Luke Jessop is the Artistic Director and founder of Ion Tribe. A dance theatre company with a strong focus on improving the scientific literacy of the general public through dance theatre productions, workshops and festivals. Under Ion Tribe, Luke has created a solo-work - 'Letter to my Newborn Child' and is currently working a duet to be premiered in 2019, 'The Red Queen'. Luke trained in the UK at the University of Bedfordshire, and then went on to work with UK based companies 2Faced Dance, for the triple bill 'In The Dust' and then Southpaw Dance Company for the piece 'Carousel'. In 2012 Luke moved to Brussels to work with Ultima Vez / Wim Vandekeybus, creating and performing in the works; 'booty Looting', 'Talk to the Demon', 'Spiritual Unity', 'FEAR NOT' and 'In Spite of Wishing and Wanting' (Revival). Luke teaches prolifically at festivals and schools throughout Europe with his own style of creative acrobatic dance - Riding The Curve, as well as being commissioned to create works for various schools and institutions.
About his workshop
This workshop concentrates very pragmatically on using our body as one in a very
physical relationship with the floor. Concentrating on opening up options for ourselves to enter the
floor in a variety of ways, exploring the use of the back, arms and shoulders as platforms to both
receive the ground and launch off for some air-time. Creating structures and curves with the body to
enable creative-acrobatics, flowing in and out of the floor. We will seek to take advantage of gravity
to 'ride the curve' down into the floor and use this energy to come back out, using less effort, less
muscle, leaving more energy and power. Overall we seek to take away the restrictions of moving in a low level or flying high.