (DMT), University of Santiago of Chile, Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar Istanbul University, Taipei University of the Arts, Taipei University, Beijing Dance LDTX, City Contemporary Dance Company and many other art spaces and companies.